January 21, 2015 – On January 14, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) board of directors voted in favour of endorsing and promoting a ‘yes’ vote for the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plan plebiscite. The decision was based on the positive impact that improvements to the public transportation system would have on the lives of students.
“Capilano University is a commuter campus, meaning that we do not have campus residence or student housing,” explained CSU President Brittany Barnes. “This means public transit and overall transportation is a serious concern for all of our students and an important part of their everyday lives,” she continued. “We need to see this system improved so that our students aren’t continually left on the side of the road as full busses pass by them or stuck in traffic congestion.”
The improvements that would result following a successful ‘yes’ vote are based on the Transportation and Transit Plan proposed by the mayors’ council outlining the following projects:
- adding bus service and new B-Line rapid bus routes
- increasing service on SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus, and West Coast Express
- maintaining and upgrading the region’s major roads build a new Pattullo Bridge
- building rapid transit connecting Surrey Centre with Guildford, Newton, and Langley
- building rapid transit along Broadway in Vancouver
- extending the region’s cycling and pedestrian walkway networks
Region-specific improvements, including those that directly benefit Capilano University and the surrounding area, can be found here.
The question that residents of Metro Vancouver will be asked to vote on is: “Do you support a new 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan?”
Ballots will be mailed beginning March 16, 2015 and must be mailed back by May 29, 2015. Voters must be registered with Elections BC in order to receive a ballot.
For more information please contact:
Brittany Barnes, President & Vice-President of External Relations
Capilano Students’ Union
p (604) 789.6660| e [email protected]
The Capilano Students’ Union advocates for the interests and needs of its members by lobbying Capilano University and all levels of government. The CSU delivers student services, provides resources to clubs and organizations on campus, and hosts a variety of events each year to promote the social, political, recreational, and academic welfare of its membership.