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BC Government approves Mayors’ Council recommendations on Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

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December 18, 2014

Surrey, BC - The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation received encouraging support from the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure today, approving changes requested by Metro Vancouver Mayors to the Transportation and Transit Plebiscite scheduled for spring 2015.

Notable changes include:

  • If approved, the 0.5% increase will be separate and distinct from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and will be called the Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax
  • Voting will be conducted through mail-in ballot beginning March 16, 2015 and will be governed under the Elections Act

“With much to gain from a regional standpoint through a positive vote on the spring plebiscite, I am thrilled to have the Provincial Government support the recommendations put forth by the Mayors’ Council,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Now it’s time to collectively get to work, harness this momentum and move forward with Light Rail Transit in Surrey to connect our communities.”

The Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite will require a regional result of 50 per cent +1 to constitute majority support by the Government of British Columbia.

With an estimated one million new residents calling Metro Vancouver home in the next 30 years, garnering additional public support for a positive vote will be central to successfully implementing Light Rail Transit in the City of Surrey by 2018, as well as mitigating congestion and greenhouse gas emissions through regional transportation investments.

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Read more about the Transportation and Transit Referendum.

Media inquiries:

Joel Thirsk
Communications Assistant
Office of the Mayor
604.591.4168
jthirsk@surrey.ca