Today the City of Vancouver stood alongside municipalities from around the region in releasing the Mayors’ Council's "Regional Transportation Investments - A Vision for Metro Vancouver." The plan identifies new transportation services to meet the needs of the growing region, enhance our economy, support our quality of life and protect our health and environment.
“Moving forward with this plan after years of input is great news for Vancouver and our whole region. This 10-year plan clearly outlines the priorities for new transit investment that will cut congestion, grow our economy and expand transportation choices,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“We need to prepare for more than one million more people moving into Metro Vancouver in the next 30 years. This plan addresses today’s challenges and lays the groundwork for the strong transportation network that we need to meet that new demand. We simply cannot afford to go backward with reduced transit service and crippling gridlock.”
At a speech to the Urban Land Institute of BC today, Mayor Robertson outlined his vision for Vancouver's future transportation and development needs, including new information outlining the benefits that a Broadway Subway would have for Vancouver and the region.
The Mayor also expressed his opposition to scaling back community amenity contributions from developers, as some in the industry have called for.
"Vancouver is a city that has benefited from smart choices made in the past, but we have some big challenges ahead and we need to address them head-on,” said Mayor Robertson. “If we want to maintain our livability and keep building our economy, we need a rapid transit system that reduces congestion, and community amenities that keep pace with Vancouver’s growth.
“A critical piece of Vancouver’s future success is building a Broadway Subway. It’s the single best thing that we can do for our environment, our livability and our economy.”
Following a meeting of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa today, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says that mayors from across Canada are united in their focus on affordable housing and transit, and the need for support from the federal government.
"The Mayors from Canada's biggest cities are clear: affordable housing and transit are serious challenges in their communities, and we need the federal government at the table. This year's budget was a disappointment, and simply did not address the serious issues of traffic congestion and lack of affordable housing in our cities," said Mayor Robertson.
"Cities are the economic drivers of Canada, yet our transit systems are overstretched and our affordable housing is in need of renewal. The longer these issues are ignored, the bigger the risk to Canada's economy."
Mayor Robertson is the Chair of the BCMC, and today's meeting included mayors from across Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.
Mayor Gregor Robertson joined PCI Developments Corp today to announce that Marine Gateway, the city's largest transit-oriented office tower outside of downtown, will become a hub for green jobs with the news that Westport Innovations will be its anchor commercial tenant.
"Marine Gateway is an innovative mixed-use development that is hitting high green standards and delivering a major economic benefit to the community and our city as a whole," said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "This entire development speaks to both our Economic Action Strategy and our Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, which together provide a roadmap for growing our economy and strengthening our local environment. I can't think of a more appropriate company than Westport for Marine Gateway's office tower."