Posted tagged ‘Canada Line’

– Restoring the Rule of Law in Vancouver

August 24, 2009

from DO RAV RIGHT

When a government’s decisions are taken behind closed doors and outside people’s supervision, the world cannot trust that government. — Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate 2003

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The rights of BC’s small businesses took a surprising but welcome turn for the better on 27 May 2009.

impeachAfter four years of crippling losses that drove nearly 100 businesses adjacent to the RAV/Canada Line construction from their location or into failure, one heroic merchant saw through her legal battle and won her claim of $600,000 in construction-related losses. This unprecedented decision–following from an unprecedented urban excavation project–may change the lives of many who have suffered, many who have lost their life’s work to the “cavalier disregard” of their legal rights in a democratic country. Check here for more information about this legal case or here to contact us with regard to negotiating a claim on your behalf.

On June 19, an unelected regional transportation authority, already hundreds of millions of dollars in debt due to this mismanaged and fraudulent transit project, chose to throw millions more into the legal fight of big business against the small. Hazel & Company’s award of $600,000 <click for court documents is now being challenged in the BC Court of Appeal by Translink on behalf of the RAV concessionaire, InTransitBC LLP.

The Do RAV Right Coalition wishes to thank over 35 professionals in the fields of municipal, environmental, and criminal law, construction, excavation shoring, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, toxicology, epidemiology, and transportation economics and planning for their contributions to this article.

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– Canada Line Ride Slideshow

August 18, 2009

CBC News

canadaLine.interior

View the slide show here

– TransLink’s Idea of Comfort

August 18, 2009
All-steel construction

All-steel construction seat. Ouch!

– Is Vancouver’s shiny, new Canada Line worth the price?

August 18, 2009

NATIONAL POST

Brian Hutchinson, National Post

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

VANCOUVER — Already boastful of their city’s natural beauty and its status as the world’s best in almost everything, Vancouverites have found reason to be even more insufferable.

On Monday, the city’s new light metro system was opened to the public. Completed on budget and some 100 days ahead of schedule, it is the latest in a roster of municipal mega-projects to launch this year, and accompanies new bridges, highways and Olympic Winter Games facilities.

The 19-kilometre Canada Line connects downtown Vancouver to suburban Richmond and to Vancouver International Airport, making it the first airport in Canada to be serviced directly with passenger rail. According to local braggadocios, this has caused a rash of “airport transit envy” in bigger, more mature centres such as Toronto and Montreal.

But building the $2.05-billion line was a long and frequently painful pursuit. There were many bumps en route. Some merchants along the line saw their businesses fail during a disruptive construction process that began in 2005. Worse, one construction worker died last year when the crane he was operating tipped and fell. And there are plenty of armchair transit experts who claim the Canada Line will not meet its target of 100,000 passengers a day by 2010.

National Post

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– Alerts for August 17.09

August 17, 2009
Canada Line a good start; now let’s fix everything else
Vancouver Sun
Thousands of people wait in line in downtown Vancouver to try out the Canada Line train that officially opened Aug. 17, 2009.
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Canada Line opening day draws the curious crowds
Georgia Straight
By Matthew Burrows Today (August 17), Straight reporter Matthew Burrows rode the Canada Line on opening day. Here are some of his observations at various
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Thousands flock to Canada Line for opening day
BCLocalNews
By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review Thousands of people waited under the hot sun at Canada Line stations Monday afternoon to be among the first passengers
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Video & photos: Canada Line’s opening day crush
Georgia Straight
In one of his half-hourly e-mail updates, TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider noted at 4:02 pm this afternoon that the Canada Line was awaiting a rush hour
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BC Premier defends HST move
Globe and Mail
Questions about the HST followed the Premier to the official opening of the Canada Line linking Vancouver and Richmond, and Mr. Campbell spent a scrum with
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AFP

Cocaine traces found in 90 percent of greenbacks
AFP
Second in line was the US northern neighbor Canada, where 85 percent of 27 banknotes studied showed drug traces, ranging from 2.4 micrograms to over 2530
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Nike Canada joins Vancouver Games lineup
The Associated Press
Without them, the committee is facing a $27 million hole in its budget, creating major pressure on its $1.6 billion bottom line.
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The long and troubled road to the Canada Line
CTV British Columbia
The original proposal for the line was to bore a tunnel under Cambie Street, which would have had minimal impact on merchants. However, the plan was dropped
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First Canada Line train pulls out
The Province
The first $2-billion Canada Line train left the station at Vancouver International Airport, packed with VIPs and media. “Welcome to planes, trains and 2010
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Vancouver C$2 billion transit line opens early
Reuters
Commuters will be able to ride free of charge for the day on the 19-km (12-mile) Canada Line between Vancouver’s downtown, its international airport and the
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San Francisco Area Transit Averts Strike, Reaches Union Deal
Bloomberg
17 (Bloomberg) — San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit reached a tentative agreement with a union representing rail workers yesterday, averting a strike
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City of Jo’burg comes out in support of BRT
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
The City of Johannesburg has again reiterated its commitment to launching the Bus Rapid Transit system at the end of the month adding its doors are still
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What Jozi motorists need to know about BRT
Independent Online
By Aki Anastasiou The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is set to begin operating in Joburg at the end of the month. Barriers have been erected to
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WBOY-TV

WVU PRT to Reopen
WBOY-TV
West Virginia University’s Personal Rapid Transit is scheduled to reopen Monday after being closed all Summer. MORGANTOWN — Since May 11th, West Virginia
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San Francisco Area-Transit Authority, Union Negotiate
Bloomberg
16 (Bloomberg) — San Francisco Bay-area commuter rail workers and their employer, Bay Area Rapid Transit, resumed contract talks today aimed at averting a
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Rapid line will work for jobs and people
The Province
But he believes more rapid transit was required for the Vancouver area. “You simply cannot operate large, large cities with antiquated models of
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Soweto residents welcome the launch of BRT buses
BuaNews Online (press release)
By Gabi Khumalo Johannesburg – Soweto residents have welcomed the launch of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System buses. Thrilled Soweto residents had
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Soweto residents get the Rea Vaya experience
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu unveiled the new Bus Rapid Transit fleet. Mosonkutu expressed his excitement about the launch of the BRT and
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BRT busses unveiled
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
The unveiling of the busses is taking place two weeks before the first phase of the controversial Bus Rapid Transit system is launch.
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San Francisco rail, union to resume negotiations
The Associated Press
Officials from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Bay Area Rapid Transit talked into the night Saturday, but there was no word on whether much
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– Canada Lines Opening Draws thousands

August 17, 2009

Huge crowds line up for hours to ride Vancouver’s new Canada Line

People with the day off crowed the new skytrain line

People with the day off crowded the new skytrain line

By Kelly Sinoski , Vancouver SunAugust 17, 2009 8:35 PM

METRO VANCOUVER — Thousands of people stood in line for more than two hours today to get a ride on the new $2-billion Canada Line.

Vancouver Sun > Story > http://bit.ly/bALQp

CBC News > Story > http://bit.ly/31D9Fd


– Canada Line Opens

August 17, 2009
Broadway - City Hall Station Opening

Broadway - City Hall Station Opening - photo stuart matthews

After spending tens of thousaands of dollars on the interior signage system, no one thought to make signs for the opening.

After spending tens of thousands of dollars on the new interior signage system, no one thought to make signs for the opening. Typical poor planning. photo stuart matthews

Incorrect signage. The RAV Line (Canada Line) does not connect to the Waterfront skytrain station.

Incorrect signage. The Canada Line does not directly connect to the Waterfront skytrain station.

Canada Line connection from Waterfront Station missing