AMS responds to regional 30 Year Transportation Investment Strategy

For Immediate Release

VANCOUVER, BC – The Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver (AMS), the organization representing the nearly 50,000 students at UBC Vancouver, is pleased to see the Mayors’ Council on Transportation put forward a fully-costed strategy to invest in the future of public transportation in Metro Vancouver. This 30 Year Investment Strategy, with over $7.5 billion in transit investment, balances the needs of the region and takes a large step forward in driving economic growth, beginning the process of connecting the region’s innovation hubs, and reducing our carbon footprint.

“We are pleased to see progress by the Mayors’ Council on Transportation towards building a sustainable future for Metro Vancouver’s transit network.” said AMS Vice-President, External Affairs, Bahareh Jokar. “A $7.5 billion investment by all levels of government is vital towards driving our province’s economic future.”

The AMS firmly believes that a full extension of rapid transit to UBC using one technology is a critical priority for the region and for British Columbia. While the first 10 year phase of the plan includes an extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clarke Station to Arbutus St, it does not extend to UBC. It is important to continue this conversation on public transit so that the line does not stop half way. Over the coming weeks and months, the AMS will be at the table beginning a dialogue with other stakeholder groups about ensuring that the province’s third largest employer and key innovation corridor has the infrastructure it requires to support our provincial economy to its fullest potential.

“It’s time for us to advance the conversation about rapid transit along the Broadway Corridor from being just a concept to taking it to fruition as one-line, one-technology all the way to UBC.” said Tanner Bokor, AMS President.

The 30 Year Investment Strategy is now in the hands of the provincial government and ultimately the taxpayers of British Columbia to make the right decision for the future of Metro Vancouver’s transit network. The AMS, in partnership with its regional partner Get OnBoard BC, and other stakeholders, will be working towards encouraging voters to educate themselves on the importance of transit investment, and will be ensuring students are out at the polls when the provincial government finalizes its’ plans for the upcoming transportation referendum.

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Media Contact
Tanner Bokor
President
Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver
P: 604 822-3972
E: president@ams.ubc.ca

About the AMS
The AMS represents over 50,000 students on the Point Grey Campus. Our mission statement is “to improve the educational, social and personal lives of the students at UBC.” In addition to advocating for students rights to different levels of government and the university’s administration, the AMS runs 14 businesses, hosts student events, oversees approximately 300 clubs and provides many student services and resources.

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