Vancouver heading toward a traffic crisis

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — A TransLink traffic study indicates that the Greater Vancouver Area may be on its way to a traffic crisis.

The study — the first of its kind in five years — indicates that rush hours are longer, cars are carrying fewer people per vehicle and public transit is no more popular than it was five years ago.

TransLink planner Clive Rock says, “It’s more evidence of this slow, relentless path we’re on to a very serious crisis.”

The study found that rush hour traffic now lasts three hours (more than an hour longer than five years ago), and people are travelling more than usual downtown.

While TransLink has been given the green light to increase fuel taxes, the B.C. Liberals have demanded they raise an equal amount on their own. The transit body is looking at hiking property taxes next, to help raise the $40 million shortfall they’re experiencing.

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