BC NDP will tackle congestion and get Greater Victoria moving

Press release:

John Horgan and the BC NDP say Greater Victoria deserves better public transit to grow the economy and get the region moving.

“The Capital Region is growing fast and urgently needs major investments in public transit – to get people moving and support a dynamic local economy,” said Esquimalt-Metchosin candidate Mitzi Dean.

A John Horgan BC NDP government is committed to matching federal infrastructure funding to help develop a regional transit plan. We will partner with the federal government and municipalities on new buses, rapid and frequent bus networks, dedicated transit lanes and major increases in service hours for conventional transit and HandyDart and will play a leading role in restoring the E&N tracks to bring commuter rail to the region.

“A comprehensive transit vision for the Victoria area is long overdue,” said Saanich South candidate Lana Popham. “Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have failed to follow through on even modest projects for the region- such as shoulder bus lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway they promised way back in 2008.”

With transit ridership expected to more than double over the next 13 years, a John Horgan government will examine the potential of a regional transportation authority, in partnership with the region’s mayors.

“While Christy Clark ignores the Capital Region, we plan to work with Greater Victoria and make sure that plans are set in motion,” said Victoria – Swan Lake candidate Rob Fleming. “We want to make sure that people can get home to their families instead of being stuck in grid-lock, all while decreasing our carbon footprint.”

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