The Regional Transit System

The ‘Usual Suspects’ have lined up to deliver Subway-and-Towers along what they call the ‘Broadway Corridor.’ Yet, what is really needed is a Regional Transit System capable of delivering a rapid supply response putting houses-on-lots in sufficient numbers to End the HOUSING CRISIS.

1. THE BLUE LINE REGIONAL SERVICE

There is an affordable, sustainable—and immediately available—option for a Regional Transit System linking the North Shore, Vancouver, Surrey, Chilliwack and places in between that must be considered as a first priority in the Metro Vancouver-Fraser Valley regions (shown as a Blue Line in the map above).

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Germany Reduces GHGs by 30% But the People Still Want More

Greens and Climate Change activists have it all wrong in Germany, where government will convene a high-level session promising a further 30% reduction in GHGs

GREENPEACE MAKES A WHALE OF AN APPEARANCE AT THE FRANKFURT CAR SHOW (AP Photo 12 Sept)

“The automotive industry makes money by destroying the environment,” Marion Tiemann, a transport expert at Greenpeace and one of the event’s organizers, said at the protest. “We’re in the midst of a climate crisis.”

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Aramco Hit as Gulf Tensions Heighten

With the IPO for Aramco due later this year, a drone strike on its second largest facility sets the stage for the unravelling of the Petro Dollar on the International stage. A humanitarian crisis has beset Yemen since the 2015 Saudi-influenced civil war.

10 HOUTHI DRONES HIT THE SECOND LARGEST OIL PRODUCTION FACILITY IN SAUDI ARABIA

Ten drones delivered missiles to the second largest oil processing site in Saudi Arabia. Houthi rebels from Yemen, backed by Iran, took responsibility. Saudi Arabia produces about 1/10th of the world oil supply. However, the ruling family is readying to divest itself of Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.) with a initial public offering later this year.

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Translink Rejects Fraser Valley Interurban as a Replacement for Skytrain… But, What Do the Numbers Say?

With house prices hovering 13x over median household incomes in Vancouver, what do Modern Tram systems offer that Skytrain cannot deliver? In just two words—Affordable Housing!!

ALSTOM HYDROGEN FUEL CELL POWERED TRAIN

In a report (see page 12 in the linked agenda document) presented at  Translink Mayors Council, June 2019, Translink summarily rejected the South Fraser Community Rail’s carefully wrought proposal for returning Interurban passenger service to the Fraser Valley. The report sees it as:

One of many ideas that will be included as part of Transport 2050 [review].

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The Vancouver Subway Fight and the Housing Crisis

The right way to stop the UBC subway from being built is to demand governments act to end the Housing Crisis.

TOP: UBC TODAY | UBC + SUBWAY (LNV Webbimage, 2019)

Fifty-two years ago Council Meetings in Vancouver were loud and raucous affairs as people poured into Council Chamber to protest building a Freeway tearing into the heart of the city. Fifty-two years later a new fight is brewing. The city that once opposed a freeway must rise up to reject the UBC subway. The people must demand that politicians—up and down the Fraser Valley—fold transportation infrastructure spending into a plan to end the Housing Crisis.

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Translink ‘good’ urbanism

We have grown accustomed to seeing Skytrain blight the places it crosses. It is time to turn it around. Transit implementation should trigger street beautification, neighbourhood revitalization and—yes—affordable houses.

Translink CEO Kevin Desmond [photo Paul McGrath, North Shore News]

Reported this week, Translink is pitching a B-Line for the North Shore linking Park Royal shopping centre near the Lions Gate Bridge with the Phibbs bus exchange near the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge (at Second Narrows). Our analysis points to this service is a key component of a Total Transit Network (TTN) for the Lower Mainland, and a critical element in a Regional Strategy to end the Housing Crisis.

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