highway congestion

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.

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.

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