Motordom Madness: We just can’t stop ourselves
Once again, development outside the Regional Growth Strategy is forcing a reallocation of resources and priorities:
Port expansion, residential and commercial growth change traffic patterns in vicinity of George Massey Tunnel..Metro Vancouver is joining individual municipalities in trying to tackle rising traffic volumes around the George Massey Tunnel as result of massive port expansion and residential and commercial developments. A new Metro transportation committee, which meets for the first time next week, is expected to analyze potential traffic volumes arising from an expanded Deltaport, Surrey Fraser Docks and the border.
It is also expected to consider the impacts of major developments such as a proposed residential development at Southlands or a megamall at Tsawwassen First Nation. …
And here’s the giveaway:
The South Fraser Perimeter Road is expected to ease some of that traffic using the tunnel, but officials argue more work needs to be done.
We are spending billions to expand capacity for goods movement – and now we’ll need to spend billions more, which in turn sparks unanticipated development – particularly that levered through First Nations – which will require more highway construction. And so on.
Even though our presumed priority is the maintenance of the existing infrastructure.
A Sightline post reveals the mentality immediately south of our border (which is very much the same as on this side):
Go to the Washington transportation department’s website and you’ll find this:
Our highest priority is maintaining and preserving the safe and long-lasting performance of existing infrastructure, facilities and services.
But go to the new transportation package proposed by the House Democrats and you’ll find a funding arrangement that looks like this:
A growth machine that must constantly be fed, regardless of priorities, plans or prospects for our environment, urban form or quality of life, in the name of an economy which is doubling down on carbon-based energy. This does not look good.