Chair Update – Decisions Today for Tomorrow’s Livable Region

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In the next 25 years, our region is expected to grow by one million people and 500,000 new jobs.

Metro Vancouver’s role as a regional partnership of 21 municipalities, one treaty First Nation, and one Electoral Area is to ensure that this growth sustains and enhances a livable region. Our regional growth strategy, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future, plans for a livable region by connecting people to jobs, ensuring access to a wide range of amenities and services, and supporting a sustainable transportation system.

Our region’s Urban Centres will continue to be the primary focus for future growth. Urban Centres are intended to be transit-oriented communities with diverse populations, a range of employment opportunities, public spaces, and lively cultural and entertainment amenities. Directing population and job growth to Urban Centres, and other transit-oriented locations such as Frequent Transit Development Areas, supports the development of compact complete communities, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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We understand how vital transportation is in our region. By focussing growth in Regional City Centres, Municipal Town Centres, and Frequent Transit Development Areas, we can expand and support an efficient transportation system to connect our communities. This type of planning benefits the Frequent Transit Network, where transit service is available at least every 15 minutes, most of the day, seven days a week.

It is clear that as our region grows, the transit system that supports and connects us must also grow.

Major transit upgrades and investments identified in the Mayors’ Council Transportation and Transit Plan clearly align with the concept of compact, complete communities envisioned in our regional growth strategy, Metro 2040. The two plans are intrinsically linked, and both must succeed if we are to achieve our vision for a livable region.

Metro 2040 focuses planning and growth to facilitate and support efficient transportation investments. Having a sustainable transportation system will support and enhance a livable region by connecting communities, and increasing access to jobs, amenities, and services. Metro Vancouver regularly creates Maps of the Month, andFebruary’s map illustrates this concept spatially.

????????????????????????Over the next six weeks, I will highlight examples that illustrate the connection between investing in transit and achieving the goals laid out in our regional growth strategy. These stories will demonstrate the long-term benefits of planning for growth and investing in transit for communities across our region.

Greg Moore
Chair – Metro Vancouver

2 thoughts on “Chair Update – Decisions Today for Tomorrow’s Livable Region

  1. Mr. Moore:

    Please replace transit with RAPID transit and you will see that the vision as outlined is flawed.

    No one that is using a car today will use more transit unless it is RAPID, i.e. an LRT, SkyTrain or subway. Only once car use is far more expensive and when faster alternatives exist will people use less cars. As such, the current 0.5% proposed sales tax increase will, and should, fail as it neither taxes car use more NOR delivers RAPID transit on these highly traveled dense routes:
    a) below Hastings to E-Van and then N-Burnaby, then onto N-Van
    b) to Jericho land then UBC
    c) along 41st Ave to Kerrisdale to Burnaby, connecting with Canada Line
    d) along Marine Drive in N-Van to Dundarave in W-Van
    e) to S-Richmond and Delta

    Before you ask the populace to pay more in taxes ask yourself, please:

    1) Why do we allow cars to park for free on roads ? Why not charge $200/month ?

    2) Why do we allow the use of expensive bridges, tunnels, highways or throughways for free, even for foreign fueled trucks or Teslas that do not pay a nickel of gasoline taxes here ?

    3) Why do we allow residents to use social services, education or healthcare if they pay no or almost no income taxes yet live in million $ condos and houses ?

    4)Why do we allow public sector unions to pay – from our already high taxes – excessive wages and benefits such as extended healthcare and pensions to people that work less and have lower risk of layoffs than comparably skilled private sector workers ?

    Only once those 4 areas are addressed AND car use is made more expensive AND more RAPID transit alternatives are available should you ask for more taxes. Until then: congestion and car use will prevail as this proposed plan will not decongest nor address the 4 issues mentioned !

    Please come back with a better plan !

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