Friday, January 18, 2008

Price gives transit plan due kudos

Monday morning’s announcement of a $14-Billion Public Transit Plan for the Lower Mainland has been unquestionably well-received by practically everyone in the Lower Mainland. Even notable opponents of the Port Mann Bridge twinning like Gordon Price are giving the transit plan its due kudos.

An article by Jeff Nagel in Thursday’s Burnaby NewsLeader entitled “Former critic lauds province’s transit pledge” quotes Price extensively. Here’s an excerpt from that article:

Premier Gordon Campbell’s massive commitment to expand rapid transit is winning applause from some critics who fought the province’s twinning of the Port Mann Bridge.

SFU City Program director Gordon Price said the decision marks a turning point for the future of the Lower Mainland.

“It’s historic,” Price said. “It takes what was a backlogged and frustrated planning process and has moved it forward at least a generation.”

Instead of transit being an afterthought and neighbourhoods built on the assumption of mostly car travel, he said, Campbell’s vow means commuters can look forward to transit being a viable choice that’s built on “a scale serious enough it can change the direction of the region.”

He said it also clearly puts cities on notice that they must design development around transit corridors and stations and densify their cities to take advantage of it. Price said it still depends on finances and follow through, but said the government deserves credit.

“They’ve backed it up with enough specifics you can take it seriously,”

He predicted Greater Vancouver and cities like Port Moody in particular will be held up as textbook examples of how to reinvent the urban landscape so residents aren’t car-dependent.

“If they can free themselves from at least one car if not two then their range of housing choices broadens,” Price explained. “They become more oriented toward local neighbourhood shopping. It gets you more character in your community. People walk more so they’re healthier. There are less greenhouse gases—it all works together.”

Coupled with the $3 billion Gateway Program, the $14 billion Transit Plan provides a big picture view of what a balanced transportation system looks like and how it’s all going to fit together here in the Lower Mainland.

Carl Congestion


At February 11, 2008 4:32 PM , Blogger Budd Campbell said...

OTOH, Vaughn Palmer things the plan is mostly just spin and puffery. And one blogger agrees with him, saying it's designed to keep the sentiment going for the real estate bubble, whose days are numbered, just a little bit longer

At February 12, 2008 1:17 PM , Blogger Rob said...

17% transit use 13 years from now.

How is that balanced?

Many cities already have much higher transit use.

Why can't Metro Vancouver be a world leader in sustainable transportation?
Why do we have to be so far behind?


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