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TransLink referendum must emphasize health benefits: expert

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s an old saying, what’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.

That may well be the case for the coming TransLink funding referendum.

Today, three veteran referendum campaigners will kick around how to get you to warm up the idea of voting in favour of more money for TransLink.

Doctor Larry Frank with SCARP, UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning says the pitch must include the benefits of transit.

“There’s an enormous amount of reduction in cost to people’s health by having them use transit, having cleaner air, being more active in engagement and travel in a daily basis,” he explains.

Frank warns even doing nothing comes with a cost.

“There’s an enormous cost to the future of the region, the economic growth potential that Vancouver has, the quality of life in the region and the health of the people that live here.”

The provincial government has promised to hold referendum on Metro Vancouver transit funding by November of next year.

Tuesday’s roundtable happens between 1:00 and 2:30 at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus in Downtown Vancouver.