Mr. Speaker, the government of British Columbia has announced an ambitious plan to double public transit ridership by 2020.
It calls for investments in four rapid transit rail lines, nine new rapid bus lines and upgraded clean buses. In my riding, the old inter-urban rail corridor has been protected for the future.
The transit plan will reduce congestion, decrease greenhouse gases and lower energy use.
The province has committed $5 billion to the plan and is calling for the federal government to commit only $3 billion.
I, along with my constituents, Cory Hollick and Divia Matoo, who are here in Ottawa today, urge the federal government to get behind British Columbia so that it can become a world leader in public transit.