Originally Posted by deasine
I know the SFPR will not have a connection, but if they were to choose the Sapperton Bar bridge, might as well make one there. SFPR is all the in preliminary design stages.
See the reason the South of Fraser is needing so many new road connections is the lack on public transit in the area. I'm sure you agree with this one. Even TransLink's plans to 2031 with the so called "frequent bus network" and the SkyTrain expansion isn't enough. The network for the South of Fraser hasn't been reaching to the residents very well. I really want to see the introduction to LRT in the South of Fraser: cheap [well one of the cheaper forms of rapid transit] and effective.
Since the gov't intends on the tolling the Port Mann - I can't see them building a freeway type bypass that is ridiculously close to the Port Mann. That aside, a Sapperton Bar bridge would likely be a high traffic industrial route considering the location, and again tolling would increase the cost of moving goods.
Yes, we can all agree that the South Fraser region needs better transit service. With that said, the attitude that it must be roads instead of transit, or the opposite is frustrating. Efficient transportation systems operate with both.
Even so, people need to realize that transit is still only practical for a minority of the population. Factors like off hours shiftworkers, mobile salespeople/representatives, and warehouse based industrial business located far from public transit will still lead to high automobile usage.
The urban planner's dream of everyone living in 1 bedroom condo in a highrise, riding their bicycle 2 blocks to work at their 9-5 government job and shopping at the organic food market on the weekend simply is not practical.
We need to make a transporation system that gives people choices, not one that punishes users of a certain group.