24 November 2008 03:23
Gregor Robertson, the newly minted mayor of Vancouver, has a clear mandate from voters to solve the problem of rising homelessness, and to be a steward of the city’s finances and reputation in the run-up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
But voters will expect follow-through from the organic juice entrepreneur and former MLA in another crucial area as well: Public transit.
During the thick of the mayoral race earlier this month, Robertson made public his support for the More Buses Now campaign, which called on the provincial government to add 500 more buses to Metro Vancouver.
Launched by the union representing local bus drivers, the lobbying effort didn’t get the attention it deserved in the wake of the headline-generating Olympic Village loan story. Continue reading