Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hybird gets cheaper

The Cincinnati Post reports that Toyota is bringing in a (slightly) cheaper version of the popular Prius.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Idling Away the Hours

David Suzuki has a little column in the Vancouver Sun called “small steps.” Have you seen it?

Last week, Suzuki included a little factoid about idling. He says “by cutting back on five minutes of idling a day, Canadian drivers would save a total of 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide from burning up our atmosphere and 1.8 million litres of fuel...”

Hey, I’ll bet the average driver in the Lower Mainland spends a lot more than five minutes a day idling in their car. I know I do. After all, we’re Canada’s traffic congestion capital.

The big question, then, is how much of that 1.8 million litres of wasted fuel is being wasted right here in the Lower Mainland idling? And what disproportionate share of that carbon dioxide is being spewed into the local atmosphere while the NIMBYs and the naysayers try to hold back progress?

The sooner we get traffic and people moving again in the Lower Mainland, the sooner we’ll all be able to breathe a lot easier - and save on our gas bills too....

Carl Congestion

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Introducing Carl Congestion

Whew.

Sorry for the lack of posts around here this month, but it has been incredibly busy. Who knew July could be this much work?

Anyway, I'll be posting around here as stories catch my eye, but I wanted to introduce a new blogger as well.

Carl Congestion (not his real name--well, duh) is a regular commuter and transportation nut who has been sending Get Moving BC regular emails about life on the Lower Mainland highways. He is insightful, thoughtful, and well-researched. And he believes in the same thing we do: balance and common sense solutions, where both the road and transit networks are upgraded at the same time. (He is also a huge proponent of the Evergreen Line, I should add.) Instead of continually quoting his emails, we have invited him to be a regular contributor here on the blog. He agreed, but only on the condition of anonymity, as he values his privacy.

So when you read posts here, double-check who authored them before commenting.

Welcome, Carl!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Evergreen at risk

The Tri City News reports that Vancouver is once again flexing its muscles and pushing for transit improvements at the cost of serving surrounding communities. This time, it's a push for a rapid transit line along Broadway, which puts the Evergreen line at risk:
TransLink will study options to build a new rapid transit line to run along the congested Broadway corridor toward UBC.

It can’t happen fast enough for Vancouver directors but their steady push for Broadway is making northeast sector reps twitchy.

Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini fears the long-promised Evergreen Line through his city to Coquitlam could get bypassed yet again in favour of a Broadway line.

“I am concerned that if the Evergreen Line stalls, that other areas in the Lower Mainland will try to take the spotlight and grab the priority,” Trasolini said Wednesday outside TransLink’s board meeting.

The proposed $1-billion light rail line running northeast from the existing SkyTrain remains about $330 million short of what’s needed to proceed. The project is undergoing a provincial government review to see how it could fit Victoria’s preferred model of using public-private partnerships.

“Unless we see action on the Evergreen Line, then competing interests will take over,” Trasolini said.

Get Moving BC believes that Evergreen should go next, that it should be light rail, and that it should be funded by the province.