Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Province tears a strip off James

The Province newspaper's editorial today:

It is hard to imagine a more scatterbrained approach to transportation policy than the position taken by NDP leader Carole James on the provincial government's Gateway Project.

To the apparent astonishment of even her own caucus colleagues, James has declared her opposition to the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge, perhaps the largest single bottleneck for commuter traffic in Metro Vancouver.

Instead, James wants an increase in public transit -- an absurdly illogical demand given that the bridge has been too congested for years even to consider adding buses to the chaos.

It is all very well for environmentalists to advocate "perfect-world" scenarios in which the working masses are forced to abandon private vehicles in favour of public transit.

But the reality is that for thousands of hard-working Lower Mainlanders there is not now, nor is there likely to be in the near future, any reasonable alternative to using their cars to get to work.

It only adds to the apparent confusion in James' mind that she acknowledges there will be a need for a new bridge in the future, "but not now."

If not now, when?

As it is, the bridge will not be completed until 2013, guaranteeing six more years of fumes and frustration for drivers caught in the traffic.

James calls the Gateway scheme "dumb" and "dumber." We believe the description more accurately fits her own ill-conceived policies.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Polak Calls on Surrey NDP to Stand Behind Port Mann Twinning

Hear, hear, Mary!
SURREY - It's time for Surrey's NDP MLAs to stand up for their constituents and denounce NDP leader Carole James's opposition to the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge, says BC Liberal MLA Mary Polak.

"By opposing the Port Mann twinning, Carole James is sending a clear message that she doesn't care about Lower Mainland commuters stuck in gridlock away from their homes and families," said Polak. "Well I know for a fact people living in communities like Surrey and Langley are tired of traffic and want this bridge twinned. It's time for NDP MLAs like Harry Bains, Bruce Ralston, Sue Hammell and Jagrup Brar to start speaking up for the people they are supposed to represent and denounce Carole James's ill-conceived opposition to this important project."

After refusing to take a position on the Port Mann bridge twinning for over a year-and-half, James finally announced her opposition to the project at the UBCM annual convention in Vancouver Thursday.

But at least one Surrey NDP MLA has spoken in favour of twinning the bridge. Just last week, Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains told the Surrey
Now: "We are not opposed to the twinning of the bridge." (Surrey Now, Sept 21, 2007)

Bains also said: "My constituents believe the twinning of the bridge is part of the solution [to traffic congestion]." (Surrey Leader, Sept 14, 2007).

"Constituents want to see this bridge twinned. Our government wants to see this bridge twinned. Even NDP MLAs like Harry Bains want to see it twinned. The only one who is against twinning the Port Mann seems to be Carole James. It's time for the Surrey NDP to start speaking up for the residents they are supposed to represent, reject Carole James's opposition to Gateway, and support this project," said Polak.

Twinning will mean transit across the Port Mann Bridge for the first time in 20 years, and a cycle route across the Port Mann for the first time ever.

NDP'S CAROLE JAMES JUST DOESN'T GET IT

Vancouver, B.C. – NDP leader Carole James just doesn't get it. In her address to the UBCM Convention in Vancouver this morning, James attacked the province's Gateway Program and put forward a transit-only solution to the Lower Mainland's traffic congestion problems citing the environment.

Langley Township Councillor Jordan Bateman, who is also a member of Get Moving BC's Advisory Board, disagrees with James. He points to the green elements in the Gateway project like HOV lanes, bike lanes and the re-introduction of transit as a commuter option across the Port Mann Bridge for the first time in several decades.

"Carole James is the one who doesn't get it; she's the one who isn't looking to the future," says Bateman. "The future will bring low and zero emission vehicles. The Gateway Program is about reducing congestion, it's about quality of life, it's about getting home sooner, having less stress, cheaper goods in our stores and getting people moving again by being able to re-introduce transit to the Port Mann."

Bateman says transportation is the most important public policy issue facing municipal leaders today, and what we do – or worse, don't do – will have lasting effects on our children and grandchildren.

"It's not an either/or situation," says Bateman. "We need more of everything in this region – roads, bridges and transit. The transit-only solution Carole James is putting forward isn't workable. It's not a balanced solution, and if we don't take a balanced approach to the congestion problem we’re going to end up with total gridlock."

