Archive for the ‘Canada’ category

Alternatives to Broadway Corridor SkyTrain

November 16, 2009

Posted by Jake Tobin Garrett


Image by Graham_Ballantyne from the BR Flickr Pool

On October 23, 2009 several mayors voted to increase funding for Translink to $130m in order to keep services running at the same level we are experiencing now (as opposed to a cut back to 1970s levels–ouch). Unfortunately, this plan falls short of the increase in funding Translink needed for expansion, and so expansion has effectively been shelved for the moment.


Transit strike in London, Ontario

November 16, 2009

London’s first transit strike in nearly 30 years

On the heels of the break down in contract negotiations between the London Transit Commission (LTC)  and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 741, the LTC held a press conference Sunday afternoon (Nov. 15), at City Hall where London’s Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best expressed her frustrations.

De-Cicco-Best said thousands of Londoners will be impacted by this strike, and reiterated the LTC’s position that the offer placed on the table Sunday was fair and did allow for a combined increase of 9 per cent in wages and benefits.

As of midnight Sunday, unionized transit workers will officially be off the job until such a time as the two sides are willing to head into arbitration to reach a contract agreement.


Ex-CEO of TransLink joins bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries

November 10, 2009

Press Release

WINNIPEG, Nov. 9 /CNW/ – New Flyer Industries Inc. (TSX:NFI.UN) (“New Flyer” or the “Company”), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States, announced today that Ms. Pat Jacobsen has been invited and has agreed to join its Board of Directors.

Ms. Jacobsen served as the CEO of TransLink in Vancouver, BC, from 2001 to 2008 and approved millions of dollars to purchase New Flyer buses for Vancouver.

– Transit decision delayed again

November 2, 2009

Hamilton Spectator

by Emma Reilly

A decision about the future of rapid transit in Hamilton has been delayed for the second time.

The city will have to wait until January 2010 to learn whether it will receive light rail (LRT) or dedicated bus lanes (BRT), said Jill Stephen, director of strategic and environmental planning.

Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area public transportation body, was originally scheduled to recommend LRT or BRT in July. That timeline was extended to the fall and a decision was expected in November.


– Region’s sustainable transit plan must be funded

October 29, 2009

Vancouver Sun

By Mike Harcourt

If TransLink’s “sustainable Metro Vancouver” budget increased $450 million per year — on top of its present approximately $1-billion budget — we could have:

– Three more LRT lines (Evergreen Line from Lougheed Mall to Coquitlam Town Centre via Port Moody, the Millennium Line extended toward the University of British Columbia and an expanded and extended Expo Line);

– Seven Bus Rapid Transit(BRT) Lines: King George Highway and Scott Road in Surrey; Lougheed to Abbotsford, 200th in Langley;


– Nuisance claims serious for P3 projects

October 22, 2009

National Post

Work on the Canada Line rapid transit system in Vancouver in 2007. A recent court ruling made the systems owners liable for losses by a local business. It cost them $600,000.

Work on the Canada Line rapid transit system in Vancouver in 2007. A recent court ruling made the system's owners liable for losses by a local business. It cost them $600,000.

Donalee Moulton

Noise, inconvenience and disruption go hand in hand with construction projects. Now, a spring ruling from the Supreme Court of British Columbia may make those everyday realities a very costly component of doing business for public-private partnership (P3) projects in this country.

In Heyes v. City of Vancouver, the province’s Supreme Court ruled that the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc., and InTransit BC were liable for adversely affecting a local maternity clothing business — a finding that cost them more than $600,000. The case is under appeal.

“This was a nuisance claim,” notes Dianne Saxe, an environmental lawyer based in Toronto. Such claims, she says, have been out of fashion for some time — principally because of government statutes prohibiting them.