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90-Day Action Plan to #CureCongestion

May 29, 2017

B.C.’s new government must be ready to make quick decisions this summer on urgent Metro Vancouver transportation projects 

May 29, 2017 (New Westminster) – The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation and the TransLink Board joined forces today to send a 90-Day Action Plan for Metro Vancouver Transportation to all parties and all newly elected MLAs in the region.

The 90-Day Action Plan calls on the new provincial government to be ready to make quick decisions over the summer and fall to formally fund the next phase of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation. Fast provincial action is needed to avoid costly project delays, and to put B.C. first in line for federal transit funding.

“This region has waited long enough for provincial action on the 10-Year Vision. Residents and businesses want to see the benefits of better transit and transportation now, and avoid the cost increases that come with more delays or referendums,” said Mayors’ Council Chair, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The 90-Day Action Plan describes five priority areas requiring government decisions by the fall: an immediate, formal approval of provincial funding for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project a 40% “fair share” provincial contribution new transit projects, including $2.2 billion in matching funding for South of Fraser LRT, the Broadway subway, and a $360 million share to upgrade the existing SkyTrain system, and more bus service across the region legislating a new development levy for transportation, so that new development helps TransLink pay for more transit service to serve a growing population real collaboration with the region’s mayors to identify fair, affordable revenue sources to pay for the remaining share of the 10-Year Vision. Eliminating the referendum requirement on Metro Vancouver transportation projects.

“TransLink and the Mayors’ Council have spent the past 18 months preparing these projects, and now we are looking to all parties to commit to work with us, in a true collaboration, to seal the deal by this fall so we start construction in early 2018,” said Mayor Robertson. “All parties need to recognize that Metro Vancouver’s transit and transportation investment needs must be front and centre as the government is formed and gets to work.”

“We look forward to working with the next provincial government and all parties, and getting to the table as quickly as possible to move ahead with these projects, so we can continue reducing congestion on our roads and overcrowding on our transit system,” added Board Chair Lorraine Cunningham.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ABOUT #CURECONGESTION

The Cure Congestion campaign, an initiative of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, aimed to educate the region’s voters about the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation and ensure transportation was a key issue in the lead up to the May 9th B.C. election. www.mayorscouncil.ca.

ABOUT THE 10-YEAR VISION FOR METRO VANCOUVER TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION

Phase One of the 10-Year Vision, a $2 billion plan, includes more frequent public transit service, road improvements and active transportation infrastructure. Phase One was approved in November 2016 and is being rolled out by TransLink starting this year. Two-thirds, or $1.3 billion, of the total capital and operating costs of the plan was funded from TransLink’s existing funding sources, cost savings and efficiencies, and new regional revenue sources.

Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision includes urgently-needed infrastructure such as the Millennium Line Broadway Extension in Vancouver, a new LRT system in Surrey, and replacement of the aging Pattullo Bridge, as well as additional road improvements and expansion of bus, rail and HandyDART services to meet the needs of our region’s growing population.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

TransLink Media, 778.375.7788 or media@translink.ca

Mike Buda, Mayors’ Council Secretariat, 604.307.2839 or media@mayorscouncil.ca

Katie Robb, Mayor’s Office, Vancouver, 778.918.7973


90-Day Action Plan to #CureCongestion

The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation and the TransLink Board of Directors calls on all provincial parties, and all Metro Vancouver MLAs, to commit to:

  1. Formally approve one-third provincial funding for the full scope of the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project, and a toll revenue replacement agreement, by July, to avoid a bridge closure in 2023.
  2. Confirm a 40% provincial funding share by September to the remaining transit and transportation projects in the 10-Year Vision, including $2.2 billion to match federal funding for rapid transit to put B.C. first in line for federal transit funding for the South of Fraser LRT and Broadway subway, $360 million to the SkyTrain Upgrade Project, to avoid future overcrowding of our existing rapid transit network, and support for new buses, and major roads, walking and cycling infrastructure.
  3. Develop a fair regional funding strategy with the Mayors’ Council by September, to keep Phase Two Plan of the 10-Year Vision on track and avoid costly delays.
  4. Eliminate the referendum requirement for Metro Vancouver transportation projects by September, and instead use existing public consultation and engagement mechanisms to establish and confirm public support.
  5. Schedule the authorization of a new development levy for transportation, approved by the Mayors’ Council in November, 2016, in the Fall 2017 legislative session, to avoid rolling back planned transit improvements from the Phase One Plan of the 10-Year Vision.

The Mayors’ Council and Board have tasked its respective Chairs and Vice Chairs, supported by the Funding Strategy Committee, to meet within 30-days with these provincial leaders to move the 90-Day #CureCongestion Action Plan forward:

  • The new Minister responsible for TransLink
  • The Metro Vancouver caucuses of the BC Liberals and BC NDP
  • The BC Green Party caucus

For more information: Mike Buda, Mayors’ Council, mike.buda@mayorscouncil.ca.

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