Work with surrounding cities and Translink to improve commuter transportation
Commuting to and from Vancouver is a huge source of pollution, gas consumption and energy waste. It's great if Vancouver does a lot of smaller things to make it a greener city, but if the issue of commuter waste is not addressed, then calling itself the greenest city might be a little fluffy. Commuting is not going to go away - how could it be better? By using existing rail lines for commuter trains. Building skytrain service further out into the Valley and White Rock. Organize carpool companies that will match commuter needs. We must get the cars with single drivers who drive an hour or more every single day off the road. (including mine)
NOTE: dashamstyr's idea "Integrate Transit Across Municipalities" has been merged with this one.
Right now, there are very few ways to travel to/from the suburbs without one or more bus changes that often include wait times of over 30 minutes. We need a transit system that integrates with the surrounding communities and gives commuters from these areas a viable public transit alternative to driving into the city.
Merged with N/A's idea "Get transit to the suburbs..."
"Many people who work in the City cannot afford to live in the City; therefore it would make sense to help make transit more accessible to the outer cities so that we can get those single occupancy commuters off the roads. This would bring less cars into the City making it greener."
I couldn't agree more - so many people work in the city and do not live here therefore we need to help get them out of their cars when entering the city; this means more accessible transit to the suburbs!
Peter Hoang commented
Suburban bus schedules outside of peak hours are atrocious. In a creative modern city where citizens work flex-hours we need improved public transit outside of the 7-9 AM and 3-6 PM rush hours. It'll make it more feasible for people still hesitant to take transit.
Thea Hollett commented
The corner grocery/local food garden is a must to reduce unneccessary traffic. Make more villages that can be walked to in each neighbourhood, that have food stores, bakeries, farmers markets, etc.