BTA News – Letter to Editor Workshop, Climate Letter, and Recent Video & Articles

Better Transit Alliance News:
1) Webinar: Write a letter to the editor for transit funding – 3pm Tues Nov 30
 
2) Help get more endorsers for the BC Climate Emergency Open Letter
 
3) Recent video, articles and letter to the editor

 
1) Webinar: Write a letter to the editor for transit funding – 3pm Tues Nov 30.
 
In this 30-minute webinar with Gideon Forman of the David Suzuki Foundation we will learn how to write a letter to editor about transit funding. The webinar, hosted by our friends at the TTC Riders Union, will involve a short training, followed by time for you to write and send a letter during the event!
 
Public transit agencies across Canada need ongoing operations funding to keep transit moving. Without an extension of emergency funding, BC Transit could cut service or increase fares in 2022. Find out more about the need for federal operating funding at https://www.keeptransitmoving.ca/.
 
Writing a letter to the editor is a quick and simple way to take action for transit! Plus you’ll learn a skill you can use again and again.
RSVP here for the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpd-qopz8qH9IgT20HCbYKMEthUKQlhgvR
 
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/620949285580292
 
2) Help get more endorsers for the BC Climate Emergency Open Letter
 
More than 310 diverse arts, business, community, environment, faith, health, Indigenous, labour, senior, and youth organizations have signed an open letter calling on the BC government to confront the climate emergency by implementing ten urgent climate actions.
 
The Better Transit Alliance is one of over 310 groups and businesses that have signed the 10 point letter, which includes a call for “Invest in affordable, accessible, and convenient public transit within and between all communities. Reallocate infrastructure funds from highway expansion to transit and active transportation (cycling, rolling, and walking).”
 
Are you a member of a faith or arts group, a business owner, or do you know a local business owner who might want to sign on? This is one of the biggest efforts ever in BC to get improved transit service and every group that signs on makes the effort stronger. See https://climateactions.ca/signatories/
 
3) Recent video, articles and letter to the editor

These might spur on your urge to shoot a video, write a letter to the editor, or write an op-ed of your own:
 
This video show that the $100 million McKenzie Interchange has not done much for congestion, and that continuous bus lanes all the way to Langford are badly needed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZjHfS8817E

Letter to editor: Responses to climate-related travel disruptions must start with improved inter-community bus service – https://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/opinion/letter-upgrade-ferry-to-allow-buses/

Op-ed: Traffic evaporation means we can reach B.C.’s new climate roadmap promise of 25 percent less traffic – https://www.straight.com/news/eric-doherty-traffic-evaporation-means-we-can-reach-bcs-new-climate-roadmap-promise-of-25

Op-ed: Big Auto fails to push transportation transformation off COP26 Agenda https://www.straight.com/news/eric-doherty-big-auto-fails-to-push-transportation-transformation-off-cop26-agenda

BTA’s BC Budget 2022 submission

2022 BC Budget Submission – Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria

September 29, 2021

Dear members of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services,

The climate emergency is turning lives upside down in BC. This year hundreds of people died in a heatwave and towns burned. We are in a climate emergency, which translates to a budgetary emergency for governments and families.

According to BC government data, transportation is BC’s largest and fastest growing source of GHG pollution. As shown in the graph below, transport emissions increased by 31% from 2011 to 2018.[1]

This increase was largely caused by provincial budgetary decisions, particularly spending billions of dollars to increase the capacity of urban highways instead of using the same funds to improve public transit and active transportation.

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HRA News: “The perfect highway alternative” podcast & article – Right Transit Conversation webinar date change

1) BTA member Eric Doherty co-wrote an inspiring article, and was interviewed for “The perfect highway alternative”podcast about Rapid Bus and the CRD’s new policy of prioritizing transit.

2) The date for the Having the Right Conversation About Transit has changed from Sept 29 to Tues Sept 28 at noon

1) Rapid bus Article and podcast

Over the summer BTA member Eric Doherty co-wrote an inspiring article, and was interviewed for a podcast, about Rapid Bus and the CRD’s new policy of prioritizing transit over highway expansion.

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BTA News: Write to federal election candidates today! – Transit webinar Sept 28

1) #VoteTransit2021 – Write to candidates today! 2) Register now for Having the Right Conversation About Transit – Tues Sept 28 [date changed]

1) #VoteTransit2021 – Write to candidates today!
This federal election, with our friends in the national Keep Transit Moving Coalition, we’re asking candidates to end the financial crisis faced by our transit systems.

