New buses being added to Victoria, British Columbia's transit fleet are being warmly welcomed, but this editorial argues much more needs to be done to deal with the area's increasing congestion and mobility issues.
"Transit says the new buses will be used to expand service and relieve overcrowding on peak runs. There have been increasing complaints about jammed buses unable to pick up waiting passengers. The new buses will add about seven per cent to system capacity."
"The $12.8-million purchase is welcome. But much more needs to be done to lure drivers out of their cars and on to the buses."
"Regional transit is trapped in a catch-22 situation familiar to many businesses. The service isn't adequate to attract new customers now commuting by car. Without more customers, it's difficult to justify -- or pay for -- expanded service."
"Sensible highway improvements are part of the solution."
"But there is no indication the province is prepared to make capital region infrastructure a priority, as it has the Lower Mainland's Gateway Project. And practically, road improvements will be difficult and controversial."
"Which leaves public transit as the most important way to avoid the coming crisis."