Saanich News: Light rail

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011

We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on light-rail transit along the Douglas Street corridor. Dean Murdock, council candidate: The proposed light rail plan was unanimously supported by Mayor and Council because of its economic, social, and environmental benefits. I support the plan and want to see an […]

First All Candidates Meeting tackles suites, LRT, and regional planning

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011

The first of nine all-candidates meetings for Saanich council hopefuls is in the bag. Hosted by the Victoria Real Estate Board Monday, councillor candidates had the opportunity to speak on such issues as legalizing secondary suites, light rail on Douglas Street and McKenzie Avenue and slow processing of building permits. “Right now there’s no incentive. […]

An independent evaluation will prove LRT benefits

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

We know that other cities have seen incredible economic growth as a result of rail systems in their major corridors. We know that LRT can reduce emissions significantly and can do a lot to encourage new ridership — as much as double ridership — bringing more convenience and lower car-dependence to thousands of individuals and […]

Regional leaders supporting LRT

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

Politicans join call for light rail transit in Greater Victoria By Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist Standing on a busy downtown sidewalk with transit buses rumbling by, politicians from three levels of government said the time has come for light rail transit in Greater Victoria. Light rail transit “is the most cost effective form of transportation […]

Pushing the provincial and federal governments for light rail transit funding

Posted by on Jul 24, 2011

Saanich to MLAs, MPs: Show us the LRT money Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Times Colonist Saanich council is pushing the provincial and federal governments for light rail transit funding. Politicians voted unanimously in favour Monday night of Coun. Dean Murdock’s motion to ask senior governments to pay their shares for a transit system from Douglas […]

Council wants senior government funds for LRT

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011

Saanich council supports recommendation to request financial support for LRT project Andrea Boyes, CFAX 1070 Saanich Council has unanimously supported a recommendation to write to senior levels of government requesting financial support for the region’s light rail transit project. The recommendation was brought forth by councillor Dean Murdock “that recommendation was supported unanimously, so Mayor […]

Seeking our fair share

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011

Saanich councillors asked to lobby feds and province for LRT funds Kyle Slavin, Saanich News A lesson learned by councillors at a federal conference earlier this year is finally getting legs in Greater Victoria as municipal governments look for ways to fund light-rail transit. Saanich Coun. Dean Murdock is expected to put forward a motion […]

Politicians explore the power and pitfalls of social media

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011

Social media shifting rules for local politicians Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Frank Leonard wants to be your friend. The Saanich mayor – and many of his council colleagues – regularly use politically motivated tweets and Facebook wall posts to make their opinions known to their followers. The most lively issue of late? Light rail transit. […]

Speaking up for senior government funding

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011

Capital region councillors find light-rail inspiration at Halifax conference Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Municipal politicians are itching to get back to political action after spending the weekend rubbing elbows with their Canadian counterparts and, more importantly, bouncing ideas off them to see how Greater Victoria can capitalize on projects that have been done elsewhere in […]

LRT recommended for CRD

Posted by on Apr 30, 2011

Public deserves say on $1 billion light rail plan, Saanich mayor says Erin McCracken, Victoria News Reaction to bring B.C. Transit’s recommendation to bring a $950-million electric light-rail transit system to the region was swift – and mixed. “The issue right now is do our taxpayers have an opportunity to comment between now and when […]