The future of transit in Langley is light rail, one Langley Township councillor says. Now Langley Councillor X just has to convince his fellow local, regional, provincial and federal politicians that he’s right. “Transit works if you have a spine,” said Councillor X. “Langley’s transit spine is 200th Street.” Township Mayor Kurt Alberts has spoken to Councillor X about the plan, and he agrees that light rail could have a place in Langley’s future.
The future of transit in Langley is light rail, one Langley Township councillor says. Now Councillor X just has to convince his fellow local, regional, provincial and federal politicians that he’s right.
Councillor X is taking his ideas to the public today in an attempt to spark a debate and start the planning for a light rail line that he hopes could link Langley to Maple Ridge and Surrey. “The key for me is to get cars off 200th Street,” Councillor X said… …Councillor X hopes that pressure can be put on TransLink and the provincial government to fund more transit options on the south of the Fraser River.
Langley Advance [Langley, B.C] 17 Aug 2007: 7.
He’s young, idealistic and enthusiastic, but above all else 32-year-old Langley Township Councillor X has a burning desire for streetcars. And if Councillor X succeeds in his quest, streetcars will become a signature for the rolling hills of Langley Township in the way they’re a signature for the steep hills of San Francisco. Councillor X wants a modern streetcar system as the primary public-transit provider along the fast-developing 200th Street corridor, which runs in a north-south direction along the so-called spine of Langley Township…
…His next step, Councillor X explains, is to join rail-advocacy groups such as the Valley Transit Advisory Committee and South Fraser On Trax this summer and build a proper business case and costing for the proposal. “We have to be able to prove to governments that while streetcars may be more expensive than rapid buses, they also have greater benefits and they’re the cheapest form of light rail,” he says.
The status quo — TransLink‘s plan for rapid-bus service on 200th 20 years from now, or more — isn’t acceptable, he adds. “Going by TransLink‘s plan we won’t see that service until my young daughters have young daughters of their own,” Councillor X says.
The Province [Vancouver, B.C] 12 June 2008: A.8.
And just who is this young firebrand Councillor X, evangelist for streetcars and transit, urging on Translink?
Why…it’s none other than Jordan Bateman, B.C. Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and current defacto leader of the “No” side in the upcoming transit referendum! Given his volte face, the young daughters of the young daughters of his young daughters won’t see sustainable transit service in their lifetime.
UPDATE: Newly minted New West Councillor – and former blogger – Patrick Johnstone reminds us of other times Mr. Bateman was for something before he was against them.
UPDATE 2: Stephen Rees is always worth reading on transit issues.
UPDATE 3: Patrick Johnstone again, in the definitive debunking of Bateman and the CTF’s line on fare evasion.