Stories from the B-Line
COPE Rolls Out Transit Policy
COPE candidates joined bus riders this morning on the 99 B-Line from
the busy Broadway Station to listen to their concerns and to roll-out
COPE’s transit policy. Transit operators were also on hand informing
bus passengers of their More Buses Now! campaign.
“Our transit system is broken. We are short on buses, short on frequent
service and short on sustainable funding,” said COPE Cllr David Cadman.
“I have heard from voters this morning how important transit service is
to them. COPE is committed to fixing the transit system and to putting
more buses on the road now.”
In 2007, one in four Vancouver commuters used public transit to go to
work, school and stores. Bus riders say they would use the transit more
if service was frequent, fast and affordable. As transit operators have
pointed out, only 12 per cent of Vancouver bus routes have frequent
service, compared to 58 per cent in Toronto.
“People want to use transit but the system doesn’t serve their needs,”
said COPE Council Candidate Ellen Woodworth. “I heard from a gentleman
who gave up his car over a year ago but now he is considering buying
another car because transit isn’t good enough. If we are to ask people
to drive less then we must provide them with a workable solution.”
Stories from the B-Line will be an ongoing theme for the election
campaign. Voter feedback received by candidates will appear online at https://cope.bc.ca/content/stories-bline-0.
COPE’s transit priorities include:
-Call for an immediate increase of bus service in Vancouver;
-Create an official Free Bus loop that includes Downtown and the Broadway Corridor between
Main St. and Burrard St.;
-Advocate for ongoing sustainable investment in transit infrastructure with a comprehensive financing formula;
-Work with TransLink to implement a student U-pass system for all Metro
Vancouver post secondary students similar to that currently in place
for students at UBC and SFU;
-Demand that TransLink to create a fare review process that includes an
advisory panel of users groups, community organizations, transit
operators and other stakeholders in determining fare rates
Please join COPE candidates, supporters and volunteers for an evening
of live music, art, drinks, canapés and revelry as we celebrate our
past and look to our future. This intimate evening will feature all of
our COPE candidates as well as special guests from Vision Vancouver.
What: COPEtemporary Arts Evening
When: 7 p.m. Sun, Nov 2, 2008-10-23
Where: 304 Dunlevy St, Vancouver (two blks east of Main at Hastings)
For ticket information and prices please contact Kate at 604-315-2365 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Voting at Advance Polls
Try to vote at an advance poll if you can so that you can be available for the big E-Day push at the COPE Campaign Office on November 15.
Advance polls for the Vancouver Civic election will be open from 8 am
to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 5, Saturday, November 8, Monday, November 10 and Wednesday, November 12 at
Vancouver City Hall, Dunbar Community Centre, West End Community
Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre and Sunset Community Centre.
To get more information go to vancouver.ca/vote or call 604 -873-7681.
Call COPE E-Day organizer Nathan Allen at 604-569-0080 to volunteer for the campaign.
Text Message Campaign Updates
Text “COPE” to 333777 for weekly updates on the campaign. Let your friends know.
We are now in the last few weeks of the municipal election campaign! You can help us replace the NPA-approved chaos and restore progressive government to Vancouver City Hall, Park Board, and School Board.
Please donate at: www.cope.bc.ca/donate or mail a cheque to the COPE Campaign Office at 585 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1X4. Don’t be shy – all recent donors are encouraged to donate again as we rely on loyal members like you to drive our campaign! Vote COPE on November 15th.