Canada Line spurs economic growth in Richmond

Global BC

The $2 billion dollar Canada Line rapid transit project was one of the reasons Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Olympics, and it continues to pay benefits, especially in Richmond.

Look around any of the stations in Richmond and you’ll notice a construction boom underway.

With 120,000 daily users, the line has surpassed its original ridership projections three years in advance.

It’s no surprise to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We believed that ever since they took away the trams in 1958 — there’s been a pent-up demand, and we’ve been working to get it back ever since.” ….

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Brodie running again for Mayor of Richmond, BC

“We’ve achieved so much in Richmond over the last term and in my years as Mayor, yet so much lies ahead,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie stated today as he officially announced his intention to run again for Mayor of Richmond, BC. “Richmond has become an international city. With the Canada Line, the Olympic Oval, the 2010 Winter Olympics and our relationships with Pacific Rim countries, Richmond has enhanced its international relations and international image. Yet we have a large challenge in managing our growth – especially in our City Centre where we expect to see most of the added density.”

“Environmental factors are always important in making decisions. Richmond has been a leader in addressing climate change and generally enhancing the environment. We’ve increased our waste diversion over the last few years while we’ve increased our parkland such as the Railway Greenway, improved our key recreational areas, preserved our agricultural land and sought to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. We are also investing in facilities such as the Minoru Aquatic and Older Adults Centre, the City Centre Community Centre, and the Fire Halls,” Brodie said.

“With well over 100,000 riders per day on average, the Canada Line takes cars off our streets not to mention the convenience it provides moving people in and out of Richmond,” Brodie said. “New development, particularly in the City Centre is converted towards the use of public transportation by residents. We must make sure the entire public transportation system provides an effective alternative to the use of the motor vehicle.”

“The Richmond Olympic Oval was a premier venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It now welcomes the community for a multitude of sports, recreation, fitness and wellness activities. It also supports our Sport Hosting Strategy with many events from local to international in scope.”

“Community safety will always be important as we improve our quality of life. Though our crime rate has decreased, we are always prepared in the event of an emergency.”

“Like most cities in the Metro Vancouver, Richmond is growing,” said Brodie. “The challenge is to manage that growth and protect the quality of life that Richmond residents enjoy. We need to enhance the development of our City Centre as a legacy for the future of Richmond. It is important that our City be affordable so that everyone from youth to seniors can live here. I hope to continue to focus on these and many other objectives as Richmond Mayor for the next four years.”

New fire trucks unveiled

Richmond News

Two new, replacement fire trucks, more capable of manoeuvering around densely developed areas, will soon be in operation by Richmond Fire-Rescue…

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