If you are still all visiting my blog or still subscribed to it, then thank you very much. I have not blogged much over the past year and a bit because I’ve been very busy with my twin boys. They came in the Fall of 2016 and life has not been the same.
So I will occasionally come back and update this blog, but I don’t foresee myself doing regular updates like I used to. I’m going to aim for monthly round-up of my thoughts on anything in the realm of transit, cycling, city or culture. Thank you for your patience and for your subscriptions.
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!
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.
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 up my right arm and help it heal better. The physio says it should be okay now and I’ll follow up with him in a month.
So I hope to resume posting unless work and life commitments start to overwhelm me again.
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.
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.
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