Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Price hearts Falcon. What?

It's nice (and all too rare) to find a Gateway opponent able to see past their anti-bridge agenda and congratulate Kevin Falcon and the provincial Ministry of Transportation for something. But Gordon Price does just that in a recent blog posting lauding Falcon for funding new bike routes on the North Shore:
And that’s thanks in part to the Spirit Trail funding coming from the provincial Ministry of Transportation. That’s right - Kevin Falcon! And kudos to him for pushing for a bike trail across the North Shore, and providing the money to do it.

I'm sure this excellent news that three firms have been shortlisted to bid on the Port Mann twinning won't be as well received by the Gateway 30 folks:
The three firms – Connect BC Development Group, Gateway Mobility Partners, and Highway 1 Transportation Group – were selected through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. These groups all have significant experience in financing, building and operating toll highways in an urban setting.

The PMH1 project is part of B.C.’s Gateway Program, which will improve roads and bridges for people, goods and transit throughout Greater Vancouver. The PMH1 project will widen the highway, build a new bridge at the Port Mann crossing, upgrade 17 interchanges and improve access and safety from McGill Street in Vancouver to 216th Street in Langley, a distance of approximately 37 km. Highway improvements include adding one lane in each direction west of the Port Mann Bridge, and two lanes in each direction east of the Port Mann Bridge, one of which will be an HOV lane.

The PMH1 improvements will restore transit service across the bridge for the first time in 20 years, and expand networks for HOV, cyclists and pedestrians. The new bridge will be built to accommodate potential future rapid transit.

Vaughn Palmer has more on these firms in his Sun column.

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