West Shore-Victoria Rapid Transit Study
Population growth, vehicle ownership and vigorous land development in the West Shore communities of the Capital Region District in British Columbia has placed pressure on the region's transportation system, particularly on the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) linking West Shore with Victoria. The TCH between West Shore and Victoria has been at capacity during peak periods for over a decade and traffic continues to grow. Expanding the TCH was deemed unsustainable as roadway expansion often creates more vehicle users pushing the highway to capacity again within a short period.
In addition, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) Transit Plan set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air contaminants from cars by 4.7 million tonnes cumulatively by 2020. To help achieve this goal, to the plan calls for the Victoria Regional Transit System to increase its market share from 7 percent to 9.5 percent by 2020.
The West Shore – Victoria Rapid Transit Project is essential to meeting this objective. As part of this project, BC Transit contracted HDR to conduct a multiple account evaluation (MAE) of various rapid transit technologies, including light rail transit, bus rapid transit and various combinations of each. Following MoTI guidelines on MAE analysis, HDR produced quantitative and qualitative indicators for several accounts, including:
- Transportation user benefits account
- Land use/urban development account
- Financial account
- Deliverability account
- Economic development account
- Social/community account
- Environment account