Archive for the ‘Crime’ category

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.


Million-dollar B.C. Ferries boss says he isn’t overpaid

November 10, 2009



By Frank Luba, The Province

Million-dollar B.C. Ferries boss David Hahn said Monday he isn’t overpaid, despite a Provincial Comptroller-General released Friday stating his salary — which includes bonuses and pension — is “more than double that of the largest public sector comparators.”

Last July, Hahn’s salary, including bonuses and benefits was revealed to be $1,034,680 for the fiscal year ending March 31. At that time Transportation Ministry Shirley Bond called the package “shocking”.

But Hahn fired back Monday.


Bloated Pay, Conflict at Top of BC Ferries: Ministry Report

November 8, 2009

The Tyee
By Andrew MacLeod


A new finance ministry report has found B.C. Ferry Services Inc. board members and executives are overpaid, directors of the British Columbia Ferry Authority are in a conflict of interest, and TransLink’s board is a mess and should have acted sooner to get the agency’s finances in order.

But the person who requested the review, B.C. Transportation Minister Shirley Bond, said she’s not ready yet to make any changes.

“BCFS executive compensation was significantly higher than that paid by several larger public sector entities,” said British Columbia’s comptroller general Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland in the 97-page Report on Review of Transportation Governance Models.


– Video: efforts to derail mass transit in America

November 2, 2009

gmTaken for a Ride

55:32 run time

Taken for a Ride is an amazing documentary by Jim Kleina and Martha Olson that documents the efforts to derail mass transit in America.



Ever wonder why the U.S. has the worst mass transportation system in the industrialized world? Using historical footage and investigative research, this film tells how GM fought to push freeways into the inner cities of America, and push public transportation out.

Prohibiting or destroying transportation that competes with the automobile is no longer acceptable. Yet, massive subsidies to the automobile and truck transportation system, and government requirements for private subsidies to the automobile, have almost the same result. Only a small minority, in what used to be a majority, use transit, bicycles, or walk.


The Fight to Save the Streetcars and Electric Trains

The Desired Result: Drive People to Drive

General Motors’ Destruction of California Transit Systems

– CCTV pilot project focuses on Surrey crime hot spot

October 10, 2009

ED. Cameras do not prevent crime. It would be far more effective and less expense to hire security guards to patrol the stations and parking lots. What’s wrong with TransLink management?!

The Province, Vancouver, BC

By Kent Spencer

New closed-circuit television cameras at Scott Road SkyTrain station parking lot are watching over one of Surrey’s hot spots for crime.

The city’s crime-reduction manager, Colleen Kerr, hopes the 12 cameras, which were installed this summer and provide blanket coverage of the lot, will ultimately decrease auto thefts. (ED. Rather than hope something works, let’s implement a proven system to reduce crime).


– Shielding bus drivers

October 3, 2009

Burnaby New Leader


Last week’s vicious attack of a bus driver on Canada Way in Burnaby has Coast Mountain Bus Company contemplating adding shields to protect drivers from passengers.

It’s sad it’s come to this. Extremely sad.

Bus drivers have long been the target of vitriol spewed at them for perceived wrongdoing after perceived wrongdoing. Whatever the customer is upset about is something the driver rarely has any control over, but they bear the brunt of the anger.


– Terror Probe Puts U.S. Mass Transit Systems on Alert

September 22, 2009

Washington Post

United States

By Carrie Johnson and Spencer S. Hsu

A 24-year-old Afghan man at the center of an unfolding FBI investigation into a possible U.S. terrorism cell was ordered held without bond in Colorado Monday as authorities raced to learn more about an alleged plot using hydrogen peroxide explosives and who else might have been helping to carry it out.

Meanwhile, authorities in Washington and elsewhere were stepping up safety patrols on mass transit systems in response to an advisory issued in connection with the probe.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a bulletin to transit agencies Friday repeating past warnings to be on guard for attacks on mass transit systems, and identifying hydrogen peroxide-based explosives as a specific risk. Federal officials called the notice “precautionary”, and said it included possible countermeasures such as random checks of stations, trains and buses.

Local officials in Washington said the bulletin specifically mentioned Grand Central Station in New York City, but said they have nevertheless increased the number of random patrols. Because there was no specific threat for this region, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said police have not implemented random bag searches.