NDP Plans to Return Translink to an Elected Board

Some big news for Translink: if the NDP forms the provincial government after the upcoming election, the party will repeal Bill 43 and replace the current Translink board with an elected one.

Kevin Falcon was unavailable to comment for The Georgia Straight's article on the subject, unfortunate since Bill 43 is widely seen as a manifestation of his personal vendetta against the previous Translink board.

One Bridge, or an Entire Tram Network

A UBC study released today shows taxpayers what we could get for the same amount of money as the ballooning Port Mann bridge replacement: an entire network of trams through the South Fraser, a network that would change the direction the area is moving towards, and make a real difference in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Port Mann project is misguided, and will enable decades of similarly misguided decisions to be made as far as development in the region.

As reported on The Tyee:

Laneway Housing: Apologies, the Matter is Settled.

Please put this to rest. Sorry folks.

This is one place we can use some steamroller developmental policies. I guess everyone has their point; this is mine. Welcome my benevolence. Let's hold some public discussion, go ahead. Look at some sketches, tell us it's a bad idea, go home and whine. Then watch the homes get built all around. We got tired of waiting for you to wake up.

Fabulous Fridays: You've Just Bought a 10-lane Monster

I love keeping an ear on the news on Friday afternoons - that's when the stories the newsmakers would rather you just forgot about are released to the media. By the time anyone's paying attention, it's old news.

So, you might not have noticed that the Port Mann P3 deal is dead, and you'll be taking on the risk and paying for the whole shebang.

Feds Drop More Money on the Evergreen Line

So Harper's Conservatives have apparently solidified the Evergreen Line funding mentioned in the 2009 budget, adding $350 million more to the project, bringing it within $173 million of its $1.4 billion total cost.

(Interesting how you can build an entire, expensive Skytrain line for 1/2 the price of a 10-lane bridge).

Light Rail Support Stirring in Chilliwack

There has been a more talk of rail being built in Fraser Valley papers lately. It seems the announcement of the new 10-laner has spurred a bit more discussion on the subject. It seems the idea that only Vancouverites are looking for better solutions than the current gateway plan is crumbling.

This letter, in The Progress, comes right out and says that the new bridge will bring the wrong kind of density to the valley:

Focal Point: Carrall Street

A recent story in the Vancouver Sun regarding an 11th-hour reprieve for the old maple trees on Carrall street, between Water and Cordova, made me want to focus on Carrall Street.

I've heard the project called everything from a 'tiny step in the right direction' to 'the great wall of development', the current demarcation of the 'east' from the 'west'.

Saving the Suburbs

I'd say the planning battle the post-boomer population has to struggle with is: what do we do with the 'suburbs'? Specifically, what do we do with all that low-density, sprawling infrastructure we built in 'the good days' when it seemed we could consume without end? I'm not slagging suburbs at all.. building Yaletown straight out to Harrison isn't the answer either.

A series currently being posted in the New York Times mulls the question, and draws some interesting commentary.
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Maquarie Group: Huge Losses - 1 Day after Port Mann Announcement

The Maquarie Group has, in an 'operational briefing', announced they expect huge losses in the face of the ongoing current collapse of global financial markets.

And.. Stephen Rees lays down the whole argument..

So What's Wrong With a 10-lane Bridge?

It has been confirmed: the provincial government's new plan is to replace the Port Mann with a single, 10-lane bridge, at a total cost of $3.3 billion. The current Port Mann received a $35million upgrade in 2001, and has at least 30 years left in its life.

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