(1) Metro Vancouver voters have rejected transit (whether they meant to or not) as a way of shaping growth.
(2) The regional vision and plan are irrelevant. It’s now Motordom by Default.
(3) This will lead to demands for de-facto freeways into and through Vancouver.
For example, PT commenter Eric just added this to the post below:
The transit tax losers need to realize that they lost, quite profoundly badly too … It will now have to be the provincial government that makes the important decisions on smoothing the flow of traffic into and out of the bottlenecks to the north shore, along 1st and south down Knight and Oak.
Ah yes, “smoothing the flow of traffic.” Eric’s description is essentially the polite way of justifying the freeway plans that began when Vancouver city manager Gerald Sutton-Brown initiated the first regional transportation committee in the mid-1950s to plan for future freeways and that by the mid-1960s led to the plans were pretty much identical to what Eric suggests: traffic corridors parallel to East 1st, Knight and Oak, and a Third Crossing from the North Shore.
We built the red: the Expo SkyTrain, the Canada Line, the B-lines and SeaBus. Will the provincial Liberals be prepared to push through the blue as traffic congestion becomes intolerable to their suburban base and transit funding is seen to be for ‘losers’?