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Old Posted Jan 22, 2008, 12:24 AM
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SkyTrain planning 'shortsighted'

Burnaby Now
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dear Editor:

Premier Gordon Campbell recently announced a proposed multibillion-dollar public transit expansion, with the majority of the funding to be applied to SkyTrain improvements.

Although few details were made available, the premier stated that the existing and proposed SkyTrain platforms would be extended in order to accommodate six train cars, instead of the current four cars. The premier further stated that the SkyTrain system would receive added security.

These proposed SkyTrain improvements clearly indicate that the government (past and present) and its planners were exceedingly shortsighted when SkyTrain was initially built.

Surely, one does not have to be a rocket scientist to realize that one must build public commuter systems sufficiently to accommodate an increasing number of passengers over the next 20 years.

It was 'Mickey Mouse' planning to maximize SkyTrain to four cars with a train platform only equal to the task.

Such shortsightedness will now cost taxpayers an extraordinary amount of money, especially given the labour and material cost difference over the initial construction date.

As to the proposed security improvements for SkyTrain, one assumes that gates will finally be installed to discourage fare evaders (whose numbers allegedly approximate 15 per cent of riders) and undesirable characters.

Mike Horton, Burnaby



and with the Canada Line, what we should've had was 60-metre platforms in 2009, expandable to 80-metres in the future.
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