Mayor’s Message on Upcoming Metro Vancouver Referendum & Transportation Planning
Feb 16, 2015
Dear Resident, Business or Property Owner,
As your Mayor, I want to take this opportunity to provide you with information regarding the upcoming Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Referendum – please take the time to learn about the referendum and make an informed vote.
Metro Vancouver Transportation & Transit Referendum
What is the Referendum?
From March 16 to May 29, 2015 residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver will receive a mail-in ballot from Elections BC to vote on a 0.5% increase to the Provincial Sales Tax. This Referendum is from the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, which represents 21 municipalities, including Delta, in their Metro Vancouver transportation service region.
What’s included in the proposed 0.5% increase to the Provincial Sales Tax?
The proposed 0.5% increase would fund the Transportation and Transit Plan identified by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation; with the goal of reducing congestion and enhancing transit and transportation infrastructure to meet the needs for a sustainable future. Possible improvements identified by the Mayors’ Council and TransLink that may benefit Delta residents and businesses include:
- Transit Facility Upgrades and New Facilities: New Rapid Bus Station at Highway 99 and Highway 17A, and the relocation and expansion of the South Delta Exchange Park and Ride
- Canada Line Upgrades: Additional fleet vehicles, expand fleet storage, upgrade stations
- New B-Line service (limited stop bus service that operates at least every 15 minutes, all day, 7 days a week): Scott Road Station to Newton Exchange via Scott Road and 72 Avenue
- Improve and Expand Frequent All-Day Service (service runs at least every 15 minutes, until 9pm every day, starting 6am on weekdays, 7am on Saturdays and 8am on Sundays): Intensify service for Scott Road and Highway 99 corridors, new corridors on Highway 17/99 and Highway 91/91A
- Improve and Expand Frequent Peak Service (service runs at least every 15 minutes during peak demand time periods or directions): Intensify service for South Delta/Arthur Drive corridors, new corridors on Highway 17
- Custom Transit: Expand HandyDART door-to-door shared ride service for persons with physical or cognitive disabilities.
Metro Vancouver Regional Transportation Projects
The following three major projects also form part of Metro Vancouver’s proposed Regional Transportation and Transit Plan to address growth and traffic congestion across Metro Vancouver:
- Pattullo Bridge replacement
- Rapid Transit in Surrey
- Rapid Transit along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor to Arbutus.
We encourage all Delta residents and businesses to be fully informed on this upcoming Referendum prior to voting. Please visit www.mayorscouncil.ca for more information.
The Corporation of Delta Transportation Initiatives
The projects below were initiated by your Delta Council and form part of our current and future transportation plans:
Delta Seniors Bus Commuter Shuttle for Tilbury/Sunbury Industrial Areas
Two years ago, Delta Council successfully implemented a North Delta Seniors Bus to assist in providing our seniors with free transportation to get to appointments, services, recreation and more; helping seniors to stay connected with our community. Given its success, Council is reviewing options to introduce a similar service to South Delta.
Limited transit service is available in our industrial areas, posing ongoing challenges for workers commuting to the area. Delta Council is reviewing the feasibility of initiating a private shuttle to help meet the needs of shift workers. We will be working with private businesses to investigate the achievability of this proposal.
Neighbourhood Road Improvement Plan
Since 2012, Delta Council has increased its investment along our roadways and streetscapes with the addition of new sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, signals, street lights, and paving as part of the Neighbourhood Road Improvement Plan. Nearly 30 neighbourhood projects have been completed to date, with Council seeking to expand the program in future years to further improve connectivity and safety in our community neighbourhoods.
Transportation Planning with our Partners in Government
Delta Council wants our community to receive fair value for our tax payer contributions and is working with our partners in senior levels of government, lobbying for transportation upgrades related to current projects, along with other key priorities listed below.
George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and Highway 99 Corridor
The Government of British Columbia has committed to replacing the George Massey Tunnel, with construction expected to start in 2017. Delta is working closely with our provincial partners to ensure our community will be well served by the new bridge. Council is seeking the following as part of this important project:
- Connectivity with Ladner including full secondary access to the bridge both in the north and southbound direction
- Redesign of the Highway 99 & Highway 17A Interchange to address the current congestion issues for Ladner motorists traveling northbound to Highway 99
- Enhanced cycling improvements across the bridge and connections to existing cycling routes
- Provision of transit only lanes that can be converted in the future to rapid transit opportunities, including light rail.
Highway 91 Corridor
Delta Council is also working with senior levels of government to seek much needed upgrades to relieve congestion along the Highway 91 corridor, including the intersection at Highway 91 and 72 Avenue, and the provision of future HOV lanes.
Highway 10 Corridor
Delta Council has asked the Provincial government to construct a concrete centre median on Highway 10 between Highway 91 and Scott Road, to address ongoing motorist safety concerns in this area.
Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road)
Delta Council has requested the Province to address the problems of increased congestion at the Highway 91 Connector intersections and Nordel Way Interchange.
Tsawwassen First Nation
In preparation for the opening of the Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons malls on Tsawwassen First Nation land, Delta Council is lobbying for the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist overpass at 52 Street and an interchange at 56 Street and Highway 17. These projects will enhance safety and commuter traffic movement.
With Delta and communities around the region growing, your Council is dedicated to working with other levels of government to seek the transportation infrastructure and services our residents and businesses need to get to work, school, access services, and stay connected with each other.
Mayor and Council want to hear from you!
To meet the challenges of growth and congestion in a sustainable way, Delta Council is seeking your feedback on the upcoming Metro Vancouver Transportation & Transit Referendum and the Delta transportation priorities identified in this letter. All feedback received will be compiled and publicly reported at a future regular meeting of Delta Council.
Send your comments by email, or alternatively mail to Mayor and Council at:
The Corporation of Delta
4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent
Delta, BC V4K 3E2
Feedback Deadline: Please submit your feedback by noon on Monday March 16, 2015
Thank you for your input!
Your input will help shape and define priorities that will help us, as your Council, work with other levels of government to advocate for transportation services our community needs to participate in community life and the workforce, which makes for healthier citizens and communities.