A Voter’s Guide to Transit and Transportation in the 2017 B.C. Election
Metro Vancouver traffic congestion: It totally disrupts our lives. It drives up our blood pressure and damages our health.
It costs both workers and employers millions of dollars in wasted time. It erodes our economic competitiveness. Improving mobility is one of the two largest issues facing people in Metro Vancouver, after all of the challenges and complexities of housing affordability.
And vehicle exhaust emissions are the largest carbon footprint in our region. They clog up our lungs with deadly pollutants while damaging our air quality.
Yet in this election we’re not hearing enough from our political candidates about how they plan on addressing this issue.
And this is a cause of great concern for the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition.
On Tuesday, May 2, we hosted a public forum and webcast titled "A Voter's Guide to Transit and Transportation in the 2017 BC Election." at Simon Fraser University.
Here is a video of the discussion:
And with just days left in the election, we shared "Six steps to better transportation in Metro Vancouver" on The Tyee:
"It’s clear that we are on the right track to improve our transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver. We appreciate the path that the Mayors’ Council and TransLink are travelling.
And we appreciate the investments all levels of government are committing to the first and second phases of the Mayors 10-Year Plan.
But much more needs to be done to provide long-range funding for capital projects, and more needs to be done to ensure there is sustainable funding for the operations and management of our regional transit and transportation.
Please do your part to enlist the support of the political candidates in your riding today. There’s not much time. Drop by their offices before May 9 – send an email – tell them you are voting for better transit and transportation – so we can all get moving!"
And remember to vote for better transit and transportation on May 9!
On behalf of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition,
Elizabeth Model is Chair of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition and CEO, Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.
Gavin McGarrigle is BC Area Director of UNIFOR.
Peter Ladner is a Director of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition and Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation.
Timothy David is a Director of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition and Vice-President for External of the BCIT Students Association.