Yes for Better Transit and Transportation

What will you get by voting YES?

Drivers benefit directly by voting YES:

• More transit equals fewer cars on our roads
• Drivers on some of the busiest roads will save 15 to 20 minutes per day
• New, seismically safe four-lane Pattullo Bridge
• 2,300 km of major road upgrades & improvements to intersections, signaling and lanes

Commuters benefit by voting YES:

• Two new light rail lines in Surrey and the Langleys
• Millennium Line extension to Arbutus and increased Skytrain capacity and frequency throughout the region
• Additional West Coast Express and Seabus service
• Bus service increase 25 per cent including service to new and growing communities
• 11 more frequent, reliable B-Line routes
• 80 per cent more Nightbus
• 30 per cent more HandyDART service
                                                       

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We  know that TransLink is not perfect. That’s why we’re glad the terms of the funds are quite clear: revenues from the regional sales tax lift of 0.5% would only go towards the projects in the Mayors’ plan, and revenues and expenditures would be subject to independent annual audits and public reporting.

 

As a commuter, you see every day how Metro Vancouver’s transportation network is stretched to the limit. One million new residents are expected to move our region in the next 25 years, but we have no means of funding transit and transportation expansion - let alone maintaining our current systems.

We’re facing a crisis.

The transit referendum offers a solution.

For less than the cost of a cheap cup of coffee per day—only $0.34 a day per household—we can build the transit and transportation infrastructure we need to support  our economy and cut commute times for both transit riders and drivers, no matter where you live in the Lower Mainland.

Why is this important to workers?

Working people are the backbone of our economy in Metro Vancouver, and we know you care deeply about our economic future. Voting Yes will make our economy more competitive by ensuring goods and people can move around our region safely and efficiently.

Voting Yes also means protecting our environment, improving air quality, cutting emissions and helping us meet the challenges of climate change.

Your union’s leaders, many other unions in the Lower Mainland, and the BC Federation of Labour have voted to join the historic coalition made up of students, trade union members, local business owners, environmental and faith groups, academics and more, all connected by a vision of accessible, reliable public transit for everyone. We support the plan laid out by the Mayors’ Council, and are urging you to vote Yes in the upcoming referendum. Voting No means years more of delays, while costs and congestion increases.

This referendum is our opportunity to solve the transit challenges we face right now, and plan for the future. We can’t afford to miss this chance to do the right thing for our communities, our economy and our environment. Please vote Yes in the upcoming referendum.

For more information, visit www.bettertransit.info, www.facebook.com/bettertransitinfo or www.twitter.com/voteyestransit.