District of North Vancouver communities want more information on proposed transit tax

One community in the District of North Vancouver is for the transit tax hike while other communities seeks more information on the situation.

The Mayors’ Council will ask in the upcoming plebiscite for transportation funding if Metro Vancouver people are willing to pay an extra 0.5-per-cent increase in the provincial sales tax.

Corrie Kost, executive member of the Edgemont and Upper Capilano Community Association, said, “Show me the money.”

As a retired scientist, he wants facts. Until there is a defined cost-benefit analysis plan, Kost remains in the “No” camp.

On the Mayors’ Council transportation website, the plan for the North Shore is mostly focused on improving public transit in the City of North Vancouver and not so much on the District of North Vancouver.

The website promises 50 per cent more SeaBus service with “increased frequency to provide service every 10 minutes in the a.m. and p.m. peak periods and every 15 minutes at other times.”

Kost said, “A third seabus has been promised for the last 20 years. [Politicians] didn’t follow through many times in the past. It kills their credibility.”

He remains adamant for specific numbers, especially how much residents will receive for the dollar amount they invest.

On the other side of the fence, Rene Gourley, chairman of Delbrook Community Association, said people within his community are a bit more informed than anyone else and they’re for the tax hike because they understand the need for transit options, especially with the older generations.

“It requires strong knees and strong hearts to get around,” he said. “We live on a hill.”

Buses are needed, said Gourley. Otherwise there would be too many cars on the road.

He said, “We’re a car-centric community, a secure standard suburb.”

Looking towards the Blueridge Community Association, the co-chairperson said people aren’t informed enough to state anything firmly.

Eric Godot Andersen said there would be a meeting at the library at Blueridge Elementary School about this specific issue. He’s inviting a speaker from the “Yes” side and from the “No” side to illuminate what the consequences are. No one is confirmed at this time.

The meeting is on March 24, 2015 at 7 p.m.

TransLink’s transit plan for the North Shore claims its goal is to increase transit travel by 50 per cent by 2040.

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2 comments

  1. renegourley

    Nice article Deanna. Actually, I think my community will generally vote “no” to new taxes. Personally, I am the one who is likely to vote yes, but after a discussion with our executive on Wednesday evening, and reflecting on Corrie’s point of view, I may change my mind.

    Corrie is right, there needs to be more accountability. However, we also desperately need improved transit. Every bus leaving the north shore is full to bursting. And transit is only going to get more heavily used.

    Delbrook itself is a car-centric community. You do indeed need strong legs and heart to get up and down this hill, and many people just can’t do it. For most of us, walking to the shops is not a practical option. I, for example, live about as close to shops as you can in Delbrook, and a round trip still requires about 45 minutes; that’s a long time if you’re just going for millk. So, while I ride my bike to work, along with a growing cohort of cyclists, I mostly drive to the shops.

    Thanks for your interest in Delbrook,
    Rene’