Get Moving BC supports a balanced, comprehensive transportation system for the Lower Mainland, one that places equal emphasis on implementing new and expanded transit options at the same time as we improve and add to our network of major roads, bridges and highways.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Schultz wants span, not SPEC

Blogger Walter Schultz has been posting up a storm supporting the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge. We wanted to highlight two of his most recent posts.

In this one, Schultz points out that the bridge is necessary for transit, and has been part of the region's long-term plan:
The problem for the zealots in the anti gateway gang is the only answer they have to our lower mainlands traffic issues resides in one single approach, more transit. You can't solve the issues with just new transit options. For an example:

* How do you run a bus system over the current Port Mann Bridge?
* How do you add a transit line over the current bridge?
* How do you add in a West-Bound HOV lane over the bridge?

The answers to our problems are in providing a mix of transportation improvements. You can't make improvements to transit without twinning the Port Mann bridge.

That's why the previous NDP government planned to twin the Port Mann bridge. And that's why Mike Harcourt has come out in support of the twinning of the Port Mann. There are 2.3 million residents in the lower mainland and growing, they're here and they aren't going to move away.


In the second post, he points out that the almighty customer is demanding more efficient vehicles, and that the market is moving to satisfy that demand:
I am convinced that Canadians will make fundamental changes in the way they deal with their personal transportation once convenient, reasonably priced alternatives exist.

One example is the increased sales of fuel-efficient, low-emissions hybrid vehicles. Additionally, future advances in science and technology will do more for improving our air pollution and climate changing emissions levels than trying to force people out of the convenience of driving their cars. We could soon be living in a world where near zero emission vehicles are driving around our region.

I see a bright future for our region - a region with more Span and less SPEC!

The numbers don't lie

Get Moving BC is standing firm behind the validity of a poll showing 72% of Burnaby residents support the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge and the widening of Highway 1.

Burnaby’s Mayor Derek Corrigan has dismissed the poll’s findings and called into question the poll’s credibility saying it’s “laughable.”

“It’s regrettable that Mayor Corrigan has rushed to judgement and is being so quick to dismiss the poll and its findings,” says Sheri Wiens – a Mission soccer mom, Vancouver business woman and a member of Get Moving BC’s Advisory Board. “I can assure Mayor Corrigan that the poll was conducted fairly and scientifically and it was conducted by a professional market research company.”

The poll of Burnaby residents was conducted by NRG Research Group, a leading North American public opinion and market research company, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg and associated offices in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Austin, Texas. NRG provides leading-edge market research and public opinion polling services, strategic consulting, and analytical services to clients in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide.

NRG was formed in 2005 from the merger of Western Opinion Research and Nordic Research Group, two companies whose combined legacy as leaders in the field of market research and public opinion research totals over forty years.

“NRG’s work on this poll has been impeccable,” says Wiens. “The questions they asked were fair and very straightforward. Anyone who looks at them will be able to see that for themselves, and I certainly hope Mayor Corrigan takes a second look with an opened mind.”

NRG Research Group’s national practice is managed by Dr. Brian Owen who also oversees the company's internal operations from bases in Vancouver and Winnipeg and serves as President of NRG Research Group. Previously, he founded Western Opinion Research Ltd. (WOR), one of NRG's predecessor companies, and was the firm's President and CEO. Over a twenty-five year period beginning in 1981, Dr. Owen established WOR as one of Canada's leading market and public opinion research firms.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Owen has managed hundreds of major research projects in Canada and the U.S. His expertise includes public opinion and public affairs research, corporate issues management, messaging and fundraising research for cultural and hospital organizations, and research for retail companies.

For the past 30 years Dr. Owen has studied and taught strategic management. As a Professor he taught business strategy for 25 years at what is now the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Owen earned his Ph.D. from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, and holds undergraduate and Master of Agricultural Economics degrees from the University of Manitoba.

NRG Research Group conducted the poll of Burnaby residents during the week of September 10th to 14th 2007. Three hundred randomly selected Burnaby residents were interviewed for the poll.

A random sample survey of 300 respondents is considered representative of the underlying population from which it is drawn within +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.

The results of Get Moving BC’s poll are available in their entirety on Get Moving BC’s website at www.GetMovingBC.com.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Shoot the messenger!

It's classic politics: when you don't like the message, you shoot the messenger. Newsflash, Mayor Corrigan: the poll wasn't calling BC Liberal supporters, it was calling a random sample of your Burnaby constituents. Almost three-quarters of them disagree with you on Gateway.

