Category Archives for "British Columbia"

Jun 15

Next Meeting – June 27, 2017

By Rick | British Columbia

Transport Action BC (http://bc.transportaction.ca/)
Regular Meeting Agenda: 27 June 2017 (Tuesday) 19:00
Waves Coffee Shop Meeting Room
100-900 Howe St (at Smithe St), Vancouver

A. Membership and Finances (19:00)

1) Approval of 24 May 2017 meeting minutes.
2) Expense claims: – None.
3) Finances: – John Howse Lecture donation. $250 from TABC’s local acc’t approved at last meeting. Matthew and Rick to arrange

Marketing and Communications
4) Increasing membership: – @TransAction_BC followers?
5) E-blast: – Articles to eblast@transportaction.ca.
6) Web site (http://bc.transportaction.ca/): – Additional photos added?
7) Next meeting.
8) Agenda format changes.

B. Metropolitan Transportation (19:30)
1) Transit Funding and Revenues in Metro Vancouver: –
– Fare increases effective 1 July 2017 (http://tiny.cc/5n2nly).
2) TransLink Plans and Priorities: – Update.
3) Transit Service: – Update
4) Massey Bridge: – Update.
5) Brunette Exchange Project: – Update.
6) Circle route LRT proposal: – Andrew.
7) Georgia Viaducts Removal: – CoV development proposal for NE False Creek. (http://tiny.cc/br2nly).

C. National and Regional Rail
1) CP Rail’s Arbutus Corridor: – Broadway Crossing improvements

VIA Rail and Amtrak
2) Cascadia Corridor: – Update.
3) Via Rail: – Update.

Intercity Transport
4) BCR/Sea-to-Sky Corridor:
– Update.

D. Air Travel
1) Update.

E. Ferries
1) Update.

F. Other Business
1) Provincial election: – NDP-Green Alliance; Transportation project impacts.
2) Society Act Changes: – Update.

G. Adjournment (20:45)


Source: TABC

May 17

Next Meeting – May 24, 2017

By Rick | British Columbia

Transport Action BC (http://bc.transportaction.ca/)
Regular Meeting Agenda: 24 May 2017 (Wednesday) 19:00

Waves Coffee Shop Meeting Room
100-900 Howe St (at Smithe St), Vancouver

19:00 to 20:45 PM

A. Membership and Finances (19:00)

1) Approval of 3 April 2016 meeting minutes.
2) Expense claims: – None.
3) Finances: – John Howse Lecture donation. $250 from TABC’s local acc’t approved at last meeting. Matthew and Rick to arrange.

Marketing and Communications

4) Increasing membership: – Report requested.
5) E-blast: – Articles to eblast@transportaction.ca.
6) Web site (http://bc.transportaction.ca/): – Update.
7) Next meeting.

B. Metropolitan Transportation (19:30)

1) Transit Funding and Revenues in Metro Vancouver: –
– Update.
2) Evergreen Extension: – Remove item?
3) TransLink Plans and Priorities: – Update.
4) Transit Service: – Apr 24 Service changes (http://tiny.cc/wvn5ky); SeaBus service improves May 19 (http://tiny.cc/wvn5ky)
5) Massey Bridge: – Update.
6) Brunette Exchange Project: – No project response to our letter.
7) Circle route LRT proposal: – Andrew.

C. National and Regional Rail

1) CP Rail’s Arbutus Corridor: – Temporary paving work reaches Fir & 5th; No work on Broadway crossing.

VIA Rail and Amtrak

2) Cascadia Corridor: – Update.
3) Via Rail: – Update.

Intercity Transport

4) BCR/Sea-to-Sky Corridor:
– Lillooet’s Mayor established a working group to develop a proposal for passenger rail service (http://tiny.cc/mln5ky; http://tiny.cc/uon5ky)

D. Air Travel

1) Update.

E. Ferries

1) Update.

F. Other Business

1) Provincial election: – Possible transportation project impacts.
2) Society Act Changes: – Update.

G. Adjournment (20:45)


Source: TABC

Apr 11

Massey Bridge Machinations 2 (2017-04)

By Rick | British Columbia

An April 5, 2017 column by The Vancouver Sun’s political columnist, Vaughn Palmer, described how the B.C. government’s pre-construction / pre-election photo-op for the $3.5 billion Massey Bridge project was hijacked by a group protesting the mega-project. TABC Member Stephen Rees penned a letter to the paper responding to Palmer’s column.

Stephen’s letter follows:

“Vaughn Palmer’s characterization of the protest at the tunnel ceremony is not accurate. There are real alternatives to the $3.5bn vanity project that have not been adequately examined.

The real problem is congestion at peak periods. Traffic through the tunnel has actually been in steady decline for the last ten years. However, the Port of Vancouver operates the container terminal on bankers’ hours. Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. No other port operates like that. It ensures that truck traffic uses the tunnel at peak periods, and makes the congestion worse. That is deliberate. It helps the port make the case for tunnel removal. There are plenty of records available that demonstrate the Port’s long term strategy for deepening the dredging of the channel – and the tunnel prevents that. In the short term, simply banning trucks at peak periods – and opening the container collection and delivery facilities 24/7 – will relieve the present problem. 

In the longer term, congestion can never be solved by widening roads. Never has done, never will do. All that does is move the line-up to somewhere else. The only way to reduce car traffic is increase transit service. One bus can carry many more people in 40’ of road than cars can. The province has already invested in bus lanes both sides of the tunnel but service needs to be increased. And when that isn’t enough, add another tube on the river bed carrying light rail. 

As for the claim that the “full freight will be covered by tolls”, it has not worked for the Port Mann or the Golden Ears. Why would the Massey replacement be any different?”

The bridge’s financial model is now even more dependent on taxpayer subsidisation as both major political parties have announced policies (April 9, 2017) to reduce tolls collected on Lower Mainland bridges. The Liberals will cap annual tolls at $500 and the NDP will eliminate tolls altogether. No word from either party if transit “tolls” will also be capped or eliminated.

Stephen’s blog at https://stephenrees.wordpress.com/ contains a wealth of additional information debunking much of the government’s claims about the bridge,

 


Source: TABC

Mar 29

John Forman Howes

By matthew | British Columbia

Long-time Transport 2000 BC/Transport Action BC member, John Howes, died on February 4, 2017. John was a delight to chat with, always smiling and quick to praise. He was a true gentlemen and will be missed.

John had a long, distinguished career in academia. He was a Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Department of Asian Studies – a department he helped found in 1961

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 18 at 2 PM in Christ Church Cathedral.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theprovince/obituary.aspx?n=john-forman-howes&pid=184131031

http://asia.ubc.ca/in-memoriam-john-forman-howes-1924-2017