The Government of B.C. is developing “B.C. on the Move”, its new 10-year provincial transportation plan, and invites British Columbians to share their ideas as it prioritizes future improvements in our transportation network.
For some, a priority may be improvements to rural roads for safer travel between communities. Others may favour expanded cycling networks in their area or improvements to a regional airport. This is an opportunity for all British Columbians to join in the conversation and let government know about their most pressing transportation needs.
More information will be available online when public engagement opens on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The public can submit feedback online from Oct. 14 through to Dec. 12, 2014, at 4 p.m.
The input gathered from this province wide engagement will be considered along with technical information and input from key stakeholders. These stakeholder meetings started in early September, as Parliamentary Secretary Jordan Sturdy met with over 70 groups on Vancouver Island, including local governments and First Nations, to hear first-hand the transportation needs of Island communities.
“B.C. on the Move”, the new 10-year transportation plan, will be ready in the new year and will set out a series of short, medium and longer-term priorities for government.
These priorities will focus on growing the economy, moving goods and people safely and reliably, connecting and strengthening communities, and maximizing collaboration and investment with partners including First Nations, the federal government, local governments, and the private sector.
B.C.’s most recent transportation plan, “Opening Up B.C.”, was developed in 2003. The primary goals of that plan have been accomplished. Since 2001, over $16 billion in transportation infrastructure has been invested to improve the quality of life for B.C. families and strengthen the provincial economy.
“I look forward to hearing from British Columbians as we develop our new 10-year transportation plan. Through this engagement and our meetings with key stakeholders, we can build a new transportation plan that will benefit our province well into the future; one that reflects the transportation priorities of the people of B.C.” Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Todd Stone, says.