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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

September 20, 2007

 

NEW GET MOVING BC / NRG RESEARCH POLL

 

72% of Burnaby Residents Support Widening of Highway 1 and Twinning of Port Mann Bridge

 

 

Burnaby, B.C. – A new poll commissioned by Get Moving BC shows that 72% of Burnaby’s residents support the expansion of Highway 1 from Vancouver to Langley, improving the highway on and off ramps, and twinning the Port Mann Bridge.

 

The Get Moving BC poll also shows that 67% of Burnaby’s residents agree that “improving Highway 1 and the Port Mann Bridge will improve the quality of life for people in the Lower Mainland.”

 

Michael McBratney is a member of Get Moving BC’s Advisory Board and a long-time Burnaby resident.  He says he is pleasantly surprised by the poll results.  “I knew in my gut that support for widening Highway 1 and twinning the Port Mann Bridge was strong in Burnaby, but I was pleased to see just how high that support level really is; 72% with two thirds of them being very strongly in support of the project.”

 

The Get Moving BC poll was conducted by the NRG Research Group during the week of September 10th  to 14th 2007.  Three hundred randomly selected Burnaby residents were interviewed for the poll.  A random sample survey of 300 respondents is representative of the underlying population from which it is drawn within +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.

 

The poll also found that 73% of Burnaby residents agreed that “rebuilding and improving each of Burnaby’s Highway 1 overpasses will improve traffic flow in the north-south direction.”

 

“There is now no confusion about whether the citizens of Burnaby support or oppose the project,” said McBratney.  “The majority of Burnaby’s citizens are clearly in support of widening the highway and expanding the Port Mann Bridge.”

 

The design concept for the Port Mann / Highway 1 (PMH1) Project proposes a new parallel bridge on the west side of the existing Port Mann Bridge, which would also provide cycling access and be designed to accommodate future light rail transit.  

 

One lane in each direction will also be designated as an HOV lane, significantly expanding the existing HOV network and making it possible to provide reliably scheduled bus service connections between communities north and south of the Fraser River.  The Port Mann Bridge is currently congested 13 hours each day making reliable transit impossible.

 

Ian MacPherson is also a member of Get Moving BC’s Advisory Board and he says it’s time for the Lower Mainland to “catch up” with its transportation infrastructure.  “We’re fortunate to be living in a region as dynamic as the Lower Mainland,” he says, “but the region is going to continue to grow and change and we need to get on with projects like twinning the Port Mann and expanding rapid transit so that we aren’t forever trying to catch up.” 

 

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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’s media desk at 604-678-5567 or by email at info@getmovingbc.com

 

 

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