More Buses, Lower Fares: A community forum

When: Thursday March 6th, 2014 – 7:00pm
Where: VIVO Media Arts Centre – 1965 Main Street, Vancouver BC
Hosted by: The Coalition of Progressive Electors

Panelists

Organizing a Bus Riders Union
Jennifer Efting & Yuly Chan – Former organizers with the Bus Riders Union

Universal Transit Passes: lessons from around the world
Karen Fung – Transit policy analyst, countablyinfinite.ca

Shifting road space and funding toward public transit
Eric Doherty – Transportation Planner, Represents Council of Canadians Vancouver Chapter on GetOnBoard BC transit coalition

Expanding service: Light Rail vs. Skytrain
Kathryn Mandell – Transit writer on The Tyee

Background

In this civic election year COPE is asking what City Hall can do to increase and improve transit service while making it more affordable.

Less than 1/3rd of trips in Vancouver are by public transit, while in many cities around the world a vast majority of people use public transit.

Transit fares have gone up 10% in each of the past two years while service worsened. Transit riders are being pitted against each other by overcrowding and myths about fare evasion. Soon the poor will be locked-out by faregates.

This forum explores actions the city can take to turn things around, and fight for affordable, accessible, high quality mass transit.

Ideas generated by this forum will feed into COPE’s Policy Conference (March 29th and 30th, 2014) where COPE’s election platform will be developed and approved.

More Buses, Lower Fares: COPE to host forum on Public Transit affordability and service