WATT was retained by BC Transit to complete a study of frequent transit corridor options for the Comox Valley, with the goal of recommending a preferred corridor where frequent service will be provided in the future and local routes would be re-planned to provide access to/from the frequent corridor. The work builds on the Transit Future Plan (TFP) from 2011, which identified a preferred corridor, and considers alternative corridor options. The study was led by our transportation planning group based in the Victoria office.
To complete the project, our team went through a process of technical study and option evaluation. The option evaluation was based on a series of technical assessments. We initially assessed existing bus travel times along the two routes followed by modelling future bus times in the future. We also quantified the impact of transit priority measures on streets perpendicular to the frequent corridor to understand the potential impacts on traffic. The project also included a robust GIS analysis; our team evaluated the the corridors’ ridership potential using land use designations as the basis for a potential build-out scenario, then considered 25-year resident and employee densities within 100m, 200m and 400m of each corridor. The results from the technical assessments were then used to complete a multi-criteria analysis that illustrated the trade-offs of each route option. Our team used the results to recommend a preferred corridor.
The study was completed under the direction of BC Transit and the Comox Valley Regional District with local municipalities (Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland) and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) as key stakeholders. Due to the involvement of various jurisdictions, a number of political sensitivities needed to be managed. Our team’s pro-active communication approach and rigorous assessment allowed stakeholders to be meaningfully involved and share feedback in a productive way.