A Liveable Region Coalition Initiative
What about goods movement?
The movement of goods and services is vital to our local economy and
shipping through the port of Vancouver is critical to the Canadian economy
as a whole.
Perhaps, but first it should be recognized that there are many ways to
move goods throughout our region and each method has its advantages and
The alternative modes of goods transportation are well established in
other competitive ports of the world. The tradition of shipping by rail
and by water has already been established in the Fraser Valley, yet they
both in need of investment to be competitive.
But what about local goods and services which are frequently stuck
On the other hand it might make sense to develop road infrastructure which is reserved exclusively for local goods and services movement. These are known as High Priority Vehicle (HPV) lanes. As the traffic in these lanes would benefit economically from rapid and reliable travel times it would be reasonable to toll the lanes to help pay for their costs. This would benefit the taxpayer in addition to the businesses relying on regional transportation. The monies saved by the taxpayer by not building general purpose roads could go towards improving transit in the region, thereby further reducing the stress on our existing road system.
Whether shipping goods by rail or water, or shifting truck and services traffic to dedicated lanes our road system and our region would benefit with cleaner air, safer roads, and a stronger economy. These kinds of solutions to our local congestion challenges are proven, realistic, affordable and do not conflict with regional planning priorities.
Why has Minister Falcon chosen to pursue a general-purpose road expansion solution to congestion on the Highway 1 corridor?