Archive for the ‘North Shore’ category

– Future regional service could eat 20% of household incomes: Metro Vancouver

November 5, 2009

North Shore Outlook

By Rebecca Aldous

In 20 years, North Shore property owners could face $12,000 bills for regional services, says Metro Vancouver’s chief financial officer.

The region faces significant infrastructure costs, including sewage upgrades to secondary treatment and additional garbage management operations, Jim Rusnak told West Vancouver council Monday night.

As a result, costs associated with running and upgrading Metro Vancouver, member municipalities and TransLink services could rise from $4.9 billion to $14.6 billion annually. (more…)

– West Van passenger ferry service set to sail

October 28, 2009

North Shore Outlook

By Rebecca Aldous

After 62 years, West Vancouver will see a return of a passenger ferry at the 14th Street Pier at Ambleside Landing.

Starting next month, Coastal Link Ferries Limited will offer six weekday trips to downtown’s Bute Street Dock in Coal Harbour — 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Sail time will take between seven and eight minutes, 15 minutes when including embarking and disembarking, said Ihab Shaker, owner of the 67-passenger ferry that already runs between Bowen Island and Coal Harbour.

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– Drivers, passengers urged to link up online

October 17, 2009

North Shore Outlook

By Jeff Nagel

Time for ride share!

Commuters are being urged to try car-pooling by registering in TransLink’s online ride-matching website.

The ride-sharing site, www.ride-share.com, matches willing drivers with passengers who take similar routes at similar times.

TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast said car pooling offers an important avenue to try to reduce congestion, particularly on the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“We need to find other ways of getting around, besides the one-person-one-car scenario,” he said.

“Space on buses and SkyTrain is at a premium already and we at TransLink have a mandate to help people find as many creative alternatives as possible.”

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– No light at end of TransLink funding tunnel

October 8, 2009

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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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– Foot ferry is viable: Mayor

October 7, 2009

By Walter Cordery, The Daily News

City ready and willing to help businesses with plans to run a Nanaimo-Vancouver service

Despite previous failed attempts to run a passenger-only ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver, Mayor John Ruttan believes it can be a viable run and says the city is willing to help potential operators establish another service.

Ruttan said that Pacific Coach Lines’ decision to eliminate its bus link between Duke Point and Vancouver International Airport due to a lack of ridership makes it the time to re-examine the idea of a passenger-only ferry service. A vessel that docks in Vancouver by the Seabus terminal would give passengers access to both downtown and the Vancouver airport via the SkyTrain’s Canada Line.

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– West Van warns TransLink it wants more bang for its buck

October 7, 2009

North Shore Outlook

By Rebecca Aldous

West Vancouver’s paying a lot for a little, council told TransLink as the authority tried to muster up support to cover its $130-million shortfall.

This year, the district is handing the regional transit authority close to $9 million, up $400,000 in 11 years, Coun. Shannon Walker said on Monday.

As it stands, the average West Van property owner pays $500 in property taxes to TransLink, double the fee of majority of municipalities, she noted.

On Oct. 23, Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones will vote, along with other Lower Mainland mayors, on a option for TransLink’s 2010 10-year strategic plan.

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