On Monday June 6 the David Suzuki Foundation released a report in which we audit transit investment by the government of B.C. over the last eight years compared to what was needed to achieve the goals of the 2008 Provincial Transit Plan.
What we found was a systematic underfunding problem revealed by the provincial governments own budget documents. As populations have grown, investment has stagnated, leading to service declines in areas like Metro Vancouver and increases in traffic congestion.
As the federal government prepares to infuse the Canadian economy with $20 billion in transit investments over the next ten years, B.C. is at a critical moment with respect to getting badly needed projects off the ground. If a funding agreement cannot be reached soon between the province and Metro Vancouver mayors, B.C.’s most populous region stands to miss out on important federal funds.
The report is here.