I strongly believe that the cheaper, on the road trains make WAY more sense in terms of well, money, but also from a speed with which they can be built and the fact that we live in a VERY temperate climate. They work in Calgary and Toronto. Why do they not even seem to be an option here?
Transit referendum results:
Ok, Lets start talking about congestion pricing.
At peak congestion it costs $4 to take the Seabus - how about a similar $4 to drive over the the Lions Gate and/or 2nd Narrows bridge?
Same with Patello, Alex Fraser, Queensboro, Oak Street, Knight St, George Massey, Pitt River Bridges?
Aquabus/False Creek Ferries costs $2.50(?), similarly a congestion toll of $2.50 can be added to the Granville, Cambie, and Burrard St Bridges.
HUB - North Shore Committee,
Thanks, Adrianne for your sole support on Council for involving the citizens of Vancouver in meaningful involvement in planning our communities. As you say, what's needed is bottom-up not top-down planning that addresses the needs of all Vancouverites, not its wealthy elites. The plan for a subway on Broadway was rejected because it would absorb most of the available funding for transit & require massive re-development of the entire corridor to pay for it. Most people figured that out & voted no to allow for a re-think of transit in Vancouver.
Let's not forget that the Vancouver we know and love, with its many unique neighbourhoods, evolved thanks to our old streetcar network.
In designing transit for the future, let's ensure that we maintain and and enhance that legacy of unique, livable neighbourhoods. We should service the old streetcar corridors with frequent bus service, rather than condensing Vancouver's transit to a few supercorridors. Such a move risks dramatically changing our city into something more akin to the 1960s technocrat vision of a freeway city, which Vancouverites thankfully stopped in its tracks, preserving beautiful neighbourhoods like Strathcona and Chinatown that otherwise would have been obliterated.