May 8, 2008

Metro Vancouver Residents Choose Transit

The following report comes from Vancouver, British Columbia. A poll conducted for the David Suzuki Foundation and the Livable Region Coalition, suggest that public transit expansion support is preferred over Hwy. expansion.


A new poll shows 69 per cent of residents in the Lower Mainland want money redirected toward public transportation -- not road expansion.

The Synovate poll, conducted for the David Suzuki Foundation and the Livable Region Coalition, also shows people want rapid transit instead of twinning the Port Mann Bridge and widening Highway 1. The survey released yesterday shows 60 per cent of those asked would choose rapid transit to Coquitlam, expanded bus and rapid-transit service in Surrey and rapid transit out to the University of B.C. instead of the Port Mann project.

"The poll clearly shows there is a real need and a desire for better public transit across the Lower Mainland," said Ian Bruce, a climate-change specialist with the Suzuki foundation.

The phone poll was done with a random sample of 500 people.

"Now is the time for the premier to rethink the Gateway Project," said David Fields of the Livable coalition. "Metro Vancouver residents support a transit-first approach by two to one.

It is time to build a transportation system that can meet the challenges of climate change and achieve healthy communities."

Artist's rendering of a twinned Port Mann Bridge


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