Politics of Fear – Vancouver Earmarks $400K to Dismantantle the Olympic Line!

Vision Vancouver has earmarked $400,000 in their next capital plan to dismantle the False Creek heritage railway, commonly known as the Olympic Line.

This should come as no surprise, as Vision Vancouver is afraid of the Olympic Line, because they are afraid of LRT. Vision is afraid of LRT because having an operating light rail line will expose their disingenuous demand for a Broadway Subway.

Vision Vancouver needs the Broadway subway because the political party’s developer backers have assembled lands at proposed subway stations along Broadway and they want to see massive profits on their investments by Vision Vancouver majority on council up-zoning the land to higher densities.

Vision(less) Vancouver’s politics of fear, they are afraid of LRT; they are afraid their deceptions will unravel.

Oh what tangled webs we weave, when Vision Vancouver practices to deceive.

Apologies to Mr. Burns


3 Responses to “Politics of Fear – Vancouver Earmarks $400K to Dismantantle the Olympic Line!”
  1. Haveacow says:

    What portion are they decommissioning ? What is exactly being decommissioned?

    Zwei replies: The entire line!

  2. Matthew says:

    Thanks for finding this piece of news. Can you show me the source? Is it on the City’s website?

    Zwei replies: Try this friendsofolympicline@outlook.com

  3. P. H. Finch says:

    I am not sure that the purpose of the $400,000 has been spelled out exactly.

    It would probably cost this much to have Car #1207 rewired back to the way it was and shipped back to the U.S. Under current Heritage Canada regulations, this would be illegal, but under the current federal government, it would probably be allowed to happen.

    Other possibilities include the removal and sale of the two state-of-the-art rectifier units, a legacy from the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    I doubt that more than half the track could be removed for that sum, though that might be the intention.

    “Friends of the Olympic Line” proposes to put that $400,000 toward the overhaul of both interurbans, which was deferred both by the present and the previous City Council. “Friends” have further identified $5 Million in the budget vaguely earmarked for “transit improvements.” Given that the City of Vancouver is not in the business of public transit, that budget item is indeed strange.

    That $5 Million would be exactly right to lay track on 1st Ave. from Cambie St. to Quebec St.
    It could in addition fund the purchase of two fully-accessible replica Vancouver streetcars capable of year-round weekend, holiday and special events service.

    Even if the budget were available immediately, the historic equipment would probably be out of service for two years, while the replicas would be ready in about a year.

    With the budget above ($5.4 Million), it would be possible to complete the Olympic Line at least as far as Quebec St., making it possibly the least expensive city streetcar line in North America. Total cost: $13.4 million.

    Obviously, some private funding will be needed, and Friends of the Olympic Line would welcome any assistance anyone can offer to secure this.