Archive for the ‘Evergreen Line’ category

– Vancouver area Evergreen rapid transit line gets green light

October 28, 2009

Journal of Commerce

RICHARD GILBERT


It’s a whopper of an expense, but TransLink is pressing forward with plans for another rapid transit expansion project in the Lower Mainland.

The $1.4 billion Evergreen Line project will connect Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby.

Construction of the 11 kilometre line is expected to begin in late 2010 and be completed in 2014.

The federal and provincial governments have contributed about $800 million.

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– Campbell says Evergreen Line will go ahead

October 26, 2009

ED. Here we go again… Campbell is again demanding that heavy rail be used on the Evergreen line…. regardless of the fact that major cities across north America and around the world are choosing rapid light rail – rather than the extremely more expensive heavy rail Skytrain technology.  Why is that?  And now I predict the Evergreen line will be built by for-profit private business (his developer friends). This again shows Campbell’s lack of understanding about transportation issues; and his right-wing philosophy about letting big business run things.

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METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Gordon Campbell continues to say the Evergreen Line will go ahead, despite Metro Mayors voting against the necessary funding needed for TransLink to expand the system.

The vote put the fate of the Evergreen Line in question, but Campbell remains optimistic it will be built. “The federal government is a huge partner in the Evergreen Line, they’ve come to the table for that urban transit system, the provincial government is a major partner in the Evergreen Line. I’m sure we’ll be to find ways that we can move forward so that we have the kind of public transit that is going to be necessary for the long term health of this region.”

It’s the first time Campbell has spoken about the line since the mayors’ vote, and the first time he’s alluded to the possibility of TransLink not being involved.

Campbell wouldn’t say if other funding options for the mega project are being explored.

– EVERGREEN LINE: Wanting & working may not be enough to get station

October 23, 2009

Tri-City News

By Diane Strandberg

If Port Moody residents want a third Evergreen Line station at the western end of the city, they’ll have to work to get it.

That was the suggestion of one official speaking at a meeting regarding the preliminary design plans for Evergreen.

Raymond Louie, a TransLink official who worked on the Canada Line, said developers and the community actively pursued locations for some of the stations on the Vancouver-to-Richmond transit project — and got their wish.

But affordability and ridership will determine whether a third station is viable in Port Moody, he said.

The concern is that adding a third station will simply draw riders from other stations, thus adding costs without increasing ridership.

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– Mayors in no-win position over TransLink: Trasolini

October 17, 2009

ED. Plus the province has yet to release the TransLink funding/management report to the Mayor’s Council… making it even more difficult to make rational, informed decisions regarding TransLink’s 10-year operating plan. RELATED STORY: Mayors still in dark on TransLink review findings as vote looms

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Tri-city News

By Diane Strandberg

Port Moody’s mayor says he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to voting on TransLink’s 10-year operating plan.

And Joe Trasolini says he’s no clearer on what’s the best decision to make after meeting with residents Wednesday night.

Trasolini said he and TransLink’s council of mayors are expected to choose between two unpalatable funding options:

• one with no extra funding that would set TransLink back 10 years and result in devastating cuts, and possibly even the loss of community shuttle services on PoMo’s north shore;

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– No light at end of TransLink funding tunnel

October 8, 2009

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North Shore News

Elizabeth James

“Public accountability means the obligation of authorities to explain publicly, fully and fairly, before and after the fact, how they are carrying out responsibilities that affect the public in important ways.”

Henry E. McCandless, former principal in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

By Oct. 30, the regional mayors’ council must decide if it will approve TransLink plans to raise $450 million annually in new funding.

In casting his vote as the North Shore’s representative, city councillor Craig Keating is on the horns of a dilemma.

Keating usually supports green initiatives, and public transit fits the bill. This time, however, he might decide to proceed with caution.

TransLink’s insatiable appetite for regional dollars poses a serious threat to Metro municipalities who need to raise taxes for all of the other services in their mandate. Furthermore, taxpayers sense that if they agree to half a billion this year, it’s only a matter of time before TransLink comes back for more.

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– Mayors’ Council can’t approve Evergreen Line

October 4, 2009

The Straight

Vancouver BC

By Charlie Smith

When the Mayors’ Council meets later this month to recommend a funding option to the TransLink board, it won’t have the choice of choosing a package that includes the Evergreen Line to Coquitlam.

In an interview with the Georgia Straight after the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, Port Moody mayor Joe Trasolini said the TransLink board hasn’t put a $450-million-per-year funding increase before the Mayors’ Council for consideration.

This option–referred to as On Track to a Sustainable Region (expansion program)–is the only one that includes funding for the Evergreen Line.

“It’s an illegal option,” Trasolini said.

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– Can TransLink’s business cases be trusted?

September 30, 2009

Rail for the Valley

Since last spring, the Light Rail Committee has circulated an E-Mail sent by American transit and transportation expert, Gerald Fox to a Victoria transit group that wants to promote LRT and diesel LRT into the Capital Region. Mr. Fox easily shreds TransLink’s business case for the Evergreen Line which should forewarn transit groups in the Fraser Valley that TransLink easily manipulates statistics to favour SkyTrain to the detriment of light-rail and is not to be trusted with any transit study.

The following is the text of the E-Mail and for those lobbying for the return of the Interurban, just substitute the Fraser Valley for Victoria.

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