TransLink has been crying poverty as of late, claiming that it does not
have the money to keep a third SeaBus in operation. Never mind
completing the long-promised Evergreen Line or providing enough buses to
implement the planned U-Pass extension. However, TransLink has lots of cash when it comes to freeway expansion.
TransLink is running full speed ahead with what’s being called the
“United Blvd. Extension – North Fraser Perimeter Rd. Phase 1”. It would
cost $150 to $175 million for a little stub of freeway and an overpass
that competes with the Evergreen Line, for both money and passengers. It
is also a climate crime, as government spending on roadway expansion is
one of the major drivers of increasing greenhouse-gas emissions in
In case you have never heard of the North Fraser Perimeter Road, it is
Premier Gordon Campbell’s little-known plan to push a freeway through
downtown New Westminster.
Read more of Georgia Straight article by Eric Doherty and Andrew Murray here