CRD eyes adding transit to responsibilities

Overhaul of transit governance in the works

The Capital Regional District is looking to bring transit services and funding under its control.

The CRD’s board of directors is expected to decide today (June 15) whether to ask B.C. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom for permission to oversee transit in the region and replace the Victoria Regional Transit Commission

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard have pushed for the 23-member CRD board to govern transit in the Capital Region because they say the commission, which they are members of, is limited in size.

Seven municipal leaders from five municipalities sit on the commission, including Victoria, Saanich, Central Saanich, Oak Bay and Sooke.

“The recommendation, if approved, would see that everyone within the CRD has a voice through their elected representatives as we move forward on public transportation,” said Fortin.

The commission was initially created to make decisions about bus routes and fares, but it is now responsible for charting out complex transportation, density and land-use planning issues that affect 13 municipalities, said commission chair and Oak Bay Mayor Christopher Causton.

“Basically five municipalities being represented at the table is probably not  a good model going forward,” Causton said.

The need for a new governance structure is now greater than ever before with a $950-million light rail transit system proposed for the Capital Region.

“With a billion dollars, you don’t want to make too many mistakes,” Causton said.

emccracken@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

International, Disney and Hallmark films set to be filmed in Victoria in 2019

Local and international production companies seeking out film locations in town

Missing Saanich man last seen in Vancouver’s downtown eastside

Jonah Donato, 40, travelled to the mainland in June

‘Goodness prevails’: neighbours reflect following suspicious death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Martin Payne was found dead in his Metchosin home on Friday. Police have confirmed foul play.

Swim-enthusiasts ready to make a splash at the 2019 Gorge Swim Fest

On July 21, swimmers of all ages make their way to the Banfield Park dock

Toy Run organizer says motorcyclists unfairly targeted

Motorcycle toy drive returns Sept. 29 to Turkey Head

VIDEO: Sparrows raise their chicks in Cadboro Bay deck planter

Jill Yoneda captured 11 days up close with tiny Junco sparrows

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Most Read