Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Government responds to Independent BC Transit Review #bcpoli

Sept. 25, 2012
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

VICTORIA - The government of British Columbia is committed to strengthening the partnership between local governments and BC Transit.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak announced today the government's official response to the 18 recommendations of the BC Transit Independent Review Panel, which also included a list of three options for transit governance in the capital region.

The response provides a comprehensive foundation to improve communication and information sharing between BC Transit and local governments. With greater transparency and more frequent access to vital information, local governments will be able to make better and more informed decisions about transit services for families and their communities.

The government of British Columbia called for an independent review after listening to the concerns of communities about BC Transit's performance and operations. The panel examined communications between BC Transit and local government, as well as how funding and other relationships operate. The government released the panel's final report in August.

The panel concluded that British Columbians receive good value for their transit dollar, but provided recommendations for improvement to the decision-making process, the governance structure and the accountabilities between BC Transit, local governments and the B.C. government.

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