… if it hopes to win the transit referendum. From a friend of a friend in White Rock:
WHITE ROCK FRIEND:
I think you are wrong when you say that I can’t see the relevance of transit. I can see it. I was talking specifically about the need for improved transit on Broadway in Vancouver. Makes sense to me. However I see it as a Vancouver specific issue that has been created by densification.
I bet today was the first time that I have been to Vancouver in six months. What I am saying is that investing billions on Broadway is not important to me as I live in an area that barely has bus service and before we recently moved from Surrey to White Rock I lived in a 20 square mile area that did not have any bus service.
I wrote down the names of the ten people that I know the best and who are still working. Of the ten, none travel to Vancouver to work. They seldom go to Vancouver. They go to Langley. They go to Delta. They go to Surrey. They go to Richmond. But they don’t go to Vancouver itself. Isn’t that interesting? To us today, traveling to Vancouver for a meeting was like a field trip to another part of the world.
Yes, we are all under the Metro Vancouver umbrella but the reality is that people in White Rock and Surrey are no longer dependent on Vancouver for anything. We have so much in our own communities that we are losing our connection to Vancouver.
So do I see the relevance of transit in the areas that they serve? Rather than something that you are “up against” I think that what I am exhibiting is the reality of how many of us who live outside of Vancouver and no longer travel to Vancouver for services of any kind are thinking.