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: