From the Georgia Straight:
With a new round of public consultations on alternatives to the Pattullo happening through June 28, taking a broader look at the region’s transportation issues is an idea that Gordon Price, director of SFU’s City Program, wants to promote.
For Price, a former Vancouver councillor and a member of the first board of the regional transportation body TransLink, there are important policy questions that need to be settled first.
The first is about road tolls. During the campaign for the May 14 election, B.C. Liberal premier Christy Clark announced as part of her platform that Metro Vancouver residents would vote in a referendum next year on new funding sources for public transportation.
[Watch carefully: Will a new revenue source or tolls, currently against provincial policy, for a Pattullo Bridge replacement be put up for a vote?]
According to the SFU academic, current revenue streams for TransLink cannot pay for a new bridge. “You don’t get anything in transportation for half a billion dollars,” Price said in a phone interview with the Straight. “You got to get a nice, big, round number: one, one-and-a-half billion [dollars]. And that’s certainly what this bridge is going into.”
Then there’s the matter of changing patterns in car use. Price noted that there’s been a dramatic decline in what’s called vehicle miles travelled in the U.S. as well as in parts of Canada, particularly in Vancouver, where there are good transit alternatives.
[For instance, Americans drive about half as many miles as would have been projected in the late 1980s, based on the fast-growing trend line at that time.  Details here.]
“We’re down to 1965 levels of traffic coming in and out of Vancouver,” Price pointed out. “Now that’s not an analogy for the Pattullo. But given that we’ve got a lot of new infrastructure coming on-stream, that’s going to have an impact on traffic patterns. We are seeing some changes certainly in young people’s attitudes towards driving.”
[What, in other words, will the impact of the Port Mann Bridge and still-to-be-completed South Fraser Perimeter Road?  Why would we do another Granville Bridge: an overbuilt eight laner that can never utilitize its design capacity.]

Comments

  1. Whether or not it can be immediately replaced, the Pattullo has been a dangerous and scary bridge for decades and should be removed.

  2. http://www.pattullobridgereview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pattullo_Consultation-Summary-Report_September-2013.pdf
    QUESTION 2: Are there any further objectives that the Pattullo Bridge Review
    should consider?
    Participants most commonly disagreed (9–12%) with Objective 1: Moves towards the regional goal that most trips will be by walking, cycling and transit.
    3.6 WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS
    6. Concerns about the cost/don’t want additional taxes (16)
    RECURRING THEME SUMMARY – Small Group Meetings and Open Houses
    Support for Regional Tolls or Road Pricing (5 meetings)
    Some participants expressed support for the idea of regional tolls or road pricing to fund a
    rehabilitated or new Pattullo crossing, and other transportation and transit projects. Some participants said that a regional toll or road pricing would be more equitable than tolling only bridges connected
    to Surrey.
    • Tolls on the Pattullo Crossing (4 meetings)
    Some participants asked questions about tolls, including the estimated cost of tolls, length of time that tolls would be in place, and whether tolls would apply to both new and rehabilitated alternatives for
    the Pattullo crossing.
    • Too Much Emphasis on Cycling and Pedestrian Facilities (4 meetings)
    Some participants said that too much emphasis was being put on cycling and pedestrian facilities, considering the amount they would be used, and that the emphasis should instead be on providing increased capacity for vehicles.
    Some participants did not agree with limiting vehicle capacity to provide
    room for additional cycling capacity. Regarding the Pattullo Bridge Review
    Objectives, it was noted that increasing capacity for cars and trucks should
    have priority over increasing capacity for pedestrians and cyclists.
    Aah continued motordom domination!

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