Absurdity, Hiatus, Ignominy, Irony, Paradox and Prognosis

The Cardinal cordially welcomes Zweisystem back & offers him wishes for a speedy recovery from his recent illness; – Hurry up and get the heck out of there!

Zwei, remember Mark Twainai??i??s advice `be careful when reading health books; you may die of a misprintai??i??

With Zweisystem back in the section, continuing his mission, to hold TransLink, BC Transit & the politicians to account over their absurd vision for the Fraser Valleyai??i??s transport plans; Fang will step out of the parochial comfort zone of provincial BC and continue to report on what the rest of the civilised world is doing to improve the lives of their citizens.


Taking absurdity to its incongruous limit, Zwei posted a letter, published in the Delta Optimist from Ken Hardie – Bio Director of Communication atTransLink, on the Blog under the title `Porkies from TransLinkai??i??.

Ai??Ken Hardie who? Ai??Donai??i??t Panic Ken Hardie is Ai??ArthurAi??Dent?



However Vogon Ken Hardie, is not the hapless protagonist and anti-hero in the comic science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Rather he is the architect of the Earth’s destruction as it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass; aka the Gateway Programme.

More of a Ford PrefectAi??then?

A hiatus of sorts occurred in late December 2010, with the release of the Fraser Valley Regional Development FVRD Report & the Fraser Valley Transit Study FVTS. Strategic View of Transit in the Fraser Valley; Rail for the Valley have published their response to the TransLink proposal, concluding that `This report merely postpones a serious attempt to grapple with crafting a long-term solutionai??i?? a view held by much of the Fraser Valley press.

Ignominy, was very obvious in the response of the BC Liberal candidates to the Rail for the Valleyai??i??s Questionnaire response on crucial transportation issues in the Fraser Valley; the Liberals response was deafening ai??i?? nothing. Five responses were received from the BC NDP candidates. Then there is Kevin Falcon, whose anathema for any expansion of transit modes, especially Light Rail, in BC which arenai??i??t either a bus or the Evergreen or Expo Lines is well documented.


Irony, yes; In Europe and the US, at-grade Light Rail & Tram schemes are proliferating. Since the beginning of 2011, the Cardinal has reported on the approval for 29 new French Tram schemes, new proposals, extensions & expansions in several US cities and the go-ahead given to extensions of the Birmingham, Nottingham & Manchester systems in Britain. Elsewhere in Europe, Germany continues to expand its Tram-Train network and approvals have been announced for systems in Denmark, Finland, Ireland & Norway; yet in BC & Canada, more silence unless you count Toronto where Mayor Ford is making a lot of noise as he threatens to close that city’s streetcars down.


Ai??A Paradox, definitely in Canada!

Automated rapid transit systems, automated elevated Light Rail systems, Subways and Metros are preferred, by politicians, proponents, planners and SkyTrainai??i??s legion of blogosphere juveniles, they argue the superiority is down to:

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Faster journey times

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Greater speed of service

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Cheaper fares

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Lower operating costs per mile

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Higher capacity & efficiency

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Better serves higher population densities

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Less likely to be disrupted by cold weather related issues

Ai??Ken Hardie, Bio Director of Communication at TransLink, what in the world is a Bio Director? ..but Donai??i??t Panic? Captain Mainwaring,

Ai??Ai??star of the Ai??Ai??TV series Ai??Ai??Ai??Dadai??i??s Army has the Ai??answers.Ai??Ai??


Prognosis – The Answer is 42.

..Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything..

Coincidently, 42 is the number of Light Rail, Tram systems, planned, built, commissioned & opened world wide in the same period since work on the Canada Line commenced.


Reporter: Mr Gandhi, what do you think of Western Civilization ?
Mahatma Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea.


One Response to “Absurdity, Hiatus, Ignominy, Irony, Paradox and Prognosis”
  1. Evil Eye says:

    Ha, ha, ha – I haven’t had such a good laugh about transit in a long time.

    The $160,000.00 a year+ Ken Hardie, spews Translink speak so much that he now believes his foul bile. Me thinks, Mr. Hardie is a tad overpaid for what he does, but then TransLink was never mandated to tell the truth.