commenter brought up the belleville terminal as a new location
“We want to see [people] dropped off in the downtown core,” said Frank Bourree, board chairman of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and a tourism consultant. “However, they don’t need a big bus depot, really. You could drop off passengers on the sidewalk downtown somewhere.”
Fairmont Empress Hotel owner Nat Bosa hopes to build a high-end residential rental property on his bus-depot property. He is also spending $30 million to upgrade the Empress and its grounds.
Losing the bus depot is not a dramatic blow, since the property could be better used, Bourree said.
But, he said, the drop-off for passengers needs to be located south of Johnson Street and as close to the harbour as possible.
John Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Transportation Ltd., which leases space at the current depot and operates Grey Line Sightseeing double-decker buses and an airport service, favours a much smaller location downtown.
A downtown storefront for tickets and parcels, a small waiting area and curbside pickup and drop-off area for passengers are all that’s required, Wilson said, adding buses would be there for only five to 15 minutes. “It doesn’t have to be a stand-alone building.”
All three companies that use the depot — Pacific Coach, Greyhound and Wilson’s — realized that the facility was not long for this world, Wilson said.
The property is leased on a monthly basis to Greyhound Canada, which acts as Pacific Coach’s on-site agent.
Edited by amor de cosmos, 22 November 2014 - 08:37 AM.