February 3, 2015

Referendum: MLA Response – Doug Bing

Price Tags is asking every MLA in Metro Vancouver questions about the referendum.

 

Doug Bing, Liberal MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows:

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How will you advise your constituents to vote on the Transportation & Transit Referendum?

I will be voting Yes, and I am encouraging my constituents to vote Yes in the upcoming plebiscite.

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What is the priority in the Mayors package (if any) for your riding?

Express bus lines to the Evergreen Line in Coquitlam, expanded West Coast Express train service, upgrades to the Major Road Network, walking and cycling improvements such as separated bike paths are the main asks.

As well, I am  recommending a Yes vote because we are a part of Metro Vancouver and need to consider what is best for the entire region and not just for our own community.  We live in an outstanding part of the world and we deserve an outstanding transportation system.  A growing region needs investment and I believe that improving our regional public transportation system will improve the quality of life for everyone.

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How do you plan to participate in the referendum campaign?

I will be taking any opportunities presented to me to speak out in favour of a Yes vote.  I find that many people do not fully recognize that the plebiscite is about improving our quality of life by reducing congestion, and I see my role as helping to increase understanding so people can make an informed decision.

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Any other comments?

Transportation is always the top-of-mind concern in our community, and since almost 80% of the workers in my riding commute to jobs outside their community, this means any regional investment in transportation infrastructure will provide a direct benefit to them.

Our riding has fortunately had over $1 billion of infrastructure improvements recently via the Pitt River Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge, and the Lougheed Highway has been widened to six lanes, with an express bus lane added from 200th to the Pitt River, but even more needs to be done.  With an estimated one million more people living in the region by 2040, it is important to be pro-active and make the difficult decisions now.   It makes sense to introduce infrastructure improvements in a well-planned and orderly way, and each of us has an opportunity to express our personal viewpoint through our ballot choice.

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