Weaver and the Greens Haven’t a Clue

Weaver hasn’t a clue about transit and throwing more money after bad will not improve it.

The “road pricing” issue is nothing more than a wet squib; for road pricing to be publicly accepted and successful one must have a viable and user-friendly transit system.

We don’t, not even close and Weaver throwing an extra paltry $25 million annually at transit, will make bureaucrats happy, but that is about all.

I am tired of tax and spend politicians who want more taxes for transit, but are absolutely clueless at what are transit’s ills.

The problems at TransLink are massive and road pricing will not cure it, as a complete philosophical change in providing public transit is needed.

What is needed are politicians who have taken the time actually studying regional transit issues and have a real knowledge about public transit.

The key word in this article is “rapid transit” which  indicates Weaver hasn’t a clue what he is talking about.

Tolls and road pricing are a tax and spend politicians best friends.

Road pricing, transit spending take centre stage in Green transportation platform

Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver’s News. Vancouver’s Talk
Posted: April 20, 2017

Road pricing, transit spending take centre stage in Green transportation platformWidespread road pricing, new transit funding, and de-privatizing B.C. Ferries are all on the menu should the BC Green Party find itself at the head of the table following the May 9 election.

The party is also pledging to press pause on the Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, pending a review of alternatives.

B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver rolled out the platform Thursday, which he says would prioritize regional planning and clean transportation.

Public transit

Weaver says a Green government would boost funding for public transit by $25-million a year with the goal of increasing service and keeping fares low.

He says the Greens would also put up a new $152-million in provincial funding to fully match funds the federal Liberals promised last year as a part of a Public Transit Infrastructure fund.

He adds a Green government would match any federal infrastructure funding dollar for dollar.

“It’s good public policy to match federal investment, and we know that for every dollar we spend we’re getting a dolalr from the federal government that would feed into the B.C. economy.”

Weaver says the spending would be funded by an increase in the carbon tax $10 per year until it reaches $70/ ton.

On top of that, he says the greens would bring B.C. Ferries back into the fold as a crown corporation, arguing it is a public service and key link in the transportation network.

Tolls

While the B.C. Liberals and BC NDP have been battling it out with duelling toll-slashing policies, the Greens are going the other way.

Weaver says not only would existing tolls be left in place, but that a Green government would toll any new major road project to fund it.

Weaver also opened the door to wider road pricing once better transit is in place, including schemes that look at pricing specific areas (the downtown peninsula, for example), or full network pricing in which all drivers pay, potentially based on how far they drive.

“If there are transportation options available. If there’s rapid transit going all the way out to Abbotsford for example. And you start to recognzie that downtown Vancouver is congested, we could model other jurisdictions. For example, in London, it was incredibly successful to implement congestion taxes.”

Regional focus

Arguing that current transportation planning has been piecemeal and overly road and bridge-focused, the Greens are also pitching a “10-year integrated transportation plan.”

Weaver says the plan would look at any infrastructure upgrades in the context of regional plans and prioritize clean transportation.

That would include the controversial Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, which Weaver says he’d put on hold while it gets a second look.

“Why are we talking about a Massey Bridge? Really it’s nothing more than a jobs creation plan that will kick the problem down to the Oak Street bridge and make it much worse. That’s not a transportation strategy. What we need is an integrated strategy. Why aren’t we talking about rapid transit from say Tsawwassen?”

He says the party will also back the mayors’ “10-year-vision” and match federal funding for it, support their regional transportation plans, and work together on coming up with a “rational tolling system.”

Clean transportation

Weaver says the party would promote private sector investment in clean technology and transportation initiatives to spur job creation.

He says it would also introduce initiatives to promote low carbon transportation and encourage people to get out of their cars.

Ideas on the table include breaks on tolls or parking for electric vehicles, more charging stations, better bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and distance-based insurance.

Weaver says the party would also begin to assess future transportation investments in terms of sustainability and their effects on long-term emissions.

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One Response to “Weaver and the Greens Haven’t a Clue”
  1. eric chris says:

    I like Andrew Weaver, and his intentions are sound. He’s smart and principled. He does oppose the Site C dam and the Massey Bridge, good.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/site-c-suspension-ubc-report-1.4074750

    Andrew is a reasonable person; I believe that he could be convinced to scrap TransLink. Honestly, Greens are not going to defeat the NDP which I predict will win the provincial election, so no reason to sweat the rhetoric about road tolls on drivers to fund TransLink. Here is what I and many other Green voters think about TransLink:

    TransLink providing public transit in Metro Vancouver is a cancer, and TransLink’s current operating budget is 100% too high. Giving TransLink more funding is going to spread the cancer. Abolish TransLink and then get spending on track. No more empty carbon emitting diesel buses (running underneath trolleybus lines intended for zero emission electric trolleybuses) every two minutes to UBC for four months over the summer. No more deadbeats making $1,000 daily to do no work at TransLink. No more.

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