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Two neat letters in the Straight today

Solving the Port Mann traffic jam is simple

1. No twin bridge
2. Four or more occupants, no toll
3. Three occupants, $2 toll
4. Two occupants, $10 toll
5. SOVs, $30 toll
6. All moneys to rapid transit and computerized ride-share program
7. Container semitrailer hours: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Slow climate change now; end the twinning.

Lance Read / Vancouver

Re: “The two faces of Gordo” [Oct. 4-11]

At the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, Gordon Campbell said: “As Einstein so clearly stated, the world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created this situation.”

But his actions remind me of Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting the results to be different.

For generations, cities have tried to cope with too many cars by expanding roads. Over and over, the results have been loss of homes, farmland, wetlands, and forests. Toxic emissions and road accidents are leading cause of death and injury. Car dependency consumes income needed for housing and education and weakens communities in numerous ways. Ironically, the cities that have invested the most in car infrastructure suffer the worst congestion and longest commute times.

The Gateway program would perpetuate this insanity by increasing single occupant vehicles while delaying and impeding development of a comprehensive transit system.

Carole James recognizes the futility of trying to move masses of people with cars, and characterized the program as “yesterday’s solution for tomorrow’s problem”. This is not quite accurate: it epitomizes yesterday’s nonsolutions, and why we are in a global environmental crisis today.

Ned Jacobs


Written by Stephen Rees

October 12, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Gateway, Transportation

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  1. I’m interested to note that somehow this blog published the letter as sent to the Straight exactly with SOVs though they “corrected” that and published it as SUVs. How did this blog get ahold of the original?

    The Straight subsequently published “OMG! SOme SOB Changed SOV to SUV”
    which I thought was great:

    Lance Read

    October 28, 2007 at 8:41 pm

  2. Lance Read

    October 28, 2007 at 9:00 pm

  3. I regularly go back to posts and make corrections, updates and amendments in the light of new information. Mostly this is because someone is kind enough to pick up one of my many errors or things the spell checker missed – but in this case it was easier to make the correction than reproduce the original letter.

    Stephen Rees

    October 29, 2007 at 9:02 am

  4. Cheers… a lot of work

    Lance Read

    November 6, 2007 at 10:45 am

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