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8 Billion dollar rail  Van to  Abby/Whack

 

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Borrow $8 billion for Fraser Valley rail link, Abbotsford mayor urges province

 

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All Abbotsford’s mayor wants from the provincial government is up to $8 billion for transportation in the Fraser Valley.

That sum sounds like a lot of money because, again, it’s $8 billion. But Mayor Henry Braun told council Monday that he thinks a rapid transit link to Abbotsford is (relatively) affordable and can be done if the province is as ambitious as a pair of legendary British Columbia politicians.

“WAC Bennett and Phil Gaglardi were some people who made some bold moves. I think the present provincial government needs to make some bold moves and one of them would be commuter rail,” Braun said after a council discussion on feedback that Abbotsford will send to TransLink as that body shapes its plans for the next 30 years.

 

https://www.abbynews.com/news/borrow-8-billion-for-fraser-valley-rail-link-abbotsford-mayor-urges-province/

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Maybe by 2050 if we are being optimistic, but more realistically the west coast express train route should be lengthened to there

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We are far too shortsighted to approve some large project like this.  And so our public transportation system (and even road infrastructure in general) will remain 25 years behind the standard.

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49 minutes ago, Chicken. said:

Maybe by 2050 if we are being optimistic, but more realistically the west coast express train route should be lengthened to there

Absolutely spot on. Abby is definitely getting populated enough that it would make sense sooner than later. Granted we're talking about the BC government here so it will probably be built 20 years after it should have been.

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By the time they would get to it it'll probably be closer to 80 mill since BC usually does things ass backwards and slow as hell

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City of Abbotsford can pay for it! Not like I’m trying to take the train to that dump.

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Can't even build the frigging sky train expansion for future needs but this?

 

Honestly it's a common sense idea that SHOULD be done without question.  they should also consider one along the Okanagan Corridor from osoyoos to Vernon which would be an amazing draw.  They should also, at the federal level consider FINALLY creating a high speed rail corridor from Thunder Bay to Calgary.

 

But spending large amounts of money on common sense items is idiocy

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It would be nice to just get a second route to Victoria from up island.  When the Malahat is closed, the options are 3 hour logging  road drive or a 20 car ferry to Brentwood. 

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7 minutes ago, sonoman said:

It would be nice to just get a second route to Victoria from up island.  When the Malahat is closed, the options are 3 hour logging  road drive or a 20 car ferry to Brentwood. 

Years back there was a proposal to build a bridge from North Saanich to just north of Mill Bay. 

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1 hour ago, Russ said:

By the time they would get to it it'll probably be closer to 80 mill since BC usually does things ass backwards and slow as hell

that would be quite under-budget actually :P

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4 minutes ago, 'NucK™ said:

that would be quite under-budget actually :P

Yup if I could spell :P  If they could pull off my numbers that would be amazing!  That would get about a days worth of work out of a single government official lol

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2 hours ago, Bob.Loblaw said:

We are far too shortsighted to approve some large project like this.  And so our public transportation system (and even road infrastructure in general) will remain 25 years behind the standard.

We still have a three lane bridge in this city, let that sink in. :lol:

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20 minutes ago, 6string said:

We still have a three lane bridge in this city, let that sink in. :lol:

And yet......major condo/apartment developments (multiple) have been approved located at the West and North Vanc entries to the bridge.   

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25 minutes ago, 6string said:

We still have a three lane bridge in this city, let that sink in. :lol:

Fun fact, the Guinness family (Yes that Guinness family) Built the bridge for $5.873,387.17. 0.25 cent toll for cars and carriages, $0.05 for bicycles or pedestrians.

That was on May 28, 1939. On January 20, 1955 the province bought the bridge for $5,959,060. So the Guinness family made a profit off the bridge!

The Golden Gate Bridge is 3 times the length, Cost $17 million US, and has 6 lanes. 

 

Yup. We don't think ahead very well when it comes to Transportation, and we're going to suffer for it. 

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28 minutes ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

Fun fact, the Guinness family (Yes that Guinness family) Built the bridge for $5.873,387.17. 0.25 cent toll for cars and carriages, $0.05 for bicycles or pedestrians.

That was on May 28, 1939. On January 20, 1955 the province bought the bridge for $5,959,060. So the Guinness family made a profit off the bridge!

The Golden Gate Bridge is 3 times the length, Cost $17 million US, and has 6 lanes. 

 

Yup. We don't think ahead very well when it comes to Transportation, and we're going to suffer for it. 

Wow, thanks for sharing. I'm shaking my head.

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We should have had Skytrain connections to UBC and Langley 10 years ago. Maybe by 2050, but it's only going to get more expensive. 

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This is a no brainer. It should not even be a question. We have a rail In place, it’s always been there. If the public needs the rail, it was written in law we have the right and the current rail company needs to do the improvements for public transit. We just need the cars for the track and the stations. Also it would run in parts of rural areas which should open land for the future and build housing communities along the track, which is great for planning (the track goes through city Centers).

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Everyone complains about transit but when we had the vote to fund it people voted against it. So.... 

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