A few days left “to share your thoughts on transportation priorities and issues that matter most to you and your community through a survey … until December 12, 2014 at 4 pm.”
Download Discussion Guide from here (click lower right box).
- Information about the provincial and regional transportation network to help you participate in the process.
It helps to understand that this is not a plan; it’s a menu for Motordom:
The main assumption is this:
To keep our economy growing and to keep our communities strong, we must continue to enhance connectivity, safety and mobility across our transportation networks while keeping in mind the following opportunities and challenges.
In other words, grow in the same way as we have in the past (which is what most of the discussion guide is devoted to describing.) Even when there’s a hint of a changing perspective, there really isn’t:
Travel choices are changing. In urban areas, many more people are choosing to walk, cycle or take public transit; infrastructure development needs to factor in these choices. In addition, more people are commuting long distances – for example, to work in the resource sectors – and need to depend on a reliable transportation network.
There is no examination of alternatives, no relationship to land use or existing regional plans, no serious consideration of climate change or fiscal risk related to carbon infrastructure..
This is essentially a laundry list for Motordom, particularly the for goods movement and the resource industries.
Here is the most revealing statement – the usual cover for Motordom, justifying massive expansion of the vehicle-dominant transportation system in the name of safety and reliability, as near congestion-free as possible:
1. MOVING PEOPLE AND GOODS SAFELY AND RELIABLY
Safety is a priority for all modes of travel, and safe movement of people and goods is dependent on access to a reliable transportation network. Reliability means having a network available in good condition with sufficient services and choices available to meet the transport and trade needs of the province, and with minimal delays and uncertainties that can lengthen travel times.
Strategies to support this priority include: …
1.3 Continuing to expand and improve highway capacity, bridges and side roads by:
• Adding rural highway passing lanes (e.g., Highway 3 and Highway 5) and completing intersection upgrades
• Delivering major projects such as the George Massey tunnel replacement, the Cariboo Connector and exploring options for a future second crossing of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna
• Expanding key corridors by four- and six-laning and completing significant improvements such as new and upgraded interchanges
• Improving highway rest areas
So there it is: billions of dollars of projects over the next decade for the next phase of Motordom. Massive bridges, new roads, expanded highways – and some rest areas.
You will not vote on any of this. If you live in Metro Vancouver, you will only get to vote on whether transit is funded. All the rest will likely go ahead.
To repeat: you will pay for Motordom. But you will not get to vote on it.