Anyone else catch Hansen's mention of the Evergreen Line in the budget speech?
"We expect construction of the Evergreen Line to start in 2011, creating about 8,000 construction jobs and further adding to our quality of life". For a brief moment, I thought this was it, that they've been inspired by the recent astounding success of public transit during the Olympics.
Just a quick post here. I stumbled upon this letter to the editor, and thought it was interesting for two reasons.. which led me to find some pics of Lyon transit like the one above, which is stunning.
Remember the $14-billion public transit plan announcement of January, 2008? The mayors of Metro Vancouver will begin scrambling to find a way for Translink to fund itself through that period to 2020 and beyond - starting this Wednesday. The mayor's council (which used to make up the Translink board until they were relegated to an 'advisory' council by Kevin Falcon), has until October 31 to approve a plan for the next decade.
The Translink board adopted their 2009 budget on Friday, which calls for a $100 million reach into the reserve accounts.
The BC Government's "Climate Action Plan" includes the stated goal of doubling transit ridership by 2020... but Translink's own financial planning is a bit more pessimistic. They need more money, and they think they know where they can get it: real estate development.
The fresh CEO of Translink believes they operate one of the world's best transportation systems.
He believes Vancouver is in "the top five", ranking with other major cities like TO, Chicago, and London.