Disappointing news for transit expansion
The provincial government has declined to allow the Transit Commission to add 2 cents to the gas tax. Reliable and efficient transit connections are a key part of making a great biking region. Expanding and maintaining the quality of transit service and continuing the project of making our region more livable will certainly be more difficult without the enhanced revenue stream that this small hike in the gas tax represents.
The GVCC, along with Walk On, WE Bike and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, wrote a joint letter of support (PDF) for the 2 cent/litre hike to the commission.
We hope that the new provincial government honours Victoria’s request to expand transit in the region and will work with the newly-created Better Transit Alliance to help make that reality.