Nanaimo secures C$15 million for Downtown Transit Service Exchange Project

Nanaimo secures C$15 million for Downtown Transit Service Exchange Project Image credit: BC Transit

The Nanaimo Downtown Exchange project supporting the public transit system in the city of Nanaimo has received a joint investment of more than C$15 million (US$11 million). The exchange will support a series of transit service changes to improve bus circulation and increase transit service level frequency for the Transit Future Network. 

The government of Canada is investing C$6 million (US$4.4 million) in the project while the government of British Columbia is investing C$6 million (US$4.4 million), the Regional District of Nanaimo is contributing C$3 million (US$2.2 million) and the city of Nanaimo is contributing the land. The government of Canada’s funding comes from the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The project will include the construction of an expanded off-street transit exchange on Terminal Avenue at Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo for future transit expansion in the Regional District of Nanaimo. The project also includes an operator rest facility and layover parking nearby on Cavan Street. The facility will include washroom and break room facilities, bus layover parking and upgrades to allow safe access and use of the site and is designed to provide improved operator working conditions.

The transit exchange will be designed for the Security Achieved through Functional Environmental Design Standard certification, which is the industry standard to physical security that reduces the risk and fear of crime by design, policy and shaping public spaces. 

Source: BC Transit