The Vancouver elections are just around the corner and the battle to win your vote is starting to heat up. Today NPA mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton threw a punch at Gregor by stating she plans to bring streetcar service to downtown Vancouver. The talk of streetcar has been promised for a long time, most recently after the Olympics.
The line would run from Granville Island to Science World, through Chinatown and Gastown and will terminate at Waterfront Station. Future expansions all the way to Stanley Park and Yaletown are also in the works.
The cost is about $200 million and will be funded via public-private partnerships.
While the streetcar would be a nice addition to the Vancouver city scape, it’s hardly an election issue. Don’t get me wrong if they broke ground on it tomorrow I’d be happy. Perhaps Mayor Gregor can snap his finger and workers miraculously start work on this the next a la the Hornby Bike lane.
What this city needs is a forward thinking mayor that is connected to all Vancouverites, not just the residents who prefer the status quo. City Hall has taken some progressive steps to mitigate the NIMBY-ism make this city more lively and also densify outside the core. However, it’s not happening fast enough.
The upcoming weeks will be interesting.