Vancouver, BC – Members of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation gathered this morning at Waterfront Station to launch a region-wide campaign for a successful outcome on the upcoming transportation and transit vote.
“A ‘yes’ vote means more buses, better roads and more transit options all across the region. We are expecting one million more people over the next 30 years. A ‘yes’ vote will reduce commute times, protect the clean air we breathe and keep people and the economy moving,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, chair of the Mayors’ Council. “I’m campaigning for ‘yes’ because we need to take action now.”
“It’s time for communities south of the Fraser to get better access to transit and better roads. Our communities are growing fast and we need solutions,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, vice chair of the Mayors’ Council. “I’ve made this a top priority because we need to give people more travel choices and help keep goods and services moving to market.”
The mayors are working alongside the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, which is leading the “Vote Yes for Better Transit” campaign.
“Our constituents have told us to fix the transit and transportation problems plaguing our growing communities. Wasted time sitting in traffic jams, pass-ups by full buses or having no buses at all costs everyone. The mayors worked hard for months to come up with this plan that addresses these concerns and now it’s time to get these improvements funded,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, chair of Metro Vancouver Board of Directors.
All registered Metro Vancouver voters will receive ballots in the mail beginning March 16, and must return them by mail by May 29.