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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2007




Vancouver, B.C. – New legislation that removes TransLink from the control and influence of politicians and puts day-to-day operations and planning into the hands of a professional board of directors is a welcome step and one that’s long overdue says Get Moving BC spokesperson Sheri Wiens. 


Wiens points to Vancouver International Airport which took the very same step fifteen years ago by putting a professional board of directors in place.  Today, she says, Vancouver International Airport is one of the world’s most highly regarded airports with numerous awards to its name. 


Wiens says the list of accomplishments and awards achieved through the efforts and guidance of the airport’s professional board is not only impressive it’s indisputable. 


For example: construction of a north runway that has substantially relieved aircraft congestion; construction of a new international passenger terminal and trans-border terminal; opening of a 400-room, four-diamond hotel attached to the terminal facilities; improvement of gate areas and passenger lounges; renovation of the South terminal building; and construction of a new parking structure to name just a few.


As for awards, Wiens points to the fact that, for the second consecutive year, the airport has been named Canada's top airport in the Travel Agents’ Choice Readership Survey. 


The airport has also been acclaimed as one of B.C.’s Top 30 employers and rated as the No. 6 airport in the world in its size category (15 million to 25 million passengers) and No. 4 overall in the Americas (2006).


“Considering the obvious success that a professional board can achieve, why should the people of the Lower Mainland settle for the mediocre results we’ve seen from TransLink’s current board?  The airport’s successes over the last fifteen years more than demonstrate the superiority of a professional board when it comes to transportation infrastructure.”


Wiens adds that TransLink’s existing board and governance model is one of the biggest reasons the Lower Mainland is so far behind when it comes to transportation infrastructure.   


“Why shouldn’t the people of the Lower Mainland have an award-winning transportation system on par with our award-winning airport,” she asks.  “Why should we shoot for second best when we can have the best?” 


Wiens says the airport’s professional board has allowed the airport to attain outstanding success and implement badly needed improvements in a timely manner; adding that fifteen years ago the airport’s professional board set out to build a better airport for B.C. and they did. 


“Solving the Lower Mainland’s transportation problems requires that we tap into the best minds and resources available,” says Wiens, “professionals who know how to get the job done.”   


Wiens and Get Moving BC believe it’s time to put best practices to work for the Lower Mainland’s gridlocked transportation system by reinventing TransLink and putting some real transportation expertise in place


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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.   


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