A dedicated transit lane now exists in both directions from Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria to the Highway 1-Burnside Road overpass in Saanich, with the completion of the new southbound Douglas Street bus lane.
This continuous transit corridor along Douglas Street-Highway 1 was designed to encourage more people to use transit, helping reduce regional traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
The entire corridor, from Fisgard Street to the south side of the Highway 1-Burnside Road overpass, is approximately 4.4 kilometres long. Of that, the new southbound section runs approximately 2.3 kilometres.
The continuous northbound bus-priority lane saves passengers approximately 10 minutes in peak travel times. It is anticipated southbound passengers will see similar time savings.
The $16-million southbound Douglas Street Bus Lane project is funded by the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia, through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.
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