public transit

An 'Olympic Legacy' You Can Enjoy Today

I recently rode right into something something to love about the Olympics: what it has done for traffic management in the city. It's really too bad it took this event to do it, but the changes are amazing to behold.

We have here an opportunity to practice what the area will be like in 5 years - and watch what can happen when traffic patterns are forced to change to accommodate this larger population.

Lose a Car: save $235,000

Here's an interesting study that has compiled all the average costs associated with car ownership, and found what a family with two cars could save if they only got rid of one of them and switched to public transit.

Mapping How Vancouverites get to Work

Erik Villagomez, one of the founding editors of re:place Magazine, has put together another one of his illuminating maps.

This one uses census and Translink data to illustrate how people from various locations throughout the city get to work - by showing what percentage use transit, cycle, or walk.

Public Transit a Quiet Issue this Election

Transit has just barely been talked about this federal election.. we can only hope it will be more significant in the Vancouver civic election, considering GVRD residents believe public transit is the most needed improvement in the region.

Improved Transit top Issue: VitalSigns survey

In the Vancouver Foundation's annual public survey report, improved transportation topped homelessness as an issue of concern for Greater Vancouver residents.

The survey asks citizens to grade their perceptions of how the city and region is faring in several different areas. The first survey, in 2006, only included Vancouver residents, but the last two years have seen the survey carried out to other parts of the GVRD.

BC Electric: Suppose there were no Street Cars

I have yet to find out where and when exactly this is from, but it's an extremely prescient bit of argument. My hazardous guess is that it was an attempt to pre-emptively argue against removing the streetcar system from Vancouver.

"The street car makes possible the use of your automobile in Vancouver".

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:

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