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'Yes' mayors on the buses this week

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You’ll be rubbing elbows with some of Metro Vancouver’s mayors on transit starting this morning, as those on the “yes” side in the upcoming transportation funding plebiscite get out to ask for your vote.

The Mayors’ Council campaign is kicking into higher gear over the next week, hitting transit locations across the region during the morning and afternoon rushes to speak with riders, drivers and anyone else who will listen to help them understand what’s in the mayors’ $7.5-billion transportation plan and how it will directly affect them.

With two weeks to go before the first mail-in ballots in the transportation funding vote go out, they want to make as many people care as possible.

New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote believes this is a “critical point” for the proposed plan and regional 0.5 per cent Congestion Improvement sales tax to help pay for it.

“We’re getting to the stage where people are really starting to pay attention to this referendum and we think the next two weeks will be critical to get out the message on what the mayors’ transportation plan is all about,” Cote tells News1130.

“This is a transportation plan that will see improvements in every municipality in Metro Vancouver.”

North Vancouver City Mayor Darryl Mussatto will be at Waterfront Station downtown from 8 to 9 a.m.

Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A Director Maria Harris will be UBC’s Diesel Bus Loop at Wesbrook Mall from 4 to 5 p.m.

Cote and his entire city council will be at three different Skytrain locations next Monday.

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