The Smell Of Transit Fear

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oc transpoDoes anyone get the same feeling of political desperation that your agent does concerning the new light-rail project?

All this was prompted by seeing the field of bus-transfer stalls being constructed at Tunney’s Pasture, the end of the Confederation Line. That’s where most of the buses in the west end will drop their transferring passengers to go to the train.

Perhaps politicians in 2018 fear that all those transfers will be angry people who once had a bus route that took them straight downtown. And that they will be freezing their toes or roasting in heat waiting for the train or the bus.

And what of those snowy nights when traffic is snarled and the mess of buses are off-schedule and chaos reigns at Tunney’s?

The desperation is in the question of when construction can start on Phase 2 as quickly as possible because the Confederation Line will be a mass of transfers and disgruntled passengers.

The year 2018 is when the next municipal election will be held and when the Confederation Line opens. That problem at Tunney’s translates into lost votes.

The question commuters will be asking is: “We paid $2.1 billion for this? An extra transfer and this mess?”

That’s why extending the line as soon as possible is critically important to nervous incumbent municipal politicians.


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2 thoughts on “The Smell Of Transit Fear

  1. The commuters from west and southwest of Tunney’s Pasture, and from east of Blair Road will only have to suffer the bus congestion (any guesses about how much green house gas will be coming from these lots?) at these transfer points for five years. Then again, that may be how long it feels like one has been waiting on any given evening, when, not if, an articulated bus jack knifes during a winter storm, anywhere near these two end points of the short line, $2.1-billion LRT.

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    1. Based on the plan, there’d be fewer articulated and normal-sized buses, and the same number of double-decker buses in the fleet.

      Curious how often you hear of articulated buses getting jack-knifed west and east of the planned LRT?

      Either way … I’ve seen the same level of service required at stations in the Metro Vancouver area. No congestion at the stations; would be it would be more a concern in the east end (Blair), if at all. The bigger concern for me is how much time would be added in waiting for LRT from the west end in the morning due to dwell times.

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