3-storey commercial building offers early preview of Shelbourne Valley transformation

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011

Signature building to serve as catalyst for Shelbourne renewal By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News While staffers plan out the future of Shelbourne Valley – complete with dense centres and walkable villages – council OK’d what it hopes will be the “catalyst” for that change Monday night. A small three-storey building – which will house […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LRT: Getting our fair share of the Provincial Transit Plan

Posted by on Apr 30, 2011

This week, BC Transit recommended a Light Rail Transit system from Victoria to the West Shore. The total project cost (downtown Victoria through a hub at Saanich’s Uptown to Station Avenue, Langford) is estimated at $950 million. Ending the rail line at Six Mile (the junction with the E&N) would be $770million. In my view, […]

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 […]

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 […]