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Fix transit by tying funding to regional growth strategy: UBC prof

A UBC professor of population and public health has published some suggestions on how to fix mass transit in Greater Vancouver, including how the province could decide which much-needed transit projects get the green light first.

Communities that plan densely, affordably and sustainably should be rewarded with public transit dollars, according to Lawrence Frank, while those that are low density and far from existing services should be slapped with user fees. Those could include road tolls and higher development fees, Frank wrote in a blog post.

Frank, who teaches at the School of Community and Regional Planning, pointed out that Metro Vancouver's population is expected to double by 2040, and argued that delaying investments in transit now will only cost more in the long run.

UBC itself is vying for a $2.8-billion rapid transit line from Commercial Drive that would drastically cut commute times for students and faculty. They make up a significant number of the estimated 100,000 commuters who take the Broadway corridor every day.

Frank will be a panelist at a public UBC Dialogues event at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 called Your move: How can we expand public transit in the Lower Mainland, at the Hilton Hotel Metrotown in Burnaby.

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