What is RapidBus?

    RapidBus will be connected, frequent, fast and reliable to increase ridership and support local governments in meeting their sustainable land use, climate and transportation goals.

    When will RapidBus be implemented?

    • The implementation of infrastructure enhancements (i.e. bus lanes on Douglas St and Highway 1) and service expansion (improving frequency) has been underway for the past several years in support of the Rapid Transit Network
    • The goal is to implement the Westshore Downtown Victoria line within the next three years
    • Other proposed lines (Peninsula and McKenzie) would be implemented in the following years

    Is RapidBus different than Frequent Transit Network?

    Yes, crossing the threshold to becoming a RapidBus service includes:

    • consistent and frequent services
    • limiting the number of stops to high volume passenger areas
    • expanding transit priority infrastructure
    • implementing attractive and comfortable stations

    Where will RapidBus be implemented?

    • Westshore, Peninsula, UVic and downtown Victoria areas, as identified in the 2011 Transit Future Plan
    • Other corridors may be examined in the future

    Why RapidBus and not Light Rail Transit?

    • RapidBus provides sufficient capacity and costs less
    • A well designed RapidBus network can offer many of the same benefits of Light Rail Transit, and is considered as a pre-cursor to rail-based transit

Local Area Transit Plans

    What is the purpose of a Local Area Transit Plan?

    A Local Area Transit Plan:

    • Identifies new routes or changes to existing routes
    • Identifies service changes such as frequency and span of service for existing routes
    • Identifies improvements to and requirements for transit stop infrastructure, terminals and exchanges
    • Identifies transit supportive infrastructure and technologies.

    A Local Area Transit Plan does not set specific schedules, determine the specific date of service changes, determine vehicle type, or change fares.

    How do Local Area Transit Plans relate to other transit plans and municipal plans?

    Local Area Transit Plans build upon the vision developed in the Victoria Region Transit Future Plan and the Victoria Regional Transit System 2013/14 Service Review. Other transit planning documents, such as the Rapid Bus Implementation Strategy, identify network improvements and infrastructure investments on a regional basis. All of these plans support the goals of the Transit Future Plan in developing a transit network that meets the needs of the community and supports the development of transportation services that you can rely on.

    Local Area Transit Plans support community development by building upon the direction established within a community’s Official Community Plan, as well as any relevant municipal transportation and land use plans