BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C.'s 10-year transportation plan starts with public input

10/07/2014 01:19 EDT | Updated 12/07/2014 05:59 EST
VICTORIA - Transportation Minister Todd Stone wants British Columbians to help build the transportation agenda for the next decade.

The minister says the government's plan, called "B.C. on the Move," starts with an invitation to contribute to an online feedback forum open from Oct. 14 to Dec. 12.

Stone says the government's current budget for transportation over the next three years is $3 billion, while the previous transportation plan that started in 2003 spent more than $16 billion on infrastructure projects over 10 years.

He says transportation priorities will focus on growing the economy while moving goods and people safely, but keeping a tight rein on scarce government dollars.

Stone says the government will release the plan in the new year and it will set short-, medium- and long-term priorities for the government.

Stone didn't emphasize any government priorities, saying he's open at this time to hearing from residents on transportation projects as diverse as improving rural roads, building bridges between islands and expanding airport access in the north.