daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How to break from the pack in a 32 candidate by-election race

Thirty-two candidates will be listed on the ballot in the Feb. 22 by-election to fill Edmonton City Council’s Ward 12. With this many candidates on the ballot, it could be challenging for voters to choose who would best represent them on… Continue Reading →

Yappa Ding Ding: Horrible Regional Signage is Causing Construction Chaos

The Ion LRT is going to take three long years to build, three years of construction and traffic jams, three years of mud, three years of inconvenience and unpleasantness. The process started a few weeks ago, and I live in the epicenter of it. The Region has got to improve their signage. Here is an ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Horrible Regional Signage is Causing Construction Chaos

The Ion LRT is going to take three long years to build, three years of construction and traffic jams, three years of mud, three years of inconvenience and unpleasantness. The process started a few weeks ago, and I live in the epicenter of it. The Region has got to improve their signage. Here is an ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Horrible Regional Signage is Causing Construction Chaos

The Ion LRT is going to take three long years to build, three years of construction and traffic jams, three years of mud, three years of inconvenience and unpleasantness. The process started a few weeks ago, and I live in the epicenter of it. The Region has got to improve their signage. Here is an ...

Trashy's World: Ottawa suburbs? NO LRT for YOU!

Voters in the ridings of Ottawa-Orleans, Ottawa West-Nepean and Ottawa South? Yeah, you guys. Pay attention to who you vote for next week. You know that LRT thingy that would be extended to your neck of the woods in Phase 2 of the project? Ain’t going to happen if Timmie is Premier. For the first ...

Autonomy For All: Hudak Promises To Incur Massive Project Cancellation Costs As Premier

Update (29 Oct):  A subsequent G&M piece says Hudak would respect signed contracts and would likely leave the Eglinton LRT alone. Also, this site claims Bombardier was paid an extra $68M for the order reduction in cancelling the Scarborough LRT. That brings cancellation costs to $153M.—- Yes, a Hudak led Ontario government would cancel LRT ...

Autonomy For All: Hudak Promises To Incur Massive Project Cancellation Costs As Premier

Update (29 Oct):  A subsequent G&M piece says Hudak would respect signed contracts and would likely leave the Eglinton LRT alone. Also, this site claims Bombardier was paid an extra $68M for the order reduction in cancelling the Scarborough LRT. That brings cancellation costs to $153M.—- Yes, a Hudak led Ontario government would cancel LRT ...

Autonomy For All: Hudak Promises To Incur Massive Project Cancellation Costs As Premier

Yes, a Hudak led Ontario government would cancel LRT projects in the Big Move, causing major project cancellation losses to sunk costs (many projects are in-flight in planning or construction) and contract escape penalties to vendors like Bombardier for cancelling or scaling back orders. “I think GO and our subways are the strengths in our ...

Autonomy For All: Dedicating Lanes to Transit Speeds Up Cars & Other Seoul Lessons

In a previous post we looked at Seoul’s experience with a free market led surface transit “system.”  Seoul has several other important lessons to teach Toronto though.  From that excellent paper I was citing: Removing car lanes and dedicating them to transit can speed up everyone’s commute: In Seoul’s case this was done with “Bus ...

Autonomy For All: Dedicating Lanes to Transit Speeds Up Cars & Other Seoul Lessons

In a previous post we looked at Seoul’s experience with a free market led surface transit “system.”  Seoul has several other important lessons to teach Toronto though.  From that excellent paper I was citing: Removing car lanes and dedicating them to transit can speed up everyone’s commute: In Seoul’s case this was done with “Bus ...

Autonomy For All: Dedicating Lanes to Transit Speeds Up Cars & Other Seoul Lessons

In a previous post we looked at Seoul’s experience with a free market led surface transit “system.”  Seoul has several other important lessons to teach Toronto though.  From that excellent paper I was citing: Removing car lanes and dedicating them to transit can speed up everyone’s commute: In Seoul’s case this was done with “Bus ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 15: When you vote on Monday, vote thoughtfully

Here’s a video of my opening remarks to the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce all-candidates’ forum last night. Here are my opening remarks at the fair and well-run St. Alberta Chamber of Commerce all-candidates forum at the St. Albert Inn last night: My name is David Climenhaga and I’m asking for your vote on Monday. ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Nail In The Coffin For Rob Ford On The Tranist File

