Wednesday, October 24, 2007

We need both!

Our very own Michael McBratney has a letter in today's Sun explaining why we need a balanced solution to the traffic congestion that is crippling our region:
I strongly disagree with climate change specialist Ian Bruce's assertion that twinning the Port Mann Bridge and expanding Highway 1 are inconsistent with Premier Gordon Campbell's plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The two plans are not on a collision course.

For more than two years, Get Moving BC has been saying that it is not an either/or situation. Clearly, we need both in a balanced transportation system.

Recently, the New Democratic Party began to promote a one-sided "transit-only" plan to address traffic congestion in the Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, neither the NDP nor Bruce is in synch with the public on this issue. For example, 72 per cent of Burnaby residents surveyed in our Get Moving BC poll support Gateway (

The Port Mann Bridge is simply not able to accommodate the demands being placed upon it. Gateway is as essential to catching up with our transportation infrastructure needs as are the Evergreen Line, the Canada Line and light rail options for the Fraser Valley. We need all of them in a balanced transportation system.

The Lower Mainland is desperately behind on all transportation fronts -- roads, bridges and transit. The "transit-only" plan being put forward by Bruce and the NDP is like sticking a Band-Aid on a clogged artery. It won't work.


At October 24, 2007 12:25 PM , leftcoast said...

The NDP is not suggesting a transit only plan. To say so is misleading. The NDP simply recognize that it is going to take more than 5 years to build a bridge and the lower mainland needs transportation solutions NOW, not later.

They never said no to the bridge they said "no bridge without transit." It is the Liberals who want it all one-sided. Please get your facts straight before writing.

At October 24, 2007 12:52 PM , Anonymous said...

You should get YOUR facts straight. The Gateway Project includes transit on the bridge! There is no bridge without transit, and there can be no transit without the bridge.

At October 25, 2007 9:50 AM , leftcoast said...

The gateway project includes a pitiful amount of bussing. The NDP are calling for transit RIGHT NOW to help ease traffic problems. Do YOU want to wait 5-7 years for a traffic solution? Or do you want to do what we can to solve traffic problems RIGHT NOW.

There can be transit before the bridge; witness THERE IS TRANSIT RIGHT NOW JUST NOT ENOUGH OF IT.

Carole James and the NDP is calling for a solution to congestion RIGHT NOW by increasing transit. Even if they built the bridge today it will be years before any supposed benefits it will have will be felt. In the meantime there will be even worse traffic because of the congestion.

That is why we need a TRANSIT FIRST plan, so that we can move people out of their cars and out of traffic while the bridge is being built. The Campbell Liberals 'gateway' plan calls for too few busses too late.

At October 25, 2007 9:53 AM , leftcoast said...

Sorry, that should read:

"even worse traffic because of the construction"


Now, I don't know about you, but I think it is important that we work on solutions to traffic problems in the meantime, while we are waiting for the bridge to be built.

At October 26, 2007 2:35 PM , Anonymous said...

And how do you propose that these buses cross the river, levitation?

There are only two measly lanes travelling westbound, which is hardly adequate for Vancouver's major connection to the Rest of Canada. This isn't just a 'rush hour' commuter problem, try crossing the river any Saturday or Sunday, it's a effen joke!

Check out the Gateway plans, there are going to be 'transit only' lanes feeding from 'transit only' interchanges onto the HOV lane on the bridge.... Currently there is no w/b HOV lane on the bridge, or its approaches. How does Carol James propose that these buses magically get from 200th St to the bridge without building a 12 km queue jumper? (Which is, ironically, part of the plan which she claims to oppose, see

At November 6, 2007 11:13 AM , Anonymous said...

Cudos to the NDP for standing up against the oil producers.
Building good public transit with clean energy is the only way to ease in any drastic changes we have to make as we wean off oil!
How close are we to extinction?
Lora Bruncke


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