Thursday February 24, 2011
Light Rail Roundup
Leewood sheds negative light on Falcon's BC transit plan
Submitted by RTTV
t the request of Rail For the Valley, the rail firm Leewood Projects as provided an analysis of the recent MoTI Transit Study commissioned by former Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, that came to a negative conclusion regarding Interurban Light Rail.
Leewood Projects Ltd. is a well-respected British firm with an expertise in Light Rail solutions, and has in the past worked on prestigious transportation projects such as the London Underground and the Channel
Tunnel. Their 2010 Leewood-Interurban Report remains the only study of a Fraser Valley wide light rail system conducted by an experienced Light Rail firm.
The analysis is extremely damaging to the Province's case against Light Rail and critical of the MoTI's role in the creation of the study.
"With overwhelming public support, strong municipal support, an earlier City of Surrey-UMA Technical Report that backs up the positive conclusions of the September 2010 Leewood Report recommending early implementation, and now the NDP taking a generally positive position on Interurban Light Rail, the BC Liberal government, and particularly Leadership Candidate and former Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, find themselves increasingly isolated in their negativity." — Dr. John Buker, Rail For the Valley
Quotes from the Leewood analysis:
"The MoTi had formed their conclusion prior to commissioning the report, and the evidence in the report has been selectively incorporated, in order to substantiate the conclusion that they wanted to see."
"The BC MoTI and TransLink appear to have predefined that Bus Rapid Transit [BRT] was the only option and the report was to prove that point of view."
"We found that an Interurban passenger service could be achieved in the Fraser Valley at relatively low cost due to the already existing track, and recommended early implementation in order to realize the benefits as soon as possible."
For more information visit: www.leewoodprojects.co.uk
BC Liberal Responses to Fraser Valley Transit Survey
BC Liberal Leadership candidates were surveyed regarding their plans for transit and Light Rail in the fast-growing Fraser Valley. The results, or lack thereof, are illustrated in the diagram.
Rail For the Valley founder Dr. John Buker responded to the lack of any plans presented by the Liberal candidates.
"It's disappointing. We thought the Liberal candidates would want to differentiate themselves from Gordon Campbell on this."
"With overwhelming public support, strong municipal support, an earlier City of Surrey-UMA Technical Report that backs up the positive conclusions of the September 2010 Leewood Report recommending early implementation, and now the NDP taking a generally positive position on Interurban Light Rail,
the BC Liberal government, and particularly former Transportation Minister and Leadership Candidate Kevin Falcon, find themselves increasingly isolated in their negativity."
The same survey was also sent to BC NDP Leadership candidates. In contrast to the Liberals, all NDP candidates responded positively to the survey, with top contender John Horgan going as far as explicitly stating his support for Light Rail as far east as Abbotsford and Chilliwack:
“I support an at-grade light rail system through Surrey and Langley, eventually reaching Abbotsford and even Chilliwack." — John Horgan
For more information visit: www.railforthevalley.wordpress.com