Okay, let’s start by looking at some of the numbers being bandied about in the news.
First off. There’s the one constant in this picture. Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals have promised to pay for 50% of the funds for infrastructure projects across the country.
Here’s what the other two levels of government have offered.
Continue reading “Metro Vancouver Transit Funding’s Ongoing Saga – May 2016”
The conversation for expanded fixed rail transit in Surrey continues to roll along. Metro Vancouver’s second largest municipality by population and largest by land area is still trying to push forward after the failed transit plebiscitie/referendum of 2015.
A few things have happened in the past year that may help Surrey get its long-desired LRT.
Continue reading “Surrey LRT – Support and Funding”
Is it just me or does transit news only ever get released on Fridays? On Friday, the papers were abuzz again about the UBC Broadway Rapid Transit corridor. A KPMG report prepared for the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia pushes for a fully underground rapid transit line connecting UBC to the Broadway-Commercial area. Outside of Downtown Vancouver, the Central Broadway Corridor … Continue reading UBC-Broadway & Surrey Rapid Transit
Transit taxes odious but necessary for growth of city — Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2011 It’s not everyday that I agree with editorial from the Vancouver Sun. The Vancouver Sun weighs in after Christy Clark “throws Blair Lekstrom under the Evergreen Line.” It’s nice to see for once a mainstream newspaper supporting transit initiatives and funding for transit in general. The Vancouver Sun makes a … Continue reading VanSun says “Transit taxes odious but necessary…”
James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com. It pains me to see what has happened in Toronto. In the previous municipal government, there was the Transit City plan, which would have spread light rail across the city proper. There would have been 8 light rail lines, running on surface, that would have covered most of Toronto. Now with the new Rob Ford … Continue reading James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com
Mayors recommend gas levy to pay for Evergreen Line. The Province of BC has recommended a 2-cent gas hike for the Fall of 2011 to raise $40 million in funding for TransLink. I say the province instead of the mayors because the mayors did offer other alternatives to the gas hike. The Province newspaper’s headline is misleading. The mayors offered up taking money from the … Continue reading “Mayors” recommend gas levy to pay for Evergreen Line
PM announces improvements for tri-cities commuters – Prime Minister of Canada. It’s not everyday that I take my blog fodder straight from the Prime Minister’s office. Most of the time, I would say I disagree with most of what our current Prime Minister does. This one of the few projects that I can say that the Federal Tories have gotten right. Unfortunately, the press release … Continue reading LRT in Waterloo-Kitchener – growing region
The Tri-City News – TransLink plan leaves room for province to sign on, charge new tolls. This is probably the best piece of news that summarizes the current situation that TransLink finds themselves in and the options they are considering. So instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ll link to the article. Jeff Nagel does pretty good writing for one of our local papers. There’s also … Continue reading TransLink plans – expand, maintain, or cut services
VIA Architecture: The case to abort LRT, October 21 1982. What a great post about the problems that the GVRD faced when SkyTrain was first planned and built. Somebody at VIA Architecture dug up this beauty of an article. Huge parallels between then and now. The lack of provincial government funding is present yesterday as it is today. Even though they were the ones who … Continue reading 1982 on building SkyTrain (aka ALRT)
A matter of LIVABILITY >> Vancouver Sun, June 19, 2009 [Like I said on a previous post, I’m totally behind. This has been sitting in my drafts for a couple weeks.] An apt title in the Vancouver Sun for how are we going to live in the future. That will be decided by our transportation plan in the next couple of decades. We need a … Continue reading How will we pay for the transit system we NEED?