Redirecting Bridge Funding Could Create Citywide Light Rail for Vancouver

A public-private partnership that would have built a new 10-lane bridge in British Columbia has fallen apart, leaving the $3.1 billion tab on the BC government. Researchers say that much money could build a 200-km light rail system instead.
March 27, 2009, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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"What other transportation infrastructure, they asked, could we instead have for $3.1 billion?"

"By the time Prof. Patrick Condon and researcher Kari Dow at the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability finished punching in the numbers and mapped their results, they produced a startling alternative vision. For the same money, concluded the team, the government could finance a 200-kilometre light rail network that would place a modern, European-style tram within a 10-minute walk for 80 per cent of all residents in Surrey, White Rock, Langley and the Scott Road district of Delta, while providing a rail connection from Surrey to the new Evergreen line and connecting Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge into the regional rail system."

Thanks to Brent Toderian

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Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in The Tyee
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