There’s no good news for transit riders in the first report by new Translink Commissioner Robert Irwin, who declares that the very real service reduction required by Translink’s “service optimization” program in its 2014 Base Plan “avoids overall cuts on the ground.”
This is no consolation to the thousands of Translink riders who experience overcrowding, pass-ups and late buses on the existing system, where more and more riders are sharing service that has not been increased for several years.
Bus drivers, members of Unifor 111, have been front and centre highlighting this problem.
Under service optimization, buses are moved from lower ridership routes to higher ones, allowing marginal improvements on some routes while service is reduced on others, usually in outlying areas.
Irvin acknowledges that the 2014 plan “flat lines (but at a slightly lower level) overall transit service for 10 years,” meaning many more people will be boarding the same number of buses for a long time to come. He then warns critics that riders have had it good, maybe too good: [Read more →]
Sixty days after city council responded to Grandview Woodland Area Council demands to slow down and reboot the GW community planning process, the GWAC leadership is frustrated at the lack of action from city staff.
When council voted to drill deeper into community concerns with a Citizens’ Assembly and other measures, it expected that could add more than a year to the planning process.
Now GWAC chair Jak King says “we did ask for an extension to the Plan’s schedule, but had no idea that there would be a hiatus for five months and probably longer.” (GWAC proposed both six-month and one-year delays at various stages of the debate.)
Now Brian Jackson, general manager of planning, has outlined recent city actions in a useful point-by-point response to a blog post by King. (Actually, Jackson’s letter is in the second link in the first paragraph above.)
Glad I could clear that up for you.
A recent Tyee forum called Generation Rent featured four renters telling their real-life housing market stories. All four would support increased density, with some qualifications, to generate more rental housing; none seemed aware of Vancouver’s increasingly successful efforts to add hundreds of new units to rental stock.
In today’s Tyee: my summary of what Vancouver is doing for renters and how other municipalities are following suit.
Port Metro Vancouver raising curtain on huge Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project, Massey Bridge dredging plans
Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester used his annual presentation at the Vancouver Board of Trade today to connect the dots between the Massey Bridge project and the port’s future plans for the Fraser River, while unveiling the first photo I had seen of the huge Terminal 2 project at Roberts Bank.
Silvester set the Twittersphere humming with his reminder that BC’s Gateway investments, including Port Mann Bridge, total $9 billion, putting the massive $6 billion Panama Canal upgrade completely in the shade.
But he made it clear the work is far from done. Soon to come: Port Metro Vancouver’s $2 billion Terminal 2 project, which is already two years into the consultation phase, according to Silvester. (Jobs to be created: 18,000.)
The artists’ rendering he showed was new to me, but clearly based on this version released in September. It shows Roberts Bank nearly doubling, capable of berthing three very large vessels at once in deeper water northwest of the existing terminal.
And thanks to the Massey Bridge, the ability to “dredge slightly deeper” will allow PMV to improve “the flow of goods on the Fraser River.” This will not mean larger vessels going upstream, a PMV executive told me later, but allow the 70,000-ton vessels now using Fraser Port to come in fully loaded and deeper in the water. (Longer and larger vessels would have problems maneuvring upstream.) [Read more →]