Transport Action BC

2011, April 25

Transport Action BC AGM Wed Apr 27th

Filed under: Announcement — Matthew @ 10:16 pm

The Transport Action British Columbia AGM will be this Wednesday April 27th.

Location: Firehall Library, 1455 W. 10th Ave. Vancouver, BC

Time: 6PM sharp, room available at 5:45PM.

We are having a guest speaker, Stephen Rees (http://stephenrees.wordpress.com/)

After the talk we will be holding our AGM, and then a brief regular meeting.

Stephen’s topic: The transit/land use connection

Transportation is not desired for its own sake but in order to pursue other activities. Where we allow – or encourage – activity to take place determines the demand for transportation. Reducing the demand for motorised, personal transportation should be our first priority.

About Stephen Rees (from Stephen Rees’s blog)
I am a recusant transportation economist and regional planner, displaced from England by the abolition of the Greater London Council and a dislike of Thatcherism. Until March of 2004 I worked for the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority on wide variety of policy issues. None of these have been solved since I left, and the region now seems to be likely to abandon its long established growth strategy altogether, as the province is determined to expand its major freeway. I have long advocated more sensible policies to better integrate transport and land use.

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2011, April 17

Another reason to keep Vancouver Island Railway

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Matthew @ 9:25 pm

Interesting that the Malahat was closed for much of today due to an accident with a tanker truck.
CBC News story: Tanker spill closes Hwy 1 at Goldstream

A fuel tanker crashed and overturned near Goldstream Provincial Park Saturday evening, spilling 30,000 litres of fuel and closing the Trans-Canada Highway into Sunday.

There is no other viable road linking Greater Victoria with the rest of Vancouver Island, so the parallel railway gives another option to travellers if the highway is closed for an extended period.

2011, April 6

Vancouver Island railway in dilapidated state

Filed under: Inter-city rail — Tags: , , , — Matthew @ 10:42 pm

The VIA Rail dayliner on Vancouver island between Victoria and Courtenay has been cancelled until further notice. The dilapidated nature of the track has finally been noticed by the authorities. In the meantime, the train service is being replaced by bus, and there’s no word on when the train service will come back.

According to VIA’s press release:

“An inspection of the tracks and structures between Victoria and Nanaimo was conducted jointly over the last two days by Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (SRVI), the BC Safety Authority, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and VIA.  Following that inspection, SRVI informed VIA of its decision that significant infrastructure improvement will be required before passenger rail service can resume on this route.”

The problem has been years of neglect and systematic under-investment in our transportation system for years, except for highways, which are lavished with funding.  The provincial government needs to immediately follow the recommendations of the Island Corridor Foundation which calls for $30 million dollars in funding for urgent repair of ties, rails, and ballast. This will also enable the re-jigging of the passenger schedule to doulble the service and enable a commuter service to be added to the existing Victoria-Courtenay-Victoria daily round-trip.

What you can do is contact the powers that be at the Island Corridor Foundation’s You can help make a new passenger rail service a reality page to help get funding to repair this vital transportation link.

VIA Rail Canada press release

Island’s Dayliner train parked indefinitely due to track problems – by Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist

Island Corridor Foundation – the owner of the railway corridor

Vancouver Island Railway

Corridor somewhere between Courtenay and Qualicum Beach Aug-2008

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