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