Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Boomerang vs Boomers

Photo: Brandon Yan
Canada’s nests aren’t quite as empty as they’re supposed to be, data from the 2011 census shows. Some 42.3 per cent of young adults aged 20-29 are living with their parents, down slightly from 42.5 per cent in 2006 — but still well above the level of 26.9 per cent in 1981.

Almost 50% of my generation is still living at home. This isn't neccessarily a problem but it does highlight the need to re-think or at least re-examine our generation's situation.

Translink's 2013 Base Plan: A lesson in contrasts

BC Minister of Transportation standing next to a relic
There couldn't be a further disconnect between the picture above and this headline if you tried: TransLink to scrap much of expansion plans

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!