You can dismiss us--but you shouldn't dismiss them!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The full poll report

Here is the poll showing Burnaby's support for twinning the Port Mann and expanding Highway #1. No doubt NDP mayor Derek Corrigan will pooh-pooh the results--but the numbers show that the majority of his constituents disagree with him on this issue.

Click here for the PDF.

MYTHBUSTER: Burnaby actually supports Port Mann twinning!

A new poll commissioned by Get Moving BC shows that 72% of Burnaby’s residents support the expansion of Highway 1 from Vancouver to Langley, improving the highway on and off ramps, and twinning the Port Mann Bridge.

The Get Moving BC poll also shows that 67% of Burnaby’s residents agree that “improving Highway 1 and the Port Mann Bridge will improve the quality of life for people in the Lower Mainland.”

Michael McBratney is a member of Get Moving BC’s Advisory Board and a long-time Burnaby resident. He says he is pleasantly surprised by the poll results. “I knew in my gut that support for widening Highway 1 and twinning the Port Mann Bridge was strong in Burnaby, but I was pleased to see just how high that support level really is; 72% with two thirds of them being very strongly in support of the project.”

The Get Moving BC poll was conducted by the NRG Research Group during the week of September 10th to 14th 2007. Three hundred randomly selected Burnaby residents were interviewed for the poll. A random sample survey of 300 respondents is representative of the underlying population from which it is drawn within +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.

The poll also found that 73% of Burnaby residents agreed that “rebuilding and improving each of Burnaby’s Highway 1 overpasses will improve traffic flow in the north-south direction.”

“There is now no confusion about whether the citizens of Burnaby support or oppose the project,” said McBratney. “The majority of Burnaby’s citizens are clearly in support of widening the highway and expanding the Port Mann Bridge.”

The design concept for the Port Mann / Highway 1 (PMH1) Project proposes a new parallel bridge on the west side of the existing Port Mann Bridge, which would also provide cycling access and be designed to accommodate future light rail transit.

One lane in each direction will also be designated as an HOV lane, significantly expanding the existing HOV network and making it possible to provide reliably scheduled bus service connections between communities north and south of the Fraser River. The Port Mann Bridge is currently congested 13 hours each day making reliable transit impossible.

Ian MacPherson is also a member of Get Moving BC’s Advisory Board and he says it’s time for the Lower Mainland to “catch up” with its transportation infrastructure. “We’re fortunate to be living in a region as dynamic as the Lower Mainland,” he says, “but the region is going to continue to grow and change and we need to get on with projects like twinning the Port Mann and expanding rapid transit so that we aren’t forever trying to catch up.”

Polak tries to get to the bottom of the NDP Gateway stance

Langley MLA Mary Polak, having followed the NDP dithering on Gateway for two years now, has issued a press release calling on the party to make their stance clear:
Constituents deserve to know whether Carole James and her MLAs in the Lower Mainland stand behind their party’s opposition to the Gateway Program or whether they’ll speak up for residents who are fed up with sitting in traffic, says BC Liberal MLA Mary Polak.

The NDP party's provincial council recently endorsed a resolution to oppose the Gateway Program, but Carole James and her caucus still refuse to come clean on whether they agree with their party’s call to scrap Gateway and the twinning of the Port Mann.

"South Fraser residents are tired of wasting hours waiting in traffic, away from their homes and families. The projects included in the Gateway Program, including twinning the Port Mann Bridge, are vital to reducing that congestion, and keeping people moving," said Polak, MLA for Langley. "Carole James needs to be honest with B.C. taxpayers. Her party has clearly said they oppose Gateway. Does she feel the same way and do her MLAs representing people living in Surrey feel the same way?"

The Gateway Program would improve the movement of both people and goods through the Lower Mainland, improving travel times across the Fraser River during peak periods and better-connecting key economic gateways such as airports, ports, railways and border crossings.

The Pitt River Bridge and North Fraser Perimeter Road component will eliminate bottlenecks that have seen vehicle volume grow from 27,0000 to 88,000 between 1985 and 2007. The South Fraser Perimeter Road component will remove trucks from Highway 17, and the Port Mann/Highway 1 component will add HOV and transit lanes, provide for future rapid transit and include cycling improvements.

