I will be voting in favour of the mayors' plan for a 0.5 per cent raise in provincial sales tax for improvement of transportation and transit in Metro Vancouver.
Despite controversy surrounding the issue of TransLink and provincial responsibility, it is my opinion this referendum is an important opportunity to improve greatly needed active transportation of transit, cycling and pedestrian access for the ecological and economic health of the region.
The more transit, cycling and pedestrian access that is available, the more people will get out of their cars, which will result in less gridlock for drivers.
The result will be less air pollution and significant health benefits for active transportation participants as well improved public safety on the roads.
Economic benefits are also significant. Gridlock costs money in lost productivity and is the blocked arteries of a dysfunctional transportation system. What is needed is healthy transportation for a healthy, vibrant and growing community.
Urgent need for greater transportation connectivity for a growing Metro Vancouver is clear.
The means before us may not be perfect but it is a plan to take us towards the goal of improved transportation.
Let's vote for the continuing update of transportation options and connections to benefit Delta and its residents as partners of Metro Vancouver.