An Idiot’s Delight At UBC Or Is UBC Offering Courses In Money Laundering?

And here I thought universities were filled with intelligent people; people who crave education and research.

At UBC, evidently not!

The ignorance and displayed by the UBC types is nothing more than appalling.

Lysenkoism and jingoism has now become transit planning doctrine.

The current cost of the proposed UBC subway is in excess of $3 billion, based on costs of subway construction in Toronto and a subway to UBC will cost $5.5 billion to $6 billion, easily.

Then there are the added operational costs of over $40 million annually, which begs the question: “Would the customer flows on the Broadway route to UBC sustain a subway?”

That answer is no.

The Broadway B-Line bus, operatesAi?? three minute, peak hour service, or 20 buses an hour, which translates to a capacity of about 2,200 pphpd. Add the other bus services using Broadway and peak hour customer flows are less than 4,000 pphpd.

Subways in North America are not considered unless traffic flows exceed 15,000 pphpd on a transit route, thus if a subway is built, the huge operational subsidies will bankrupt TransLink.

As land development is also included with UBC’s offer to shell out money, (which would be better spent on creating a faculty of urban transport) one can only but feel if the current money laundering, casino, real estate, land development scandal is now pervading in UBC. A subway would inflate property values all along Broadway, allowing land speculators to assemble properties and gaining approval by Vancouver City Council to up-zone to greater density, flip the properties to land developers to tear down affordable housing to build non affordable shoe-box sized condos for the overseas market, all done with laundered money.

It is an Idiot’s Delight At UBC, where transit planning has devolved from a science to the criminal activity of money laundering.

UBC willing to pay for portion of Broadway SkyTrain extension

by NEWS 1130 Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2018 2:02 pm PDT

Last Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm PDT

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

UBC is willing to consider paying for a portion of the Broadway subway, according to a release

The University of British Columbia says contributions could take different forms, including donating land for stations

TransLink is open to discussions, but admits efforts are “directed toward delivering improvements in the 10-Year-Vision

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130)A� The University of British Columbia (UBC) says it’s willing to consider paying for a portion of the cost of extending Millennium Line SkyTrain all the way out to the Point Grey Campus, so long as it doesn’t interfere with academic funding.

The school is suggesting developers could help pay for it, and also floats the idea of an add-on fare to cut down on the cost similar to the YVR extension of the Canada Line.

The need for improved regional transit connectivity emerged as a key theme during consultations on UBC’s new Strategic Plan and pursuing an accelerated investment in rail rapid transit to campus directly supports the plan’s three themes: collaboration, inclusion and innovation, the university says in a release.

UBC is looking to other cities for ideas on how to contribute, and adds the contribution could take a number of forms.

As York University did out in Ontario, could be in the form of land or as Richmond’s doing in developer charges, explains Vice President of External Relations Philip Steenkamp. Or if it’s a financial contribution, then it would come from transit-enabled revenue, which would be as a result of the increased development we’d be able to do out here as a result of rapid transit.

He admits there’s no word on just how much the university would be willing to contribute.

ai???The current approved extension of the Millennium line to Arbutus is being funded 40 per cent by the federal government, 40 per cent by the provincial government, and 20 per cent by regional partners, he says. So UBC would be looking to contribute toward that regional share.

According to Steenkamp, extending the line all the way to the campus would not only benefit the school. It’s getting increasingly congested in the region, travel times are long, wea’ve got a housing affordability crisis here too, and rapid transit would give people access to more affordable housing options. It would reduce commute times by an average of 20 to 25 minutes each way.

He explains UBC has been consulting extensively with its internal community, which raised these concerns and flagged rapid transit as a priority.

The next step, he says, is to actively make the case that the benefits would extend regionally, and economically. This would connect UBC throughout the region to other knowledge, innovation and health clusters, and it really would help, we believe, the housing affordability crisis and help British Columbia meet its sustainability goals.

Steenkamp adds the university will also be speaking with the key partners; TransLink, all levels of government, and the internal as well as external communities at UBC.

Extending rail rapid transit to UBC is a key component of a regional approach to transit improvement, and directly supports UBC’s Strategic Plan, UBC president Prof. Santa Ono says in a release. Enhanced transit connectivity between UBC and the rest of the region will benefit individuals, businesses and organizations across Metro Vancouver.

Today’s Board approval of the advocacy strategy enables UBC to advance conversations with senior levels of government, regional partners, and with the UBC community about expediting the project, he adds.

TransLink open to discussions

Meantime, TransLink says it’s encouraged to see the Board of Directors openness to contributing to a project like this.

We have had success in the past working with private partners, YVR being one of them with the Canada Line, says the transit authority’s Jill Drews. But at this time, while we see rapid transit to UBC in the future, that timeline is not set. There are no approved plans for a start of construction or even project scoping on something like this.

