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General News · 27th October 2016
Max Thaysen
Cortes Island Transportation Study presents
What’s this study all about?

In the summer of 2016, the Strathcona Regional District issued a request for proposals to conduct a Transportation Study for Cortes Island. They sought someone to establish the following:
1. The Community Context - Transportation Needs Assessment
2. The Community’s Vision, Goals & Objectives - Direction setting
3. Options Identification & Assessment - Costs, feasibility study
4. Implementation Plan - Identify principles, implementation roles and responsibilities, community champions, partnerships, funding

Bunt & Associates, in partnership with Cortes Islanders Max Thaysen and Kate Maddigan, were awarded the contract to deliver those objectives.
This team has committed to delivering:

A summary of data
-Existing data population, transportation modes, greenhouse gas intensities.
-Existing policy documents that inform transportation and climate goals
-A traffic count to establish benchmark transportation habits
-Best practices from other communities -
What has been tried? What is working and not working?

Community Consultation
-Retain an advisory group of keen community members
-Consult general public on habits, needs and preferences with surveys and community meetings
-Targeted stakeholder interviews
-Review the results of the study with the community for receive and summarize their input and response

An implementation plan
-Illustrate key transport opportunities and constraints.
-Rough cost estimates will be provided for established transportation initiatives
-Priority list of strategies identified based on feedback and cost/benefit analysis
-Identify short- and long-term goals

The study began with a visitor’s survey in August to capture their needs, habits and preferences before the main visitor season came to a close. Over 200 responses were gathered, providing a rich understand of the perspectives of the visitors to Cortes. Interpretation of the results is ongoing and will be published in the near future.
The study’s advisory group has been established and engaged. The group includes: Carrie Saxifrage, Sonya Freisen, Adam Mckenty, Oliver Kellhammer, Richard Andrews, De Clark, and Noba Anderson.
Our study is expecting to be concluded early in 2017. It is been funded by the SRD, using approximately $20,000 of Federal Gas Tax funds which are intended for municipal planning, capacity and infrastructure projects.

We're holding a community open house meeting between 6-8PM on Wednesday, November 2. Come on out to learn more about the study and to share your thoughts.
If you would like to write us, please reach out to cortes.transpo.studygmail.com .