Author Archives: Paul Hillsdon

About Paul Hillsdon

Paul Hillsdon is the Founder and Editor of He lives in Surrey and is proud urbanist championing light rail, separated bike lanes, mid-rise walk-ups, and third places. He tweets @paulhillsdon

12 tactics to win the transit referendum

The mood is shifting as advocates begin to recognize that winning the transit referendum is not just theoretically plausible, but is a realistic likelihood. However, as in any electoral process, the outcome is never secure until voting day. That means … Continue reading

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Why the transit referendum will succeed

Transit is the talk of the town, with the question for the referendum approved by the Mayors last week. Not unsurprisingly, many have argued that it is bound to fail. While the plan may be good, folks would never vote … Continue reading

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How the bloggers saved transit

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi Last summer, before I left the Vancouver region for my first job post-graduation, I released Leap Ahead with my colleague and collaborator … Continue reading

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Leap Ahead: A parting gift to our readers

Would you pay $0.35 a day if you got: UBC SkyTrain Two Light Rail lines in Surrey 7 new B-Lines Burnaby Mountain Gondola Doubled capacity on the Expo Line That’s the gist of Leap Ahead, a transit funding proposal that … Continue reading

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Why a regional sales tax is the only real option for transit funding

As the days tick by and a regional referendum on transit funding inches closer, questions surrounding the ballot are become increasingly clear. One of the central issues that the referendum will seek to answer is what funding source the region … Continue reading

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3 conditions to remove New West parkade

New Westminster City Council has approved a plan that could see the removal of half the Front Street parkade in the next few years – and potentially the entire structure by 2030. As reported by Patrick Johnstone, the Front Street … Continue reading

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