TransLink is proposing a revamp on bus routes across the board. In particular for Hastings Sunrise around the East Hastings Village neighborhood will be impacted. Bus #4, #7, and #16 will be rerouted in the proposed plan. Since they opened the new overpass on Powell street, traffic has increased tremendously because that street pretty much turned into an express way but with a bottleneck at both ends, on Main street to the West and on Nanaimo Street to the East. The traffic along Nanaimo and Powell street is horrendous at peak hours. Cars would crawl eastbound starting from Clark to Powell. The stop-light on the Powell and Nanaimo intersection is a huge culprit – there’s no protected left-turn for vehicles on northbound Nanaimo going westbound Powell, southbound traffic coming from McGill street going westbound Powell has to compete with heavy westbound traffic from south Powell and pedestrians. What’s more, street parking is allowed on the northwest corner of Nanaimo preventing a smoother merge and right-turn for cars coming from McGill, and then there’s the big rigs, a lot of them.
The problem with the Vancouver Harbour area is that, unlike the early colonization era, the place has become predominantly residential. An very busy industrial area mixed in a residential zone creates an unsightly traffic, the two just won’t mix. Port Metro draws plenty of big rigs coming from Clark street, and on the east side, on Commissioner coming from Highway 1 McGill exit. Whenever there’s a heavy big rig traffic the rest of the traffic crawls. A long-term solution would be to move Port Metro to an industrial city, away from the heart of Vancouver, like the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Short term would be to impose a strict lane rules for big rigs coming into the city – sometimes they take on all the lanes, clogging traffic. Powell street and westbound McGill street from Renfrew should be off-limits to big rigs on high commute, instead, they should take Hastings street, or at least rerouted to avoid busy intersections. The issue here is TransLink think by eliminating service in some areas, like removing #4, and sending people on a loop on #16, or take the bus further away, like #7, they think that’s going to fix the problem. Well, it won’t, because the biggest culprit is still there in traffic. They’re just making it easier for the big guys (corporations) to move about and to hell with the commuters.
I used to take the bus and the train, but I stopped, after experiencing frequent bad service and unreliability. I drive now, and I don’t have to deal with this kind of bullshit anymore. This change won’t affect me, but I feel very concerned for the people who lives along East Hastings Village and those along Powell and McGill – better service? More like neglect.
Why are we proposing the changes?
* There are multiple routes serving Powell and Hastings streets
* There is a growing demand for better SkyTrain access west of Hastings Park
* Reduces bus traffic along Hastings, Powell, and McGill streets
* Improves productivity of trolley services east of Downtown
* Easier to understand routes
* Improves access to the Millennium Line
If they want to really reduce the traffic on Hastings, Powell, and McGill, widen Hastings, extend no parking on Powell longer – before and after high commute, and reroute big rigs McGill and Powell.
Developers want to build new condo highrise downtown, that’s why the city is tearing down the Dunsmuir Viaduct, to give what the developers what. More housing, that’s all well and good, and I’m sure they’ll be snatched by opportunists who don’t even live here, further artificially inflating the housing market (speculating). Vancouver will grow, for sure, but are our roadways able to accommodate the change? Our streets are being constricted by extravagant bike lanes. The city envisioned a green metropolis, where everybody walks and rides a bike – with their families, pets, the disabled, groceries, and suitcases, maybe even during heavy snow and rain – kind of like South Korea, where everybody rides a bike year-round. The issue is, it’s a utopian dream. But wait, you might ask, “Okay, but what’s that got to do with the route changes?” Good question. The answer is, it’s the same string of band-aid solutions this current leadership is doing – the city, crown corporation, whatever. It’s a lot of posing without offering a clear viable practical vision that works FOR the people. I seriously don’t know whom TransLink is trying to please here, but with this route changes? It ain’t the commuters, that’s for sure.
Anyway, if you’re a commuter, study the proposed changes on TransLink and take the survey. As for me, I’m all good. I’m tired of this bureaucratic crap … I drive.