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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2008

 

 

FEDERAL TRANSPORT MINISTER IN TOWN TO DISCUSS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

 

 

Get Moving BC expresses "optimism" and says infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and transit

systems provide the best return on investment when it comes to stimulating the economy during recession

 

 

Vancouver, B.C. - News that the federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable John Baird, is in town to meet with western Canadian transportation ministers is being received with great optimism by Get Moving BC. The federal-provincial discussions are aimed at boosting provincial economies in the wake of the world financial crisis and economic slowdown, with specific reference being made to accelerating the Evergreen Line project.

 

Get Moving BC spokesperson Michael McBratney says he's pleased to hear that Minister Baird is talking about accelerating the Evergreen Line and says Get Moving BC fully supports such stimulus spending on transportation projects - not only for the immediate social and economic benefits they bring but also for the long term benefits.

 

 

"The province has made a great start modernizing our transportation infrastructure with projects like the Pitt River Bridge, the Canada Line and the Golden Ears Bridge," McBratney says. "But now we have the opportunity to stimulate the economy and catch up on some of our other badly-needed transportation projects at the same time."

 

McBratney says several economists have recently indicated that public dollars spent on infrastructure like roads, bridges and transit systems, among other forms of public infrastructure, provide the best return on investment when it comes to stimulating the economy during a recession.

 

Get Moving BC recently called on all newly elected and re-elected Lower Mainland mayors and councillors to support the acceleration of transportation infrastructure projects in the Greater Vancouver region in light of the province's commitment to accelerate public investments in capital infrastructure projects. The province's commitment to infrastructure spending is part of the province's 10 point plan to protect B.C. families and businesses from the world financial crisis and economic slowdown.

 

Get Moving BC also released a bridge infrastructure study last September which showed that the Lower Mainland lags behind other western Canadian cities when it comes to bridges crossing the Fraser River - the Lower Mainland's main water barrier to transportation. Get Moving BC's study also predicts "total gridlock" in the Lower Mainland if steps are not taken to correct the bridge infrastructure gap due to a rapidly expanding population south of the Fraser River.

 

"We definitely need to accelerate projects like the Evergreen Line, the Port Mann/Highway 1 project and the Pattullo Bridge replacement and the opportunity for this seems to be presenting itself," McBratney says, "We're optimistic that the federal-provincial discussions with Minister Baird will get things rolling."

 

A copy of Get Moving BC's study, "Bridging the Infrastructure Gap," is available on the "Resources" page of Get Moving BC's website at www.GetMovingBC.com or by clicking on the following link: BRIDGING THE INFRASTRUCTURE GAP. The study includes graphs, charts and a four page Executive Summary.

 

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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.    

 
For more information please contact Get Moving BC at 604-678-5567 or by email at info@getmovingbc.com  
 
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