Panel urges better representation for Greater Victoria transit

A B.C government transit review panel calls for improved representation for Greater Victoria's transit service, saying the status quo does not allow for efficient regional planning.

The three-member review panel spent five months reviewing B.C. Transit and its relationship as the government's contractor for province-wide transit services.

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The report, released Tuesday, considers three options for improving the existing governance model for the Victoria Regional Transportation Commission. A review of the commission does not favour the current model of having just seven representatives from five municipalities making decisions for the whole region.

Members considered two other options, including a transit takeover by the Capital Regional District as well as increasing the size and role of the current commission to improve representation throughout the region.

The study of Greater Victoria's system is part of a province-wide analysis of transit that advises Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom to increase the role municipal governments have in making local transit decisions.

"I'm pretty confident at the end of the day we're going find a solution that works for the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, the people of Victoria region," Lekstrom said.

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