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Air your views on LRT funding

Feb 01 2012

The Capital Regional District wants more public feedback on possible funding options for Greater Victoria's proposed light transit system.

A joint task force of the CRD and B.C. Transit is preparing a report on local funding options before presenting a business plan to the federal government later this year.

Light rail transit systems usually require one-third local funding and another one-third each coming from the provincial and federal governments. Victoria's LRT is estimated to cost $950 million.

Last month, the task force posted online surveys for residents to submit ideas. So far, 80 residents have participated and about 60 have signed up for public forums scheduled for Feb. 14 to 16.

"We're seeing some new ideas and themes emerge from the 80 responses we've received so far," said Bob Lapham, chairman of the local funding task force. Lapham is also general manager for CRD planning and protective services.

B.C. Transit completed phase one of the project, which cost an estimated $3.1 million. Before moving to phase two, the joint task force of the CRD and B.C. Transit must complete its report on local funding options.

Phase two will cost about $5 million for a detailed business case, which will include an independent review. Construction will start in phase three.

Anyone wanting to participate in the focus groups must sign up by Feb. 5. The online survey can be found at www.lrtlocalfunding.ca.

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