Is a Streetcar Key to Vancouver’s Sustainable Future?
Over 40 percent of trips taken within Vancouver happen by foot, bike, or public transit. The City’s Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future plan outlines a target of seeing this number climb to over 50 percent of all trips over the next eight years. What is the most sustainable way for the City to reach its transportation goals for 2020 and beyond? It seems that Vancouver’s grid is a key factor in answering that question.
In “Vancouver in 2050: Transit City,” University of British Columbia (UBC) professor Patrick M. Condon distills the comprehensive work of 17 UBC students in A Convenience Truth: A 2050 Plan for a Sustainable Vancouver. Vancouver’s transit past and present are carefully considered in order to come up with a plan for the future. Taking Vancouver’s arterial framework—which essentially grew around the streetcar—into account, and the transit system’s current reliance on greenhouse gases, it seems the City’s best option for future sustainability just might be reintroducing the electric-powered streetcar.
[Top Image: Streetcars, the Missing Link?, Gordon Price]