Archive for the ‘Victoria’ category

Langford versus regional planning

November 14, 2009

Goldstream News Gazette

By Edward Hill

Regional transit and trail projects are falling afoul in Langford as the city butts heads with planners at BC Transit and Capital Regional District Parks.

BC Transit is moving ahead with its Victoria Regional Rapid Transit plan without a Langford leg clearly in place. For the E&N rail-trail, Langford has asked CRD Parks to stop work on the project, which broke ground in late October.


Call to consider fare-hike impact on ferry users overdue

November 12, 2009

By Jack Knox, Times Colonist

Forget for a moment whether David Hahn makes a million bucks or gets paid in day-old Triple-O burgers.

Regardless of whether he and other B.C. Ferries brass are overpaid, their collective compensation packages barely dent the corporation’s $750-million annual operating budget.

No, the most intriguing part in the provincial comptroller general’s report this week was the bit that says the impact on ferry users should be considered when fares are set.

Which is what Islanders groaning under the weight of a series of hefty fare increases have been arguing for six years. Too bad that’s like saying “I told you so” to the engineers who swore the Titanic was unsinkable. Nice to be right. Sucks to be drowning.


– Rapid transit options mulled

November 4, 2009

ED. Another city rejects heavy rail (SkyTrain) technology

Victoria News

By Erin Cardone

Rather than planes, trains and automobiles, B.C. Transit will be weighing the pros and cons of trams, trains and buses.

After pinning down the preferred route of a rapid transit system linking the West Shore to downtown last week, the next step is to decide which technology will use the route.

“The detailed design of the (transit) alignment will be based on the technology we include,” said Joanna Morton, spokesperson for B.C. Transit.

Morton said B.C. Transit will host open houses and public input sessions, but no dates have been announced.


– The need for a Regional Transportation Authority

October 29, 2009

Victoria Vision

The city has now been promised $21 000 000 from the federal government for the replacement of the bridge. This money is not coming from the stimulus money, but from the Build Canada pot of money. This should mean the timelines the city was trying to meet for the stimulus funding are not longer an issue.

Without funding from the province, the cost of the bridge to the city is over $40 000 000 if there are no cost overruns. The city needs to either find some other sources of money for the bridge or scale back the project. The easiest way to scale back the project would be to drop the rail part of the bridge.


– 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.


– U-Pass helps bus use triple in decade: UVic

October 2, 2009

Times Colonist

By Jeff Bell

System was Western Canada’s first, later spread to other universities

The number of people taking a bus to the University of Victoria on an average day has almost tripled over the past decade, and the 10-year-old Universal Bus Pass program, known as the U-Pass, is being given much of the credit.

“If you came onto the campus 10 years ago, you would have found that we had 5,800 parking spots, but you would have had trouble finding an [empty one],” UVic vice-president of finance and operations Gayle Gorrill told a crowd yesterday at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the program, which also operates at Camosun College.