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#2421 On the Level

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 02:26 PM

Sunk costs should be included?  Why?  Rail corridor property acquisition costs, whether for a rail activation or busway are not included.

The Burnside Bridge widening and facilitation with bus lanes is actually less than half of the $40 million.  Since this is not in First Nations land, those consultation costs would be low.

 

Corridor property is already owned regardless of bus or rail, but property acquisition and maintenance is always "free" for BC Transit.  New maintenance facilities downtown, the new site location in View Royal or the expansion of facilities on the Westshore.   Always hidden and never attached to ridership. 

 

I agree however that they need to make a decision and either kill it off and give the land back to First Nations, or move forward.  Given every bus added to the system represents multiple full time union positions, I expect the NDP to kill it.



#2422 On the Level

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 05:43 PM

So we went for a drive to see how the progress was going for the E&N on the Westshore.   Nice to see the new underpasses.....   :)

 

 

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#2423 splashflash

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 05:25 PM

https://ckpgtoday.ca...ppeal-rejected/

The BC Supreme Court of Appeal ruled to reject the Snaw-naw-As case but did rule that the Island Corridor Foundation has 18 months to have the railway service reinstated.

"Fisher and Abrioux said in their response there must be a firm timeline for the government to make a decision on the future of the trail."

Hmmm, trail .... Freudian slip?

“Given the comprehensive information now available about the condition of the railway, the work that needs to be done and the projected costs to do so, a period of 18 months from the date of this judgment should be sufficient for Canada to determine whether it will approve funding for infrastructure improvements.”

#2424 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 05:30 PM

18 months is indeed enough to do the work. but it would be a bit slapdash to actually get viable rail running for anything other than cosmetic purposes

#2425 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 06:34 AM

The E&N used to run between Victoria and Courtenay, with a leg to Parksville. But it has not provided passenger service since 2011 due to the poor condition of its tracks. A remaining section of the line is used for freight traffic out of Nanaimo.

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...-e-n-1.24357958

 

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#2426 splashflash

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 11:20 AM

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Incorrect, and sadly shows the lack of editing of the online newspapers.

From the ruling:
This appeal concerns the grant of a right of way through the reserve lands of the appellant, Snaw-naw-as First Nation, to the E&N Railway Company in 1912. This right of way is part of a rail corridor on Vancouver Island that runs from Victoria to Courtenay, with a branch from Parksville to Port Alberni and a spur from the main line in Nanaimo to a rail yard loading facility. The Snaw-naw-as Reserve lies in the northern segment of the corridor between Nanaimo and Parksville. The respondent, Island Corridor Foundation (ICF), has owned the railway since 2005

#2427 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 10:22 AM

The investment required to make commuter trains a reality is $2.6 million per kilometre of track, Peake said, for the installation of 115-pound rails and continuous welding. Of the half dozen proposals to improve the Malahat section of Hwy. 1, Peake said each averages more than $19 million per kilometre.

 

“Every year the province of B.C. spends literally billions of dollars on transportation,” Isitt said. The McKenzie interchange, for example, came at a cost of $96 million when completed in September 2020. “They choose to spend that money on highways rather than on rail.”

 

https://www.vicnews....o-malahat-woes/

 

 

 

 

$2.6M x 225 km (Victoria to Courtenay).  Half a billion dollars.


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#2428 lanforod

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 10:33 AM

fixing rail isn't going to solve the malahat one route issue. We need a viable car/truck route, not rail.


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#2429 Mike K.

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 11:22 AM

We need a bridge across Esquimalt Harbour, that's what we need for the inner city infrastructure network, not a silly train or LRT. One serious issue on the TCH/Old Island/Burnside nexus and the entire West Shore is cut off from the rest of the region, and the rest of the region is cut off from an escape route whether we have one or five Malahat detours.


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#2430 Mike K.

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 11:26 AM

Our infrastructure is an international farce, and I don't think we realize it. We've placed our eggs in single baskets everywhere in the CRD save for the Saanich Peninsula.


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#2431 kitty surprise

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 11:46 AM

No networking company would ever run additional technology through the same proven risky path as other technology when a less risky and cost/benefit/ROI worthy alternative path exists.

Double lane highway, rail, buses, bike lanes, zip line, whatever. If it's being squeezed through the Malahat our some similar permutation of that alignment- just don't.
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Posted 29 November 2021 - 11:48 AM

One serious issue on the TCH/Old Island/Burnside nexus and the entire West Shore is cut off from the rest of the region, and the rest of the region is cut off from an escape route whether we have one or five Malahat detours.

I agree. We technically have Munn Road and Millstream Lake Road but those roads are incapable of taking any amount of heavy traffic; Millstream Lake Road is only 1 lane wide!


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