Thursday, August 16, 2007

Light rail in Coquitlam, PoCo, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley and Surrey?

Because I don't have enough websites on the go, I am pleased to announce the launch of is an ongoing collection of ideas, thoughts, plans and other discussion starters I'll be putting forward on a semi-regular basis. These papers should be considered a starting point for dialogue, and I welcome and appreciate your comments on them.

The first document is now live on the site, and it contains my thoughts on light rail in Langley (spoiler alert: I think it needs to go north-south along 200th). When you have a few minutes, give it a read and leave a comment over there telling me what you think.

(In a happy coincidence, the Province has a column on light rail in the Valley. I must confess, however, that I don't understand the strategy of some groups of attacking the Minister of Transportation--the one guy who can get light rail funded. It seems to me it would be wiser to cultivate a relationship with him and preach the merits of light rail. With $4.1 billion in provincial surplus last year alone, there is plenty of money to do a lot of work in transportation--both road and rail.)


At August 16, 2007 2:55 PM , Rob said...

An interesting idea!

I am wondering if it might be a good idea to start with a Bus Rapid Transit line along 200th street first and then introduce light rail as ridership increases.

Also a good point about cultivating a relationship with the Minister of Transportation. I think people are probably frustrated that he was the one responsible for delaying light rail in the northwest sector. But that doesn't mean that they shouldn't give him another chance. I don't understand why people are unwilling to sit down and talk with people that might have different viewpoints.


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