More buses, lower fares

Already unaffordable transit fares continue to rise, with multiple rounds of fare increases passing unopposed by both Vision and the NPA. To achieve universal free transit, COPE will work to reduce transit fares toward phasing out fares entirely within 10 to 15 years.

New developments will also be planned with accessible transit in mind. COPE will refuse to rezone for higher density developments in single-family residential neighbourhoods far from rapid transit stations, and will make accessibility by walking, cycling and public transit a priority when siting new recreation facilities and parks.

 

COPE will use best practices, proven precedents, and intelligent planning to create a strong and cost-effective transit system that will serve both existing demand and expected growth. This will involve prioritizing lower-cost, more flexible bus or light rail transit service enhancements, especially along the Broadway corridor. We will also ensure all major transit projects involve public consultation and transparent planning.

We will dedicate parking fees and violation fine revenue to provide free shuttle bus services in key underserved transit areas, such as Stanley Park. COPE will insist that the Translink board be democratically elected and advocate the reduction of excessive executive and management salaries at Translink to control costs.

COPE will oppose demolition of the Georgia/Venables Viaduct structures unless realistic and affordable alternatives are in place. COPE will also re-examine the Point Grey Road closure with regard to process, cost, and efficacy.

 
To make transit more accessible, we will implement an identifying card or sticker for riders with disabilities to display when using transit. COPE will also advocate to expand HandyDART service, and make HandyDART a direct subsidiary of Translink rather than contracting it out to for-profit operators. COPE will work to reduce transit fares toward phasing out fares entirely within 10 to 15 years to create a universal and accessible public transit system. 
 

How will COPE make transit more affordable and accessible

COPE will work to reduce transit fares, with a view to eliminating them within 10 to 15 years. 

COPE will work with Translink to make transit more accessible, especially to riders that face physical and economic barriers 

COPE will pursue lower-cost, more flexible bus or light rail transit service enhancements, especially along the Broadway corridor, in preference to high-cost, long-delayed, and inappropriate subway-based systems 

COPE will insist that the Translink board be democratically elected. 

COPE will use best practices, proven precedents, and intelligent planning to create a strong and cost-effective transit system that will serve both existing demand and expected growth. 

COPE will ensure public consultation and transparent planning for all major projects. 

COPE will advocate for the reduction of excessive executive and management salaries at Translink to control costs. 

COPE will dedicate parking fees and violation fine revenue to provision of free shuttle bus services.  COPE will advocate to increase HandyDART service, and make HandyDART a direct subsidiary of Translink rather than contracting it out to for-profit operators. 

COPE will oppose demolition of the Georgia/Venables Viaduct structures unless realistic alternatives are in place. 

COPE will Implement an identifying card or sticker for riders with disabilities to display when using transit. 

COPE will re-examine the Point Grey Road closure with regard to process, cost, and efficacy.