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BC Hydro Looking to Keep Passenger Rail Service Option Open

While a bit of old news by now, I've had this story open in my browser for a few weeks, waiting to add it to this site, as it's a huge history lesson and a major possibility for the future of transit in the GVRD.

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:

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:

What About Japan?

OK, this is going to be a short post, but I have to mention something that has bothered me for a long time: What about Japan?

Every time I see transit in other places discussed as models for Vancouver, Japan is never mentioned. Sure, there are major differences. Sheer population, for one. History, for another (the Romance Car, pictured above, is now 50 years old).

Paul Hillsdon for Surrey Council!

Paul Hillsdon has launched his campaign for Surrey city council (and school board as well). He's been independently researching and publishing several transit- and cycling-related projects, most notable of which is his 'Transit For Tomorrow Plan'.

Translink CEO: Light Rail Should be Included

In a recent interview with Black Press, Translink CEO Tom Pendergast spoke in support of light rail expansion into the Fraser Valley, particularly when contrasted with SkyTrain-type elevated rail.

"If you've got wide street right-of-ways in Surrey and Langley, you can take some two or three lanes, put in a dedicated guideway in the centre or off to one side that would be light rail, and it will work very effectively."

Gateway Project Should Include Fraser Valley Interurban

A story this week in the Vancouver Courier highlights what is missing from the Gateway project: the expansion of public transit.

I'd say the highlight of the article is a discussion about reviving the Interurban lines out to the valley, and that SkyTrain development should cease. Jordan Bateman, a spokesman for Get Moving BC - a citizen's group organized in support of the Gateway project:

Rush hour sucks!

I just want to say that it has been a long time since I've had to drive on highway #1 out from Vancouver to the Fraser Valley during rush hour. I did it last Friday afternoon, leaving at 4pm.

There were three of us carpooling up to Princeton, and then the Okanagan, for the weekend. We spent a lot of time with the engine off. My thoughts on the trip:

- Cars make most people pretty sad.
This has been reinforced by this latest experience: lots of down faces. C'mon people! It's Friday! Oh, but you're by yourself in your $40,000 aluminum can, two hours from home.

Vision Vancouver: Geoff Meggs digs streetcars

While looking up info on all the Vision candidates, one item sold me on the idea of choosing Geoff Meggs: he'd like to see the downtown Vancouver streetcar system built by the city.

Not just "phase zero" as has already been budgeted for (the current council gave the go-ahead for a 'demonstration' stretch to be built from Granville Island to Science World), but the whole project.

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