2015

Mar 03, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Council Says ‘YES’ to Improved Transportation

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COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – Coquitlam Council unanimously voted to endorse a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. 

Over the next 30 years, Coquitlam is expecting more than 100,000 new residents, and double the current employment. This growth will increase demand on the current system and congestion on our roads.

“As one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the region, it is imperative that improvements are made to our transit and transportation network,” said Mayor Richard Stewart. “If the referendum fails, it will cost us all – in congestion and time spent commuting, in wear and tear on our vehicles, and on our wallet as municipalities, including Coquitlam, will be forced to look to property tax increases to fund improvements and maintenance for wider roads and space to store more cars. I encourage everyone to make sure they are registered, as there is a lot at stake for Coquitlam.” 

The Mayor’s Transportation and Transit Investment Plan will directly benefit Coquitlam residents through a number of initiatives including, for example:

  • Increased capacity on the West Coast Express with the addition of 10 new fleet vehicles and one new locomotive by 2024.
  • New or improved bus and B-Line (rapid bus) service providing faster and increased connections between centres and the Evergreen Line.
  • Capital funding for the Major Road Network improvements as well as increased funding for maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • Increased funding for the expansion of cycling and walking routes connecting key destinations within Coquitlam, including the Evergreen Line stations.

Registered voters living in Metro Vancouver will have the opportunity to vote on the 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite by mail between March 16 and May 29, 2015. To find out more about the referendum, or to register to vote, visit www.mayorscouncil.ca.

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