Well the RAV/Canada line has been open for some time now and now one wonders where is all those subway passengers that were dying to shop on Cambie St., as promised by RAVCo. and InTransit BC?
Didn’t come? Well don’t hold your breathe, they’re not. It has been found in other jurisdictions where cut-and-cover subway construction has been done that it takes ten years for businesses to recouver financially. Unlike new light-rail lines, where adjacent business see about a 10% increase in revenue, businesses on top of a subway do not. The reason is simple; on-street/at-grade LRT transit customers see local businesses and with convenient stops can access them with little interruption of their journey. All subway passengers see is dank concrete and with widely spaced stations, seldom venture forth and patronize local businesses.
Zweisystem knew this, then why didn’t Gordon Campbell, Kevin Falcon, Susan Anton, Larry Campbell, TransLink’s planners, radio talk show hosts, reporters, and the rest who vaguely promised and/or spoke of a great upsurge in local business whence the RAV/Canada Line opened?
Dave White VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) | Saturday, September 12th, 2009 1:00 pm
It’s been nearly a month since the Canada Line opened, connecting downtown with Richmond and YVR. But Cambie Street business owners are still evaluating just what the line will mean for their businesses after enduring years of construction.
Leonard Schein with the Cambie Street Business Association says so far there hasn’t been a major spike in business. “We were looking forward to it, but the city is still doing some work and school is just back, and we’ll see over time how that does happen.”
Yip says her business is more likely to be successful with a solid customer base and community advertising.
Karyee Yip, who owns Honey Gifts on Cambie, isn’t expecting a boost because a station was never built in the Cambie Village. ‘It’s kind of disappointing that we lost a lot of business to build this line but we’re not really reaping a lot of benefits once the line is built.”
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