Sustainable Transportation Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

It means properly funding the needs of the community’s demands not only for roadways and parking lots but for improved transit, park and rides, bicycle infrastructure and walking trails. We need more people on transit,but, in so doing we need the financial support to work outside of the box. As a member of the Canadian Urban Transit association Board, we continue to strive and challenge each other to push the envelope in terms of sustainable mobility. The future will look a lot different in the coming years and decades and reality is that less people will own vehicles and more people will rely on public transportation.

Chad Odnokon

Joseph Palmateer

First and Foremost, What "sustainable transportation" means to me is typically a form of transportation that involves less maintenance and therefore less down time and better reliability. This automatically involves the wear and tear on vehicles themselves, and being aware of that, Road maintenance becomes the first objective. With better roads fixed properly, there is less congested traffic due to continuous and expensive repetitive road repair reducing wait times and fuel consumption. With better maintained road infrastructure there is also less damaging wear on vehicles such as missing hubcaps which have to be replaced because they detached off of the wheel rim or shocks which have been damaged and have to be replaced, due to the rough surface of many of the roads. Road surface conditions affect everyone, even those who do not own vehicles pay the price by higher bus fares to help pay for increasing cost for bus repairs.

Michael Vagnini

Dan Xilon

It means more convenient public transportation for ward 2 and the other outlying areas of the city generally. The taxes of many citizens are currently being spent on a transportation service that they cannot fully utilize do to inconvenience. A more attractive and usable public transportation service would be used more. The more such services are used the more other kinds of transportation would see benefits as well. For example more people riding buses means less traffic congestion which leads to better conditions for people who use their own vehicle, cyclists, and pedestrians. It is also possible a convenient public transportation system could become a new revenue stream for the city.

Candidate name 2. How are you going to support it in our community?

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

I already am as chair of the city’s operation committee which includes Transit. The reality is that we can only do what the budget allows us to do. Education will remain a major factor in how we move alternative transportation ahead.

Chad Odnokon

Joseph Palmateer

Working to wards getting it done and done right.

Michael Vagnini

Dan Xilon

I would like to explore with city and transit officials how such things as new or alternate routes and schedules could increase the usability of the system. For example, I wonder why we could not have more locally dedicated short routes which do not necessarily travel from outlying areas to the downtown area, but which focus on local neighborhoods, much as things are down in some larger cities.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure (b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users (c) Improvements in transit service and fares to meet the needs of citizens (d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Chad Odnokon

Joseph Palmateer

I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Michael Vagnini

Dan Xilon

Unsure Unsure I will champion that Unsure
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

Chad Odnokon

Joseph Palmateer

Concerning Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that "details how to implement streets," at the forefront it sounds great, however, behind the facade we could be stepping into an area of dictating one persons rights over another, thus taking away privileges which some citizens previously had to expand those of other. This brings into question the understanding of fairness. Its different if a whole street community comes together and agrees on such a matter and then puts it before city council to finalize such a decision made by the streets residence and put it into permanent effect, or it is implemented before a New Street or Subdivision is occupied by New Residence." But an older Street or Subdivision should have all its residence agree on such action or it is not implemented.

Michael Vagnini

Dan Xilon

a) I’m generally in favor of dedicated funding for bikes and pedestrians, I think it would be good for the city as a whole. However, any such policy in Sudbury needs to consider the different of the more rural outlying wards of our city. For example, the percentage of funds dedicated to ward 2’s roads should be more focused on the needs of motorized vehicles more than that of, Ward 1, 10, 11, or 12. In other words, if dedicated funding included such considerations, I would be in favor of it.

b) I would be in favor of a complete streets policy in regards to any new city roads, but I think we have to accept that the costs and difficulties involved in changing some current roads to such a philosophy may be more than the worth they would bring.


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