Posted tagged ‘RAV’

Canada Line built to enhance profits of business

August 24, 2009


At the 8:50 mark on this video TransLink staffer admits “primary ridership to the airport will be their employees”.  And he doesn’t expect families to use the RAV (Canada Line), just business types with a suitcase or two.

Of course the airport area will be heavily developed with industry in the coming years and the RAV is the ‘worker train’. In other words, the train was built to enhance the profits of business, at taxpayer’s expense.

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– Restoring the Rule of Law in Vancouver

August 24, 2009


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


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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Translink forces people to use RAV line

February 11, 2009

Transit users will have to change their habits as TransLink shortens bus routes or cuts services altogether to “encourage” ridership on the new RAV line

TransLink and the Coast Mountain Bus Company propose to terminate buses bound for downtown Vancouver from Richmond, Delta and White Rock at either the Richmond-Brighouse or Bridgeport Canada Line Stations and eliminate the 98 B-Line, which runs from downtown Vancouver via Granville Street to Richmond Centre mall, when the new Canada Line opens in November.

> Vancouver Sun story

Blasting plans on public record since December

May 11, 2005

Ravco CEO: Tunnel builders can expect to find 300 metres of volcanic rock

Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER – Information about blasting of volcanic rock along the RAV Line route has been on the public record for months, Ravco chief executive Jane Bird said Tuesday.

Bird was reacting to a Vancouver Sun story Tuesday, which quoted a RAV Line critic as saying the need for blasting to build the rapid transit line had not been confirmed until now.
In fact, Ravco provided details about its blasting plans in documents it filed with the provincial government’s Environmental Assessment Office in December.
One report says the tunnel builders can expect to find volcanic rock along nearly 300 metres of the route along Cambie Street between 29th and 37th avenues, where the RAV Line route skirts Little Mountain, the remnant of an ancient extinct volcano.
“Removal of this rock will require drilling and blasting,” the report says.
Crews will dig a trench 12.25 metres (40 feet) wide and use track-mounted rock drills to drill blast holes in the rock, which will be loaded with an explosive made of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil.
Explosions will be kept small enough to be within “the normally accepted level where no damage is to be done to any adjacent structures,” the report says.
Adjacent properties will be inspected by a third party before blasting begins “to handle any post-blast concerns.”
Seismic equipment will verify the magnitude of the blasts, and the site of each explosion will be covered with weighted blasting mats to prevent flying debris.
Bird said blasting is routine on construction projects in Vancouver, and Ravco expects no special problems with the RAV Line.
Ravco is overseeing the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver project for TransLink, the regional transportation authority.
© The Vancouver Sun 2005