Faced with a surplus of transportation issues and a dearth of public consultation, New Westminster folk are turning to digital channels to make our voices heard.
As Ruth Seeley wrote yesterday, TransLink has held public meetings to collect citizen input that will shape the 10-year Lower Mainland transportation plan coming in 2010. Ten of these meetings have been held, including some in the surrounding communities of Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam, but New Westminster – the transportation network bull’s eye of the Lower Mainland – didn’t qualify as a “central” enough location to win its own consultation. In fact, so far as TransLink CEO Ken Hardie was aware, New West has never been the site of a public meeting about Lower Mainland transportation issues.
As a small community with five SkyTrain stations, two major bridges and several roads choked with pass-through traffic from Coquitlam, Surrey and Burnaby, we feel New Westminster’s voice ought to be heard.
Ruth asked Ken to consider New West as a site for future consultations, and he indicated he was open to the idea … but we are an impatient lot. As private emails and IMs flew back and forth sharing our pet transportation wish lists following Ruth’s post, we decided to hold our own mini-“Twonsultation” on Twitter.
Here’s the response we got last night:
What do you think? Share your ideas on New West’s transportation pain points – and what should be done about them, and we’ll pass them on to TransLink Director of Communications Ken Hardie with a request to include New Westminster’s POV along with the feedback from their other community consultations.