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Old 02-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #101
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@Tap: There isn't much to porpose.. I can agree.



That is one of the smartest statements I have heard.
Sure it doesn't offer any solutions but it's the goddamn truth.

I haven't looked into the WestCoast Express' funds to see if they hit a profit or not, but why not build something like that for Vancouver to Delta/Surrey/Whiterock/Langley/Abbotsford/Chiliwack?
That would be more or less what I suggested in the prior page and on par with what they have here in Europe.
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A rail system that would run with one or two stops in each city (depending on the size) would be great. Start it in Langley then to White Rock, Ladner, Steveston/Richmond, S. Van, E. Van then Downtown. A light rail system dosen't need stops as frequent as Skytrain. People would take the bus/bike/drive to the station and then have a fast connection to Vancouver or the Valley via a rail system that has only a small amount of stops. Start small, then grow over th enext who knows, 30-40 years. Have to start somewhere.
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Since the west coast express already drops people onto the main street skytrain all they would need to do is run more trains and have additional stop in each city.
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A rail system that would run with one or two stops in each city (depending on the size) would be great. Start it in Langley then to White Rock, Ladner, Steveston/Richmond, S. Van, E. Van then Downtown. A light rail system dosen't need stops as frequent as Skytrain. People would take the bus/bike/drive to the station and then have a fast connection to Vancouver or the Valley via a rail system that has only a small amount of stops. Start small, then grow over th enext who knows, 30-40 years. Have to start somewhere.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:52 AM   #104
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Most people are bitching about being taxed to death and Translink overstepping its bounds. Great. But no one is posing alternatives. Build more freeways? Sit and do nothing? (and sit through traffic in on the No.1 in the morning and evening.) People are moving to the suburbs because it's more affordable, so how do you accommodate that growth? No one has proposed anything.
Before some random person proposes something (pulled from their ass) for the suburbs, translink already studied a list of alternatives:

Surrey Rapid Transit Study

If you only care about cost, the NPV (Future Cost - Rev) in 2010 $ for each alternative is included in the Evaluation Summary pdf. Obviously, they all lose money.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:11 PM   #105
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^ It probably can't be done for political reasons. ICBC serves the entire province so as long as its profits are used to subsidize services that apply to the entire province (ie health care), then this course of action won't raise any outcries.
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There's a workaround for that. We all get charged a different amount for insurance based on where we live. If everyone paying premiums for living in the GVRD has those extra charges be transfered to Translink, that would certainly help a bit. ICBC is making huge profits as it is (I know it's supposed to be a "non-profit" entity, but you can't deal with insurance without having a large slush fund in case of a bad winter or something), so there's always options that can be looked at.
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There's a workaround for that. We all get charged a different amount for insurance based on where we live. If everyone paying premiums for living in the GVRD has those extra charges be transfered to Translink, that would certainly help a bit. ICBC is making huge profits as it is (I know it's supposed to be a "non-profit" entity, but you can't deal with insurance without having a large slush fund in case of a bad winter or something), so there's always options that can be looked at.
Nope. Their profits are already contributed to the provincial books. As we are currently operating at a deficit, those profits are already being spent, mostly on health and education.
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