Wednesday, November 21, 2007

And ... they made a mistake

Naheed said on QR this morning that it's rare that Council makes a decision that is so unambiguously wrong. But, they've gone and done it, so where should we focus now? BRT to MRC? The spur line to the airport? Or...?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Time for a better transit plan

Naheed's op-ed in today's Herald talks about the need to think much more about transit. It will be interesting to see what Council decides to do.

Friday, November 9, 2007

More on transit

The lead editorial in yesterday's Herald both took issue with our stance that the transit decision was too hasty and agreed with us on the details. While we think our concern is about more than details, it was an interesting attempt to square the circle.

We'll post more details on transit -- and a couple of very interesting ideas on how to move forward -- over the next few days, but would love your thoughts on this. As it now stands, it's starting to look like the best thing Council could do is cancel the useless NW extension to Tuscany and start thinking about an airport spur line or really interesting dedicated busways (e.g. on 14th St SW) with that money.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wrong step on day one?

Naheed's quoted extensively in today's Herald about Council's decision to fund LRT lines. As a huge proponent of transit, why's he so grumpy? Read here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

$1.3 billion is worth thinking about

Today, City Council is debating in an emergency meeting whether to fund two of the Mayor's campaign promises -- recreation centres and an investment in LRT expansion. While no one is a bigger proponent of better transit than we are, we are deeply concerned that these investments are going forward in the absence of a real strategic plan for transit. We strongly believe that stopping for six months to think about what kind of a transit network this city needs is the right way to go, and we have suggested as much to Council members. Let's see what they do...