Welcome to the campaign for an inter-community public transit system across British Columbia. The BC NDP government says public transit a priority, so we need to press them to build a safe, reliable, publicly-owned and operated bus network for the benefit of all BC communities.
You can join the campaign here by taking The Pledge.
The climate crisis demands that we change the way we travel. A reliable public bus network means fewer cars. The use of sustainable electric buses can help us reduce our carbon footprint and meet our climate targets. Recent extreme weather events have shown us that we need to act now – not wait for 2030.
We need to get our municipal politicians to pressure the government to commit to the bus network and start building it. We are also calling for endorsements from citizens and interested groups. This includes the Union of BC Indian Chiefs which has written to Premier John Horgan in support of the campaign. In its letter, the UBCIC says “accessible public transportation is a key component of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it is needed for everyone to have access in and out of isolated communities.” It also points out that “many areas of the province are without any regional transit system, and rely heavily on private transportation services….”
The current system just doesn’t adequately address the safety concerns, economic interests or social needs of our citizens, many of whom live in rural areas, small municipalities or remote communities. Lots of those smaller communities have no access to public transit or even a taxi service. Instead, transit across BC is a patchwork of good service, poor service and no service at all, depending on where you live. Reliance on private companies to provide transit services has left us stranded when those companies shut down or move on.
We need a clear, multi-faceted, inter-community network that coordinates all modes of transit and takes into consideration current reality and foreseeable transit needs: one for all British Columbians. We need to connect that system to a national network of public transit.
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