Building a new bridge was a major strategic error

Transit spending should have taken place of new Port Mann Bridge.

Editor: We are witnessing the biggest strategic error B.C. has ever made.  The fast ferries and the BC Place roof each cost about $500 million, but the people of BC will end up spending $3.5 billion for the Port Mann Bridge and associated roadworks.

There are always deniers but most people realize that the world is at or near peak oil and we will be struggling with supplying this finite resource. Then there’s the environmental issues over the extracting and burning of oil.

The solutions to alleviate traffic congestion were simple: either implement efficient rapid transit and rail enhancements or add lanes to facilitate the use of inefficient private vehicles to go everywhere all the time for everything.

These issues will not directly affect my generation, but future generations will not have the quick and effective rapid transit system that regions that have bought into long-term solutions will enjoy.

Dave Rush,

Maple Ridge

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