Metro Vancouver is Canada's third-largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and is projected to grow by an additional 1,000,000 residents by 2050;
TransLink, the region's transit authority, reports there were 52 routes with consistent overcrowding in 2018, up by 37 percent;
With ridership increasing annually, overcrowding will continue;
The three most overcrowded routes went to and from UBC (the 99, 49 and 25), the 502 from Surrey Central to Langley City, and the 319 between New Westminster, Delta and Surrey;
The Metro Vancouver Mayors' Council and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are calling for a federally supported Congestion Relief Fund;
The new Liberal government committed in its 2019 election platform to make the federal commitment to fund public transit permanent and to ensure it keeps up with the rising costs of construction over time by adding an additional $3 billion more annually in stable, predictable funding for Canada's cities' transit needs; and
This additional long-term and stable funding will allow TransLink to commit to the implementation of its 10-year plan to address high-priority areas across Metro Vancouver.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Metro Vancouver, call upon the Government of Canada to formalize the commitment by the federal government to provide permanent funds of $3 billion in 2019 dollars for public transit, and commit $375 million from this fund to Metro Vancouver as requested by the Mayors' Council for a Transit Congestion Relief Fund so Canada's third-largest Census Metropolitan Area can implement its entire 10-year plan for transit expansion across the region including, but not limited to, building SkyTrain to Langley City and to UBC.
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