Archive for the ‘Canada Line’ category

Cambie-area businesses to seek damages

November 21, 2009

The Province

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

Because of the complexity of the case, theater owner Leonard Schein of the association said a decision was made to go with two law firms, Arvay Finlay and Hordo and Bennett.

There was “overwhelming support,” to proceed, said Schein.

Damages being sought are in excess of $20 million.

Canada Line to lose millions each year despite strong ridership

November 15, 2009

Rail for the Valley

By zweisystem

Another TransLink Bambozzle

From the “Tip of the Iceberg Department”; the RAV/Canada Line is going to cost TransLink money but until the BC Auditor General has a go at TransLink, SkyTrain and RAV, the public will never know the true costs of the new subway or of TransLink’s metro operation.

The $14 million to $21 million shortfall mentioned is just on the $300 million or so P-3 part of the project and TransLink’s portion of the metro and does not include the annual debt servicing costs of the over $1 billion in senior government money invested in the subway. If TransLink’s appeal of Susan Heyes lawsuit fails and hundred of other affected merchants sue, TransLink’s shortfall for the RAV/Canada Line will increase dramatically.

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Canada Line popular, but will be a money-loser for next 15 years

November 12, 2009

ED. The real reason transit fares in Vancouver are rising again:

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That recent report from the comptroller general, which took issue with the operations of Translink and BC Ferries, says the new Canada Line is going to lose anywhere from 14 million to 21 million dollars a year until 2025.
The report says the cost of operating the line is expected to exceed the additional revenue it generates until 2025, with costs exceeding incremental revenues by 14 million to 21 million dollars for most years, until that time.
Despite that, Translink says it’s happy with the ridership on the line, which averages more than 80 thousand people a day.
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Low density neighbourhoods prove costly for TransLink

November 10, 2009

City Caucus

Posted by Daniel Fontaine

Remote routes are a dead end for sustainable transit: Comptroller General

Last week BC’s Comptroller General released a report on the future of both BC Ferries and the much maligned TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transit authority. For the most part the media focus was on the “exorbitant” executive salaries over at BC Ferries. What got overshadowed were some interesting findings relating to the impact low density suburban neighbourhoods are having on TransLink’s bottom line.

One need only visit Surrey or Pitt Meadows for a few minutes to better understand the challenge TransLink faces. Many of the Coast Mountain buses operating there are doing so at very low capacity. That’s why so many people joke about the fact the bus drivers are transporting air for the better part of their shift. Juxtapose this against the overcrowded 99-B Line servicing UBC. Empty suburban buses are not only costing TransLink a fortune, they are putting in jeopardy expansion plans in more cost-efficient high density neighbourhoods.

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Long wait for Canada Line in the morning

November 7, 2009

ED.  More signs of poor management: TransLink can’t even schedule a bus to arrive in time to catch the RAV (Canada Line) line.

Richmond Review

Letter to the Editor

Is it possible to spend $2 billion on a transit system that fails to deliver? Unfortunately, yes. While the Canada Line is a great amenity for many people, especially those living near No. 3 Road and Vancouver’s Cambie Street, it is a source of frustration for others.

There is a clear lack of communication and co-ordination between TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus and Protrans BC, the company that runs the Canada Line. (more…)

– Metro mayors fold at TransLink poker; Some think Victoria would have paid up

October 25, 2009

Canwest News Service

Maverick Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan wanted Lower Mainland mayors to call the province’s bluff when it came to TransLink’s funding shortfall.

But instead of voting to hold the line on funding — and forcing the province to cut back on service — they blinked.

Friday, the mayors agreed to wring another $130 million in revenue a year from the region’s residents through higher gas taxes and transit fares.

Money will also come from the province to replace $57 million in taxes on commercial parking it expected, but that will be wiped out by implementation of the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax next summer.

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– Thanks to Campbell fares going up

October 25, 2009

ED. Because of the three billion dollars spent on the RAV (Canada Line) by order of Campbell – who would only fund heavy rail – TransLink is now broke.  Does BC Place really need a half billion dollar new roof?

Gas tax, parking, and transit fares to rise dramatically

Metro Vancouver mayors voted Friday to increase the regional gas tax and transit fares as a way to raise $130 million to help keep the region’s transportation system running.

Evergreen Line, linking Burnaby and Coquitlam, cancelled.

Regional gas tax rising by three cents from 12-cents per litre to 15- cents per litre.

Holders of FareSaver tickets and monthly passes will see prices go up by about 11 percent.

The first fare increase to transit fares is coming on April 1, 2010, but will not affect all fares.

A one-zone fare will remain at $2.50 and a two-zone fare will stay at $3.75. But books of Fare Zone tickets will go up to $21 from $19 for one zone and to $31.49 from $28.50 for two zones.

The cost of monthly fare cards also will go up — to $81.03 from $73 for one zone and to $109.99 from $99 for two zones.

Cash fares will remain the same.