Transportation and Transit Plan 3 – Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange B-Line

Here’s the third post in my project-by-project look at the Regional Transportation Investments that will transform Metro Vancouver as we know it.

Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange B-Line

north delta bline map

Scott Road Station to Newton Exchange B-Line (highlighted in blue with white outline)

Here’s a nod to better transit in North Delta. Delta is one of those municipalities that tends not to get transit. Why? Not that many people live in Delta. Most of the people that live in Delta live in North Delta that is right next to North Surrey.

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Transportation and Transit Plan 2 – Richmond Centre/Metrotown

The Mayor’s Council has put forward a vision for Regional Transportation Investments for Metro Vancouver for the next 10 years. Some of these investments will happen within the next 5 years. Others will happen between 2020 and 2025. This all depends on those living in Metro Vancouver voting Yes in the upcoming mail-in referendum/plebiscite ballot.

Here’s the second post in my project-by-project look at the Regional Transportation Investments.

Richmond Centre/Metrotown B-Line

richmond-metrotown bline map

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Referendum: The Great Dupe


Thoughts from Gordon Price on what he’s dubbing The Great Dupe. More and more, I feel that Premier Christy Clark has set this referendum/plebiscite to fail – and fail miserably. Sigh.

Originally posted on Price Tags:

My sense of the referendum at this point: It’s becoming increasingly clear, if it wasn’t obvious at the beginning, that this was a set-up:

  • To limit municipal and regional governments tax room and expenditure, as advocated by the Fraser Institute and others leading up to the provincial and civic elections, without the province having to wield the knife.
  • To avoid provincial commitments to transit, so they can be diverted instead to Motordom (hello, Massey) – effectively reversing the direction of the regional vision and plans.
  • To get the people of Metro Vancouver, transit-users included, to vote against their long-term self-interest, even as equivalent amounts of revenue are shifted to the top 2 percent of British Columbians.

To execute the strategy, it was necessary to vilify government – the job of astroturf groups with obscure funding but direct links to the anti-government network.  TransLink, without an identifiable leader and a board without electoral…

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Transportation and Transit Plan 1 – Dundarave/Phibbs Exchange B-Line

Here’s my first post in a series of what is being proposed as a part of the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plan Referendum/Plebiscite. The Mayor’s Council has put forward a vision for Regional Transportation Investments for Metro Vancouver for the next 10 years. Some of these investments will happen within the next 5 years. Others will happen between 2020 and 2025. This all depends on those living in Metro Vancouver voting Yes in the upcoming mail-in referendum/plebiscite ballot.

Here’s the first project-by-project look at the Regional Transportation Investments.

Dundarave/Phibbs Exchange B-Line

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“… consider the consequences of keeping this TransLink middle man…”

One of my Facebook friends will likely be voting No in the upcoming referendum. His big issue is with TransLink.  There’s more to the comment thread, but I thought I’d share the beginning bit of our back and forth below:

… Certainly you must have followed the news about the TransLink CEO resignation yesterday? Is paying 2 CEO salaries out of public tax dollars fiscally responsible for our kid’s future? Is that type of “public confidence restoration” what we want to teach our kids? Is continual support for the TransLink status quo of flawed governance and irresponsible spending good for our kids?

I would gladly vote for more tax burdens on myself in the name of public transportation. But not when TransLink will be the one directing this spending. I urge you to consider the consequences of keeping this TransLink middle man as well.

Here’s my response:

TransLink will continue to be at the helm of transportation in Metro Vancouver for the foreseeable future. If you want to vote against Translink, go ahead. It definitely has its flaws. Unfortunately, I think it’s more bad optics and PR that have sunk TransLinks reputation than truly bad finances. A provincial audit done a couple years ago already highlighted the belt-tightening needed. TransLink has followed through or is following through on some of those recommendations already. However, no one in the public has paid any attention to the audit. TransLink is a fallen brand at this point.

I’m not entirely sure what you mean by the 2 CEO salaries. I assume you are talking about Ian Jarvis still collecting his salary when a different CEO will be at the helm. I don’t know what the contract details are. It seems Mr. Jarvis will still be a TransLink employee, so he should get paid. Whether he should still receive his full salary, I’m not a big fan about that. However, if you remove somebody from their position, there has to be some sort of compensation. So does TransLink pay a giant severance and let him go or squeeze some work out of him for the remainder of his contract. I bet you it costs about the same either way. You might as well get something useful out of Mr. Jarvis while still paying him.

I am gladly voting for a slightly higher tax burden (one that is already way less than what we had many years ago with higher GST) to improve mobility in Metro Vancouver. TransLink is still the middle man at this point and will be regardless of a yes or no vote. So for me, TransLink is not the deal-breaker. The projects are what are at stake. Vote yes now and start down the path to better transit now. Or vote no now and delay better mobility another 5, 10, 15 years?

I lived in Toronto for a year and have followed closely how their public transportation has stalled over the years. From the early 80’s to now, there was one major 4-station subway addition to really nowhere. Everything else was status quo for 30 years. The GTA never stopped growing, though. The GTA can be hell to get around. Do I want Metro Vancouver to go through the same thing? No. I’d rather vote for something positive than vote against the negative.


Changing Surrey

Surrey, for my readers not familiar with Metro Vancouver, is the second most populous city in the region next to Vancouver itself. However, it is probably the largest city in terms of land area and it is the fastest growing municipality in the region. Surrey is currently the “second city” in Metro Vancouver, but it will likely surpass Vancouver some time in the future.

Coast Capital Savings headquarters under construction

One cloudy day in September, I had time to myself and decided to hop on the SkyTrain and head east to the end of the Expo Line at King George Station. The future of Surrey is evident right on the door step of King George Station. Coast Capital Savings, one of the largest credit unions in B.C., is building its new headquarters right next door to the SkyTrain terminus.

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Vancouver Heritage Week 2015 – Feb 16-22

I wish I could share more about the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the great walking tours they put on. For a few years, I’ve participated in many of their tours. Unfortunately in 2014, it was the year I didn’t get around to any tours. Either I was too late in registering or I was out of town for a month living a different life.


Coming up in a couple of weeks is Vancouver Heritage Week. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is organizing a few walking tours and talks to celebrate Heritage Week.

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Eating my way around Hokkaido – 6

This may (or may not) be the last entry in Eating my way around Hokkaido. This time around I look more at some of the last of my random meals across this northern Japanese island.


Sukiya meal

Sukiya is a “fast-food” Japanese restaurant in the same vein as Matsuya and Yoshinoya. Sukiya is best known to me for their beef rice bowls. My wife had an obsession to eat at these type of restaurants while we were in Sapporo. It’s not fancy food by any stretch, but it is filling and economical to eat at Sukiya. Just look at the side dishes that came along with my simple beef rice bowl. Tasty, cheap and quick.

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