Regional Public Transportation Committee Blog

The Regional Public Transportation Committee (RPTC) is an initiative spearheaded by Sierra Club's Newfoundland and Labrador office that seeks to establish a regional public transit system in the Northeast Avalon Region.  Given that 51% of the population of Newfoundland and Labrador resides in the Avalon Peninsula and there is no publically-funded transit system outside of the City of St. John's in the Avalon region, such a system would significantly increase people's access to work as well as other opportunities. 

One of Sierra Club's overarching goals is to work towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  Given that the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the fifth highest per-capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in Canada with its 2008 GHG emissions estimated at 10,500 kt CO2 equivalent and road transportation accounting for approximately 20% of this amount, encouraging a sustainable and efficient regional public transportation system would work towards the end of significantly reducing provincial GHG emissions.  The province has committed itself to stabilizing and reducing GHG emissions in its 2005 Climate Change Action Plan and has additionally identified the promotion of public transportation as a mitigation measure to climate change.

It is incumbent upon the province to support this initiative and the RPTC will work towards galvanizing that support and translating it into concrete actions with measurable outcomes.  As such, RPTC has drafted a petition for the House of Assembly to undertake a feasibility study with the intent of establishing a regional public transit system for the Northeast Avalon Region.

 

For more information, please contact Nicole Renaud nicoler-at-sierraclub.ca

 

 

It’s time for regional transit

Andrew Robinson’s article “How to get around,” Aug. 25, concerning regional public transit, outlined the absence of leadership and vision present among provincial and municipal leaders towards the subject.

Unfortunately, the provincial government, in its energy policy document, exhibited its shortsightedness when it dismissed regional public transit as a viable option in its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To date they have tended to view it as a transportation option meriting little importance on their agenda.... Read more »

We've done it! Read our Transit Report

After holding numerous meetings and joining forces with all kinds of stakeholders in the NE Avalon region, we've submitted our background report on why transit intitiatives are desperately needed in our communities.

Public transit will help keep ghg emissions down and reduce traffic on our grid-locked roads. It can also save you money! As mortalities mount on the ring road around St. John's, a real plan for transit might actually reduce accidents, too !

Please go here to read the report.

 

Thanks to Mountain Equipment Co-op's Urban Sustainablity Grants for making this work possible!

 

 

 

Committee Objective

These are the areas we would like to see included in a regional public transit model for the northeast avalon region!

 

Travel Flow: Avalon peninsula

 

This is an image of the traffic flow of people travelling to work in the Avalon peninsula. The larger the line the more traffic there is. As there's no public transit outside of St. John's, unless these people are walking, biking or intensively carpooling, this is all done via private transportation!

Click here for more information on above map.

The Regional Public Transportation Committee (RPTC)

The Regional Public Transportation Committee (RPTC) is an initiative spearheaded by Sierra Club's Newfoundland and Labrador office that seeks to establish a regional public transit system in the Northeast Avalon Region.  Given that 51% of the population of Newfoundland and Labrador resides in the Avalon Peninsula and there is no publically-funded transit system outside of the City of St. John's in the Avalon region, such a system would significantly increase people's access to work as well as other opportunities. 

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