If you have visited a transit-oriented city like Frankfort, London, Paris, New York or Tokyo, you know the benefits of being able to walk or use public transportation to go almost anywhere. Vancouver’s status as a livable world-class city depends on improving our public transportation network. To prevent our region’s future population growth from generating huge increases in car traffic and congestion, we must improve our public transit service and give more residents real alternatives to using their cars. To help ensure our local needs are on the federal government’s radar, two years ago I held a press conference to draw attention to the need for federal investment in Vancouver’s public transit infrastructure, including the overcrowded bus route along Broadway. The Liberal Party campaigned on a
pledge to invest an additional $20 Billion over ten years in public transportation infrastructure to shorten commute times, cut air pollution, strengthen communities, and grow the economy. Now, with Budget 2016, we are doing exactly that and Metro Vancouver projects are being funded. The Prime Minister listened when municipal leaders
explained their challenge in paying a full one-third of costly public transportation projects, and has increased the federal share to half, with the province paying a third. This is good news for our City, and good news for local jobs and the economy.