from the SFPR thread:
Originally Posted by makr3trkr
I have to say that TransLink went about the UB extension, Patullo etc. totally the wrong way. I mean, they have to know the opposition they'll be facing in the city and that they'll have to do a good job selling the whole concept. Yet they never listened to the #1 complaint against those projects, which was that it was piecemeal; New West wanted to see the context of the complete NFPR project as a whole, rather than on one facet or another with a big question mark surrounding the question of what happens downstream. With the United Blvd extension they wanted to know what happens to all the traffic after it gets onto Brunette headed for downtown. With the Patullo, again it's what happens to all the traffic after it gets off the bridge downtown. They don't see the big picture, or they think TransLink doesn't have
a big picture.
What TransLink should do:
1) put a hold on Patullo plans for five years (keep the current work on ramps, connections etc.) until Gateway/SFPR are done, new traffic patterns are established and they'll be able to produce more credible traffic growth models (or at least more sellable)
2) In five years, come back with revised projections of traffic growth patterns and present a complete NFPR concept. Front Street has essentially been scrapped as a no-go, so this means either a Patullo replacement/Columbia-Brunette upgrades & redesign/United Blvd extension/Brunette or Blue Mountain interchange reconfiguraton; or (more $$, and inferior anyways IMO) a Patullo/McBride/Stormont corridor. Present the whole concept as meeting the need to move trucks from Delta to the Tricities and be upfront about the fact that you want more traffic on the Patullo.
They should not
present these projects piecemeal (even if they end up phased anyways) because they will never get the support to move forward. People need to be shown the big picture. Imagine if Gateway was building the new Port Mann as a standalone project with no mention of replacing the Cape Horn interchange or doing anything to widen the highway itself. It would be ridiculous because it's only half a project. Ditto with the Patullo. They need to bundle the project with redesigning the roads necessary to move between Hwy 1/United and the new bridge; otherwise it will seem like half a plan and New West will never get on board.