Thursday, March 5, 2015

Last Night’s Mayors’ Plan Information Event

I wasn’t sure how many people would turn up, but I was happy to see that about 40 people took the time out of their busy schedules to attend an information evening I put together for people to learn more about our region's mayors’ transit and transportation plan.

I gave a brief introduction, then we heard from Mike Buda who is the executive director for the Mayors’ Council. He started by busting some myths about TransLink, and then did a deep-dive on the mayors’ transit and transportation plan.

Mike Buda from the Mayors' Council talking about the transit and transportation plan.

After, Interim Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Victoria Lee talked on how the Mayors’ Plan will make people healthier. She said it was important that the mayors' plan was approved as it will support improving the quality of life for everyone. She noted that seniors have the most to gain as far as quality of life is concerned. Dr. Lee said that the plan will not only improve the physical health of seniors, but also their mental health. Transit will allow more seniors to independently get around to visit their friends, go shopping, and have access to all required services.

At most of these types of events, people line up at the end to ask the presenters questions. I’ve never really liked that format as you don’t get a chance to have good discussions.

At the end of the presentations, I invited people to the front where information posters where available. Mayors’ Council reps, Mike Buda, Dr. Victoria Lee, and I were then able to have some good conversations with people.

Some people asked to see the map of transit improvements for Langley which is part of the Mayors’ Plan, and the slides from Mike Buda’s presentation. I have posted them below.

Langley Transit Improvement Map

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Download Map PDF.

Mayors' Council Presentation

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Infographic: What would you do with $300 per year?

One of the interesting things about the upcoming transportation and transit plebiscite is that people will be voting yes to raise the PST in Metro Vancouver by 0.5% to pay for better transit and roads. Now intuitively you’d think it would mean more money out of your pocket. Interesting enough by voting yes, you’ll actually be putting money into your pocket. Building better transit and improving our roads will cut the time it takes your to get around. As they say, time is money. But besides time savings, there is actual savings to be had a well.

If you drive your car, you’ll actually save real money just because there is less congestion. If you can get rid of your car or drive less, you could save thousands of dollars per year. What would you do with that money?

I put together this infographic, based on some of the information contained in the recently released report “Household Cost Savings From the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan.” If you can switch to using transit, the saving are even larger.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TransLink’s HandyDART Service Satisfaction Increased in 2014

TransLink’s HandyDART service has been in the news over the last little while, but most of the stories haven’t been positive. HandyDART provides door-to-door service for people with physical or cognitive disabilities who would need assistance using regular public transit.

Since 2010, TransLink has commissioned Ipsos Reid to perform an annual customer service performance survey. Ipsos Reid contacted current HandyDART users to find out what they think of the system. The goal of the survey is to find out what users think of the system, their usage of the service, and what could be done to improve service.

Performance of HandyDART among past month users. Select graphic to enlarge.

When it comes to providing a safe, welcoming environment for users, TransLink's HandyDART service gets an “A”. HandyDART drivers are trained to assist users who have disabilities. Overall service satisfaction has been steadily climbing from 66% in 2010 to 73% in 2014.

Interesting enough, South of Fraser HandyDART users score the service higher than other HandyDART users.

On-Time reliable, service availability, and ease of booking of HandyDART are areas where improvements could be made. This is no surprising considering that TransLink has limited financial resources to keep up with the demand for HandyDART service. Interesting enough, a “Yes” vote in the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plebiscite would result in a 30% increase in HandyDART service. For more information, check out the full 2014 HandyDART Customer Service Performance Survey.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Infographic: What’s in it for Langley if people vote yes

Over the past several weeks, I have been posting infographics to help people in Langley make an informed decision for the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. Ballots are being mailed out shortly, and people who live in Metro Vancouver can start voting on March 16th.

There just isn’t a lot of information getting to people about the Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. I would guess that a good amount of people do not know what is in the Mayors’ Plan. In the past week, I’ve talked to two different people who were going to vote No until I told them what was in the plan. In Langley City, one person didn’t realize that the Mayors’ Plan included light rail to Langley.

With that in mind, this week’s infographic focus on what’s in it for Langley if people vote to approve the Mayors’ Plan.

Voting Yes to the Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax means more transportation options in Langley. Select infographic to enlarge.