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Manufacturing & Transport

Dec 10, 2015
Vancouver's green power plan hits a snag
Felicity Stone

Steam heatVancouver developer Ian Gillespie's power company Creative Energy, has received permission from the B.C. Utilities Commission to build a new power facility in Northeast False Creek—but not to extend into Chinatown or rely on funds from a city carbon tax, nor a mandatory connection to the Downtown Eastside. Gillespie...

Dec 4, 2015
Port Metro Vancouver is running out of land: study
Felicity Stone

Land lossThe Lower Mainland's supply of industrial land suitable for trade and goods movement may run out within 10 years, according to a new study commissioned by Port Metro Vancouver. Site Economics Ltd. found that there are only about 1,000 acres of vacant “trade-enabling industrial lands” suitable for logistics and...

Dec 2, 2015
Ripe Rides wins over B.C.'s Public Transportation Board
Melissa Edwards

Average number of taxis per 1,000 people 1.08 in Canadian Cities 0.72 in Metro Vancouver 0.43 in the Greater Victoria Area $53.12 That’s the estimated after-tax cost, assuming no delays, of a 10-km trip with Ripe Rides, Vancouver’s latest–and legal–taxi alternative. After a year of lobbying, bylaw amendments and vehicle shipment delays, the app-based ride company...

Nov 30, 2015
Port Metro companies hammer out a deal with truck-driving Unifor
Mary Beach

A hard bargain After several days of around-the-clock bargaining, yesterday Unifor signed collective agreements with six Port Metro companies, including Aheer, Forward, Prudential and Sunlover. But today striking drivers for Port Transport and Harbour Link continue to picket because those two companies declined to sign. “These collective agreements are a major step...

Nov 27, 2015
Evergreen Line contractor will face penalties for late completion
Felicity Stone

Tunnel visionTunnel boring for the 11-kilometre-long Evergreen SkyTrain line extension is finished. The line itself, however, will not be operational until early 2017, the B.C. government revealed today. It was originally scheduled to open in summer of 2016. The Evergreen line will eventually link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to...

Nov 20, 2015
Brewer Matt Phillips expands his business with new malting facility
Joe Wiebe

For a good example of what it means to bootstrap, consider the case of Matt Phillips. In 2001, the then-27-year-old decided he wanted to open his own brewery and went to several banks in search of help. They refused to give him a loan, so he maxed out every credit...

Oct 30, 2015
Surrey to pick light rail station stops by early 2016
Jacob Parry

If you commute from Langley to downtown Vancouver, Surrey’s choice for light rail over familiar and faster SkyTrain lines may seem counterintuitive. But the choice for smaller “Euro-style” low-floor trains is more attuned to the city’s ambitions as a place where South Fraser residents can easily commute within the region...

Oct 29, 2015
Tear down the viaducts? Not so fast, says Todd Stone
Jacob Parry

Deleting the viaductsIt took only a few hours after the city of Vancouver voted to tear down the viaducts for Todd Stone, B.C. minister of transportation and infrasructure, to throw some water on the plans. On Wednesday, Stone told reporters that Vancouver should "cool down" on its decision to tear down the...

Oct 21, 2015
How TransLink might fix its broken business model
Frances Bula

Atlanta was named by Time magazine as having one of the United States’ 10 worst transit systems in 2011 and one of the few to lose ridership. In 2012, its voters rejected a referendum pitching a new one per cent sales tax that would pay for $7.1 billion in improvements.

Oct 6, 2015
Road tolls to pay for transit? Not without another referendum
Mary Beach

Taking a toll After spring’s failed transit referendum, Metro Vancouver’s Mayors' Council needs to find new ways to raise money for transportation projects, starting with Surrey's light-rail line. Federal and provincial governments say they’ll chip in two-thirds of the project’s $2.1-billion cost, but local government has to come up with the...

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