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.
This was shared by one of my Facebook friends. It’s from a blog called Moving Forward. The question it poses is “What is the full cost of your commute?” Good question.
This handy infographic attempts to answer this question:
Those who follow my blog know that I’m a transit traveller. What does that mean? That means I ride transit in whatever destination I arrive. I must admit Zurich was not high on my list of transit travels. However, I am impressed by what I saw on this Streetfilms video.
I first saw the video on my WordPress Reader feed thanks to Stephen Rees. He asks the question: why should transit be grade-separated as subways or elevated rails?
Peace Arch border crossing traffic
As we are in the middle of the plebiscite, I’m sure the dedicated No voters have already vigorously mailed in their ballots. The same can be said of us Yes voters who are equally dedicated to the Yes side. However, I think there’s still plenty of you out there who may still be thoughtfully percolating over the issues. Here’s some more readings related to the referendum and issues surrounding transportation in Vancouver.
Crowded Canada Line train interior
Here’s a new selection of readings to follow up on my first post on transit readings.
Next to the Surrey LRT project, this is the next largest of the planned transit projects in the Mayor’s Council plan. This is also the planned project with the most profound effect on how I personally travel in my daily life and it will have a huge effect on my workplace in Kitsilano.
Broadway SkyTrain Extension
Here’s the last of the planned B-Line buses slated to start service between 2020 and 2025. For this B-Line, we return to Vancouver proper. This time, it’s one of the busiest routes in the system that gets an upgrade to B-Line status.
Commercial/Victoria Drive B-Line
The #20 Victoria bus is one of the busiest routes in the system. The #20 already uses the double-length articulated buses with trolley wires. However, the frequency of the #20 is a little wanting, especially in the evening. I’ve been caught a few times where the next #20 at night is 15-20 minutes away. If the bus came more frequently, then I wouldn’t have to brave a cold wet midnight walk from the bar to the SkyTrain at Commercial and Broadway. A more frequent bus service would be great for the evening and late night patrons along The Drive. Continue reading
Waiting sucks. Line-ups suck. Crowded trains suck. Being stuck in traffic sucks.
I think this strikes a better chord with people than the official Yes campaign’s numbers and facts. The man says just vote Yes!
When the Surrey LRT is completed, the #96 B-Line from Surrey Central to Newton Exchange will no longer be necessary, but modifying the B-Line to run all the way to White Rock from Newton would make perfect sense.
Newton to White Rock B-Line
With the Evergreen Line coming into service in the Fall of 2016, the TriCities of Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam are going to enter a new era of transportation choice. However, communities just a little further east will need to be connected to the new SkyTrain ending in Coquitlam Town Centre. Enter yet another B-Line
There are more B-Line buses slated to start service between 2020 and 2025.
Coquitlam Centre to Langley (via Ridge Meadows) B-Line
This will be another monster B-Line when it comes online after 5-10 years of a Yes vote on the impending Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. It covers up to 6 municipalities depending on the exact alignment of the route.