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Please sign national bus and rail petition – good news from CRD

Please sign this petition (and circulate) calling for a national, affordable, accessible public bus and rail system – we need just 88 more signatures to meet the 500-signature threshold for presentation in the House of Commons!

Chris Alemany from Port Alberni initiated the petition, and any citizen of permanent resident of Canada can sign.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3431

A bit of summertime good news!

On Wednesday July 14, the Capital Regional District (CRD) board unanimously approved a new policy on transportation prioritization in the region. Now Greater Victoria’s regional district is prepared to advocate for transportation investments that contribute to meeting regional transit ridership, affordability, and greenhouse gas reduction targets. The document is vague in places, but CRD directors asked CRD staff some pointed questions and got important reassurances. Staff clarified that their approach to dealing with congestion will favor improving public transit and active transportation rather than increasing highway capacity for cars with wider highways or new interchanges. We will be following this ongoing process carefully.

Hope you are enjoying your summer, and expect to hear more from the Better Transit Alliance in the fall.

Letter to CRD Board – Regional Transportation Priorities

May 10, 2021

Dear CRD Chair Colin Plant & CRD Board members

From: BC Sustainable Energy Association Victoria Chapter, Better Mobility Saanich, Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria, Capital Bike (formerly Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition & Bike to Work Victoria), Cities for Everyone, Citizens Environmental Network in Colwood, Climate Justice Victoria, Council of Canadians Victoria Chapter, Greenpeace Victoria Local Group, Island Transformations Organization, Oak Bay Climate Force, Saanich Eco Advocates, Urban Thrive, and View Royal Climate Coalition.

Re 8.4 Identification of Regional Transportation Priorities report – May 12 CRD Board meeting

We support the CRD Transportation Committee’s recommendation “That the categorized priority areas listed in Appendix A be confirmed as amended, subject to clarification of the description of the ‘Highway Safety Improvements’ priority to ensure alignment with the Mode Share targets in the report.” This is a step towards creating transportation infrastructure priorities that are ranked according to CRD criteria including GHG pollution, sustainable transportation mode share, and affordability.

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Open Letter to CRD Transportation Committee

Re CRD motions on transportation and climate – February 17 Transportation Committee

Dear Capital Regional District Transportation Committee Members,

Thank you for voting on December 9, 2020 to develop a list of transportation priorities informed by the CRD’s declaration of a climate emergency and the CRD’s climate targets.

We now understand that you will be considering two related motions at the February 17 Transportation Committee meeting.

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Open Letter to CRD Board on Transportation and Climate Motions

Dear Capital Regional District Board Members,

Re CRD motions on transportation and climate – January 13, 2021 board meeting

Thank you for voting on December 9, 2020 to develop a list of transportation priorities informed by the CRD’s declaration of a climate emergency and the CRD’s climate targets.

We now understand that you will be considering two related motions at the January 13 CRD Board meeting.

We support both motions put forward by CRD Director Ned Taylor and ask that you vote in favor for both:

1) Motion re CRD letter to Ministers Fleming and Ma:

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BTA News – 1) BTA Endorses Stefanie Hardman 2) Write to your CRD rep about South Island Transport Strategy

1) BTA endorses Stefanie Hardman in Victoria by-election

The Better Transit Alliance (BTA) has chosen to support Stefanie Hardman’s campaign for the Victoria City Council by-election. Stephanie has earned BTA’s endorsement by providing detailed and passionate proposals for improving public transit. She states that the climate emergency requires prioritizing public transit funding over highway expansion, and that re-allocating road space to transit lanes to make buses faster and more reliable.

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Media Release: Victoria By-Election Candidates Respond to Sustainable Transportation Questions

Victoria – Victorians for Transportation Choice (VTC), six groups working for better transportation solutions for all, has released candidate responses to our sustainable transportation questionnaire.  The responses include candidate positions on keeping Government Street a pedestrian priority zone, accelerating work on Victoria’s all ages and abilities bike network, and creating more bus lanes.

“Victorians for Transportation Choice represents people in Victoria who want their transportation options to be safe and convenient, while rapidly reducing the carbon pollution that drives the climate crisis,” said Tom Hackney, VTC spokesperson and Victoria Chapter Co-Chair of the BC Sustainable Energy Association. “We urge the people of Victoria to review the candidate responses so they can vote for the transportation future they want.”

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