Metro Vancouver voters have rejected the mayors’ transportation plan. TransLink CEO Doug Allen says that the vote is a rejection of the proposed tax, but not the mayors’ plan. However, a recent poll suggests that voters did not trust TransLink and Jim Pattison to manage it.
Now that the mayors’ transportation plan has been rejected, it’s time to develop a people’s transportation plan which will allow the people in the planning process rather than the private interests that will benefit from the development of the transportation plan. We don’t need a Broadway subway to spur development along the Broadway corridor which will displace older apartment buildings causing housing prices to rise like it is happening in Burnaby.
It would be easier, cheaper, and faster to bring a LRT system to UBC off the Canada line from Oakridge or Marine Drive. We could have more efficient rapid natural-gas buses along 4th, 12th, King Edward, 33rd, 41st, 49th, and Marine Drive. The mayors’ plan calls for 400 diesel busses instead of natural-gas buses.
Bike riders were fooled into supporting the plan promising more and better bikeways in return for support for the Broadway subway. Less money spent on an expensive subway can go towards more buses and bikeways.
The plan also called for another tolled six-lane bridge over the Fraser River to replace the Pattullo, again causing more congestion than traffic alleviation. The mayors’ plan also proposed a rapid transit line along Fraser Highway which would mean cutting down of hundreds of heritage trees in the Green Timbers Urban Forest.
So the proposed mayors’ plan would have benefited the developers who would build these projects, like those who built the Port Mann Bridge and the South Perimeter Road and those who will build the new Massey Bridge. The developers will be busy building these projects, so they don’t need our tax money to build the proposed projects in the failed mayors’ plan.
We don’t need a regressive tax asking the poor to fund mega transportation projects. It’s time for a different transportation plan which will involve the people in the planning process. Transit users should be involved in the transit plan and drivers and bikers should be involved in the transportation plan, so that is not planned in the back rooms by people who don’t use the system.