"I challenge Carole James and the NDP MLAs in Surrey to finally speak up for their constituents, refute their party’s position and announce their full support for the Gateway Program," said Polak. "There’s no reason people should be punished for living south of the Fraser River. The Gateway Program is a balanced plan that will get traffic moving and also improve mass transit by seeing buses cross the Port Mann Bridge for the first time in 20 years. Carole James and NDP MLAs have had well over a year-and-a-half since the Gateway Program was officially announced to make up their minds. It’s time to get off the fence and support better transportation for residents here."

Right on, Mary!

Not every NDPer has lost their mind

Public Eye Online reports that both the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Surrey-Whalley NDP constituency associations forwarded resolutions to their provincial council asking the party to endorse the Gateway Project. Unfortunately, they never made it to the floor as the council had apparently already made up its mind to go against common sense, Mike Harcourt, and thousands and thousands and thousands of Lower Mainland commuters who want both road and transit expansion.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Langley Times: We need it all

Good on the Langley Times for reinforcing the need for common sense in present debate on transportation:
Rumours abound that the NDP is ready to oppose the Gateway Program, and in particular the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge.

The issue apparently came up at the NDP Provincial Council meeting Saturday, and sources say that the governing arm of the party supported a motion opposing Gateway.

No one from the elected caucus has substantiated that rumour yet. That’s not surprising, because such a move would hurt the NDP in a couple of areas where it is strong — Surrey, and possibly Coquitlam.

Gateway is popular with people who live near the Port Mann Bridge because they see firsthand how bad the problem is. The bridge is congested day and night. Transport trucks are stuck for hours trying to get through traffic, and commuters who use the bridge, often to get between Surrey or Langley and Coquitlam or Maple Ridge, have no options but driving.

The provincial Gateway Program is not perfect, but it is a far better option than doing nothing, which is what most of the opponents are effectively suggesting. Many claim that they want to see transit on the bridge, but without any type of guaranteed HOV-type lane, transit buses will be stuck in traffic with all other vehicles.

There is no room to add a sixth lane to the bridge, which would allow HOV to operate in both directions. Turning one westbound lane into an HOV lane and restricting all other traffic to one lane would lead to immediate lineups from Abbotsford west.

Gateway opponents fail to realize that most of the growth in the Lower Mainland is taking place in four cities — Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley Township and Abbotsford. Former premier (and NDP leader) Mike Harcourt recognizes this and is now helping these cities fight for more infrastructure.

It’s too bad his fellow NDPers who sit on the provincial council can’t take such a broad perspective.

Gateway is needed. At the same time, there must be a strong effort made to offer rapid transit from Coquitlam with the Evergreen Line, and on the south side of the Fraser.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

NDP split on Gateway

We've known for a while that the BC NDP's agriculture committee opposes the Gateway Project, and now their provincial council has chimed in with a ridiculous resolution, as covered by Public Eye Online.

Clearly, that group has no idea what is really happening south of the Fraser. Even Mike Harcourt has endorsed twinning the Port Mann, and both he and Glen Clark had it in their governments' long term plans. But don't worry, the provincial council has figured out how to serve the rapidly growing population of Surrey, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack without more roads: "Very significant improvements to bus service south of the Fraser River." No light rail, no SkyTrain extensions, no rapid transit--for an area that will soon house more than a million people.

Make no mistake about it: the NDP keep proving they aren't ready to govern and certainly can't be trusted to manage an economy. They can't even manage themselves! I enjoyed this email leaked on Sean Holman's site that begs NDP MLAs to not debate Gateway at these meetings: "We will not be speaking to the motions on Gateway. The last thing we need right now is a debate on the floor of provincial council between MLA's. Everyone on both sides please respect this," wrote their caucus whip. Heaven forbid common sense be allowed to win out at an NDP meeting!

Holman also had this howler from the NDP's self-professed "cold-blooded" transportation critic: "We've already been quite clear that there are a number of things within the Gateway plan that we do support and some things we don't support." Of course, no one has any idea what that is.

The people of BC have spoken again and again and again and again--we want both bridge expansion and transit options. Every part of the south Fraser and northeast sector are underserved, and Get Moving BC will continue to support elected officials who are willing tot tackle these issues in well-planned, balanced ways. And right now, that clearly isn't the BC NDP, if their provincial council is to be believed.

Monday, September 10, 2007

1996: The Environmental Stone Age?

