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Trolleys on Cambie

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Media Release from Citizens for Trolleys on Cambie

Trolley service on Cambie Street could help fight global warming

Global warming, operating costs, reliability of service, better utilization of resources, these are just a few of the topics being raised by the grassroots organization Citizens for Trolleys on Cambie during its public awareness campaign.

After the Translink board decision on November 17th to recant its earlier commitment to re-electrify Cambie Street upon completion of the Canada Line a group of Lower Mainland residents have come together to fight this decision.

Citizens for Trolleys on Cambie will be canvassing the Cambie Street corridor with leaflets and posters letting residents know what this decision will mean for them. Informal surveying done by the group shows a majority of residents weren’t even aware the post-Canada Line plans for Cambie Street had changed, and Translink was now proposing full time diesel bus service on the route.

Through this on the ground campaign and a parallel digital campaign the organization hopes to force Translink to maintain its commitment to the residents of Cambie Street. The money to re-electrify the street had already been budgeted before construction, and the group maintains it would cost the same amount to put wires back up than remove the large proportion of wires remaining.


For more information on Citizens for Trolleys on Cambie, the campaign, and the business case for trolleys returning to Cambie Street please see our website at

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Written by Stephen Rees

January 26, 2007 at 11:24 am