Construction on Broadway blocks transit and car traffic. What would subway & tower construction do to the whole corridor, for years?

Dewatering equipment blocking bus lane at 222 Broadway, March 2015. A big bottleneck at busy times.

Dewatering equipment blocking bus lane at 222 Broadway, March 2015. A big bottleneck at busy times.

Photo and text submitted Andre Pekovich. He sent the same thing to Mayor and Council and will let us know what answer he receives back.

As we speak of transit initiatives, in particular the subway under Broadway, I have to ask myself why the bus system is working so poorly.  The B-line is constantly held up during rush hours by cars – some with drivers, some without – occupying the bus lane. and then there are the permanent occupations by developers, who seem to be able to overrule City Hall initiatives anytime they want for private profit.

The construction at 550 W. Broadway occupied the bus lane for the best part of 2 years, causing massive tie-ups of B-line buses carrying tired riders to and from their destinations, while the developer parked construction materials and delivery trucks all day and through the night.  Calls to City Hall were met with a singular lack of concern and the statement “Well, they have a permit to occupy that part of the street until (perpetually-advancing date).”

Now it’s starting all over again at 222 W. Broadway.  The developer has occupied – with the full permission of the city – a portion of the bus lane with large dewatering storage tanks.  These won’t be easily moved, and they’ll be in place til construction’s largely complete some 2 years hence.  Clearly the city isn’t serious about moving bus riders around.

Your comments welcome, Mayor and Council.

Transit oriented development, as done in Vancouver?

Transit oriented development, as done in Vancouver?

8 thoughts on “Construction on Broadway blocks transit and car traffic. What would subway & tower construction do to the whole corridor, for years?

  1. I know Broadway as well as anyone it is terrible street to get around to many stop signs and cross walks they need a system, above ground I do not see the benefit of subway

  2. They laugh at the gullible taxpayers and do their goose steps when the mics are turned off. Write ur own ticket (or not), as long as u have fund at their party.
    They want ur yes vote so they can skewer more money out of taxpayers for more cronies in more comnittees & boards that accomplish nothing but spends millions of tax dollars.

    • We do know this much this Vancouver Vision Mayor and Council is the worst council I have ever seen since I first lived in Vancouver in 1967 and they are all NDP hacks do not forget this fact

  3. East Hastings (ca 1400 block) totally bottlenecked east bound this afternoon by construction – TWO lanes blocked; traffic constrained to one lane.
    It’s not traffic that’s gridlocking Vancouver, but rather construction – and a yes vote will drive more development, so more construction, so more gridlock. Ironic, that.

  4. New “vancouverism”=gridlock due to construction, not more cars, not more people, few can afford to raise a young family in the most expensive city in the country. Will the next generation need as many elementary schools in the region?What’s the demographic of the
    “1 million ppl.” claimed to be moving into the region??? that we have to build infrastructure for?
    What’s the percentage of the condo apartm’t presales sold as “commodities for investors” to flip once they are built or r they being bought by ppl. intent on moving in?

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