The Big Shake Up

Good news everyone, there has been a shake up at TransLink and Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan is at the helm of the Mayor’s Council on Transit.

Mayor Corrigan is the only mayor who actually has knowledge of transit and transit operation as he was a former CEO of BC Transit. The rest of the metro mayors haven’t a clue and have supported building massively expensive transit projects that will not alleviate congestion in the region at the behest of special interests. Special interests I must say, that did not care about proving an affordable ans user-friendly transit system.

Under Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson, transit planning was Vancouver centric with multi billion dollar vanity projects, with the proposed Broadway subway being at the top of the list!

The Broadway SkyTrain subway, with costs now rumoured in excess of $3 billion, will not take a car off the road, yet pile on massive debt onto TransLink.

The badly planned Surrey’s LRT is being designed as a poor man’s SkyTrain and again offering little or no advantage to transit customers and/or the taxpayer.

The so called experts still pining for the Broadway subway demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge on transit and still believe in the old adage that;

“the more money you spend on a transit project, the better it will be.”

Not experts they!

Simple math kills the Broadway subway as current traffic flows along Broadway are less than 4,000 pphpd in the peak hour and the bare minimum traffic flows recommended for a subway is at least 15,000 pphpd!

Toronto’s much debated Scarborough Line replacement subway is suffering from the same issues of not enough traffic flow to justify a now $3.6 billion $5 km. one station subway. The proposed Broadway subway will be 5.5 km long and have six stations.

As mentioned before, an European transit specialist once told me that Metro Vancouver’s mayors are not mature enough for LRT, well maybe some maturity is now being shown.

Some fear shakeup at mayor’s council could doom Broadway subway, Surrey light rail

Published on: December 8, 2017

Transit watchers are offering different takes on what this weekai??i??s regional transportation leadership shakeup means for major projects on Metro Vancouverai??i??s horizon.

On Thursday, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan replaced Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson as the chair of the Mayorai??i??s Council on Regional Transportation after the council held an election, while District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton replaced Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner as vice-chair.

The mayors of the regionai??i??s two largest cities were ousted at a time when those leaders are hoping to get major transportation projects built in their municipalities: Vancouverai??i??s Broadway subway and Surreyai??i??s light-rail line. Corrigan has been an outspoken critic of both projects, citing them as the reasons that,Ai??in 2014, he was the councilai??i??s only dissenting member to vote against the 10-year transportation plan.

Despite that, former Vancouver councillorAi??Gordon Price believes itai??i??s unlikely that the Burnaby mayor taking over as council chair will seriously jeopardize the Broadway subway or Surrey light-rail.

ai???That would really surprise me,ai??? said Price, who believes both projects as well as the Pattullo Bridge replacement are critical priorities for the sake of the region. ai???That would just raise a lot of antagonism, needlessly. ai??i??Ai??I donai??i??t think Corrigan is going to go there, I just canai??i??t see that kind of

ai???Here is Corriganai??i??s chance to establish his big-picture legacy, beyond Burnaby,ai??? Price said. ai???And I think he will go with it, I think heai??i??ll take

ButAi??Patrick Condon, a professor in UBCai??i??s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, disagrees.

Condon said Price ai???has been a strong advocate for the subway despite its costs, so itai??i??s no surprise he would put a hopeful spin on

Following this weekai??i??s change in the mayorsai??i?? council leadership, Condon said, ai???The tea leaves suggest a reconsideration of what will get built and where the money will go and what comes first, second and

Some have speculated, Condon said, that the ai???Broadway subway might end up going to the back of the

And, he added: ai???With a mayorsai??i?? council which hasAi??shifted dramatically in its power base away from Surrey and Vancouver, you might see some big changes, or at least a delay for the big projects, and at the most, potentially, a

Other municipal politicians reacted to Corriganai??i??s election with concern Thursday: Langley City Coun. described Corrigan as ai???anti-TransLink,ai??? while New Westminster Coun.Ai??Patrick Johnstone tweeted: ai???TransLink finally has a (provincial government) ready to work with them; mayors put the most transit-regressive mayor in

Thursdayai??i??s vote result also means a change in the composition of TransLinkai??i??s board of directors, as the mayorsai??i?? councilai??i??s chair and vice-chair sit on the board, said TransLink spokesman Chris Bryan. The next TransLink directors meeting is scheduled for next week, which Robertson and Hepner are expected to attend, Bryan said, and then Corrigan and Walton will replace them in those positions starting in January.

