Many benefits to SkyTrain
Editor: Re: “TransLink’s numbers challenged,” (letters, The Times, March 12).
Malcolm Johnston’s promotion of non-automated light rail, be it for short or long distance trips, still requires seriously considering the many cuts across many streets, thus negatively and very annoyingly affecting (via crossing signals) stop-and-go, fossil fuel-emitting traffic.
Additional fuel-burning buses hopefully will be ignored by the powers that be. They spew their toxins aplenty with their unrelenting stop and go in vehicle-congested Vancouver.
However, there’s much green potential in a massive addition to overhead electric line grids to power such electric buses, which have been such a success in Vancouver for decades.
Unfortunately, as long as SkyTrain is a monetarily, though not environmentally, greater expense, there’ll be letters and voices in newspapers and other media denouncing this superior form of mass transportation.
Regardless of its price, SkyTrain’s benefits considerably outweigh its negatives — unless, of course, one foolishly places breathable air on par, or even less valuable, than money.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr.,