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Maple Ridge gets behind national lobby for emergency transit dollars

In a community where transit cuts go deep, council joins plead for federal relief money

It’s official, Maple Ridge councillors is joining a national lobby for emergency transit funding.

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Council unanimously supports the request at Tuesday’s virtual council meeting, where they threw their support behind a request from the Canadian Urban Transit Association for $1.2 billion in funding, confirm Maple Ridge Mayor Michael Morden.

“After years of transit development to meet the needs of our fast-growing community – now at 90,000 people and home to one of eight regional town centres – these service cuts during a health emergency, when there’s more than enough stress, are devastating,” Morden said.

Further, he called on members of the community who are directly impacted by the recent COVID-19 driven transit cuts in Maple Ridge, to support the lobbying efforts by writing the prime minister, plus their local MPs and MLAs, advocating for the emergency relief funding.

RELATED: LETTER – Cuts to transportation put service worker’s job at risk

The pandemic is affecting public transit agencies right across Canada, putting in jeopardy their financial viability and future ability to operate, according to the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) – Canada’s largest public transport lobby with membership of most Canadian transit agencies.

CUTA is calling for “urgent” emergency funding to the tune of $400 million a month to keep services running – addressing not only the immediate drops in ridership and revenue across the board for buses and train, but money to help stabilize the services until they can be rebuilt again.

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