ChazYEG

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I wouldn't vote for Joshua. If I'm not mistaken, he's a low level bureaucrat for the GoA. What experience does he have? Plus, he's polling close to last place. I really though he was a joke candidate when I first heard about him.
Considering the viable options, he's just not attractive as a candidate.
Anne and Adrian (and even Gino) are good, viable and more qualified than him.
But I'd vote Joshua 100000x over Caterina
 

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I wouldn't vote for Joshua. If I'm not mistaken, he's a low level bureaucrat for the GoA. What experience does he have? Plus, he's polling close to last place. I really though he was a joke candidate when I first heard about him.

I didn't vote for Joshua but I think he has run a very credible and hard working campaign, well organized and some good ideas.

I think some of the campaigns that were staged by the O'Day-min candidates, not including Caterina, were the best in the city. City council work involves long days, meeting and talking to a lot of people, a lot of reading of reports to get an understanding of the issue at hand and so just a lot of homework most nights. In essence, a good councillor needs a lot of energy and dedication. Joshua has proven that and kudos to him and others in O'Day-min.
 

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Considering the viable options, he's just not attractive as a candidate.
Anne and Adrian (and even Gino) are good, viable and more qualified than him.
But I'd vote Joshua 100000x over Caterina

Completely agree that he's better than Caterina. I'm just annoyed that these nobodies are all splitting the progressive vote, and Caterina will likely win because of all these fringe candidates.
 

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Well my hope is that by tuesday morning we will know how progressive or regressive our council will be towards LRT expansion.

I of course hope we as Edmontonians vote for a council that sees the value of a strong and extensive LRT network with good connections to a better regional bus network.
Agreed. Hopefully on Tuesday morning, we'll have a sense on whether the West LRT is likely to proceed anytime soon.
 

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Henday Crossing ground work has started. Still doing deep utilities along 87ave. But we could see the elevated station get started in the spring.
I'm pretty sure I posted the construction bulletin here, but within the next couple of weeks that utility work will shift to drilling holes for the guideway's foundation. Hopefully they finish some holes before the ground gets too frozen so that they can do concrete work over the winter!
 

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we have been in vancouver since tuesday and the amount of construction going on is still crazy for both private and public sector projects including the broadway subway.

we have also yet to experience a single road or lane closure. broadway has excavations in two lanes as deep as 20’ for subway construction and still maintains two lanes of traffic each way and keeps the sidewalks open.

how many years have we lived without one of only three east/west connectors downtown while concurrently restricting the other two along with many of north/south connectors?

at the end of the day it simply comes down to priorities and will (or lack thereof).
 

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Two things, unrelated to each other.

First, regarding Watson: Here's an interesting article from 2018 that I came across, which details just how superior a people-mover the Valley Line West will be compared to BRT. Here are some especially relevant parts, with text bolded by me:

"According to the report now heading to a public hearing March 21, the west LRT line is expected to see 40,100 riders on opening day and will meet demand by running trains every five minutes. One train can hold 550 people. Seven articulated or double buses are required to carry the same number.

Since a quality bus rapid transit system would give buses their own lane and priority over other traffic, the bus rapid transit system could actually have a greater impact on vehicle traffic. The one-minute frequency would “significantly impact intersection performance. City officials said the bus rapid transit line would be cheaper to build, about 75 per cent of the cost of LRT. That means $1.7 billion instead of the $2.2-billion estimate released earlier this week.

But buses cost more to run and maintain, and have a shorter lifespan than a train. That means the total life cycle cost of bus rapid transit over 35 years could be 20 to 30 per cent more than LRT."

I was surprised to see that the cost of building a brt line would be 75% of the LRT line's cost; that's not much of a gap considering how much more efficient LRT is. As well, it was nice to see that we have some recent numbers from city administration which show what would need to be done for the BRT to compare to the VLW in terms of ridership, and how its lifetime cost would likely be worse. If Watson is hoping to commission a study between the two modes, I think she's wasting her time. This is a recent enough study; it has the answer right here. The City has been trying to get this done for decades now, so let's see it through. Let's get this done, as well as a Metro Line extension across the CN yard, then we can debate whether future projects are needed. In my opinion, these two projects are necessities to get our core LRT infrastructure reaching all quadrants of the city. Should we debate whether a second east-west line down Whyte, a Metro extension to St. Albert, etc. Are necessary? Sure, I don't mind that. But the projects currently in the works have long been needed and demanded by residents, and we should get them done while we have support from the feds (and even the province to an extent, seeing how even the UCP re-approved VLW funding), there is growing demand from residents to extend our mass transit options and reduce the need for car dependence, etc.

Regarding the Valley Line Southeast, my friend's parent is an engineer with TransEd. They learned about the project deadline extension (and thus their contract extension) from a Global News segment. As well, apparently there are lots of times where people have been trying to cut corners on important things (even things that impact safety) in the name of speed, and they're always been the sole person responsible for making them do it right. I know this is pretty vague; I tried pressing my friend for more details but she doesn't remember much. She just knows that her parent comes home every day very drained and tired of their job because of the position they're being put in by being that sole person "holding things up" in the same of doing them right. I thought it was an interesting insight into the state of things in TransEd at this point.
 
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I just don't get the timeliness on these when all over the world we see bigger projects done faster. Yes there are others with delays and long time frames, but there's also stuff like Hudson yards that was built in 3 years. One of the largest projects in NA this decade. In one of the most challenging cities to build in.

Why can we not train and hire more workers? Why are we always multiple years late? Why do we settle for this?

Everyone has struggled with the pandemic. Lots of companies have still got stuff done though. Makes me think trans ed either isn't motivated enough, or it's leaders aren't that great.

Are they even working overtime? In private companies people grind to meet deadlines. My friends at the city (eng department) still take every second Friday off, even if they're behind on projects they say..
Agreed. Hopefully on Tuesday morning, we'll have a sense on whether the West LRT is likely to proceed anytime soon.
Its under construction. The P3 corporation has a contract with severe penalties to the City for any delay or project cancellation on the part of the City. Its fully funded and will not be cancelled.
 

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