Moving goods between the suburbs and Vancouver/the port has a significant impact on our roadway infrastructure, burns fossil fuels, contributes to traffic congestion, etc. What would it take to retrofit the Skytrain system (cars and stations) to allow movement of goods? Goods transport could occur either after the commuter trains stop running, or during the day between commuter trains.
As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion - they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge - which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.
It's been noted that expanding highways to relieve congestion is like loosening your belt to relieve obesity. It doesn't address the real problem. So my change is to make sure that the Port Mann Bridge doesn't get twinned and Highway One doesn't get widened.
I'm not claiming this as my own personal change but I'm one of many people working toward making sure we in the Lower Mainland have long-term, sustainable, reasonably priced transportation solutions to get people and goods (not necessarily cars) across the Fraser River, rather than twinning the Port Mann Bridge and widening Highway One.
If anyone would like to find out more about what's being done or get involved, check out www.livableregion.ca.