On July 18, 2014, considering comments from BCTA and others, the TransLink Board of Directors declined the City of New Westminster’s request to remove sections of key city roads from the truck route network.
The City had asked TransLink to ban heavy truck traffic from Royal and East Eighth avenues, and on East Columbia Street from Brunette Avenue to Braid Street. Although we could not initially find TransLink’s official statement online (hence the delay in reporting this win!), the New Westminster News Leader noted in an article on July 28 that TransLink based its decision on input from BCTA, the cities of Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby, Port Metro Vancouver, and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council.
We are also pleased to note that the Leader quoted TransLink as saying that, without any alternative routes or additional capacity on adjacent routes, removing these roads from the truck route would hurt regional movement of goods, and any decision on removing routes would be premature before a decision on the Pattullo Bridge is made, points that we stressed in a submission to New Westminster (and copied to TransLink) opposing any changes.
Regarding changes to Ewen Avenue, which was also included in the City’s proposed ban, TransLink requested that New Westminster “provide further analysis about the existing and future forecast truck volumes on Ewen Avenue east of Derwent Way, as well as stakeholder input for the Ewen Avenue proposed road designation change” (Board Meeting Summary, July 18, 2014). Ewen Avenue runs through what was originally industrial land but has changed to incorporate larger residential and commercial areas.