Rob Ford lost a another key vote today in Toronto City Council. Weeks ago, the councillors called a meeting to bring back Transit City (essentially), voted on it, and Transit City is back. Also at that time they formed a special panel to look into the options for Sheppard East. The panel came back and ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Coward Rob Ford Leaves Chaos In His Wake

Today, Toronto mayor Rob Ford bolted and ran when he saw that he could not win the day. He left a fractured and confused City Hall in his wake. This mayor is finding by not working to gain a consensus, by not being willing to listen to reason, by not being interested in leading, that ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Councillors Voted To Deny Rapid Transit For Their Constituents

On Feb. 8, 2012, the majority of Toronto City Council voted to reaffirm most of the Transit City LRT plans. The vote was 25-18. Nine councillors voted no to the plan that would bring rapid transit to their wards. The Ford transit plan would only have brought rapid transit to 4 of these 9 wards. ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Has Toronto’s Mayor Become Irrelevant?

Photo of Rob Ford by Tannis Toohey for The Toronto Star Yesterday, Toronto City Council took over the lead on transit planning in the city and voted to reaffirm most of the LRT lines outlined in the Transit City plan. Council voted 25-18 to reaffirm what was already a binding agreement between Toronto City Council ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto Councillors To Vote For the Return of Most of Transit City

TTC Chair Karen Stintz Moves To Bury Rob Ford’s Subway This Wednesday, Toronto city council will vote to bring back most of the Transit City plan. 24 members of council have called the meeting to force this vote – a vote that should have happened a year ago, and a vote that has to be ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": LRT For Me

Waterloo Regional Council looks set to approve the LRT. This a triumph of vision over fear. It is a triumph of the “can do” spirit I thought 30 years of conservatism had killed in Canada. Bravo Waterloo. It is a good day for the Region and a bold step toward the future. Update: And it ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The Future of King Street

I spent the weekend in Toronto, and this morning I needed to head cross town in my car. I decided to take St Clair, thinking it would be quicker. Those days are gone…The recently-completed St. Clair LRT, like other Toronto LRTs, is very different from Waterloo Region’s proposed LRT: in Toronto an LRT is a ...

Yappa Ding Ding: More concerns about LRT

Four skilled individuals (planning, Engineering, and legal), all of whom live locally, put together this list of comments about the proposed LRT. K-W is a city of 350,000, not a city of 729,000, the number that is always quoted regarding the Regional population of 2031. The next largest city where a significant LRT investment has ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Lack of credibility, the Region, and LRT reports

Chair Jim Wideman and Members of Planning and Works Committee have released the long-awaited LRT report, titled Preliminary Preferred Rapid Transit Implementation Option and dated April 12, 2011.There is no nice way to say this. The report is another example of flagrantly biased and inaccurate public relations hooey from the Region.The report says, “In evaluating ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The Region’s LRT ridership estimates: pie in the sky

The figures for other cities are from Wikipedia. This analysis was done by Dave Ramsey. Dave’s conclusions: The estimated daily boardings of 56,000 in 2031 are overstated by at least 40,000. Just like every city in North America with a population of less than 1M, KW will not need the LRT or BRT to cope ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The myth of the successful Calgary LRT

The 30th Anniversary of the C-Train: A Critical Analysis of Calgary’s Light Rail Transit System, by Steve LafleurSome nuggets about the Calgary LRT (dubbed the CTrain) from this report, which was released on March 30, 2011: The conservative estimate herein puts the cost per paying rider at roughly $2.88 [There is an assumption] that the ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Negative impact of LRT on the City of Waterloo

I wrote a little report on some concerns I have about what LRT will do to the city of Waterloo. You can download it here. (Click the file name LRT_impact_on_Waterloo.pdf at the top.)Upate: I expanded the report so that the Waterloo city impacts are just part of it.###

Yappa Ding Ding: Support for light rail trains gets a boost

During the recent public consultations, the Region distributed a survey that could be filled out on paper or online. It listed 11 options: nine were forms of LRT, one was BRT on dedicated lanes, and one was no rapid transit.The Region has released the results of the survey, causing the Record to trumpet that 78% ...