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Green car thinking should include size

A common theme that has been running through some of my recent public transportation-related posts (not nearly as frequent as I would wish, my apologies) has been about the vast amount of urban real estate committed to accommodating personal vehicles.

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Posted in Canada, Economics, Environment, Public Transit, Transportation

Transit versus cars in two seconds

Not clear on the source other than it came from the imgur.com website, but this is a terrific GIF demonstrating the difference in terms of space between cars and public transit.  Not much else to share right now (working on

Posted in Environment, Metro Vancouver, Public Transit, Transportation

Accounting commuting cost complexities

I confess it’s been overwhelming keeping up with all the debate over the Metro Vancouver public transportation plebiscite, but no matter where you come from, the Moving Forward project by Discourse Media has certainly made an earnest attempt to present

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Whether it’s vaccinations or public transportation, skepticism hinders public interest

In his speech to the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the US Oval Office’s annual function honoring its press corps, Seth Meyers essentially remarked how skepticism has gotten so out of hand that when it came to President Barack Obama’s

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Posted in Canada, Health, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Transit, Science, Transportation

The 125 Dollar Challenge

Jordan Bateman, local spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and leader of the No side in the upcoming Metro Vancouver referendum, is fond of saying that there’s a disadvantage in this campaign to implement a 0.5% sales tax increase to

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Anti-authority/Anti-tax positions misplaced in Public Transportation vote

News of the No side taking the lead in a poll on the upcoming Metro Vancouver public transportation referendum has some questioning the wisdom of putting the proposed 0.5% sales tax increase up to a vote. Those leading the opposition

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Blocking Bunny and the Single Occupant Car

Translink, the Metro Vancouver regional public transportation authority, recently promoted a series of pet peeves suggested and voted upon by its rapid transit Skytrain customers.  Some of the top irritants involved manners and hygiene that created discomfort to those near

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Posted in Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Transit, Transportation

Public Transportation and Urban Density

This graphic appeared on Twitter a few days ago that marvelously illustrates the living space we lose being overly accommodating our cities to the car.  The Original Green blog compared Florence, Italy’s historic tourist area to a freeway interchange in Atlanta

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Posted in Climate, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Public transit ballot more than about taxes

A couple of weeks ago one morning, paramedics and firefighters had trouble getting to a medical emergency at a local community centre.  The problem?  Ambulances and fire trucks had no place to park because the fire lane designated for such

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Posted in BC, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Public Transit, Transportation

Responding to the politics of fear

There are a pair of important ballots coming up this year for Metro Vancouver residents, one a mail-in vote on the plan to raise the sales tax by half a percentage point to fund long term regional public transit plans

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Posted in Canada, Politics, Transportation