Rail for the Valley simply makes sense

Rail for the Valley simply makes sense

THE TIMES DECEMBER 7, 2010

Editor, the Times:

While local mayors bicker with TransLink over the funding of yet another grossly expensive metro line for the region, Rail for the Valley, in association with Leewood Projects in the UK, have provided the region with a far cheaper alternative; a TramTrain transit plan for the South Fraser region. The 84 page RftV/Leewood report found that a basic service (three trains an hour each direction), 98 km Scott Road Station to Chilliwack LRT TramTrain could be implemented for as little as $492 million, while a full build, 138 km Vancouver/Richmond to Rosedale service could be had for as little as $998.5 million. Compare this with the $1.4 billion, 11 km Evergreen line. The RftV/Leewood Report has been very well received overseas, with articles on the Valley Interurban in Railway Strategies and the internationally acclaimed Tramways & Urban Transit, yet locally, this very important study has been all but ignored.

TransLink has treated the RftV/Leewood Report with disdain as they continue to plan for multi billion dollar metro lines that the taxpayer just can’t afford.

For the cost of the 11 km $1.4 billion Evergreen SkyTrain mini-metro, we could build 138 km of TramTrain From Vancouver, past Chilliwack to Rosedale and have enough money left over to build a 50 km Vancouver to Maple Ridge TramTrain service. Who builds with SkyTrain today? No one, yet over 20 cities, including Paris are building and or extending TramTrain lines.

In an age of global warming and peak oil, is it not best to get the biggest bang for your transit buck?

Malcolm Johnston,

Delta

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