Mission needs better transit options, says.a Record reader. (Black Press Media File photo)

Mission needs better transit options, says.a Record reader. (Black Press Media File photo)

Letter: Mission will continue to sprawl without better transit

Reader details how B.C. needs to spend money differently

Editor:

Re: Mission a city of few renters and little density, Mission Record News

Without proper transit, Mission will continue to sprawl like other Fraser Valley cities.

Downtown Mission should have way more housing units, especially affordable rental apartments.

Public transit in the Fraser Valley (from Hope to Delta) has been neglected since 1950.

Most cities in Canada run public transit as a municipal and or regional service, in the same way they provide other services like library, fire, water.

We need all the municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations to cooperate and provide a proper transit plan to the B.C. government.

The B.C. government’s proposed spending of $4 to $5 billions on a single project (16 km SkyTrain to Langley City) is a big mistake that our local politicians should speak out about.

Spending $5 billion on transit is a good idea that is long overdue.

This money could be used to double our bus service and bus fleet.

Provide over 100 km of Regional Rapid Rail Service in the Fraser Valley.

It is unlikely that the B.C. government will approve $10 B to construct all projects.

We have to tell the B.C. government to approve projects that will significantly increase transit ridership ,mode split and reduce GHG emissions/carbon footprint.

With a new B.C. premier, I look forward to leadership on this important item.

Nathan Davidowicz

Transit

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