Sooke Park & Ride Expansion
To better serve customers in Sooke, the upgraded Sooke Park & Ride now has 75 additional vehicle spots, for a total 99 stalls, split between two sites on either side of Highway 14 at Sooke River Road.
The expanded lot eliminates overflow conditions that occurred at the previous Park & Ride, makes parking more convenient and entices more commuters to take transit.
Two 'on highway' bus bays allow the buses to stay on the highway, improving timing. Each bus bay has a modern transit shelter for customers, designed by and Tara Precision of Victoria.
To create an safe place for customers to catch their bus, BC Transit also implemented on-street lighting and highly visible signage. A pedestrian controlled crosswalk allows customers, including school children, to travel safely between the two sites. Enhancing customer experience of the facility, surrounding grounds are landscaped and well maintained.
Bike lockers and racks allow BC Transit customers to link to transit using other modes of sustainable transportation. In August 2011, the lockers were painted by Edward Milne Community School students, demonstrating a sense of local interest by Sooke residents. Bike lockers are maintained by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.
The total budget for the project was $832,000, with an additional $20,000 a year for maintenance and utilities.
Funding for the Sooke Park & Ride is cost shared between BC Transit and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.
The maintenance and operations of the Sooke Park & Ride is managed
by BC Transit.