Tri-Cities Chamber supports Better Transit & Transportation Coalition & Mayors Council referendum question

 

(Tri-Cities December 15, 2014) The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has joined other business, labour, environmental, and community organizations in supporting the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition. The Coalition’s founding members include The Vancouver Board of Trade, Unifor Local 111, Tourism Vancouver, Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, David Suzuki Foundation, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, and BC Chamber of Commerce. This broad coalition is pushing for increased investment in regional transit and transportation improvements, as laid out by the Mayors’ Council regional transportation improvement plan.

“This plan is a monumental achievement for the Mayors in our region. They have acknowledged the massive coming growth and the need for our transportation networks to be able to sustain this growth. What we’re really advocating for is an investment in our future—a future with an economy that can move forward. Doing nothing will cost business and tax payers more in the long-run—it cannot be an option.” – Michael Hind, Executive Director, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

The Tri-Cities Chamber of together with the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition will be looking to pass the Mayors’ Council referendum question on a 0.5% regional sales tax. The sales tax would be independently audited and publicly reported. Out of the potential funding methods presented by the Mayors, the 0.5% sales tax is the least prohibitive to business.

“A 0.5% regional sales tax is the most affordable choice for funding investment in a strong regional transportation network. The Metro Vancouver region already suffers from congestion and new revenue is needed to fund new investment. In the Tri-Cities, there is a great need for a transit corridor down Lougheed Hwy through Port Coquitlam and bus service to Burke Mountain.” – Janine Davies, Chair, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
For further information, please contact:

Michael Hind, Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716

Aaron Robinson, Public Policy Advisor
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716