The Downtown Victoria Business Association has announced it will launch Victoria’s first park-and-ride on April 1.

Commuters will be able to park at the former 53-vehicle Metro Lexus Toyota auto dealership lot on Frances Avenue at Douglas Street and then hop onto a bus that will take them into the downtown core.

The park-and-ride will be managed by Robbins Parking and cost $100 per month, which includes a monthly bus pass.

The DVBA says the initiative is in response to business owners’ complaints of employees not having places to park in the downtown area.

“We hear the frustration of our business owners that their employees do not have places to park and that downtown parking is getting too expensive for their staff,” said DVBA executive director Kerri Milton.

“The DVBA cares about our downtown, so we want to help come up with solutions that make it easier to shop, work, live, and play downtown.”

The DVBA has partnered with the City of Victoria, Robbins Parking, the Pattison Group and B.C. Transit to make it happen.

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