Journal article

Consensus planning in transport: The case of Vancouver's transportation plebiscite

Crystal Legacy, John Stone

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice | Elsevier | Published : 2019


In 2015, a plebiscite was held on a new source of funding to support the expansion of the transit network in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. Thus, in a region that has achieved admirable results over several decades through a strategic planning system based on a consensus model, civic leaders were forced to step outside this model to argue the case for a 0.5% increase to a local goods and service tax. This pitted a ‘no new tax’ grouping against a Better Transit and Transportation Coalition which brought supporters from across the community including from business, the unions, the environmental sector and students in support of the ‘yes’ case and the package of works crafted by consensus amo..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful feedback. We'd also like to acknowledge that this research was funded by the Australian Research Council [DE140100364]