When building a major piece of highway infrastructure, always say it’s being done for transit. Just don’t promise to fund it.
Here’s provincial Minister of Transportation Todd Stone at the Surrey Board of Trade at a luncheon November 21:
Stone announced that the 54-year-old George Massey Tunnel will be replaced with a bridge, which is in the design stage.
“If we want to provide rapid transit south of the Fraser, into Delta, we can’t do it with the existing tunnel. So we plan to build a new bridge to improve access and drive time for motorists,” Stone revealed.
“We’re taking steps to ease congestion until then. In partnership with Surrey, we’re working on improving traffic flow across the border. We’re also working with Surrey on a full interchange at Highway 99 and 16th Avenue.”
Stone doesn’t make clear why transit can’t be improved now within the existing tunnel. At the moment, buses carry as much as 26 percent of the users with 1 percent of the vehicles.
However, if the Province immediately doubled that to see the consequences, it might threaten the rationale for the bridge. And the Project, of course, does not have a mandate for transit. Motordom never does.