On the Mayors’ Transportation Plan

For Immediate Release:

Moving in a Livable Region Consortium Endorse Mayors’ Council Transportation Investment Plan

There are times in a region’s history when it is necessary for politicians to move beyond their narrow political interests and collaborate to create a broader vision for the region.  The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has done just that with their recently released transportation investment plan. They have demonstrated strong leadership by creating a vision for how Metro Vancouver’s transportation system can develop to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and the broader regional economy. “Metro Vancouver competes globally with other cities to attract people, businesses, and entrepreneurs. The region is expected to grow by a million new residents in the next 30 years and while other cities have invested significantly in their transportation infrastructure, Metro Vancouver has not kept pace”, said Shauna Sylvester, SFU Centre for Dialogue and Convener of Moving in a Livable Region.

The new plan outlines a series of transportation improvements that will move people and goods more efficiently and safely. Better roads with fewer cars on the road means less congestion and faster movement of goods and services. An expanded public transit system will decrease people’s commuting times and open up time for other priorities.  And more night buses, better supports for people who rely on HandyDart and investments in walking and bike infrastructure will foster safer communities.

The Moving in a Livable Region consortium, a grouping of the regions’ leading business groups, local government, unions, developers and transportation advocacy organizations endorsed the Mayors’ Council vision.  A list of press releases from the member organizations can be found here.

“It’s a very strong plan,” said Sylvester following the groups’ briefing with Chair of the Mayors’ Council Richard Walton, and Investment Plan Sub-Committee Chair Mayor Greg Moore, “it sets the vision for a vibrant and livable region and builds on the legacy and vision fostered since the 1970s by the region’s planners and by TransLink”.

Click here for a list of members of Moving in a Livable Region.

The full transportation plan is available online here.

Members of the Moving in a Livable Region consortium are actively engaging the media. Links to members’ press releases are provided below:

Alma Mater Society (AMS) of UBC Responds to regional 30 Year Transportation Investment Strategy

Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) Applauds Transportation Vision

Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE): Mayors’ Council transit plan good news for transit users, drivers, economy and environment

City of Surrey: Regional Transportation Plan will reduce congestion, address growth and increase transportation choices

Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) Supports Mayors’ Council Transportation Strategy

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area (DVBIA) Supports Mayor’s Council 30-Year Strategy: Downtown’s Future at Risk if No Investments Made

HandyDART Riders will Campaign for Mayors’ Transit Plan in Referendum

HASTeBC: The Future of Transportation in Metro Vancouver

Mayor Gregor Robertson: Regional Transportation Plan moves Metro Vancouver forward

Surrey Board of Trade has thrown its full support behind a proposed $7.5 billion transit plan

Tourism Vancouver applauds transportation vision—a note from Chair Bob Lindsay

UBC: Rapid rail line to Arbutus a solid first step in improving transit along Broadway corridor

Urban Development Institute (UDI) Supports Mayors’ Council Transportation Vision for Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Board of Trade Reaction to Mayors’ Council Transportation Strategy