Joyce Station East Stationhouse

There’s been a flurry of transit related news this past week. Most of it about funding transit from the local Metro level and the BC provincial level. I haven’t had time to sift through the numbers, let alone blog!

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So let me work on something that’s a bit more tangible and easier for me to blog quickly about. My local SkyTrain station is under reconstruction. The whole east stationhouse is being rebuilt.

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Back after a “tendonitis” break

I’ve been in town, but not blogging. One, it had been really busy of late with work and life commitments. Second, and more importantly, I’ve had right hand/wrist/forearm tendonitis. I’ve been to my physiotherapist for a month or so just helping to get my arm back into working order. I decided to try and not type as much outside of work in order to rest … Continue reading Back after a “tendonitis” break

Happy New Year – 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. According to the helper-monkeys, I had over 20,000 views. Really? It didn’t feel like that.

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Thanks to all of you who visited ever so briefly. Thank you very much to those of you who actually took the time to read through my posts. I hope you enjoyed them.

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Transit Funding Plebiscite FAQs

Originally posted on Stephen Rees's blog:
Maria Harris is the Director Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A and thus a Member of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. She wrote to me to tell of her creation of a list of Frequently Asked Questions – and of course – the answers. These are very thorough and objective. They are currently available as PDF File and will be available as a… Continue reading Transit Funding Plebiscite FAQs

What a great transit day feels like

Canada Line train parked at Oakridge Station

Last Friday, I had a few errands to run. I had in my mind that I didn’t want to take the car. I was going to end up downtown and I knew it would be much easier to not have the car hindering me while going downtown. So I decided to take a combination of the bus and SkyTrain.

In the end, I had what I would call a great transit day. It’s amazing how much can get done by transit with a little planning. It also helps to have easy access to rapid transit and frequent bus service. You see. Transit can and does work in Vancouver. And that’s mostly thanks to TransLink.

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The Question of TransLink Waste – Daryl Dela Cruz’s Referendum Myths

In the upcoming 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite, the question of waste at TransLink has loomed large. In fact, it’s the crux of No TransLink Tax campaign – a campaign running successfully on the visceral, instead of the logical. It’s a campaign that strikes a chord – no new taxes. It’s a simple and emotional statement. Why no new taxes? Well, because TransLink has squandered all of its existing money. Really?

Daryl Dela Cruz at Daryl’s Take and More has created a few blog posts addressing the matters of inefficiency and waste at TransLink. Continue reading “The Question of TransLink Waste – Daryl Dela Cruz’s Referendum Myths”

City Conversation: Behind the Transit Debate – Mar 19

Originally posted on Price Tags:
The next City Conversation this Thursday: . Myths vs. Reality in the Transit Debate “I’ve heard it so often, it must be true” . Is Translink a bloated, inefficient and wasteful public agency providing terrible public transit? Provably no. But facts don’t matter, emotions do. What matters is that people believe it is true, and that they act on that… Continue reading City Conversation: Behind the Transit Debate – Mar 19

Referendum: The Great Dupe

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… Continue reading Referendum: The Great Dupe

CBC Video: “”Do our cities still work?”

Originally posted on Price Tags:
Here’s the National’s story: “Do our cities still work?”  . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQfC6mKTErg&feature=youtu.be . Interviews with Brent Toderian and Charles Montgomery, among others, with a lot of location shooting in Vancouver.  Makes one appreciate the contribution of this city and its urbanists. Continue reading CBC Video: “”Do our cities still work?”