aerodynamicanuck, on Sep 8 2008, 10:18 PM, said:
You should be an adviser, cause clearly translink/government aren't getting it through there head fast enough, they should start all that today, shouldn't they?
The problem is that the people in charge of Translink and who do all the planning don't ride transit themselves. They're also bogged down on doing countless and time consuming studies, taking years and years.
As well, there's a lot of politics involved within Translink and that's dictated by the Ministry of Transportation. Under the new Translink, whatever the transportation authority does is linked back to the provincial government and thus could hurt them in the polls.
A year ago, you'd have local politicians squabbling for months or even years over decisions.....this was when local city counsellors and mayors formed the Translink board of directors. You may remember that it took them three votes (first two were NO outcomes) and an entire year to approve the Canada Line. And what's even more outrageous is that every three years, there's a new Translink board and all the ideas and plans are flushed away and they have to start from anew.
And then you have the provincial government forcing the Canada Line project to become a private-public project, without thinking twice that with such limited public funding and so much financial and design responsibility given to the private sector they would cut on the Canada Line's scope and design. And which they did. 40-metre platforms, half the length of SkyTrain's stations.
If you ask me, transportation and urban planning needs more autonomy from the political process. It needs to be run by professionals, and that's what we have with the new Translink board of directors.
Edited by nitronuts, 08 September 2008 - 10:29 PM.