Originally Posted by Vestry
This really says a lot about how the bus-to-Skytrain commute in East Vancouver still needs to be made more attractive. The viaducts seem to serve Vancouver itself even moreso than the suburbs.
It's far easier to take your car into town partly because of geography. Renfrew's at the bottom of a cut, which means you're walking uphill within a few blocks.
From 1st avenue, there's NO east-west Bus and 1st is a major
car thoroughfare. so it's a no-brainer to take your car. Walking/Bussing to Renfrew SkyTrain means two transfers.
Hastings is still a slow route and while people DO take the #16 all the way downtown, many (especially women) prefer to take a more direct express bus that is faster and doesn't take on as many passengers from the DES.
From 22nd Ave, it's still quick to get in a car and jet down either 22nd, Grandview or Broadway to get to Clark.
The REASON those downtown viaducts are used by East Vancouver's residents has little to do with the viaducts themselves, but rather the efficient road network from East Vancouver having lots of opportunities to disperse traffic. The Clark St. viaduct and Terminal Ave. being no-light streams of traffic also help.
The only potential choke point is Commercial Drive. Other than that, it's clear sailing to get to the viaducts.
Removing the viaducts won't reduce the traffic coming from East Vancouver, it will simply spew them out onto local streets.
From points east of Boundary, residential areas have to directly go past a SkyTrain station (Lougheed Hwy) or have to deal with enough traffic so that taking the train is worthwhile.
In short, East Vancouver doesn't have to wade through much congestion or traffic. About half of the journey will be along express arterials (Clark Drive West)
so unless you live next to a SkyTrain, the car will still be very attractive for a long time. If you live next to Rupert or Renfrew station, it still involves a transfer... (albeit an easy one)