Is it time for the Valley to ditch 传联? Would it lead to better regional transportation?
马丁·克里里’s report on 传联 came as no surprise, 传联 is in deep financial trouble 和 needs a major infusion of cash to keep it in operation. The question should be asked: “应当？Ai ?? Ai？Valley市政府Ai ?? Ai ?? A要离开运输公司，并让碎屑掉到可能的地方？”
传联, despite all the revisionist history, was cobbled together 通过 then GVRD Chairman George Puil 和 the Glen Clark 全国发展计划 as a last ditch attempt to secure a SkyTrain Millennium Line. The icing on the cake for Mr. Puil was 那 the province would pay two thirds of 仅SkyTrain施工 West of Commercial Drive. Translation: Puil secured an agreement for expensive subway construction on 滚球’的西侧以牺牲该地区为代价。
Now fast forward to 2009, the RAV/Canada Line, the first of 滚球’所需的地铁已经开通；通往三城市的常绿线处于严重的危险之中；越来越多关于40亿美元的Ai ?? Ai ?? 不列颠哥伦比亚大学地铁或 ‘Campbell Line’. 传联 needs vast sums of taxpayer’s money to complete its pie-in-the-sky metro 和 subway planning, which now may come in the form of road pricing or congestion charges. Again, Greater 滚球 politicians see 弗雷泽谷Ai??Ai??taxpayers as a ‘milch-cow’,Ai??Ai??or rusticAi??Ai??rubes with deep pockets to pay for 滚球’宏伟的地铁计划。
山谷铁路等项目’s ‘城市间的回归’ 需要资金，但除非有‘谷‘ ditches 传联 和 forms its own tax base to fund its own 过境 projects. Let 滚球, Burnaby, New Westminster 和 Richmond taxpayers fund expensive SkyTrain or RAV Ai??Ai??metro 和 let the 谷 taxpayer fund much cheaper light-rail. I would wager 那 the Tri-Cities would abandon the SkyTrain Evergreen line in a shot, if they were offered (or should I say their taxpayers were offered) much cheaper light 轨 projects.
用于区域交通规划的TransLink模型被打破，TransLink’s的计划者陷于1950年，计划建造更多的地铁和昂贵的地铁系统。汽车必须保持畅通的道路，‘rubber on asphalt’运输计划至高无上。受省政府的教the‘roads lobby’兴高采烈地迫使新的地铁建设对地区纳税人产生影响，并为弗雷泽河谷市长抵制TransLink和省政府并说“Enough is 恩 ough, we are leaving 传联 和 forming out own Valley Transportation Authority, investing in 过境 projects 那 meet our needs.”
Let 滚球 taxpayers pay for expensiveAi??Ai??subway projects forced upon them 通过 ex-Vancouver mayors!