The Pattullo Bridge needs replacing. Built 80 years ago but designed to last 50 years, it desperately needs replacing. River scour is causing foundation issues. The reinforcing steel is corroding. The concrete is degrading. The lanes are narrow and dangerous. It needs to go. TransLink has a plan for replacing it, with a new bridge… Continue reading What now for the Pattullo Bridge?
Metro Vancouver has a traffic problem. A year and a half ago we had a referendum that’d put more money into fixing congestion, but it got shot down in a ball of flames. Nonetheless, the region’s mayors pushed on with their ten-year plan to do what they can to improve transportation in Metro Vancouver. And… Continue reading A Stab In The Back
Since moving to New Westminster from the USA in January 2010, we have not owned a car. “We” is me, my wife, and our now-six year old daughter, who was ten months old when we moved back. We’ve grown up as a family without owning a personal vehicle, and it hasn’t hindered our lives. How?… Continue reading Living car-free in New Westminster
So the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite went down in a ball of flames. What now for TransLink? Their CEO said that the upgrades laid out in the Mayors’ Council plan still need to be done, and they’ll get done. So where is TransLink going to find the money without any new funding sources?… Continue reading What now for TransLink?
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
For some reason New Westminster’s Front Street Parkade is back in the news. It appears that some people missed the years and years of public debate and consultation about the parkade’s removal and think that now’s the time to re-open that debate. It isn’t. The parkade is still a waste of money. The parking isn’t… Continue reading Down with the parkade!
No matter what happens in the upcoming Metro Vancouver transportation referendum, the Pattullo Bridge will be replaced, and it will be tolled. The Pattullo Bridge went into service in 1937. It was constructed to the standards of the time, which means that today it is too narrow, it’s dangerous, and if an earthquake hits it’s… Continue reading Referendum Facts: The Pattullo Bridge
During his 2014 campaign, New Westminster Mayor Jonathan X. Cote promised to “target regular and consistent traffic enforcement to discourage drivers from cutting through local neighbourhoods.” Three days into his term, the effects of this promise were displayed as members of the New Westminster Police Department descended upon the Queens Park neighbourhood to apprehend a… Continue reading New Westminster Police Department steps up traffic enforcement