The recently announced federal and provincial funding agreement for Metro Vancouver’s 10-year transportation plan is just the first step. Next, the region must figure out how to raise its share.

COPE promises to work with other municipalities to ensure that new taxes:
1) are equitable and work to reduce car use;
2) contribute to climate target reductions in GHG levels set by provincial government;
3) encourage increased transit use by lowering fares;
4) encourage increased transit use by allowing civic U-Passes for welfare recipients, low-income families, or other targeted groups.

Once Metro Vancouver decides how to fund the local portion, each city will have to muster the political will to actually implement the plan in order to get more buses on the road, make buses run faster, reduce congestion, shorten commutes and help reduce GHGs.

COPE is committed to full implementation of Vancouver’s share of the “Mayors Plan” over the next four years. COPE will put priority on the projects that benefit transit users and pedestrians at the same time as work proceeds on the Broadway subway.

COPE will ensure effective consultation with transit users, neighbourhoods and businesses to develop the following projects as quickly as possible:
1) 3 new B-Lines (Victoria/Commercial; Hastings; 41st Av. To UBC) with priority traffic signals and dedicated bus lanes);
2) 80% more Night Bus service immediately, plus examination of more routes;
3) 30% more Handy Dart service, plus lobbying efforts to increase to 50% more;
4) More frequent all-day and peak service on all bus routes;
5) Eliminate pass-bys on all bus routes;
6) Improved pedestrian walking and waiting facilities at transit stops.

To further improve transit in Vancouver, COPE promises to use civic powers add numerous low-cost, bus-only lanes where needed. Seattle and Zurich are successful examples of cities creating bus-only lanes largely with cans of paint and cleverly applied electronics controlling traffic lights. As a result, buses are freed from traffic jams, service is significantly improved and transit ridership greatly increased.

To improve TransLink governance, COPE will campaign for
1) control of Translink be returned to Metro Vancouver, and its governing board be democratically elected;
2) excessive executive and management salaries be reduced;
3) HandyDART be made a direct subsidiary of Translink rather than contracting it out to for-profit operators.

Commited to enhancing pedestrian safety and the walking experience, COPE will:
1) Target accident risk locations using best practices safety measures to
eliminate vehicle collisions with pedestrians;
2) Introduce Pedestrian Scrambles at intersections where most collisions with pedestrians occur;
3) Encourage a mixed use of city streets by making streets more attractive to bikers, walkers, children, and skateboarders. Boulevard gardens, street paintings, public art, community events, car-free weekends and other creative measures that work to traffic calm neighbourhoods.
4) Increase enforcement of speeding and other laws affecting pedestrian safety.

COPE will oppose demolition of the Georgia/Venables Viaduct structures unless realistic alternatives are in place.

COPE will Implement an identifying card or sticker for riders with disabilities to display when using transit.

COPE will re-examine the Point Grey Road closure with regard to process, cost, and efficacy.

Submitted by Anne Roberts March 27, 2018

TRANSLINK & Mayor’s 10-Year Plan:
The federal and provincial governments have agreed to fund Metro Vancouver’s 10-year transportation plan. The region must now decide how to fund its share.

COPE promises to work with other municipalities to ensure that new taxes:
1) encourage increased transit use by lowering fares;
2) are equitable and work to reduce car use;
3) contribute to climate target reductions in GHG levels set by provincial government;
4) allowing civic U-Passes for welfare recipients, low-income families, or other targeted groups.

Once Metro Vancouver decides how to fund the local portion, each city will have to muster the political will to actually implement the plan in order to get more buses on the road, make buses run faster, improve biking and pedestrian facilities, reduce congestion, shorten commutes and help reduce GHGs.

COPE is committed to full implementation of Vancouver’s share of the “Mayors Plan” over the next four years. COPE will put priority on the projects that benefit transit users, pedestrians and cyclists at the same time as work proceeds on a new Broadway subway to Arbutus.

COPE will ensure effective consultation with transit users, neighbourhoods and businesses to develop the following projects as quickly as possible:
1) 3 new B-Lines (Victoria/Commercial; Hastings; 41st Av. To UBC) with priority traffic signals and dedicated bus lanes);
2) 80% more Night Bus service immediately, plus examination of more routes;
3) 30% more Handy Dart service, plus lobbying efforts to increase to 50% more;
4) More frequent all-day and peak service on all bus routes;
5) Eliminate pass-bys on all bus routes;
6) Improved pedestrian walking and waiting facilities at transit stops.

To improve TransLink governance, COPE will campaign for
1) control of Translink be returned to Metro Vancouver, and its governing board be democratically elected;
2) excessive executive and management salaries be reduced;
3) HandyDART be made a direct subsidiary of Translink rather than contracting it out to for-profit operators.

Dedicated Bus Lanes

To further improve transit in Vancouver, COPE promises to use civic powers add numerous low-cost, bus-only lanes where needed. Seattle and Zurich are successful examples of cities creating bus-only lanes largely with cans of paint and cleverly applied electronics controlling traffic lights. As a result, buses are freed from traffic jams, service is significantly improved and transit ridership greatly increased.
<http://theprovince.com/opinion/eric-doherty-lets-follow-seattles-lead-and-create-designated-bus-lanes> http://theprovince.com/opinion/eric-doherty-lets-follow-seattles-lead-and-create-designated-bus-lanes
Pedestrian Safety, Improved Walking

Commited to enhancing pedestrian safety and the walking experience, COPE will:
1) Eliminate right-turns on red at traffic lights (cause of 17% of collisions with pedestrians);
2) Eliminate left-turns at traffic lights (cause of 25% of collisions with pedestrians);
3) Introduce Pedestrian Scrambles at intersections where most collisions with pedestrians occur;
4) Encourage a mixed use of city streets by making streets more attractive to bikers, walkers, children, and skateboarders. Boulevard gardens, street paintings, public art, community events, car-free weekends and other creative measures that work to traffic calm neighbourhoods.
5) Increase enforcement of speeding and other laws affecting pedestrian safety.