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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2007

 

OPPONENTS OF PORT MANN BRIDGE FLOAT SIMPLISTIC BUS PLAN

 

Vancouver, B.C. – In a desperate attempt to stop the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge, opponents of the Gateway project are once again floating a simplistic plan for putting buses onto the existing bridge.

 

Their plan calls for queue-jumper lanes that would magically whisk busloads of happy commuters past the gridlocked traffic waiting to cross an inadequate number of lanes on the Port Mann. 

Opponents of the Port Mann Bridge twinning project have floated this same plan before and it’s been shown to be unworkable.  


According to Get Moving BC spokesperson Ian MacPherson, the unfortunate truth for the proponents of this bus plan is that what works in theory on the back of an envelope just isn’t going to work in the real world traffic that the Port Mann Bridge is subjected to seven days a week.

 

The biggest question the proponents of the bus plan can't answer, says MacPherson, is how they’re going to get buses to the queue-jumper lanes through all the blocked traffic leading up to them.

 

“To get buses past all the congestion,” MacPherson says, “you'd have to widen Highway 1 and the approaches all the way to 200th Street, which is what the Gateway project is already going to do in addition to the lanes they’re adding to the bridge – the thin end of the funnel.”

 

MacPherson also points out that the collector streets and feeder routes that lead to the freeway and the bridge are just as backed up as the freeway itself because of inadequate capacity on the bridge and growing traffic volumes. 


“People don’t get it,” says MacPherson. “We experience total gridlock in this area every morning and afternoon.”

 

MacPherson says options for adding buses to the existing bridge have already been explored by consultants and it all boils down to the fact that there isn’t enough bridge to go around; and that’s something that isn't going to be solved overnight without having buses and infrastructure that can actually provide dependability of service to the public.

 

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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.   

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