This Is No April Fools – None The Less, The Fool Is The CBC
I just shake my head at this.
At first, I thought it was an April fools joke, but no, it’s not, rather it is a reporting farce.
A chap who is a mining shill, with no expertise in public transport is calling for a subway to be built to UBC.
All he is trying to do is secure $5 billion worth of work for his engineering buddies and that is all what a $5 billion SkyTrain subway under Broadway will do!
Subways not only cost a lot of money to build, they cost a lot of money to operate and maintain and unless there is sufficient demand for a subway, at least with traffic flows in excess of 15,000 pphpd, those maintenance and operational cost will come back to haunt the taxpayer.
Obviously the so called expert, when he cited the Canada line being “overwhelmed” by customers, was not expert enough to know that the Canada Line’s design, because of the massive costs of subway construction, was truncated to the point it only has 40 metre long station platforms and can only operate two car trains and has effectively one half the capacity of the Expo and Millennium/Evergreen Lines, which station shave 80 metre long station platforms.
The Canada Line could barely handle the bus customers who are forced to transfer to the mini-metro, when it opened.
As for the CBC, such BS reporting, an utter disgrace.
‘Subways are not built on the here and now,’ says Mauro Chiesa, infrastructure development expert
By Yvette Brend, CBC News Posted: Apr 01, 2017
Critics calling for a subway line extension to the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus say a recent infusion of government cash for transit in B.C. ignores an overall lack of vision resulting from a dearth of planning.
“No subway was ever justified on the here and now,” said Mauro Chiesa, a transit development expert who has organized the financing of tunnel projects world-wide.
He says that even with the B.C. Liberals promising to match Ottawa’s $2.2 billion for projects such as the SkyTrain link along the Broadway corridor, TransLink still remains “woefully underfunded.”
“It’s a 30 to 50 year game,” said Chiesa, saying trains and tunnels sometimes need to be built — even if they’re underused at first.
30-100 year plans
A 10-year plan like TransLink’s is not enough, he said, adding that Paris plans 100 years ahead for its transit.
Many cities turn to private financing before appealing for public funding, and the arrangements are often made well in advance.
But not in B.C.
Transit projects here tend to arrive at the the station just in time, and are quickly overloaded by users.
That’s what happened on the Canada Line as it became overwhelmed at key points by the influx of Evergreen Line passengers after it opened late last year.