Transportation Minister Todd Stone released this yesterday:
For Matt Taylor, this jumped out:
- 93% of Lower Mainland residents surveyed agreed that “IMPROVING AND INCREASING TRANSIT SERVICES FOR COMMUNITIES ACROSS B.C.” should be a priority
- While only 57% of Lower Mainland residents surveyed agreed that “CONTINUING TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE HIGHWAY CAPACITY, BRIDGES AND SIDE ROADS” should be a priority
Also worth checking out the “Lower Mainland/Province-Wide Stakeholder Groups” starting at No. 34 on page 24, like these:
Vancouver Board of Trade (Vancouver) Stakeholder Meeting:
1. Transportation planning: Participants suggested the need for a balanced plan, noting that the content in the Discussion Guide makes it seem as though the plan will be primarily focused on roads. Participants emphasized the need for a balanced plan that considers all transportation priorities.
Pemberton Stakeholder Meeting:
1. Connecting communities: Participants stressed the importance of transit connecting all communities to allow employment opportunities for residents.
Pemberton First Nations Meeting
1. Transit: Participants stressed the importance of improving transit for members to travel to work.
BC Chamber of Commerce Stakeholder Meeting
3. Transportation planning: Participants discussed transportation and transit funding concerns, noting that considering an optimal funding mechanism for urban regions may be necessary.
Disability Alliance BC Stakeholder Meeting
1. Transit: The participant noted that increased and accessible public transit is important for servicing the diverse needs of the population, for reducing congestion on roads, and for providing people with the necessary services so they can get where they need to go.
Business Council of BC Stakeholder Meeting
1. Transportation planning: The participant suggested this is not the time to cut back on capital spending.
2. Transit: The participant noted that transit is an important consideration in this region.
Some follow-up in the news coverage:
… transit services outside the Metro Vancouver area will get a $312 million boost over the next three years.
With half the population, Metro Vancouver taxpayers will presumably be paying a significant portion of that. Will any other city or region have to vote for their local contribution?
Secondly, on CBC, Andrew Chang repeatedly asked the Minister what his Plan B was if the referendum failed. No Plan B, said the Minister, repeatedly; they’re presuming Yes. (Then, logically, why have a referendum at all?)
But how could there not be a Plan B? By default, it will be more roads and bridges, as called for the in the plan, paid with provincial dollars. Or is the Province content to let Metro grow – another 600,000 vehicles over the next three decades (see Matt Taylor’s video for what that means) – with no investment in either transit or roads?
And if it’s roads, what happens at the borders of Vancouver after the Province has spent billions on road widening, freeway expansion and massive new bridges to get the traffic literally to the borders of Vancouver?
Get ready for Freeway Fight 2.0.