Diva’s On Transit
Zwei always is amused when photo-op divas talk transit, especially LRT and like most politicians, they now nothing what they are talking about.
The Canada Line is not LRT; rapid transit is not LRT and SkyTrain is not LRT.
What the politicos are doing is mouthing “Trump” style talking points and sound bytes to look favourably in the media and that is all.
Memo to Qualtrough and Jackson: The Canada Line and the ALRT/ART transit systems are not light rail, far from it, they are a form of “heavy” rail transit called light metro, made obsolete by LRT. The Canada Line was also built on the cheap, with 40 metre long station platforms and only able to operate two car trains. The Canada Line needs about $1.5 billion to increase its capacity to match that of the Expo and Millennium/Evergreen Lines before any thought of expansion can occur.
There is no money for this now or in the foreseeable future.
Is the proposed bridge being designed to accommodate 600 ton trains? Unless rails are laid during construction, the answer is no.
One just doesn’t add rails to the bridge at a later date.
When Diva’s talk transit, it is strictly for photo-ops and nothing more and by the way, there is no such thing called light rapid transit and only the most ignorant use that catch phrase.
Delta has an ally when it comes to promoting light rail.
That was a guarantee made by Delta Liberal MP Carla Qualtrough during her presentation to Delta council Monday afternoon as she highlighted a series of federal funding announcements and other initiatives that have benefited the riding since her party formed government.
“You have an ally in me, so I’m certainly happy to be a champion on that as well,” said Qualtrough.
Mayor Lois Jackson brought up the subject during discussion on the bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
“I’m hoping it will happen one day. There’s talk of extending the lines to where the people are in Delta, in Tsawwassen, ferry terminal, White Rock was mentioned and, of course, Langley and out in the valley,” said Qualtrough. “It may be that during this next couple of years, while there’s still infrastructure money, it’s really something for us to look at in terms of light rail over the new bridge.
“I think we can get an awful lot of people out of their cars if they want to go to downtown or into Richmond, or side step to Burnaby,” she suggested.
The 10-lane bridge is to be built to accommodate rapid transit, although the province has not committed to any timeline for rapid transit coming to Delta, South Surrey and White Rock.
Qualtrough agreed having rapid transit extend to Delta and the valley one day should be a priority.
Later on Monday, during council’s evening session, Jackson reiterated her dream to see the Canada Line cross the river during her annual state of the municipality address.
“Maybe, one day,” she said.
When the budget was announced last week, Qualtrough said that while the bridge is not in the government’s infrastructure plans, the project could get assistance through Infrastructure Canada and Innovation with a new infrastructure bank, something she reiterated during her presentation this week.
Qualtrough also went over a few of the other infrastructure investments her government has made in Delta, including the Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue interchange, corridor improvements for highways 91 and 17 as well as a rush hour lane for the Alex Fraser Bridge.
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