1995: B.C Transit begins to discuss plans to commence a rapid transit project connecting Richmond Airport with Vancouver.
2003: Major corporations and contractors express interest.
2004: Translink Board approves RAV project.
June 2005: Translink and InTransit B.C (now Canada Line Construction) sign contract to build RAV line.
Some Vancouverites become outspoken opponents, claiming RAV construction on Cambie Street would cost taxpayers billions, and want the transit line placed instead on the Arbutus corridor, where a rail already exists.
Aug 2005: Construction commences. Residents are told it should take six months. Two years later, it’s still going on.
Statistics on adverse affects on businesses:
According to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) survey:
74% of business owners reported decreased sales.
51% say they are working longer hours
44% have taken a pay cut
37% have laid off staff
22% have reduced business hours
14% are considering closing their business
3% of businesses have closed.
Average loss of revenue per business to date: $111.928.57.
In other media:
Local politicians disagree over the how the compensation bid should be handled:
- Fairview MLA Gregor Robertson has been vocal in his support for Cambie businesses.
- “He’s been a great help”—Susan Heyes.
- Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon maintains that compensation will not be awarded.
- “There’s no chance in the world that will happen.” – Kevin Falcon, appearing on Bill Good show.
- Gregor Robertson and Kevin Falcon square off.
More reports on the woes of Cambie merchants: