VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green spokesperson for transportation and infrastructure, issued the following statement in response to the launch of the southern Vancouver Island transportation strategy:
“I am pleased to see a transportation strategy underway for the southern Vancouver Island. Transportation has been a consistent problem for the region and this process is urgent and long overdue. This is an important first step towards establishing a multi-modal, comprehensive plan for the future.
“Effective transportation not only reduces congestion and greenhouse gases - it makes life more affordable, helps local businesses succeed, and allows British Columbians to spend more time with their families. On the southern Vancouver Island it is essential that this process is guided by clear leadership and long-term thinking to address the unique challenges our communities face,” said Olsen.
Today’s announcement also provided a road map for work to identify an emergency detour route for the Malahat highway.
“Vancouver Island is heavily dependent on the Malahat highway. On occasions when that route is closed thousands are cut off from essential services such as medical care. This major concern must be met with swift and thoughtful action,” added Sonia Furstenau, MLA for the Cowichan Valley.
“Improving transportation infrastructure in B.C. was a shared priority in the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the NDP. As these files progress we remain actively engaged in fostering accessible, efficient transportation options for British Columbians.”
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