Congested Massey Tunnel May Not Be Replaced With 10-lane Bridge After All

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It looks like a new bridge won’t be replacing the congested Massey Tunnel.

B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena met with Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and city staff to discuss a report put together by the BC government.

The report hints that the BC NDP isn’t interested in moving forward with a 10-lane bridge.

“The Minister advised that any future crossing improvement option would not include a 10-lane bridge,” reads the report.

What’s being weighed right now is “a mutually supportable solution to address congestion along the Highway 99 in a timely manner”. …

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Massey Tunnel will not be replaced with 10-lane bridge, report suggests

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The B.C. NDP appears to have taken a 10-lane bridge off the table as an option to replace the Massey Tunnel, which is one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the province.

B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena met with Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and city staff earlier this month to discuss the future of the tunnel, which links the communities of Delta and Richmond.

A report that recently went to council suggests the province has no interest in building a new crossing with ten lanes. …

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Richmond council urges the province to act on Massey Tunnel

Richmond News

Richmond council agreed unanimously at Monday’s council meeting to send a letter to Premier John Horgan and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, to press for action on the George Massey Tunnel issue.

The letter will request a direction, communication and consultation process with municipalities regarding the issue. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie told the Richmond News that the technical review is expected to be completed and released by the end of the year.

“I hope we can have the results of the review very shortly,” said Brodie.

“But in case there is more delay, the letter is letting the province know, first of all, we want to be involved in the process, we want to know what the review is going to say, and we want to be consulted.

“Secondly, there is an additional item added to the letter to reiterate that we, as council, think the best option is to upgrade the existing tunnel and to twin the tunnel.” …

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Update: Richmond council urges the province to act on Massey Tunnel

Richmond News

The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure advised Richmond council during a recent meeting that any future crossing improvement option regarding the Massey Tunnel project would not include a 10-lane bridge, according to a staff report.

“The Ministry recognizes the significant negative impacts that the scale of such a project would have on the host communities, particularly for Richmond (e.g., proposed 3-level Steveston Highway-Highway 99 Interchange), stated the report. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he hopes to have the results of the review “very shortly.

“But in case there is more delay, the letter is letting the province know, first of all, we want to be involved in the process, we want to know what the review is going to say, and we want to be consulted.

“Secondly, there is an additional item added to the letter to reiterate that we, as council, think the best option is to upgrade the existing tunnel and to twin the tunnel.” …

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Richmond moves ahead with Smart Cities, emergency hub vision

Richmond News

Richmond is pushing on with its Smart Cities Challenge proposal which includes the creation of an emergency response hub.

The city’s application was part of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities’ nationwide Smart Cities challenge “to develop bold and ambitious ideas to improve the lives of their residents using data and connected technology.” Richmond proposed to create an “Intelligent Operation Hub” that will integrate data and coordinate emergency responses in the event of a major emergency, or even in the case of smaller day to day events such as traffic congestion.

“Richmond is excited to be a finalist in the Smart Cities Challenge,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“It is a great opportunity to make our community more resilient and improve quality of life for all residents. We will build upon our award-winning Digital Strategy and use the power of technology to make Richmond a truly Smart City.” …

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Previous decision to approve LRT lacked public consultation, says Surrey Mayor

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Could all of the drama surrounding rapid transit expansion in the South of Fraser been avoided had more proper public consultation been conducted on modal technology options?

During an impassioned speech to TransLink’s Mayors’ Council on Thursday, prior to a vote that officially approved the cancellation on the Surrey Newton-Guildford (SNG) light rail transit (LRT) project and set the first steps forward on a possible SkyTrain extension on Fraser Highway to Langley Centre, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum made strong assertions this was the very case. …

To surmise, McCallum’s decision to push for SkyTrain is ultimately a democratic one, based on the outcome of the Surrey civic election. This view was strongly seconded by Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, who countered arguments by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and North Vancouver City Mayor Linda Buchanan that the decisions by past elected representatives should be upheld. …

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Burnaby councillor Sav Dhaliwal elected new Metro Vancouver board chair

Vancouver Sun

Longtime Burnaby city councillor Sav Dhaliwal is the new head of the board of directors for Metro Vancouver.

Members of the board, which is made up of 40 elected officials from 21 municipalities, Electoral Area A and Tsawwassen First Nation, met on Friday for the first time since last month’s civic elections.

The board of directors makes decisions involving drinking water, waste-water treatment, solid waste, air quality, urban growth, regional parks and affordable housing. The 2019 budget is more than $800 million.

The directors, more than half of whom are new to the board, elected their chair and vice chair in a secret ballot. The positions are held for a one-year term.

Dhaliwal, who was nominated by Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley, said he had been contemplating a run for either the chair or vice chair position, but decided not long before Friday’s meeting to go for chair.

He defeated Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Delta Coun. Lois Jackson.

Brodie may have lost some support for his bid after speaking out strongly at a TransLink Mayors’ Council meeting on Thursday against a proposal to suspend a light rail project in Surrey and start the planning process for a SkyTrain line.

Dhaliwal has been a councillor for 16 years, served on the Metro Vancouver board as a director and been a member of the culture and parks committees. He is the first councillor to serve as chair of the board since Surrey’s Marvin Hunt, who held the position in 2004 and 2005. The mayors of Delta and then Port Coquitlam were chair from 2006 until 2018. …

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LRT plan scrapped

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Metro Vancouver mayors have voted to suspend construction on a light rapid transit line in Surrey.

Instead, they’ll move toward a SkyTrain to Langley, it was decided Thursday.

But, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum faced some stiff opposition to the about-face.

“I think this approach is setting a dangerous precedent,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. “I’m open to the idea of making a change, and we need a full analysis of that change.”

“The quickest way forward is not to throw a bomb into this. But that bomb has been cast,” added Maria Harris of Electoral Area A, which includes the University of British Columbia campus. …

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Richmond recognized as Global Active City

Richmond News

Richmond has been recognized for its active and healthy environment in the inaugural Global Active Cities designation.

The label, given by The Active Well-being Initiative, recognizes the effort cities make to offer residents the opportunities to improve their physical well-being.

“Richmond has long been known as one of Canada’s healthiest cities,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“We continue to work hard to help our citizens lead healthy, active lives through a wide variety of strategies including our recently approved Community Wellness Strategy, which was developed in concert with numerous partners. This tremendous global honour will help further energize our efforts to make sure all Richmond residents enjoy a great quality of life.” …

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Breaking: Burnaby councillor wins stunning term as Metro Vancouver chair

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Burnaby Councillor Sav Dhaliwal has shocked the local political world by being named to a powerful regional position.

Dhaliwal won election to the position of chair of Metro Vancouver – beating out longtime Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in the process.

Normally a position held by a mayor, Dhaliwal takes over from retired Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore to be chair of the regional government that covers 21 municipalities, one treaty First Nation and one electoral area. Metro Vancouver has a budget in the hundreds of millions and it manages regional parks, much of the region’s water system and regional growth strategies.

Brodie has an extensive resume as Richmond mayor, and the other nominee was Delta’s Lois Jackson. …

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