Corrigan and Robertson were not available for comment Friday.

But in an October interview about TransLink governance, Corrigan told Postmediaai??i??s Jennifer Saltman the regionai??i??s mayors want to know theyai??i??re represented by mayors who areAi??ai???looking at the broad interests of the whole of the

Robertson and Hepner ai???like where they areai??? on the TransLink board, Corrigan said in October.

ai???Both of them have a vested interest in being on the board because both of them have major projects that theyai??i??re pushing forward,ai??? he said in October. ai???So they see the ability for them to get what they want as a high priority, while the rest of us are saying: ai???Sure, itai??i??s nice that you can advance your big projects, but the rest of us donai??i??t have any


2 Responses to “The Big Shake Up”
  1. eric chris says:

    Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan slams Broadway SkyTrain line talk
    by Yolande Cole on November 28th, 2012

    “Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan asserts Vancouver city hall is “dreaming in technicolour”… he “cannot imagine” the rest of Metro Vancouver’s municipalities identifying the subway as a priority… It’s just not on the radar at all in order to try and accomplish that, Corrigan told the Straight by phone. ”

    “TransLink is in massive debt with huge operating deficits, and Vancouver continues to talk about spending more money on massive infrastructure.”

    “Vancouver council heard a presentation from city transportation director… he maintained that a street-level light-rail system would not have sufficient capacity to meet transit needs along the Broadway corridor… an underground rapid-transit line to UBC is the best approach to accommodate the transit needs along Broadway.”

    Faregate system too costly, mayor insists
    by Stefania Seccia / Burnaby Now, JULY 22, 2011

    “Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan told the Burnaby NOW… he didn’t believe TransLink’s numbers were accurate… the media replies as trained clapping seals, he said.”

    Burnaby mayor, stalwart critic of transit plans, to head TransLink’s Mayors’ Council
    by: Jen St Denis Metro Published on Thu Dec 07 2017

    “Corrigan is unhappy that the Mayors’ 10-year expansion plan… He’s emphasized the need to invest in bus service over rapid transit.”

    Sounds like DC is in sync with the non-rapid and inexpensive tram line to UBC. “Be my, be my”, little tram line to UBC… “you are the sun, you are the only one… you are so cool” by The Spastic Trams, formerly The Slow Subways. So cool. “You are the only one. You are so rock and roll.”

  2. eric chris says:

    Rapid transit by the “planners” at TransLink is designed to frustrate. It’s analogous to the watering can designed to pour water back into itself.

    Rapid transit isn’t fast. It’s slow.

    Transit users fall into two categories. They are either choice transit users who can drive or dependent transit users who can’t. Marchetti’s 30 minute constant: commuters are only willing to commute about 30 minutes (one-way). Make the commute longer than 30 minutes with rapid transit and choice transit users switch to driving.

    Rapid transit makes the commute longer than 30 minutes on public transit and makes public transit sloooooooooow. It makes choice transit users, drive. It recycles dependent transit users transferred from buses and inflates ridership to mask the falling number of choice transit users worsening road congestion. Gulp.

    “The car remains king… The proportion of transit commuters has increased over the years, from a low of nine per cent in 2004 to the current 14 per cent. However, that appears to be at the expense of carpooling…

    Clayton Chmelik and his wife were poster children for the car-shunning millennial generation for most of their 20s. They lived in south Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood and both took buses [fast transit] almost everywhere – first to university, then to their practicums and jobs. They didn’t own a car and didn’t feel deprived.

    Now 33, Chmelik, a health manager at a Richmond company, has two cars in his family. He commutes 40 minutes a day each way in his Mazda 3 from his townhouse in Surrey, while his wife has her own car, a Mazda 5… TransLink eliminated the… bus along Granville when the Canada Line [rapid transit line] opened and transformed his [Clayton’s] 10-minute commute to Richmond into a 40-minute, two-transfer one.”\

    Planners at TransLink have wasted billions of dollars on rapid transit to make public transit slow. They made choice transit users drive and caused the road congestion in Metro Vancouver. DC is the hatchet man who’s been given the nod to dismantle TransLink and fix transit.

    He’s a contrarian who marches to his own drummer. He’s no mindless lemming who follows the crowd. “Just be yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.”

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