Jan 22/08: Metro Vancouver Not Asked For Transit Plan Input: Mayor ...
Mayor Lois Jackson isn't too pleased with the provincial government
As chair of Metro Vancouver's board, she doesn't like the regional
district being shut out when it comes to having input on transit
Premier Gordon Campbell has announced a $14-billion new transit plan
for B.C. The plan will double the number of buses throughout the
province by 2020, as well as bring in the much talked about Evergreen
Line for rapid transit to the Tri-Cities.
Although the transit improvements don't bring anything specifically to
Delta, Jackson said, she's pleased the region as a whole will get
better service. However, the fact that Metro Vancouver wasn't asked to
provide input or even invited to the announcement highlights a serious
disconnect when it comes to land use and transportation planning, she
"These are big dollars we're spending, it's our tax dollars, and not
even to have any dialogue whatsoever or even an invitation doesn't
seem to be a very progressive move," said Jackson.
The regional district, which has a land use and transportation
committee aimed at tying both transportation and land growth
strategies together, is trying to complete an updated livable region
plan. That process is made all the more difficult by TransLink and the
provincial government not allowing the regional district to be part of
the process when it comes to transit enhancements.
"The only way we're going to be able to move on these great, big
projects is to communicate with each other and have some dialogue. And
that has not happened. The opportunity to meet 22 mayors of the Lower
Mainland representing over two million people seems to be ignored."
As far as transit issues south of the Fraser, Jackson said she's still
concerned about inadequate service for residents living in the region.
"People from Ladner and Tsawwassen certainly don't have options to the
SkyTrain. In North Delta, if we do elect to take the SkyTrain into
Vancouver, the parking is very difficult at the SkyTrain station at
Scott Road and also a lot of people don't want to go on SkyTrain after
dark, and if you get off you're waiting a half-hour for a bus at that