Mayor’s Message on the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite Results
Jul 02, 2015
As your Mayor, I want to take this opportunity to provide you with information regarding the results of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite.
The public has spoken, and the majority of voters (61.68%) in Metro Vancouver gave a clear message that they do not support the 0.5% increase to the Provincial Sales Tax to fund the Transportation and Transit Plan identified by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. Delta had good voter turnout as more than 47% of registered voters returned their ballots with 32.16% voting “Yes” and 67.84% voting “No”, which reflects feedback provided by Delta residents when we sought their input prior to the vote.
As you recall, Delta Council has not taken a formal position on the plebiscite; instead, we were one of the only municipalities that asked for feedback from our residents and businesses. Our goal was to get a better understanding of the community’s perspective on transportation priorities and to make sure that our community was informed.
Moving forward, Delta will continue to work with the transportation authority and senior levels of government on much-needed transportation services. We will seek sustainable solutions to address growth and congestion in our community and the region.
To keep Delta moving, the following transportation projects were initiated by your Delta Council and form part of our current and future transportation plans:
Delta Seniors Bus
Two years ago, Delta Council successfully implemented a North Delta Seniors Bus to provide our seniors with free transportation to get to appointments, services, recreation and more, helping seniors stay connected with our community. Given its success, Council is reviewing options to introduce a similar service to South Delta and a Commuter Shuttle for Tilbury/Sunbury Industrial Areas.
Neighbourhood Road Improvements Plan
Since 2012, Delta Council has increased 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 under this program to date, with Council seeking to expand the program in future years to further improve connectivity and safety in our neighbourhoods.
Transportation Planning with our Partners in Government
Delta Council wants our community to receive fair value for taxpayer contributions and is working with our partners in senior levels of government, lobbying for transportation upgrades related to current projects, including the key priorities listed below.
George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and Highway 99 Corridor Improvements
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 directions.
- 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 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 enhance safety for motorists 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 Highway 17, and an interchange at 56 Street and Highway 17. These projects would enhance safety and commuter traffic movement.
Delta Council remains dedicated to moving forward with our transportation initiatives for the safety and benefit of all Delta residents and businesses. For more information and full results of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite, please contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 or visit www.elections.bc.ca