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)
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
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
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...