It looks like Derek Corrigan and his rabidly anti-Gateway Burnaby Council are back on the offensive against the widening of Highway 1.

At their August 27th meeting, they passed a 7 to 2 motion instructing staff to refuse negotiations with the Province over a few patches of city-owned land needed by the project. They say they won't relent until the Province agrees to meet their demands.

If you ask me, Corrigan's approach sounds a lot more like a public sector labour negotiation than it does like a sober, constructive problem-solving dialogue between two levels of government. But then Derek Corrigan isn't known for his ability to work well with other levels of government; or even with neighbouring municipalities for that matter.

A friend of mine who tapes Burnaby council meetings loaned me his copy so I could watch the whole thing for myself. As you might expect, Corrigan and his council mates served up a cornucopia of anti-Gateway pontificating, with a jumbo portion of wild-eyed speculation about how the earth will cease to spin if the Port Mann Bridge is twinned and Highway 1 gets widened; the usual kind of stuff that tends to waft out of Burnaby's council chamber.

The highlight was watching Derek Corrigan skate around his support for the 1996 widening of Highway 1 under the NDP while at the same time condemning the current plan. Here's how he attempted to rationalise his way around the inherent paradox of that one:


"We didn't know all of the environmental implications – and neither did our staff – of creating more highway and what implications it would have on water table levels, for instance, at Burnaby lake.... We didn't have, eleven years ago, nearly the understanding of the environmental and greenhouse gas implications of increasing single occupancy vehicles; but we were aware enough to say that public transportation was a better alternative...."

Corrigan makes it sound like the NDP widened Highway 1 back in the stone age when nobody knew that if you rubbed two sticks together you could start a fire. Give me break; it was fricking 1996 not 96 million B.C.!

And I won't even try to wrap my head around Corrigan's knife-edge claim that he didn't know anything about the environment back in 1996 but still had enough knowledge to be able to conclude that “public transportation was a better alternative....” Well, which is it Derek? Did you know or didn’t you know? 1996 wasn’t an environmental Dark Age!

So, where do things go from here now that Corrigan and his council mates have gone on strike against the Provincial Government? I predict the Gateway project will proceed on schedule: Highway 1 will get widened (properly this time) and the Port Mann Bridge will be expanded to eight much-needed lanes.

But above all else, I predict that the sun will continue to rise each morning and the earth will continue to spin when the Gateway project is completed, even for Derek Corrigan, whether he likes it or not!

Carl Congestion

The truth on the ground

Having heard for months from those who are trying to pit transit users versus road users that congestion isn't getting worse, I read with interest this Mustel Group poll which blew that argument away:
GVRD residents broadly agree that car congestion is becoming worse in the region. About eight-in-ten say that auto congestion in the Lower Mainland is not getting better or even staying the same, but has increased in the past year.

It's not one or the other, roads or transit--it's everything. We need it all, and the truth on the ground shows that residents know it.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ridiculously shortsighted

It seems like every time Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan opens his mouth about transportation, he shows how completely out-of-touch he is with this region. Take this Tri-City News article, for example, where Corrigan says a long-term transportation plan for the region in unnecessary:
TransLink’s new initiative to draw up a 30-year vision for the future – under orders from Victoria – is folly, according to Burnaby’s mayor.

Derek Corrigan argues that’s too distant a time frame to create a plan.

Within 10 years, he predicted, a 30-year transportation document will be dismissed as an “old plan” much the same as Metro Vancouver’s Liveable Region Strategic Plan is now deemed outdated.

And that brand of shortsightedness is pretty much why we're in the gridlock we're in. While it is impossible to anticipate every contingency, we do know where the growth areas of the region will be, and where the transportation options are needed.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The 'We need everything' message spreads

It's nice to see more and more people--both leaders and common folk--coming to the same realization we have. The Lower Mainland, especially south of the Fraser, is horribly underserved by roads, bridges, and transit. We need Gateway, we need Evergreen, and we need light rail.

Former NDP Premier (and Vancouver mayor) Mike Harcourt said just that in today's Vancouver Sun:
Like Cameron, Harcourt says the region is at a crossroads now.

He is more positive than Cameron about Gateway. "Why punish people in cars?" says Harcourt. He says peoples' fears that more roads will create a flood of sprawl in the valley ignores reality.

"Those people are there already," he says. Now planners have to figure out how to make their lives easier.

