as i was looking at the harbour ferries i changed my mind, bc transit doesn't need to take them over. they have different purposes and if someone wants to tootle about for 45 minutes on a sunny day & hear the rattenbury story i don't have a problem with them having that option. i'm thinking of people who have a schedule to stick to & want to keep victoria moving & git 'er done though. so i'm sure it might be a nice ride it should get them from A to B at least as fast as a bus currently for people to use it on their daily commute. & i think that's realistic because since there's so little other traffic (especially beyond the trestle) & no stoplights it's almost like a grade-separated subway or skytrain. to see just how easy it would be to do this, the kennet & avon canal connects bristol with reading, is 140km & consists of 105 locks. originally it was built to transport freight but fell into disuse soon after the railways were built in western england. over the course of many years beginning with volunteers it was finally restored and is now used mainly by tourists looking for adventure. at certain points the canal boats have to share a river (avon or thames) with other traffic and the people (who likely aren't expert pilots) seem to manage just fine anyway. there are also the 105 locks to navigate. if they can manage something like that without incident i don't see how we could screw this up.
if we're going to think of the gorge as a street i think this is the right way to look at it
- western terminus could connect with the helmcken park-&-ride in some way. it would probably require some dredging to create a channel where the bus would dock. portage inlet looks more like a mud flat there due to all the silt from craigflower creek but i think it would be a big benefit to be close to the park & ride.
- next stop would be on craigowan. there's a part in the middle where there is already a small parking lot and it is too narrow to build anything. so put a bus stop on the eastern side which has no silt buildup
- next for obvious reasons of connections to other modes is admirals rd. one could mark the route under the bridge with buoys to make sure the ferry makes it through where there is the most clearance.
- a couple options along gorge rd are an existing boat launch (you can see the steps down to the water line from the path) or at the new public-washroom facility. or both, who says there has to be just one route?
- next is gorge park. this may be a good spot for a floating tea house or something like that for someone who wants to stop in on the way home or whatever
- next is gorge point pub. i wouldn't way i have a preference about a lock there, blowing away the offending rocks, or switching to smaller-draft here buses for the upper-gorge section. as we can see though, this is only the halfway point between johnson st & portage inlet so i think we'd miss a lot if the transit route ends here. again, this is a multimodal node like at admirals where people can walk/bike/bus/boat/drive which i think is an obvious benefit
- then there's a quiet narrow section before the banfield natural stadium where we would have concerts with a floating barge stage. the park maybe needs some light landscaping to smooth out the seating area but nothing drastic, the potential is definitely there. there's also the vic west residential area & connection to the galloping goose not far away
- then glo pub, selkirk waterfront, gorge rd, another connection to the galloping goose
- bay st, another obvious multimodal connection. whether to have one also at pt ellice house i don't have a preference. the one on the south shore is at the intersection of the galloping goose & bay st, harbour rd & westside village are right there
- a stop at rock bay to connect with the pedestrian bridge & north end of store st
- canoe brewpub, chinatown, store st, johnson st, connection to the #15, #24 & $25 buses
i think these stops aren't that surprising. the current water taxi already uses most of them
- i don't know whether a terminus at ogden point would be needed but that could service that part of james bay
- west bay marina, on head st, on the bus 25 route & near esquimalt/head & connection to the #15
- fisherman's wharf, obvious
- new marina in songhees, again obvious
- inner harbour causeway vs ship point I went with ship point mainly because of the rebuilt festival area & i think it would be less congested there. no real preference though