In the fall of 2014, the B.C. Government held a public consultation to gather input for the development of British Columbia’s transportation goals. Input gathered from an online survey, email submissions, a Twitter Townhall and through regional stakeholder meetings. The plan is now posted and has set out a series of short, medium and longer-term priorities for government.
October 14 – December 12, 2014
- 12,661 surveys received
- 825 email additional submissions were received
- 559 people attended engagement meetings
- 181 people participated in a Twitter Town Hall
Input leads to action:
95% of respondents said keeping highways, bridges and side roads in good condition was top priority.
- The Province is resurfacing 1,000 kilometres of provincial highway annually, increasing its investment in bridge rehabilitation funding by 50% over previous years, and delivering up to 30 projects each year that will improve over 500 kilometres of side roads annually.
73% said the Province should expand highway capacity and upgrade key highways and bridges to facilitate heavy hauling.
- Government has budgeted almost $1 billion over the next three years to ensure our transportation network has the capacity and reliability to meet the transport and trade needs of the province.
72% said enhancing cycling infrastructure and improving transportation choices were important.
- Priorities for action include allocating a budget of $18 million over the first three years of the transportation plan to partner with communities to build new bike lanes and trails across B.C.
70% said the Province should support regional and small community airports.
- B.C. has committed to invest $24 million over the first three years of the transportation plan in the new B.C. Air Access Program, so that community airports can access funding to improve infrastructure like runways, terminals and lighting.