Some Smart People Out There, Not Here Apparently……

In Europe, transportation needs are designed to meet the needs of transit customers.

In BC, transportation needs are designed to further political careers and money laundering.

Example: The $3 billion Broadway SkyTrain subway, being built on a transit route which has peak hour traffic flows under 4,000 pphpd!

Who is the subway being built for?

Politicians to cut ribbons at election time?

Land developers and land speculators who are assembling properties so council will up-zone them to higher densities?

Overseas criminal gangs who want to invest their casino laundered drug money in Vancouver’s housing market, via the Vancouver Model?

We can build very affordable rail transit on many routes in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan, and Vancouver Island, but it seems both the BC Liberal party and the NDP just don’t give a dam, as they just want to cut ribbons.

Modern light diesel rail-cars in operation on a lightly used line in Germany


Reopening of two Franco-German cross-border lines proposed

Written byA� Keith Fender

The bridge over the Rhine at Wintersdorf was converted for road and rail use, but trains no longer use it. The bridge over the Rhine at Wintersdorf was converted for road and rail use, but trains no longer use it. Keith Fender

STUDIES are to commence soon on reopening two cross-border lines between southwestern Germany and eastern France. The lines would support new services as well as increase operating flexibility in the event of disruption on the one side of the border, as happened at Rastatt, Germany, last year.

The Pamina Euro-district, which brings together several German local authorities in both Rheinland Pfalz and Baden WA?rttemberg plus the Grand Est Region, DA�partement Bas-Rhin and town of Hagenau in France, has agreed to undertake a feasibility study into the re-opening of the railway between Rastatt, Germany, and Hagenau, France. The line could be used by a new SaarbrA?cken – Hagenau – Rastatt – Karlsruhe passenger service as well as a diversionary route for freight traffic.The 7km section from Rastatt to Wintersdorf, beside the Rhine, still exists and is owned by Karlsruhe area tram-train operator AVG. In France a short section remains in use to serve industrial sidings near the Rhine at Beinheim, but the 21.8km RA�schwoog – Hagenau section is disused and would need to be completely rebuilt. The old railway bridge across the Rhine is still in use as a road bridge, for cars and light vans. Two options are possible: reconstruction for rail use or construction of a new bridge.Pamina also wants to reopen the Freiburg – Breisach – Colmar line around 100km to the south. While there are lines on both side of the Rhine, the cross-border section no longer exists so a new river crossing would be required.
Pamina plans to seek funding for the studies from the European Uniona��s Interreg programme which exists to stimulate cross-border cooperation and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

A rural German passenger rail line, not unlike the Fraser Valley or the E&N.


One Response to “Some Smart People Out There, Not Here Apparently……”
  1. Thomas says:

    I think one of the differences is that in Vancouver part of the goal is to shape growth. By contrast, many European countries have very low or even negative population growth. Furthermore, the lower mainland has a relatively low density when compared to many European regions. Therefore, it becomes desirable to focus growth along transit. My concern would be if a European approach were to be tried is that most areas have too low of a density for light rail with out feeder services. The lower density and faster growth rate of the lower mainland could be one reason why Vancouver has a limited rail transit footprint. We need to get out of the Skytrain mindset in the Lower Mainland as the Geographic area is far too large. Focusing growth is great but we can focus growth ( into faster growing suburban centre’s (Condo Towers in Chilliwack?) by building regional tram-train style infrastructure.

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