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No nays recorded for this move to improved horse-and-carriage transit in Stanley Park

March 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Okay, we all needed a break from the heavy stuff of the week. Here it is, the saga of the horse-and-carriage terminal at Stanley Park. Please excuse the terrible pun in the headline, but it was irresistible. (Thank you, Stan Dellarocca at the Globe’s editing desk, for the suggestion.)

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Transit referendum is making business groups cranky too

January 21st, 2014 · 7 Comments

This just out from the Surrey Board of Trade, who don’t sound like happy campers The Surrey Board of Trade wants the Transit Referendum question now. “I’ve called the Ministry of Transportation today and they indicated that there was no timeline on when the transit referendum question will be ready. I’ve written a letter asking […]

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Mayors say transit referendum could hijack civic elections if held same day

January 14th, 2014 · 172 Comments

The problems in staging this ‘let’s wing it’ referendum just keep going on and on. The latest.

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What would happen if everyone got together and decided to come up with the money for transit utopia?

April 1st, 2013 · 54 Comments

This was a deliberately provocative article, so I’m expecting lots of challenges. Yes, there are many other futures that can be detailed (built $23 billion in transit and had no money left for anything else, is one I’m sure will turn up here). I found out a lot more about some of the details as […]

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Vancouver mayor gets on board a campaign to push for Broadway subway line, with public meeting (rally?) scheduled for Sunday

March 9th, 2013 · 52 Comments

Suddenly, the Broadway line is front and centre. After several years of not saying too much, Vancouver has really built up a head of steam the last couple of months (sorry for that bad pun and more to come) championing a Broadway subway line. Here’s my story from last week with the mayor and the […]

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Mayors turn to previously neglected revenue as potential source for TransLink funding: a .5 per cent sales tax

February 6th, 2013 · 45 Comments

As mayors continue to press the provincial government to come up with some kind of solution for funding that will allow TransLink to expand services, the chair of the mayors’ council sent out an open letter yesterday with suggestions for short-term and long-term funding solutions. Short-term: – 0.5 per cent sales tax, which would pull […]

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UBC anxiety ramps up at talk of a two-phase approach to building Broadway rapid-transit line

November 27th, 2012 · 159 Comments

Council heard an update today from its engineers on plans for the line which answers some of these questions. I’ll be posting that story later. In the meantime, here’s what I had today And, for keen readers, here is belatedly the story that came out of council on the city’s position re the Broadway line. […]

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TransLink pressures, cancellations shred unity among regional mayors

April 19th, 2012 · 69 Comments

Divorces rise when the economy is bad. I’d suggest the same dynamic is at play among the region’s 21 mayors, who find themselves being squeezed by demand for more transit from residents, resistance to new taxes and fees from taxpayers, and a province that keeps hacking off more body parts in each go-round to find […]

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TransLink mayors call for cancellation of new rapid-bus lines in Surrey/Langley + more til funding found

April 13th, 2012 · 21 Comments

Just one thing after another at poor old TransLink. Hard to believe how much people loved it during and after the Olympics, when it was whisking around a couple of million people a day. Now it’s everyone’s favourite whipping boy, with lots of blame being heaped on and not much discussion about how this region […]

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Gas tax may disappear in future transit funding model, mayors say

March 8th, 2012 · 49 Comments

The region’s mayors continue to struggle to find the formula for paying for transit and roads in the region long-term. Reporters tackled them yesterday at the end of their three-hour meeting, which Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom attended part of,  and we all tried to pull something out of them about what’s coming up next. Weirdly, […]

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