Monday, September 24, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
|BC Minister of Transportation standing next to a relic|
The picture is from the announcement last week made by the BC Minister of Transportation, Mary Polak, on the reduced toll on the new Port Mann Bridge. The sad headline is from this week when Translink announced that its revenue will not be enough to continue with service expansion and will be reducing services in some cases. You can read about the sad affair on the Buzzer blog: Translink's 2013 draft base plan.
What they've stated as 'financial challenge' should really be translated as 'political failure'. The fact that our Minister is posing with car, on the world's widest bridge (at 65m wide...last holder of that title was only 49m wide), at a highway expansion project well into the billions of dollars, and yet we can't find the money to provide equitable bus service for our region shows where this government's priorities are. This is unacceptable.
A serious discussion on transit funding needs to happen now and WE need to start it. There is a group out at UBC called Get OnBoard BC that seems to have their act together but I'm hoping their focus will be regional and not too heavily weighted to the needs of their campus. Peter Ladner also wrote an excellent piece you can read here. I'll be getting together with some friends to figure out how to best spend our time and energy. At this point, I'm almost willing to stage a sit-in protest on the new bridge!
Public transit, whether you use it or not, is an integral part of our region - not funding transit adequately means the road ahead will be bumpy and way more congested. Our current political leaders our either unwilling to do anything or too concerned on how to break the news to us that we'll have to pay more. Let's just get the show on the road (or rails) already!