Pro-trolleybus resolutions of Vancouver City Council
Vancouver City Council has passed a number of motions supporting the use of
trolley buses, rather than diesel buses, on major bus routes in the city. A
number of these motions, or excerpts from them if they were part of larger
resolutions, are presented below along with the date they were passed.
July 8, 1997
THAT BC Transit be requested to return trolleys to Robson Street now that the
City has resolved the delay problem as previously requested by Transit.
March 25, 1997
A. THAT in the absence of proven alternate fuel technology, BC Transit, while
conducting their review process for new technologies, including European
technology, acquire replacement trolley vehicles to both maintain and augment
transit service on existing routes in Vancouver.
B. THAT BC Transit continue its research of quiet, alternatively fuelled
vehicles, for consideration on new routes and express service applications in
Vancouver, with the understanding Council's preference is an expanded trolley
system where feasible.
C. THAT BC Transit be requested to come back to Committee to discuss
specifically the change over from trolley to diesel buses on certain city routes
due to traffic problems.
February 18, 1997
MOVED by Cllr. Price,
SECONDED by Cllr. Chiavario,
AND WHEREAS the City of Vancouver has committed itself to develop
transit-oriented and friendly communities, as called for in both City Plan and
the GVRD Strategic Plan;
AND WHEREAS the Central Area of Vancouver has already achieved the densities
needed to support cost-effective transit service.Indeed, there is significant
excess demand over what is being currently provided, as reflected in saturated
peak-period use and significant increases in off-peak patronage;
AND WHEREAS City Council has repeatedly called for BC Transit to provide a
Downtown loop and for a new transit route along Pacific Boulevard;
AND WHEREAS BC Transit has announced its commitment to a Downtown Loop and
Pacific Boulevard service, including an extension of the trolley lines to
provide for loop service;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT City Council express its strong support for the
new Downtown services, and that we send a letter of appreciation to BC Transit;
AND THAT City Council notes the necessity to maintain and expand the
electric-trolley system - a quiet, environmentally sound mode of transport that
comprises an important part of this City's heritage;
AND THAT the City work with BC Transit to improve the reliability and
efficiency of this service.
February 22, 1996
THAT BC Transit be asked to consider a West End routing that includes a
Davie, Denman, Robson and Homer/Richards or Pacific Boulevard loop trolley
April 21, 1994
THAT B.C. Transit be requested to use electrified trolleys, as much as
possible, on West End routes.