Sunday, June 11, 2017

Benefits of #freetransit for youth

Patrick Johnstone: "You may have heard TransLink is doing a Fare Review process. I wrote a bit about this a few months ago after attending a stakeholders meeting. The next phase of the process is meant to begin in the Fall according to the TransLink webpage, but I recently read a story that brought to mind one of my pet peeves about the transit fare system, and an idea that I think we need to adopt.

It is time we stop charging youth for using Transit."

Fare-free public transit in Vancouver?

Translink has been less than receptive to the idea of Fare Free Transit despite the economic advantages it offers and which have been proven around the world.  And since Climate Change is undeniable, that alone is reason enough.  Please see theTyee.ca series for more on that: https://thetyee.ca/Views/2007/07/05/NoFares1/

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Will energy companies pay for earthquake damage? [no, so it's subsidy]

Federal scientist has proof: fracking by Petronas-owned company caused a big B.C. earthquake | National Observer: "The largest earthquake yet detected in British Columbia’s northeastern shale gas region was conclusively caused by fracking from Progress Energy Inc. in August 2015, says a federal scientist whose study was published this month."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

TransLink bus operator calls for free public transit in Metro Vancouver

Straight.com: "With no fares, more people would use the bus and other forms of transit.

More people will stop using cars.

For people concerned about global warming and climate change, that should be a good thing because there will be less greenhouse gas emissions.

It appears that everyone benefits.

However, mainstream politicians and environmentalists aren’t eager to endorse the idea.

So that leaves George Gidora and his party on the driver’s seat for this concept."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cars take up too much room, don't fit in the city

The Tyee: "Across North America today, precious urban housing space is languishing right under our noses — or more precisely, under our wheels.

In the City of Vancouver alone, it’s estimated that over 30 per cent of all land — worth an estimated $48 billion — is tied up by our roads, parking lots and alleys. This vast urban “greyfield” constitutes the largest tract of un-built space in many cities, raising exciting questions about how it could be used to make urban density liveable, family friendly, and maybe even more affordable."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan promises to increase public transportation funding if elected

Globalnews.ca: "The B.C. NDP government is promising, if elected, to get Metro Vancouver commuters moving again by increasing the provincial share of funding for public transportation improvements to 40 per cent and creating thousands of jobs over the next decade."

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

British Columbia fails to invest in #publictransit, gets expensive congestion instead

nationalobserver: "Less than two months after Vancouver was ranked as having the worst traffic congestion in all of Canada, a new report has found the B.C. government guilty of chronically underfunding public transportation and failing to meet its own transit investment targets."