Of Fast Ferries and Casino Money Laundering, The Broadway Subway

One can draw a straight line from BC’s current money laundering scandal and the Broadway SkyTrain subway.

It is the only conclusion one can make with the proposed Broadway subway, as customer flows on Broadway just do not warrant a subway.

Building a subway, will enable developers and land speculators to assemble properties along the subway route and then fund civic politician’s election runs so they will look favorably in up-zoning the assembled properties for high-rise condos for off-shore investment for money laundered at BC casinos.

The costs are rising dramatically for the subway and as the cost for cement and steel rebar increase, so will the subway costs and by the time of its expected completion, the Broadway subway will cost in excess of $3.3 billion.

The Broadway subway is now the NDP’s updated version of the FastFerry fiasco, which has haunted the political party for the past two decades.

The NDP, it seems, will not learn or cannot learn from past mistakes.

Like the Canada Line, the only heavy-rail metro in the world, built as a light-metro and has less capacity than a simple tram, costing a fraction to build, the Broadway subway will be a future monument of blinkered thinking, political corruption, and just plain bad and incompetent planning.

Like the site-C dam fiasco, the Broadway subway will become the FastFerry headache of future governments, most likely not the NDP, but the smell of corruption and incompetence will cling to the present government, like the odor of a skunk.

The Broadway SkyTrain subway smells of scandal and corruption and will put regional transit planning in jeopardy, in effect, the Broadway SkyTrain subway will be the financial straw that broke TransLink’s back and will demand the implementation of road pricing and or congestion charging.


Is this a fate waiting for the Broadway "Fast-Ferry" subway?


TransLink’s CEO explains rising costs for major projects

by NEWS 1130 Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2018

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) ai??i?? By the time a new Broadway SkyTrain extension opens, the cost could top $3 billion. And thatai??i??s not the only project in TransLinkai??i??s phase-two plans with a price tag thatai??i??s gone up more than 20 per cent since 2015.

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond admits the $2.83-billion Millennium Line extension and the $1.65-billion Surrey Newton-Guildford light rail transit line are hundreds of millions higher than they were when Metro Vancouver voters said no to a sales tax hike three years ago.

ai???By the time we go through the procurement process, the numbers could change again, as well,ai??? says Desmond.

ai???We are expecting very competitive bids for these two projects ai??i?? the Surrey project and the Millennium Line extention ai??i?? and the projects are costed out fairly conservatively at this point in time to ensure that through the bid process, weai??i??re in a very good place within our budget.ai???

As for construction, Desmond says the Broadway line could be completed in 2025, with Surrey light rail ready in 2024.

The next phase of transit improvements across Metro Vancouver, totaling $7.3 billion, makes wayAi??for 108 new SkyTrain cars, and 95 replacement cars.

Riders can also expect an increase in service on the Expo and Millennium Lines during the morning and afternoon rush hours, evenings, and weekends starting in 2019. TransLink expects same boost in service will take effect for the Canada Line the following year.


3 Responses to “Of Fast Ferries and Casino Money Laundering, The Broadway Subway”
  1. Haveacow says:

    I was informed yesterday that of the 108 new Skytrain vehicles, about 20 or so are actually Canada
    Line replacements. A considerable amount of the $7.3 Billion plan (no less than $1 Billion) are Expo and Millennium Line infrastructure upgrades. No one has stated how extensive and how long these upgrades will take. 2 Ontario firms I know that do cabling and high cost cabling upgrades are now bidding for some Vancouver contracts.

    Zwei replies: I have been told that the vast majority of the stoppages on the Expo Line (an almost daily occurrence, but many don’t last longer than 5 minutes) is due to aged signalling infrastructure, including worn cables. I do not think the $1 billion includes electrical upgrades or rebuilding of stations.

  2. Emily says:

    Governments do not have a revenue problem but a spending problem.

    Also why don’t those that benefit the most from these SkyTrain lines pay the full cost and that being developers?

    To me ‘SkyTrain’ has always been a tourist thing more than a commuter thing.

    They have been forcing buses to Skytrain since the start to pump up ridership. Back in the 89′s I used to work near Victoria and Hastings and catching the 330 Fergueson bus which went down 108th and over Port Mann and down Hastings was awesome, one boarding yet it was re routed to New West station so I had to transfer there and then again at Broadway to the #20 bus. So I had two transfers (bus to skytrain the to bus) instead of one boarding (just the bus) and actually took longer so I went back to my car. Then they did the same with 311 when Canada Line opened.

    Out of curiosity, If I take the bus then transfer to skytrain does Translink count that as one boarding or two for their ridership numbers?

  3. eric chris says:

    Sometimes, it’s better to listen than talk. Patrick Condon and Scot Hein for trams (no Broadway subway) and Green wood frame homes or high-rise concrete condos and Broadway subway?


    Adriane Carr was in the audience. How did she vote?


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