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    • BC’s Lower Mainland TRANSPORTATION A presentation by Group 5 for SCD 201
    • Welcome and Overview
      • In this presentation we will
      • Introduce the current transportation system
      • Explain where the system is headed in its current state
      • Indicate how to reach a more sustainable system
      • Illustrate ways for individuals to change their habits
      • Conclude with the overall benefits of making changes to the current system and personal habits
    • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYSTEM
      • What is the current transit system for Metro Vancouver (formerly known as the Greater Vancouver Regional District)?
    • Fast track through BC Transit history
      • Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company (28 June 1890 - April 1894)
      • British Columbia Electric Railway Company (15 April 1897 - 30 March 1962)
      • British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (30 March 1962 - 31 August 1973)
      • Vancouver Regional Transit System aka BC Transit (01 April 1983 - 31 March 1999)
      • Translink, the Regional Transportation Network (01 April 1999 - present)
    • Who runs our transportation?
      • Metro Vancouver (formerly Greater Vancouver Regional District)
      • Provincial Government
      • TransLink Board of Directors
      • The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation
    • MAYORS’ COUNCIL ON REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION - Appoints Chair of Mayors’ Council - Appoints TransLink Board of Directors - Appoints Commissioner & Deputy Commissioner(s) REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER - Advises whether financial estimates in base plans and supplements are reasonable - Approves short-term fares - Approves customer satisfaction survey process - Approves customer complaint process
      • TRANSLINK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
      • - Appoints Chair of Board of Directors
      • - Appoints and evaluates Chief Executive Officer
      • Prepares & implements long-term transportation strategies (30 year) & 10-year transportation & financial strategic plans
      • - Publishes an Annual Report
      • - Holds a public annual general meeting
      OPERATING SUBSIDIARIES - British Columbia Rapid Transit Co. Ltd.(Skytrain) - West Coast Express Ltd. (WCE) - Coast Mountain Bus Company (Bus & SeaBus) - Fraser River Marine Transportation Ltd. (Albion Ferry) - Pacific Vehicle Testing Technologies Ltd. (Air Care) - Transportation Property & Casualty Company Inc. 592040 BC Ltd. (Intelligent Transportation Systems) - Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. (CLCO)
    • WHO PAYS FOR TRANSIT?
      • Provincial government of British Columbia
        • Through a share of the motor vehicle fuel tax
      • Tax payers and municipal governments
        • Through property taxes
      • Transit Fares
        • Through daily fares, monthly passes, U-PASS and other fare programs
    • Where is the money spent?
      • On highways (such as the Sea to Sky Highway), city roads, public transit (such as new busses, Skytrain and Seabus maintenance), and yearly improvements (such as summer road work projects).
      Photo source: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/81/280770485_b3850d42b8.jpg
    • Praise
      • In April 2008 a coalition of over 16 environmental groups welcomed the new Carbon Tax Act in Victoria
      • Get Moving BC in March 2008 applauded TransLink’s plan to adopt an innovative funding model used by Hong Kong to successfully expand and fund its transit system
      • In June 2008 Translink busses, trolleys, and skytrain are declared fully accessible to the elderly and disabled
    • CRITICISM
      • Expense of public transit i.e. $2.75 - $4.50 for a ONE-way fare with fare increases slated for the future, $4 billion dollar Gateway Project, costly nature of Skytrain design
      • The More Busses Now group is one result of frustrated drivers and bus riders who find fare increases and increased taxes for transportation haven’t eliminated over-crowding, absent busses or pass ups on commonly used routes.
    • WHERE IS THIS SYSTEM HEADING
      • ...without any major changes to current carbon footprint, and without serious attention to the damages of the private car system...