2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink · Transportation

Eight thoughts on the transit referendum results

Welp. Thanks Christy Clark for your stunning display of leadership. Congrats to the ‘no’ side for winning! But the joke’s on you: nobody wins. Hello to higher property taxes! Property near SkyTrain stations just got more valuable. Time to buy stock in Metro Vancouver road-building companies, car dealerships, and auto mechanics. Chilliwack people? Hey how… Continue reading Eight thoughts on the transit referendum results

2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

Fun With Statistics, by Michael Smyth

In his most-recent column, Michael Smyth paints TransLink in a negative light, pointing to “surprises” such as Ian Jarvis’s compensation boost, increased administration costs, and Transit Police going over budget. This plays right into his “holy shit TransLink is wasteful” story that people of his ilk eat up with a spoon (just check the comments… Continue reading Fun With Statistics, by Michael Smyth

2015 Transit Referendum

Announcing the Plebiscite Predictor!

The Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite is finally coming to a close. During the mail-in period, Elections BC has been releasing the interim ballot returns broken down by municipality. You can find out all sorts of things, like which municipality has the highest turnout, or… which municipality has the highest turnout. Okay, it’s dull.… Continue reading Announcing the Plebiscite Predictor!

2015 Transit Referendum · Facepalms · TransLink

The astoundingly bad logic of Jordan Bateman

Today BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced a ten-year transportation plan for BC. During the press conference he was asked about the Metro Vancouver transportation plebiscite, and if the province is considering reforming TransLink, because this is one of the reasons why people are considering voting ‘no’. His answer? At this point in time, the… Continue reading The astoundingly bad logic of Jordan Bateman

2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

Vancouver tops again thanks, in part, to TransLink

The Mercer 2015 Quality of Living rankings were released today, and Vancouver slotted in at the best place to live in North America, and #5 in the world. Hooray, Vancouver! You might be asking yourself how they come up with these rankings. It looks like the exact methodology is secret, but you can get some… Continue reading Vancouver tops again thanks, in part, to TransLink

2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

A response to Laila Yuile’s ‘Why I am voting No’ post

Laila Yuile is a blogger and contributor to 24hrs Vancouver. She wrote a post explaining why she will be voting ‘no’ in the upcoming Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. I’m writing this as a response to Ms. Yuile in hopes of persuading her to think about changing her mind and voting ‘yes’. I also… Continue reading A response to Laila Yuile’s ‘Why I am voting No’ post