As you know, there is likely going to be a referendum of transit funding next year. Many organizations are beginning to champion the importance of transit to help win the referendum.
Moving in a Livable Region —operated out of the SFU Centre for Dialogue— is one such coalition which includes boards of trade, local government, and transportation advocacy organizations.
As noted on their website, “Moving in a Livable Region is committed to preparing Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders for the referendum by providing information on transportation issues and funding options for the region in the context of the upcoming vote.”
I’ve talked with people a Moving in a Livable Region, and one of their major goals is to provide fact-based information on transit and its importance in Metro Vancouver. Over the coming months, more resource will be posted to their website.
Afternoon events can be tricky to get to, but the following event that they are hosting looked interesting.
Are you frustrated with the politics around our region's transportation network? Are the mixed messages on transit and upcoming referendum leading you astray? Transportation is important, it has an oversized impact on the region's economy, energy use, emissions, and livability. While Metro Vancouver is widely known as being one of the best places in the world to live and has a leading public transit system, road vehicles are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the region, accounting for 36% of the region's emissions. Moreover, by 2041 Metro Vancouver is projected to have a million new people, 600,000 more jobs, and 700,000 more vehicles on the road; the costs of congestion in our region have been pegged as high as $1.5 billion per year.
The decisions that govern, plan, and pay for our transit, roads, cycling, and walking networks are incredibly complex and require good public engagement. However, citizens and stakeholders are being inundated with contradictory information around the current state and future direction of our transportation system.
Join us as we host a public dialogue on transportation and launch Moving in a Livable Region, a new initiative of the SFU Centre for Dialogue that seeks to engage and educate Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders on transportation issues. Our panelists will discuss transportation, the economy, and what is needed to ensure high livability in the region.