She says TransLink is open to discussions, but adds efforts are currently directed toward delivering improvements in the 10-Year-Vision.

Phase three does have some early scope work for a UBC extension of rapid transit, she tells NEWS 1130. It doesn’t include any construction, and it’s something that we need to have approved, and approved plan.

Drews says the focus right now is getting the investment plan for Phase Two approved.

Willingness to contribute also poses questions

Andy Yan, director of the City Program at SFU, says UBCai??i??s willingness to contribute makes extending the line all the way to the school a real possibility.

ai???Really, why shouldnai??i??t it go to UBC? And really making that final connection to one of the major job centres in the region.ai???

However, he admits it also poses some challenges.

ai???As you build a line out to UBC, where should the stations be? And what kinds of land uses and development possibilities should occur there,ai??? he says. ai???Of course one of the biggest challenges is how youai??i??re going to pay for it, and what the fare splits might towards the funding of this line.ai???

Yan says building the line all the way through to Point Grey would mean the extension would cut through whatai??i??s already an area with a sizable mid-density type of housing market.

 

ai???I think the line is looking at from, basically, [VCC] Clark station connecting up down through Broadway to Arbutus, and I think that line has been effectively funded, if memory serves me rightai??i??Ai??I think that this does offer an opportunity now that had previously not been there. But then now comes into, I think, the consultations at the extension of the line from Arbutus to UBC.ai???

Comments

4 Responses to “An Idiot’s Delight At UBC Or Is UBC Offering Courses In Money Laundering?”
  1. tensorflow says:

    So many posts. so may insults. You are now spam.

  2. eric chris says:

    People squawking for the Broadway subway don’t understand the cause and effect relationship between rapid transit (Broadway subway) and unaffordable housing in Vancouver. Starting at minute 58, impertinent Gloria interviewing Patrick Condon doesn’t get it either:

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1216021571722

  3. eric chris says:

    Terrific post. Sam Cooper is one of the few bright lights doing investigative reporting or journalism in Vancouver. In his following interview with MLA David Eby who’s no slouch and has it together, David is reflecting on the high cost of the opioid crisis in our society. It took an Australian author to point out the obvious: Vancouver has the reputation internationally as the major money laundering hub for Asian gangs and as the city with the worst public transit system, too. Crime groups have focused on Vancouver as the weak link in the global financial network. What does that say about the “politicians” in BC and integrity of BC?

    Now we are told that UBC is going to find the money from developers financed by “investors” to help fund the Broadway subway to UBC to solve the housing crisis. Let’s see, does it involve a deal for developers to cut down trees in the Pacific Spirit Park for high-rise concrete condos? Do monkeys eat bananas?

    https://globalnews.ca/video/4156272/extended-how-transnational-crime-groups-target-canada

    Drugs are sold for Canadian cash which is sent back to China where the money finds its way back to Canada to “invest” in high-rise concrete condos along “rapid transit” lines by TransLink. Puzzlingly, the connection between TransLink and organized crime is never (never) mentioned by politicians funding TransLink. Yet, TransLink is forcing the zoning for high-rise condos around subway and viaduct lines used by organized crime to launder money. Suspicious.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4149818/vancouver-cautionary-tale-money-laundering-drugs/

    What is TransLink? Is it a shell organization to launder washed money in condos along subway lines? Who in his or her right mind puts a narrow and small train intended for above ground service in a subway for $5 billion more than LRT (tram) which can carry more people faster (with synchronized and priority traffic lights) than the subway? “Planners” at TransLink, that’s who. MLA David Eby is asking Ottawa to send in the federal RCMP to deter money laundering. He might step it up a notch with the National Guard or Canadian Special Forces to crack down on the money laundering. Are federal RCMP officers going to be breaking down the doors in Victoria and at TransLink when they show up to look at who’s involved in the money laundering?

    Possibly. Play me a song …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq3-wZs64n4

  4. e. a. f. says:

    absolutely loved the title to the post! I’d take option 2. You are quite correct, in my opinion, regarding the building of condos for the foreign market. My suggestion: No subway/skytrain/whatever until there is no foreign ownership of B.C. Land. As soon as that law is passed we can be sure there won’t be an offering by UBC to pay for anything.

    UBC itself sits on a large parcel of land. Can we just see it now”: Condos, at U.B.C. a million a piece to start, marketed in Communist China and Russia. The ad: get a 10 yr passport, launder your money and go to U.B.C. all at the same time.

    Its always about the money, so lets look at who at U.B.C. is making the suggestion. Any developers? any developers family members or friends, contractors, etc. IF the City of Vancouver and the M. of U.B.C. changed their game rules to stipulate only affordable housing could be built on U.B.C. lands and on a subway corridor and I do mean “affordable” (1/4 of a persons pay cheque) there would be no “offer” or anything else. It would be back to we don’t want condos, it would destroy the neighbourhood.

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