Your move: how can we expand public transit in the Lower Mainland?

The Lower Mainland’s population is growing and in many areas public transportation can’t keep up with demand. Commuters along the busy Broadway corridor face overcrowded buses and frequent pass-ups. In the rapidly-developing communities south of the Fraser, it has been more than two decades since new rapid transit infrastructure has been built. The economic benefits of transit expansion would be significant, and the cost of inaction would be severe. However, Translink’s current funding model is inadequate for an expansion, and even maintaining the status quo will require new money. While more transit options are clearly required, should the projects be prioritized and who should pay for these improvements?

Moderator

Stephen Quinn – Host, CBC’s On the Coast

Panelists

Ian Druce, BCom’97 – Director, Steer Davies Gleave
Lawrence Frank – Professor in Sustainable Transportation and Health, UBC
Ian Jarvis, BCom’78 – CEO, TransLink
Carole Jolly, MA’03 (Planning) – Director of Transportation Planning, UBC Campus & Community Planning
Paul LeeP.Eng. – Rapid Transit & Strategic Projects Manager, City of Surrey

This event took place on November 18, 2013 in Burnaby.