Mayors’ Council hopes Metro Vancouver residence will trade a 0.5% increased sales tax for a greener, more transit-friendly city.
If you live in Metro Vancouver, you have most likely already received your voting ballot for the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Referendum. Citing region-wide benefits such as protecting the environment, strengthening the economy, and improving Vancouver residents’ quality of life, the Mayors’ Council On Regional Transportation is hoping that Vancouverites will vote ‘yes’ to the referendum, which includes a proposed 0.5% regional sales tax increase, before May 29th.
The proposed transportation and transit plan offers improvements and additions to Metro Vancouver’s transportation and transit systems, including: roads, which is to include a new 4-lane Pattullo Bridge; rail transit lines, including the Expo, Millennium, Canada Lines and the West Coast Express; bus and seabus services; and bikeways. For more details on the specific improvements that would be made to each Metro Vancouver area, visit the links listed below:
- South of the Fraser
- North Shore
- Ti-Cities and Ridge Meadows
- Burnaby and New Westminster
With no shortage of opinions from local and national news sources, read more about the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Referendum in the below articles.
- The case for the mayors’ transit plan — 10 reasons to vote Yes from The Vancouver Sun
- Mayors say transit plan would save families hundreds each year from CTV News
- Vancouver Mayors’ Council study says Yes vote will save money from The Globe and Mail
- C.D. Howe estimates congestion costs Metro Vancouver up to $1.2B in hidden costs from CBC News
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