Archive for the ‘Land use’ category

NYC subway proves boon to the city and environment

November 15, 2009

ED. In Vancouver the car is king and government builds even more roads to encourage auto use.  New York, on the other hand, is so advanced in its public transportation system that we should be modeling ours on this American city, rather than having big business tell us what we should build.

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More than half of the households in New York do not own a car and up to 75 per cent of the population of Manhattan is without four-wheeled transport, thanks to the city’s mass rapid transit system and their extensive network of public transport.

Due to the New York City Subway, one of the few 24-hour metro services of the world, and the fact that New Yorkers use the public transport very extensively, it is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the US.

One in every three mass transit users in the US, or 4.9 million people a day, use the New York City Subway, which is the largest subway system in the world, measured by track mileage. It has grown from 28 stations when it was founded in October of 1904 to 462 stations at present.

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Low density neighbourhoods prove costly for TransLink

November 10, 2009

City Caucus

Posted by Daniel Fontaine

Remote routes are a dead end for sustainable transit: Comptroller General

Last week BC’s Comptroller General released a report on the future of both BC Ferries and the much maligned TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transit authority. For the most part the media focus was on the “exorbitant” executive salaries over at BC Ferries. What got overshadowed were some interesting findings relating to the impact low density suburban neighbourhoods are having on TransLink’s bottom line.

One need only visit Surrey or Pitt Meadows for a few minutes to better understand the challenge TransLink faces. Many of the Coast Mountain buses operating there are doing so at very low capacity. That’s why so many people joke about the fact the bus drivers are transporting air for the better part of their shift. Juxtapose this against the overcrowded 99-B Line servicing UBC. Empty suburban buses are not only costing TransLink a fortune, they are putting in jeopardy expansion plans in more cost-efficient high density neighbourhoods.

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– West Van passenger ferry service set to sail

October 28, 2009

North Shore Outlook

By Rebecca Aldous

After 62 years, West Vancouver will see a return of a passenger ferry at the 14th Street Pier at Ambleside Landing.

Starting next month, Coastal Link Ferries Limited will offer six weekday trips to downtown’s Bute Street Dock in Coal Harbour — 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Sail time will take between seven and eight minutes, 15 minutes when including embarking and disembarking, said Ihab Shaker, owner of the 67-passenger ferry that already runs between Bowen Island and Coal Harbour.

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– EVERGREEN LINE: Wanting & working may not be enough to get station

October 23, 2009

Tri-City News

By Diane Strandberg

If Port Moody residents want a third Evergreen Line station at the western end of the city, they’ll have to work to get it.

That was the suggestion of one official speaking at a meeting regarding the preliminary design plans for Evergreen.

Raymond Louie, a TransLink official who worked on the Canada Line, said developers and the community actively pursued locations for some of the stations on the Vancouver-to-Richmond transit project — and got their wish.

But affordability and ridership will determine whether a third station is viable in Port Moody, he said.

The concern is that adding a third station will simply draw riders from other stations, thus adding costs without increasing ridership.

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– Tri-Cities working on transit development plan

October 19, 2009

Richmond Times Dispatch

By Luz Lazo

The Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on a transit development plan that would help identify needs for services provided to the public.

The plan, which costs nearly $70,000 and is paid for with federal and state grants, could serve eventually as a foundation for funding requests.

Demand for public transit could increase over the next few years as the area continues to see growth resulting in part from the expansion at Fort Lee. Base-related growth alone would mean an addition of about 15,000 residents to the area by 2011, many of them soldiers without their own transportation.

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– University bus loop blues

October 10, 2009

The Ubyssey

Piecing together the U-Blvd project

By Samantha Jung
news@ubyssey.ca

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1. What isthe underground bus loop?

The underground bus loop is part of UBC’s plans to create a “university town” on campus, more commonly known as the “U-Blvd” project, and to replace the “temporary” bus loop on Wesbrook Mall. It was originally designed to go under a shopping mall and block of condos on University Boulevard to provide accessible transportation. According to former AMS VP Administration Tristan Markle, the university has scrapped the condo plan but is still going ahead with the $40 million bus loop project.

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– No light at end of TransLink funding tunnel

October 8, 2009

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North Shore News

Elizabeth James

“Public accountability means the obligation of authorities to explain publicly, fully and fairly, before and after the fact, how they are carrying out responsibilities that affect the public in important ways.”

Henry E. McCandless, former principal in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

By Oct. 30, the regional mayors’ council must decide if it will approve TransLink plans to raise $450 million annually in new funding.

In casting his vote as the North Shore’s representative, city councillor Craig Keating is on the horns of a dilemma.

Keating usually supports green initiatives, and public transit fits the bill. This time, however, he might decide to proceed with caution.

TransLink’s insatiable appetite for regional dollars poses a serious threat to Metro municipalities who need to raise taxes for all of the other services in their mandate. Furthermore, taxpayers sense that if they agree to half a billion this year, it’s only a matter of time before TransLink comes back for more.

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