Transportation policy needs revision

Basing a transportation strategy on a plan from 15 years ago doesn't make sense.

Editor: Lenora Nicholson makes some very valid points in her letter (The Times, April 29) regarding transportation costs and taxpayer burden.

An in-depth read and analysis of the Fraser Valley Growth Strategy of June 1, 2000 is an eye-opener.

This strategy, originating from meetings held in 1997, is a document that has as much relevance today as the news that movies are now in colour.

This report is one that is in effect and apparently was utilized to plan the valley’s transportation needs. The conclusions therein have no relevance to today’s reality.

The transportation forecast for the time period 2000 to 2020 are for a doubling of population and number of vehicles on the roads — a forecast that has absolutely nothing in line with the current traffic flows and population.

Current expectations for the population of the valley are around a million people in the immediate future. The use of  this document for planning our future is ludicrous.

BC on the Move has come out with a new 10-year plan that apparently reflects the opinion of the residents of the Fraser Valley. In some instances, it contradicts the 2000 growth strategy. It appears that the original strategy of 2000 did not work and needs revision or updating. This is another government boondoggle.

Terry Brenan,

Aldergrove