To: All Students, Faculty and Staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus
Today, Andrew Petter (President, SFU) and I announced that our institutions are supporting “Yes” in the upcoming regional plebiscite on funding the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan.
Together, we have concluded that improving transit and easing congestion as proposed in the Mayors’ Plan will have significant benefits for more than 100,000 students, staff and faculty who commute to the UBC and SFU campuses. And I believe we have a duty to support actions that have such a positive impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of our faculty, students, staff and residents—whether living on campus or elsewhere in Metro Vancouver.
Better transportation choice and regional connectivity support our goal of building a more complete and sustainable community on the Point Grey campus. In addition to strengthening linkages between the university and regional communities, improving transit access will help us foster research collaborations, build UBC’s innovation support structures and improve student performance and employability. The Mayors’ Plan is the first step in achieving efficient rail-based rapid transit to UBC, which has the potential to be a catalyst for the development of a technology, health and life sciences hub along the Broadway corridor on par with world-leading centres such as London and New York.
While our UBC Board of Governors and Executive are supporting the “Yes” option in the upcoming vote, we also understand our campus is a place of engagement where alternative points of view are celebrated and a thriving academic community rigorously debates important topics. So regardless of your position on the plebiscite, I encourage you to get informed about the issues, participate in the process and make an educated vote between March 16 and May 29.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. If you have any questions about the issue or want more information on the vote, please visit http://www.transportation.ubc.ca/vote.
President and Vice-Chancellor