Translink’s Freeway Push Must Be Stopped


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


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.