Transit Plebiscite results to be released on Thursday

Elections B.C.

Metro Vancouver will very soon know what stance the majority of voters took in the 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite.

The results will be tallied up and officially announced on Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m. Voting percentages for all 23 municipalities can be found here once they have come in.

Voting ended on May 29. The results were expected to be released late-June or early July.

Just prior to the closure of voting, Elections B.C. reported that 45 per cent of eligible voters had returned their ballots.

The transit expansion debate will only begin on Thursday, as plebiscites are simply public opinion – the results are not legally binding on the government to act upon them.

Image: SkyTrain Canada Line via Shutterstock

SEE ALSO: Transit Vote: What's the difference between a plebiscite and referendum?

Over 1.5 million eligible voters in the region were asked to approve a 0.5 per cent regional increase in the provincial sales tax (from 7.0 to 7.5%) to help fund the Mayors’ Council’s $7.5 billion, 10-year plan for transportation improvements.

This includes an underground extension of the SkyTrain Millennium Line along Broadway, a light rail transit network in Surrey, a new seismically safe Pattullo Bridge, improved night bus service, the use of a third SeaBus and a significant increase in bus network frequency, including the introduction of 11 new B-Line rapid bus routes.

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