public transit

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:

Subway tourism!

It's not just for hobbyists and train-obsessives anymore. In the September 20th Globe and Mail Travel section, the front page article briefly compares the world's subway systems.

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.

Translink and BC gov't spending plans don't match up

The BC Government's "Climate Action Plan" includes the stated goal of doubling transit ridership by 2020... but Translink's own financial planning is a bit more pessimistic. They need more money, and they think they know where they can get it: real estate development.

Translink among world's best public systems?

The fresh CEO of Translink believes they operate one of the world's best transportation systems.

At a DVBIA dinner on September 10th, Tom Prendergast made the claim during his first public speech since taking the position in July.

He believes Vancouver is in "the top five", ranking with other major cities like TO, Chicago, and London.

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