Of Pressers, Photo-ops and Gadgetbahnen

Premier Horgan doesn’t get it.

The NDP don’t get it.

The Liberals don’t get it.

The metro mayors don’t get it.

We are governed by a ship of fools.

What we are getting is a $3 billion subway, which will operate a capacity limited proprietary railway, which will drive up TransLink’s operating costs and will not take a car off the road nor improve businesses along the route.

Oh yes, how do forced transfers reduce travel times?

Well they don’t, but Horgan reading from the same “song and dance” script as other premiers before him repeats the same very misleading information.

This is the real story of the Broadway subway.

This subway will now retard all transit initiatives for the next decade, but do not tell Premier Horgan and the NDP this because they refuse to listen because they hope what few union jobs this will bring will keep them in office.

As always, the South Fraser gets royally screwed.

So this Presser/photo-op probably means a provincial, if not federal election is just around the corner. It better be for the NDP because the bad news, like the ever more costly site -C dam will soon show the NDP’s penchant for FastFerry style transit projects comes at an ever increasing cost to the taxpayer.

The ship of fools has sailed…………….

Addendum:

Acciona’s key consultant for its B.C. bid wins since the NDP came to power?

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None other than former SNC-Lavalin B.C. EVP Jim Burke, who would have been called to testify had the corruption trial not ended in a plea bargain.

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Acciona is also behind the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant debacle.

Vancouver’s Broadway subway line from Commercial to Arbutus set to be built by 2025

By Richard Zussman Global News
Posted September 3, 2020 10:40 am
Updated September 3, 2020 11:32 am

 

Premier John Horgan says British Columbia boasts Canada's strongest economy but growth is threatened by a shortage of affordable housing for workers and their families. Premier Horgan answers questions from the media during a press conference following the speech from the throne in the legislative assembly in Victoria on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito.
Premier John Horgan says British Columbia boasts Canada’s strongest economy but growth is threatened by a shortage of affordable housing for workers and their families. Premier Horgan answers questions from the media during a press conference following the speech from the throne in the legislative assembly in Victoria on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

 

Shovels are set to be in the ground this fall for the much anticipated Broadway SkyTrain extension from Commercial station all the way to Arbutus Street in Vancouver.

B.C. Premier John Horgan says the project is expected to be completed by 2025. The construction contract has been awarded to Acciona-Ghella Joint Venture.

The contract to fund the 5.7 kilometre extension is valued at $1.729 billion and covers the design, construction and partial financing of the project.

The cost estimate for the Millennium Line Broadway expansion has now gone up from $1.98-billion in 2015 up to $2.83 billion.

“As we restore the economy through B.C.’s Restart Plan, major infrastructure projects like the Broadway Subway line will be key to our recovery,” Horgan said.

 

“When completed, the Broadway Subway will transform how people get around in Vancouver. It will mean faster travel to work and school, better access to local business and fewer cars on the road.”

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2 Responses to “Of Pressers, Photo-ops and Gadgetbahnen”
  1. Emily says:

    I used to take the 311 from 72/Scott RD into Vancouver and no transfer necessary to get to work but since they forced us to Transfer at Bridgeport station and I went from no transfers to two transfers so I started driving again as to inconvenient and really annoying to go from bus – Canada line then to another bus…

    Zwei replies: Ridership from South Delta all but collapsed with the forced transfer at Bridgeport; elderly customers have all but disappeared on transit from South Delta.

  2. Nathan Davidowicz says:

    Yes you are right. We need more express buses on many corridors + Inter City Buses connecting the whole Lower Mainland. Buy having 3 Regional Districts instead of one very little gets done. Maybe all the academics fron UBC SFU KPU UFV can get together and tell the BC Govt that they are wrong in continuing on similar transportation path that previous Govts have taken. A new path with a new VISION has to be developed as the provincial regional and local staff are hiding the real “truth” about our future. While TransLink and MVRD are developing plans for 2050 they never accomplished their 2020 plan. San Diego just published their $177B 30 yrs plan which is mostly Transit and tolls on all higways.
    Toronto and Montreal have approval for $60B Transit projects fir the next 10 yrs. We are falling so far behind ither major cities that we will never catch up

    < strong>Zwei replies: Throwing money at transit will not solve a thing, as the NDP and metro mayors will soon find out.

    In Metro Vancouver transit must be user friendly, currently it is not and this is a big hurdle to overcome. Forced transfers, especially on SkyTrain greatly deters ridership and now with Covid-19, this lesson is being learned the hard way.

    Transit must be flexible and with the region using light metro transit is very inflexible.

    Transit must benefit the community and our transit does not as the 2015 plebiscite demonstrated with over 60% voting against Translink’s expenditures.

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