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  1. 1. BC’s Lower Mainland TRANSPORTATION A presentation by Group 5 for SCD 201
  2. 2. Welcome and Overview <ul><li>In this presentation we will </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce the current transportation system </li></ul><ul><li>Explain where the system is headed in its current state </li></ul><ul><li>Indicate how to reach a more sustainable system </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrate ways for individuals to change their habits </li></ul><ul><li>Conclude with the overall benefits of making changes to the current system and personal habits </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION TO THE SYSTEM <ul><li>What is the current transit system for Metro Vancouver (formerly known as the Greater Vancouver Regional District)? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fast track through BC Transit history <ul><li>Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company (28 June 1890 - April 1894) </li></ul><ul><li>British Columbia Electric Railway Company (15 April 1897 - 30 March 1962) </li></ul><ul><li>British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (30 March 1962 - 31 August 1973) </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver Regional Transit System aka BC Transit (01 April 1983 - 31 March 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Translink, the Regional Transportation Network (01 April 1999 - present) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who runs our transportation? <ul><li>Metro Vancouver (formerly Greater Vancouver Regional District) </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial Government </li></ul><ul><li>TransLink Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation </li></ul>
  6. 6. 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 <ul><li>TRANSLINK BOARD OF DIRECTORS </li></ul><ul><li>- Appoints Chair of Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>- Appoints and evaluates Chief Executive Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Prepares & implements long-term transportation strategies (30 year) & 10-year transportation & financial strategic plans </li></ul><ul><li>- Publishes an Annual Report </li></ul><ul><li>- Holds a public annual general meeting </li></ul>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)
  7. 7. WHO PAYS FOR TRANSIT? <ul><li>Provincial government of British Columbia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through a share of the motor vehicle fuel tax </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tax payers and municipal governments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through property taxes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transit Fares </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through daily fares, monthly passes, U-PASS and other fare programs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Where is the money spent? <ul><li>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). </li></ul>Photo source: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/81/280770485_b3850d42b8.jpg
  9. 9. Praise <ul><li>In April 2008 a coalition of over 16 environmental groups welcomed the new Carbon Tax Act in Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>In June 2008 Translink busses, trolleys, and skytrain are declared fully accessible to the elderly and disabled </li></ul>
  10. 10. CRITICISM <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 11. WHERE IS THIS SYSTEM HEADING <ul><li>...without any major changes to current carbon footprint, and without serious attention to the damages of the private car system... </li></ul>