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BC Budget 2010: Nevergreen?

Anyone else catch Hansen's mention of the Evergreen Line in the budget speech?
"We expect construction of the Evergreen Line to start in 2011, creating about 8,000 construction jobs and further adding to our quality of life". For a brief moment, I thought this was it, that they've been inspired by the recent astounding success of public transit during the Olympics.

Evergreen Watch: 'Moody Locals Looking for Third Station

It is wonderful to see people taking action on something well before it's too late - it seems that far too often, everyone waits until all the decisions have been made to actually begin talking about changing the course of a plan already in development.

A group of citizens in central Port Moody is taking pre-emptive action, and is currently organizing to ensure they get more than the two stations already drawn into the plans for the Evergreen Line.

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.

Translink Mayor's Council Hunting for Money

Remember the $14-billion public transit plan announcement of January, 2008? The mayors of Metro Vancouver will begin scrambling to find a way for Translink to fund itself through that period to 2020 and beyond - starting this Wednesday. The mayor's council (which used to make up the Translink board until they were relegated to an 'advisory' council by Kevin Falcon), has until October 31 to approve a plan for the next decade.

Evergreen Line Threatened Again

The plot thickens in the Evergreen Line debacle yet again. Ken Hardie, Translink spokesman, said on Wednesday: "we don't have the money to build the Evergreen Line". The threat to cancel or postpone the project is ridiculous, and the timing is questionable.

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.

Pattullo Closure Debrief

Well, there has been a lot said about the recent Pattullo bridge closure, so I'm not going to sum it all up here.

I've just got to say that Translink emerged as the winner. Faced with a possible PR catastrophe, someone made the brilliant decision to tell the public to expect the worst - and then surprise everyone with a sudden solution. Anyone in any kind of service business knows it is far better to shock a client with a hasty delivery than it is to surprise with an unexpected delay.

Translink Dips into the Reserves

The Translink board adopted their 2009 budget on Friday, which calls for a $100 million reach into the reserve accounts.

Translink Looking to Further Increase Security

In an effort to boost security, or at least the appearance of security, Translink is looking to add station attendants and a possible dog-squad to their security forces.

I'm becoming a little concerned with the way Translink police force is quickly becoming its own large force, but the attendants is a great idea.

From the CBC:

More West Coast Express Still Years off

Ridership on the West Coast Express continues to increase, but, as written in the Maple Ridge News, increased service is still some time off. The WCE is run with trains maintained by Via Rail, on tracks leased from CP Rail. WCE started a parallel bus service in 2003 that allows them to run service a little longer than their agreement with CP allows.

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