Tuesday, April 8, 2008


I was at the Environmental Assessment Office’s open house for the Port Mann part of the Gateway program. It’s always good to see my tax dollars spent on dog and pony shows where there’s no real public input. I did learn the following from the friendly Ministry of Transportation folks and Gateway PR people: Without Gateway their would be a reduction of greenhouse gases and the nasty pollution that hurts people due to transportation, and with Gateway there would be an increase; I also received a confirmation about the rumors that the government is about to announce “something big” in the public transportation side of things soon. I wonder what it is, and when “soon” is? Hope it’s not something like SkyTrain to 152nd Street.

Anyway, it was interesting to see how the mix of people has changed since the Gateway program started their first round of open houses in Langley. People have gone from “I want the freeway now!” to “Why aren’t we looking at light-rail now?” It’s exciting to see that slow change. As many transportation experts are saying: We should be investing in quality transit. Once that it done, maximize (value pricing) on our current road infrastructure.

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