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YVR Expansion Plans Questioned By Community

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:04 am

Check this out over on the CBC site. It appears the area in and around YVR has numerous NIMBYs as well:
YVR is Canada's second busiest airport (After Toronto/Pearson--YYZ). It is also the second busiest airport on the West Coast of North America for International flights, ahead of even both SFO and SEA-TAC (although US/Traans-border operations likely help push it ahead of SFO). Is this proposed expansion viable? Or should alternatives be looked at?
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RE: YVR Expansion Plans Questioned By Community

Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:22 am

First of all, this is a 20 years looking forward plan, there is nothing more to it than pie-in-the-sky at this time but it does give a bit of a flavour of the small-minded, airport-centric thinking of the YVR Airport Authority and their lack of direct accountability to the public.

I have no great issue with expanding runways or adding more runways, but the road network will require huge changes to support the traffic. Some of the traffic changes could be accomplished by getting airport traffic directly to/from HWY 99 by avoiding surface streets through Richmond but how they expect to restrict the Arthur Laing bridge to airport traffic only I have no idea both from a practical (road network) and political perspective. It is a major commuter route between Richmond and Vancouver. I believe the bridge was built by the federal government for the airport, so they have some justification for restricting it, but all that will do is create traffic jams elsewhere that the same taxpayers will have to pay for. I can't see how it will gain the Airport Authority any popularity since it is hardly the only route to the Airport and will inconvenience airport traffic on the 3 other bridges to the airport and their connecting routes through Richmond.

I've also heard them talking about adding tolls to the Arthur Laing Bridge (and other bridges connecting to Richmond as well). Of course, none of these bridges were built with space to put the necessary size of toll-booth infrastructure.
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RE: YVR Expansion Plans Questioned By Community

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:46 pm

for the toll option on the Arthur Laing Bridge they could use electronic tolls which only require sensors with cameras at one end of the bridge. a grade seperated street from highway 99 to YVR would be hard to place as westbound traffic would have to cross from sea island way to Bridgeport road since the bridges over the middle arm ar a block apart from each other. the Canada line guideway would also get in the way.
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RE: YVR Expansion Plans Questioned By Community

Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:00 pm

YVR is expanding, as do most airports. It's great to see that the YVR Authority is being aggressive in it's planning, but I am also hoping that they also plan properly. Getting to the airport from HWY 99 can be a real pain at times, it would be much easier (especially for the residents of Richmond) if you could bypass Bridgeport Road completely. One logical way I can see them do this, is by building another bridge that connects the Arthur Laing (or at least Grant McConnachie Way) with the Oak Street Bridge. Idealy, access from both north and southbound traffic, that way you can free up some of the traffic on the Arthur Laing Bridge feeding into Richmond from Vancouver via Granville Street and S.W. Marine Drive.

I'm quite sure the the YVR Authority (or the cities of Richmond and Vancouver), will come up with an ideal solution that will benefit both the passengers of YVR as well as the local community. They already did a great job after the last major expansion, by having Bridgeport Road going straight to Grant McConnachie Way, instead of having to turn left on to No.3 Road, followed by a quick right turn on to the Moray Bridge.

As far as the Canada Line goes, that is something they should have put in place 20 years ago, and when they do come up with the final design, I really hope that it is passenger friendly enough, that you can take your suitcase on it.
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