Originally Posted by crazyjoeda
Here in Metro Vancouver I commute through the tunnel to downtown, and I use transit because it's significantly faster and more convient than driving. Anyone driving through the tunnel to get into Vancouver doesn't care about productivity.
Firstly, I support all regional transit initiatives... be it street cars in DT Van City, Skytrain lines, lrt, rapid bus etc.
That said, transit still only has a... what... ~15% share of modal use in Metro Vancouver?
Everyone I know, from youth to seniors now utilizes a vehicle as their transportation mode of choice. Yep, includes driving thru the GMT into Vancouver.
Just a fact of life in terms of convenience and necessity. And certainly they lead more productive lives in terms of productivity in their own social/business lives compared to the excessive time and inconvenience that they would experience taking transit, among other negative factors.
I understand not everyone is going downtown and for some practical transit options don't currently exist, but investing in transit benefits drivers. The Canada Line and improved bus service on HWY99 has increased road capacity by taking thousands of cars off the road.
Au contraire. I now am stuck in gridlock at the King George Hwy interchange on Hwy 99 in the morning. That's near the U.S. border BTW. And it only gets worse with time.
As an aside, my cousin, residing in South Surrey, was dropped off and then parked at the South Surrey Park & Ride for 10 years, taking the 351 rapid bus to Granville & Broadway every day where his office is situate for his 9 to 5. After the Canada Line came into place, the transfers lengthened his travel time to the point that it was no longer worthwhile to take transit in terms of the extended travel time, inconvenience and internalized costs of same.
Different strokes for different folks.