A View Royal resident waits for a bus in her neighbourhood. (Goldstream News Gazette file photo)

Mayors seek change to regional transit commission appointment process

Members have the power to establish transit routes and set tax rates to fund transit services

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC) appoints members based on legislation in the BC Transit act and “not on a rotational basis.”

The decision to re-elect certain members for several years excludes some representatives of municipalities in Greater Victoria that have never held the position.

The mayors of View Royal and Central Saanich have sent multiple letters to the transportation minister asking for a change in how appointments are made, said View Royal Mayor David Screech.

ALSO READ: View Royal Mayor calls on province to change Victoria Transit Commission statute on appointments

The BC Transit Act states one mayor from Sidney, North Saanich or Central Saanich and one mayor from Colwood, Metchosin, View Royal, Langford, Highlands, Sooke or the electoral area director for Juan de Fuca be appointed to the commission.

Susan Brice, chair of the VRTC said she has “nothing to do with” the decision to re-elect the mayor of North Saanich and the mayor of Colwood while leaving out two others and seven other municipalities, respectively.

A representative for chief operating officer Brian Anderson similarly denied making the appointments and suggested a call to the provincial offices.

ALSO READ: Colwood mayor lands a seat on Greater Victoria transit commission

Commission members have the power to establish transit routes and set tax rates to fund transit services.

The lack of a rotational basis has made it difficult to table specific issues of municipalities, as such routing and delay issues, Screech previously told Black Press Media.

swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Telus headquarters to come to Victoria in ‘landmark building’ development

City sells land on coroner of Douglas and Humboldt streets for $8.1 million

Victoria man identified as victim in Thunder Bay murder

Police investigating after Paul Vivier, 29, discovered in hotel

Fire at Victoria hotel contained to one room, leaves 20 suites in need of remediation

Fire crews extinguished the blaze at the Comfort Inn in 12 minutes

University of Victoria chemist works to create at-home COVID-19 test

The test uses a sample of saliva, results are then read by an app

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Considerations made to keep Island community’s drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

Summer tubing ban on Cowichan River lifted

The Tube Shack opening on June 27

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

B.C. NDP says Andrew Wilkinson is wrong about federal link

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Most Read