Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Walter Block: You should have to pay to drive the North Vancouver ‘Cut’

Posted by M. C. on April 5, 2022

As for impecunious travellers, they could car-pool. Get five people into a car and the fees to each are, wait for it, only 20 per cent of what they otherwise would be.

When all else fails, think the unthinkable.

Walter E. Block,  Special to Financial Post

“They” say that the Long Island Expressway near New York City is the longest parking lot in the world — and “they” are never wrong; that’s a given. What is the Canadian equivalent? One candidate is “the Cut,” a stretch of road on Canada Highway #1 in North Vancouver from the Lynn Valley Road down a steep hill to the Second Narrows Bridge, which crosses over into Burnaby and Vancouver. Why is it called “the Cut?” I don’t know. Only “they” know. Perhaps because from far away, at night, this part of the highway looks like a cut in the mountain.

The Cut is only a few miles long, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in intensity of congestion. It is no exaggeration to say that cars negotiating the Cut move at the pace of a walker, a slow walker. Call it three miles per hour, for a 20-minute mile.

What’s going on here? Total chaos. I’d call it anarchy, but anarchy is better organized than what takes place in this neck of the B.C. woods. And we’re not talking just rush hour. With the exception of maybe midnight to six a.m., traffic moves at a snail’s pace, weekends included. It seems everyone and his uncle (and his sisters and his cousins and his aunts) are trying to get onto the highway all at once.

What can be done? The bureaucrats in charge of this mess don’t seem to have a clue as to how to fix it, since it has been going on for years now. They recently spent almost $200 million on construction north of the bridge but to no avail in terms of solving the problem.

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