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How Many Fatal Accidents Does it Take For Politicians to Support A Chilliwack To Vancouver TramTrain!

  On Wednesday last (Aug. 9) the misses and I went to Harrison Hot Springs for some well deserved R & R. The trip to Harrison only confirmed the need for a Vancouver to Chilliwack rail service, to give a  transportation option for those living in the Fraser Valley. The many accidents, that I passed [...]

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Rail for the Valley: A Letter to Premier Horgan

Dear Premier Horgan, Congratulations on your recent electoral success and now fresh winds will sweeps across British Columbia. My name is Malcolm Johnston and I have been an advocate for better public transit in the Metro Vancouver region for over 30 years. Transit in Metro Vancouver is in a precarious position and funding is not [...]

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A Message To Mr. Horgan & Mr. Weaver: A Train Waiting for You At The Station

  The election is over and now there is a good possibility of a NDP/Green coalition government. Rail For The Valley has a message for Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver, The Vancouver to Chilliwack TramTrain is waiting at the station for you to board. There is a plan in place, which has received international recognition. [...]

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An Election come And Gone

Just brief notes on the election or deciphering the entrails before they get cold. It seems the SkyTrain/TransLink curse has now caused the Liberal Minister responsible for TransLink, Peter Fassbender to lose his seat. Regional transportation has been made the “kiss of death” for politicians by successive NDP and Liberal governments and combined with weak [...]

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More Highways On the Horizon

New highways always bring the so called experts into the fray. The problem is; we don’t have any, rather the region has a hodge podge of academics, planners and engineers calling themselves experts and the result is what is happening now. The real problem is this; the population is growing at a huge pace in [...]

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INFRASTRUCTURE

One politicians “infrastructure” is another one’s waste. It’s not transit or transportation projects we build, rather it is infrastructure. The SkyTrain Broadway subway is deemed  by Vancouver politicians to be a good investment of the taxpayer’s money because it is “infrastructure” , but the subway is not based on sound transit and transportation planning, thus [...]

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Port Mann Fiasco

Gridlock is endemic in metro Vancouver. TransLink has become the “clown of transit planning” and now with with two very expensive vanity projects, the truncated Broadway SkyTrain subway and the Surrey LRT, which is being planned as a “poor man’s” SkyTrain, the clown is turning into a nightmare. TransLink has had good teachers. Now, all [...]

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More Port Mann Woes

When replacing a perfectly good bridge, with a mega billion dollar “vanity” bridge, common sense seems to have been thrown out with the bath water. We could have twinned the Port Mann Bridge and have enough money to build the proposed Leewood/RftV Richmond/Vancouver to Chilliwack TramTrain. We could have good transit and transportation in Metro [...]

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Sobering Thoughts

The future may not be as transit friendly as many would have wished. The preceding chart should send chills down TransLink’s collective spine. Metro Vancouver’s transit system is based on the “Spoke and hub” theory of transit practice where major “transit hubs” are connected by light-metro and fed by a network of bus routes (spokes). [...]

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A Letter to the Prime Minister – Transit Issues in Metro Vancouver

Sent November 9, 2015 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau; Congratulations on your recent electoral success and now a fresh wind sweeps across Canada. I have been an advocate for better public transit in the Metro Vancouver region for over 30 years. I have seen three major rapid transit projects built during this time and can honestly [...]