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.


The Canada Line has about one half the capacity of the Expo and the Millennium/Evergreen Lines.

Qualtrough on board with Delta’s call for light rail

Sandor Gyarmati / Delta Optimist

March 29, 2017

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.

- See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/qualtrough-on-board-with-delta-s-call-for-light-rail-1.13289227#sthash.JGTxYbXf.dpuf


One Response to “Diva’s On Transit”
  1. Haveacow says:

    Well its a start. One of the main issues I have with the Surrey LRT System is just that, its an entirely Surrey based system and it doesn’t go anywhere else. The benefits only fits a certain subset of the Surrey’s possible transit passenger market. The current route design gives no other connection to the outer region than pouring more passengers on to the Skytrain system, instead of for example, connecting to the Skytrain and then by passing it on its own right of way, outwards towards the rest of the region. A real and concrete connection to Delta and maybe other official South of Fraser River communities (municipalities with their own council’s and official legal borders) is a good starting point. This is actually one of the advantages of having a truly region transit operator like Translink., its about the area not just one community’s goals or more specifically one politician’s goals. There are ways to build these connections to other communities and do this somewhat affordably. But there has to be more than a single interested community. It only took 4 or 5 years or so, for the mayor of Surrey to finally hook someone else into the idea. This particular political step should have happened much, much earlier.

    Still, like any rail transit right of way that comes in or out of Surrey, the geographic scale of the line and trip has to be taken into account. Unfortunately, no one yet in your region (politicians of any level) or your transit operator (anyone with any clout at Translink) is really thinking like that yet. This type of thinking needs to be addressed before politicians and designers keep blindly continuing the endless horizontal expansion of existing transit lines, outward from the centre of your community. The issue is that each extension is getting ever lower returns on its ever increasing amounts of investment, the further the lines goes out. Due to the effect of distance and the refusal to by the designers of your transit system to really deal with it.

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