DSBIA Supports a 2-cents-a-litre boost gas tax

Downtown Surrey BIA Supports a two-cents-a-litre boost in the gas tax to pay for the Evergreen Line and other regional transit projects.

The City of Surrey is the fastest growing community in Canada with more than 1,000 people moving to this dynamic and diverse city each month. By 2040, the City of Surrey is expected to welcome more than a quarter of the region’s new jobs and residents, and Surrey City Centre is destined to become British Columbia’s next great metropolitan centre.  With this City’s growth, we require major improvements in transportation.

DSBIA President Bill Rempel states: “It was extremely gratifying to see the media coverage of eight regional Mayor’s coming together as a single, strong voice on the incredibly important issue of the Moving Forward Supplement Plan vote being held this Friday by the Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation.  Rather than thinking hyper-locally, this group of eight forward thinking leaders is putting the good of our entire region first and foremost. This big-picture thinking is refreshing”.

The Moving Forward program is crucial to reducing gridlock, growing Metro Vancouver’s economy, and achieving long-term environmental goals for the region. Business leaders, academics and analysts are united in support of increasing transportation throughout the region, and we, as the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association applaud the leadership of Mayor Watts and her other seven colleagues in supporting an initiative that is imperative to the continued success of the region.

“We urge the other Mayor’s of the region to join the voice of their visionary fellow representatives to continue down a road of finding new ways to fund and improve transportation in Metro Vancouver.  The entire region will benefit both in the ability to move our citizens and goods and services, not to mention the positive environmental impact transit improvements will bring”.

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