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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:

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.

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.

Port Mann,Hwy 1 Project Delayed

One of the deadlines for financing the Highway 1 / Port Mann portion of the Gateway Project has passed, amid an inflating budget and the backdrop of the current recession.

Whether the project will proceed as a P3 is in doubt, as the budget is now reported to be $2.3 billion, up from the original $1.3 billion. The cost benefits of building this bridge, with HOV lanes expanded to Langley (we've all seen how successful the HOV lane has been), as opposed to building a rail system out to the Valley, are now seriously in question.

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