Questions for Key Stakeholders to Consider

Policy and Governance

1. Does the current governance model allow for the most efficient and effective allocation of roles and responsibilities to meet the long-term sustainable transportation goals?

2. How should the varying objectives for transit be reflected in legislation?

3. How should all of the various plans that relate to transit fit together?

4. When different transit objectives cannot be pursued simultaneously, how should they be prioritized?

5. Where does B.C. stand in relation to the evolving development of public transit in the Pacific Northwest, in Canada, and worldwide? 

6. What collaboration is required from each partner to ensure effective implementation of transit plans?

7. How can transit and land use planning processes effectively be integrated?

8. How are transit goals integrated into the overall vision for transportation in B.C.? 

9. What are the potential impacts of other government initiatives and activities on the achievement of transit objectives? If these may have a negative impact, how can conflicting priorities be reconciled? 

10. What capacity does each partner require (people, skills, knowledge, and resources) to deliver their required contributions and what organizational structure is most appropriate?

Funding

1. What is the most appropriate funding model for BC Transit to meet long-term transit goals and objectives?

2. Are existing funding commitments and sources sustainable given the long-term objectives and timeframes targeted?

3. What long-term funding commitments are required to facilitate effective and efficient long-term planning?

4. What is the capacity of the transit supply industry to produce additional buses or respond to demand for different types of buses to meet transit expansion plans?

5. How can transit funding sources be designed to achieve the greatest positive influence on transportation behaviour?

Design

1. What measurements are best suited for monitoring progress toward meeting the government’s ultimate goals for public transit?

2. Given that changes in the transport system and travel behaviour take time, have reasonable timelines been set to achieve targets and outcomes? Can the strategies developed to achieve objectives be sustained over time?

3. Do we fully understand the important factors that influence British Columbians’ satisfaction with transit services and their travel mode choices (this may differ by region and community)?

4. Which of these factors are within the control of BC Transit? The Ministry? Local governments? 

5. Are the benefits greater than the costs of the option(s) being considered to change transportation behaviour?

6. If demand increases, as a result of policy disincentives to automobile use or other transit incentives or motivating factors, will the quantity, quality and affordability of transit services be sufficient to meet and sustain demand?