Regarding downtown traffic and parking, allow me to further develop ideas set out by letter writer Leonard P. Piggin in the Jan. 25 edition of KTW (‘Joint project idea: city hall, BCLC, PAC, parkade’).
One of Piggin’s ideas is to re-develop the land on West Victoria Street to include a new BCLC building and a new parking facility.
Even if no new BCLC building is to be constructed, the land could nevertheless serve to solve downtown’s traffic and parking problems.
We could still build a parkade beside the existing BCLC building.
Because this parking lot would be a bit far from the centre of the action downtown, I further propose that we run shuttle buses east along Seymour Street as far as the downtown bus loop, then back west along Lansdowne Street to the parkade.
These shuttle buses would keep traffic out of downtown, reduce the need for street parking and get all riders within one or two blocks of any downtown establishment.
If desirable, the buses could also be detoured to Sagebrush Theatre on performance nights.
What rider capacity would be required and what the ridership fare would be will need some study and testing.
I’d like to see free electric shuttles run frequently enough that everybody would want to use them, whether people arrive downtown by car or bus or on foot.
I believe these ideas are worth some serious thought.
Ron Ste Marie