Still lots of questions around transit referendum
The year is coming to a close, and we still have no word from the Provincial government about the referendum Premier Clark announced in May to deal with transit funding and Translink.
Basic questions that still need to be answered: When will it be held? (Probably to coincide with municipal elections in November, but not confirmed). What will the question or questions be? What will constitute approval or defeat? 50% +1? More?
While information on the transportation referendum is scarce, one thing is certain: we have to make sure that this referendum passes. Too much is at stake. A functioning transportation system is vital for our personal lives, for our businesses, and for our whole region. High congestion on many roads and a public transit system that is already reaching its capacity indicate that we need additional revenue – especially with Metro Vancouver’s increasing population.
To support the goal of a positive outcome for the referendum, a broad-based coalition of almost 30 organizations from across the region called GetOnBoard BC has been launched. The coalition supports expansion of current public transit systems throughout Metro Vancouver, including the establishment of new rapid transit lines and many more buses.
For further information about GetOnBoard BC, visit them here .
Meanwhile, BEST continues to be involved with Moving in a Liveable Region, which is a great source for information on transportation in Metro Vancouver including quizzes, surveys and the results of recent citizen summits. Visit them here.
To tell us what you think, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Expect to hear much more from BEST on this important issue in the coming months. For some facts & figures about transportation in the Metro region, you may want to check out our information handout.