But he does emphasize that for Gateway to add to the region's success story, and not detract from it, that means doing it right. That means making a huge investment in transit.

"I think we should go big and bold and quick -- proceed with the Evergreen line this fall and get it built by 2011, do the Millennium line by 2013, proceed with the extension of the Expo line, get a fast bus to Cloverdale and Langley."

And it also means using the new capacity for many modes of transportation. Yes, some for the car. But not just the car.

Well said, Mr. Harcourt, but I challenge you to go even further. Don't just settle for buses in Cloverdale and Langley--build a light rail loop across the Golden Ears Bridge.

I also love this post over at PelaLusa (an auto-less Vancouver resident!):
There's a small but vocal group of environmentalists in Vancouver who think they speak for everyone but truly only represent a tiny elitist minority of the population. Such groups include this one and this one. Their latest raison d'etre is a ridiculous campaign to stop the twinning of the 43 year old Port Mann Bridge.

Their biggest talking point is "we don't want to have an L.A.'fication of Metro Vancouver". This makes for a great bumper sticker, but let's analyze it a little more thoroughly. What they're essentially saying is that the transportation infrastructure decisions made 40+ years ago should last us for eternity. They loathe and frequently condemn anyone who lives in Surrey or further east in the Fraser Valley and has to commute into Vancouver to work.

How dare they! Unlike these self-centered snobs, not everyone can afford to live close to Vancouver and bicycle in to work. These critics are NIMBYs of the very worst kind and absolutely disgust me.

Here are a couple of facts you should know about me: I live in the heart of Vancouver. I willingly gave up my car almost 5 years ago and walk, bicycle, and take transit to get around. I have absolutely no bias on this matter except for the God given right to use my common sense!

We need it all, folks!

Another paper calls for more roads and transit

Good on Frank Bucholtz for standing up for the south Fraser in this Langley Times editorial:
Several Vancouver media outlets are focusing on travel, transit and traffic congestion this week, as summer holidays are over and workers and students are once again travelling.

It is unfortunate that, in these timely discussions, so many of these same media outlets seem blissfully unaware of the very real traffic challenges faced by people who live south of the Fraser River.

On Tuesday morning, traffic to the Port Mann Bridge was backed up past 200 Street. This is often the case during the fall and winter months, as the number of people travelling across the bridge far exceeds the bridge’s capacity.

Yet most Vancouver media outlets either take a stance against any bridge expansion, or give far more space or airtime to opponents of the bridge twinning project than they do to those who support it.

The Times supports bridge twinning. It also has called for an expansion of rapid transit into the Fraser Valley as part of the twinning, to ensure that there is a viable alternative to single-occupancy vehicle traffic, which clearly is expensive, environmentally unsound and causes congestion.

The B.C. economy cannot grow to its full potential when commercial goods sit tied up in trucks for hours, as drivers try to get across the bridge. The waste of people's time and resources each day is unacceptable. The air pollution caused by idling vehicles is also unacceptable.

Many of those who oppose bridge twinning have never spoken in favour of major improvements to transit service in Langley and other areas of the valley. With a lack of transit alternatives, people have no choice but to drive.

TransLink has made some improvements to transit in this area, but the transit offered is minimal when compared to that enjoyed in Vancouver.

Bridge twinning, which includes major transit improvements, will not only serve to ease congestion, it will be good for the economy of the entire province. That includes the City of Vancouver, and those media outlets which are so negative and one-sided about the project.

When a region is as underserved by road and transit infrastructure as we are, we need more of everything!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Bill Good this morning

Just a quick note that I'll be a guest on CKNW's Bill Good Show from 9 to 10, talking about my light rail idea. Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini will also be on, and I think he'll be pleasantly surprised to find an Evergreen Line supporter from south of the Fraser (Evergreen is a key part of my dream of a Golden Ears line). For more on the light rail plan, click here.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The News Hour

Here's the clip from the Global BC News Hour. It's an interesting look at how congestion has worsened over the past year, and how our commuting patterns are changing. The solution is clear to those of us at Get Moving BC: we need more transportation and transit options connecting the region's urban centres. We need more of everything--roads, bridges, light rail, SkyTrain and buses.

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On the News Hour

Those of you who were watching the Early News on Global TV tonight saw a brief version of a story Ted Chernecki has done on congestion and transportation in the region. I was interviewed, and a longer piece will run on the News Hour at 6. I'll watch for a clip and post it later.