• Petitioned Christy Clark

This petition was delivered to:

Premier of British Columbia, BC Liberal Party
Christy Clark
Leader, BC Green Party
Jane Sterk
Minister of Transportation, Government of BC
Mary Polak
MLA, Leader, BC NDP
Adrian Dix
Leader, BC Conservative Party
John Cummins

Minister of Transportation, Government of BC: Develop sustainable and equitable funding for transit in Metro Vancouver

    1. Get OnBoard BC
    2. Petition by

      Get OnBoard BC

      Vancouver, Canada

On an average day, there are hundreds of thousands of trips daily on Metro Vancouver's public transit system. Whether you take the Expo Line from King George to Waterfront, the 99 B-Line from Commercial to UBC, the SeaBus from Lonsdale Quay to Downtown Vancouver, ride a bike down 41st Avenue, or drive your vehicle over the Port Mann Bridge every morning, you use Vancouver’s extensive transportation network.

However, the current public transit system lacks three key things: the ability to handle current capacity, lack of service options to rural and suburban areas, and sustainable funding to provide for future growth.

In order to meet the increasing demand in ridership, we need a sustainable and equitable regional funding solution to fund our public transit system.

As current mechanisms are either drying up (like the gas tax) or aren't currently deployed (such as the vehicle levy), public transit in Metro Vancouver is at the tipping point. If we continue down this path of increasing costs with shrinking revenue and funding, our transit system will be unable to function even at current service levels, with the potential for more service cuts across the board and the cancelation of any needed future infrastructure projects.

The real root of the problem lies with decision makers in Victoria. When the Mayors of Metro Vancouver colectively agreed that a new funding formula is needing, politicans in the provincial government left them flapping in the wind without any consultation or even discussion. Officials are unwilling to sit down at the table and work with each regional partner to find a collective and agreeable solution, instead, opting to work in different silos. If our world-class public transit system is to continue to serve the people of Metro Vancouver, this type of activity cannot be allowed to continue. 

At the end of the day, the people of Metro Vancouver have a choice: do we want to have public transit that serves the region as our population grows or are we satisfied with the status quo?

It’s time to Get OnBoard.

 

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    • Antje Wahl NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Better and more transit is needed for a strong economy in the region.

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    • Angela Dion DELTA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I never thought I'd be a dedicated transit user til I lived in London, England. Yes they had existing infrastructure but are continually expanding too. They've got public and private funding for their Underground. So should we.

      http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/transportation-logistics/london-underground-public-private-partnership.jhtml

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    • Jessie Wang LANGLEY, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      UBC student -- would like to be able to commute to save renting costs

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    • Joshua Ma VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      The Broadway Corridor is the 2nd employment centre in the region after downtown. It needs rapid transit now.

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    • Ben Remocker VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      The UBC/Broadway subway line will transform the west side of Vancouver into a hub of activity instead of a wasteland of foreign owned and unused mega mansions. This is can be the best area in the world to live, but only if it's accessible and growing.

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