Keane Gruending

Will Vancouver’s transportation referendum be good for the climate?

Want to know the region’s single largest source of greenhouse gases? It’s cars and trucks. Light vehicles are responsible for 31% of the region’s emissions. Add up the emissions of Metro Vancouver’s cement, industrial, and agricultural sectors, and it’s still only half the carbon pollution hit of cars and trucks in Metro. Along with all the carbon emitted from the tailpipes… Read more →

Everyone relies on transit, and it’s only going to get worse

The Mayors’ Council has released its transportation investment plan for the region, which will be put to a referendum sometime, most likely, before April 2015. What’s in the plan? Light rail for Surrey, an extension of the Millenium SkyTrain Line, expansion of bus service by 25%, more SeaBus and HandyDART hours, more bikeways, and replacement for the Patullo Bridge (and… Read more →

5 reasons why the referendum is important

[avatar user=”Keane Gruending” size=”medium” align=”left” /]We don’t know when Metro Vancouver’s transportation referendum will be; we don’t know what will be on the ballot. The only thing we do know is that the mayors have until June 30 to agree to a package then it’s anyone’s bet as to when the referendum could be held. While timing, content, and format… Read more →

The business case for transit in Metro Vancouver

[avatar user=”Keane Gruending” size=”medium” align=”left” /]In a port city like Metro Vancouver, transportation is a crucial part of the region’s DNA. However, while it may not be obvious, all businesses in Metro Vancouver, large and, rely on a well-functioning transportation system to support their activities and generate profit. A good transportation system is efficient, from the perspectives of both time… Read more →

How is transit funded in Metro Vancouver?

[avatar user=”Keane Gruending” size=”medium” align=”left”] Ever wondered how our region’s transit system is paid for? It’s complicated. Like many in North America, Metro Vancouver’s transit system is funded through multiple sources. In 2012, TransLink’s revenue, $1.40 billion in total, came from four general sources:   fare box revenue from transit users (33%) municipal gas taxes (24%) a combination of “other” sources (22%),… Read more →