Next phase of bus-only lanes to get federal funding

The next phase of region's bus-only lanes is moving ahead with federal funding help.

Federal Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough visited the legislature to make the announcement.

"Today I'm pleased to announce that we'll be contributing more than $4.9-million dollars to support the construction of southbound bus-only lane along the Highway-1 and Douglas Street corridor," said Qualtrough.

This phase will be between the area where Burnside Road passes under the highway and Tolmie Avenue. The northbound bus-only lane was recently completed on that same stretch of highway.

"Once the bus lane is built, the entire corridor from Burnside Bridges to Fisgard will have priority bus lanes in both directions, which will obviously save people time on their commutes," said BC's Minister of Transportation, Claire Trevena.

The idea is to give transit buses a way to get around traffic jams. The first lanes were built starting in 2014.

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