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Granville Island: the End of Free Parking

Just a quick post here: it looks like Granville Island has re-thought the way they provide subsidies to drivers visiting the island: no more free parking during the Olympics:

Drivers can only park for a maximum of two hours, for $3 per hour between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Free spots are available only up until 10 a.m.

Vancouver's "Greenest City" Plan 2020

In February this year, Gregor Robertson convened the "Greenest City Action Team". A bit over a week ago, their '2020 Action Plan' was released, which is intended to be a plan on how to become the greenest major city on the planet by that date. I've finally had enough time to skim over it - I'll focus on the transportation bit for the moment.

Vancouver's Streetcars on Their Way

It appears Bombardier has shipped the two "Flexity" streetcars to Vancouver, and the local news release brought the local media's attention to the new line once again. The right of way has been rebuilt over the last year, and looks complete (the above photo was taken a few weeks ago). It was great to see Frances Bula's posting on the subject draw a significant amount of discussion.

Granville Island Carless Redux

We've all noticed it - the constant traffic jam and parking battle that is Granville Island. Still, in 2004, it was named One of the World's Great Places, but I'd say the perpetual queue of sheetmetal, exhaust, and darting drivers stop it from living up to its potential as a truly great destination and public space. The time has come to remove cars from the island.

Letter: Translink Could Learn From Lyon

Just a quick post here. I stumbled upon this letter to the editor, and thought it was interesting for two reasons.. which led me to find some pics of Lyon transit like the one above, which is stunning.

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).

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'.

Remove the Viaduct!

Good ideas need to be spread wide, in hope they gain traction. Paul Hillson has an idea that I hope Vancouver planners take notice of: removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir Street viaducts.

The viaducts have served their purpose, as the train tracks they originally rose over no longer exist. Today, they serve as a reminder of the direction Vancouver nearly went in the '70s - they are the only part of a massive highway construction plan that ever saw completion.

Proposed Route of the Downtown Streetcar

This is nothing new, but I thought I'd post the map of the whole downtown streetcar route, even though only phase '0' will definitely be built. It would be amazing to see the whole thing built, as the starting point to a GVRD-wide streetcar and light rail network.

I'll be posting more information as I read through some of the city reports!

Sullivan announces "Olympic Streetcar" trial

It has now been publicly announced, and reported in The Vancouver Sun: the current streetcar run down SE False Creek, now using an old Interurban car, will be turned into a new Bombardier-sponsored demonstration streetcar.

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