Cutting congestion and emissions

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011

Saanich looks at installing new intersection cameras to improve vehicle flow, reduce idling Kyle Slavin, Saanich News A new traffic flow concept being tested at Saanich Road and Oak Street could soon be the norm throughout the municipality. “The idea is that we will have all our major signals interconnected wirelessly … and that’ll allow […]

Proposed community recycling centre stalls

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011

Saanich tables recycling depot proposal after neighbours voice concerns Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Not in their backyards… yet The difference between a NIMBY and an impassioned group of residents hinges on the ability to justify your position. The Royal Oak neighbourhood fell into the latter category, after somewhat successfully lobbying council to reject rezoning […]

Creating transportation options in large developments

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011

Kicking the car habit By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Saanich is getting serious about changing the municipality’s current car culture. Last week, council started the process to create a policy to ensure alternative transportation funding is expected anytime a developer wants a parking variance for a multi-family residential unit in the municipality. “We want […]

E&N integral to our transporation future

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011

For many years, our region has suffered from double vision when it comes to our transportation future. One vision is an image of commuter rail on the E&N line, while the other is rapid transit on the Douglas corridor. These two images came into a single, sharp focus this week with two important decisions. The […]

Let’s send Falcon a rail business case

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011

BC Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon says he wants to talk to Mayors and communities about commuter rail on the E&N, light rail, or an overpass at McKenzie Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway. It’s easy to dismiss this as political opportunism or pandering. Falcon had five years as Transportation Minister to do something about the […]

Traffic troubles around Uptown

Posted by on Jan 15, 2011

Uptown gets earful over layout, traffic Difficult to judge final product in mid-construction, says developer By Kim Westad, Times Colonist January 12, 2011 Uptown Shopping Centre has been touted as the design of the future when it comes to malls, but critics say it looks like more of a white elephant. “It’s badly designed, focusing […]

Saanich neighbourhoods need better transit service

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010

Rapid transit on Douglas is great but other Saanich neighbourhoods need better service, council says Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Douglas Street will be the future home of rapid transit now that both Saanich and Victoria councils have thrown their support behind the route. However, Saanich needs to be more critical of B.C. Transit’s 25-year plan […]

Saanich endorses rapid rail transit for Douglas street

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010

Saanich OKs light-rapid rail proposal Council unanimously endorses transformation of Douglas Street By Kim Westad, Times Colonist December 15, 2010 A plan to introduce light-rapid rail transit along Douglas Street has been backed by councillors in Saanich, who say it could ease traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dramatically change the corridor’s development. Saanich […]

Saanich Council endorses Douglas street for rapid transit

Posted by on Dec 14, 2010

RAPID TRANSIT ON DOUGLAS CORRIDOR GETS THUMBS-UP FROM SAANICH Dec 14, 2010 Saanich Council has voted support for the Douglas Street corridor as the route for Greater Victoria’s rapid transit project. It follows a similar move in Victoria, where a committee of city council last week endorsed a stretch of Douglas Street within their municipal […]

Council endorses rail

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010

Light rail only viable solution for Saanich, council says Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Light rail is the only viable solution to easing traffic woes along the Douglas corridor, Saanich councillors say. On Monday night, a united council officially decided to rally behind rail-based technology. Coun. Dean Murdock brought the motion forward to have staff convey […]