2000 Legislative Session: 4th Session, 36th Parliament
THIRD READING


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Certified correct as passed Third Reading on the 14th day of June, 2000
Ian D. Izard, Law Clerk


HONOURABLE GRAEME BOWBRICK
MINISTER OF ADVANCED EDUCATION,
TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY AND
MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH

BILL 23 2000

BRITISH COLUMBIA TRANSIT AMENDMENT ACT, 2000

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

1 Section 1 (1) of the British Columbia Transit Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 38, is amended by adding the following definitions:

"ancillary Rapid Transit Project works" means any works or undertakings ancillary to the whole or any part of the rail transportation system that, in the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act, is defined as the Rapid Transit Project, and, without limiting this, includes

(a) links to private or public transportation services, including stops, stands, lanes, loops and parking for buses and taxis,

(b) parking facilities,

(c) areas in stations for the provision of services and amenities to passengers,

(d) employee facilities,

(e) walkways, overpasses and other means of ingress to and egress from the stations and vehicles,

(f) undertakings for the relocation, enhancement and upgrading of utility services and related poles, wires, pipes and apparatus,

(g) adjacent roadway enhancements, and

(h) facilities for storage, maintenance and repair of vehicles, parts, signage and related items;

"Rapid Transit Project" has the same meaning as in the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act, and, without limiting this, includes ancillary Rapid Transit Project works; .

2 Section 8 (9) is repealed and the following substituted:

(9) Despite any provision of this Act or any other enactment, the authority may do any or all of the following:

(a) own, acquire and dispose of property that is located in, or is being employed in, the transportation service region as defined in the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act;

(b) exercise all of its rights, powers and privileges within that transportation service region for any or all of the following purposes:

(i) the planning, acquisition and construction of the Rapid Transit Project;

(ii) the acquisition of rights and property for any of the purposes referred to in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph and for the maintenance or operation of the Rapid Transit Project.

3 The following section is added:

Purposes and objects of RTP

8.1 (1) In this section, "RTP" means Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, the purposes and objects of RTP are to

(a) plan, acquire and construct or cause to be constructed the Rapid Transit Project, and

(b) acquire rights and property for any or all of the following purposes:

(i) for any of the purposes and objects referred to in paragraph (a);

(ii) for the maintenance or operation of the Rapid Transit Project.

(3) For the purposes and objects set out in subsection (2), RTP is an agent of the government.

(4) Section 8, other than section 8 (1) (g) or (5), and sections 9 and 26 of this Act apply to RTP for and in respect of its purposes and objects under subsection (2) of this section and, for that purpose, a reference in section 8, 9 or 26, as it applies for the purposes of this section,

(a) to "public passenger transportation system", "rail transit system" or "commuter rail service" is deemed to be a reference to the Rapid Transit Project,

(b) to the "authority" is deemed to be a reference to RTP,

(c) to "acquire and dispose of property" is deemed to include a reference to acquire rights and property for the maintenance or operation of the Rapid Transit Project, and

(d) to "purposes of this Act" is deemed to be a reference to the purposes and objects of RTP under subsection (2) of this section.

(5) Even though, under this section, RTP is authorized to acquire rights and property for the maintenance or operation of the Rapid Transit Project, nothing in this section authorizes RTP to maintain or operate the Rapid Transit Project.

4 Section 9 is repealed and the following substituted:

Expropriation of property

9 Subject to the Expropriation Act, the authority may expropriate any land that the authority considers necessary for its purposes and, without limiting this, for any or all of the following:

(a) the planning, acquisition and construction of the Rapid Transit Project;

(b) the maintenance or operation of the Rapid Transit Project.

5 Section 26 is amended

(a) in subsection 1 (a) by adding "Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District Act or" after "under the", and

(b) in subsection (2) by adding "the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act," after "the School Act,".

Transitional

6 (1) In this section:

"ancillary Rapid Transit Project works" means any works or undertakings ancillary to the whole or any part of the rail transportation system that, in the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act, is defined as the Rapid Transit Project, and, without limiting this, includes

(a) links to private or public transportation services, including stops, stands, lanes, loops and parking for buses and taxis,

(b) parking facilities,

(c) areas in stations for the provision of services and amenities to passengers,

(d) employee facilities,

(e) walkways, overpasses and other means of ingress to and egress from the stations and vehicles,

(f) undertakings for the relocation, enhancement and upgrading of utility services and related poles, wires, pipes and apparatus,

(g) adjacent roadway enhancements, and

(h) facilities for storage, maintenance and repair of vehicles, parts, signage and related items;

"Rapid Transit Project" has the same meaning as in the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act, and, without limiting this, includes ancillary Rapid Transit Project works;

"RTP" means Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd.

(2) All things done by RTP that would have been validly done had sections 1, 8 (9) and 8.1 of the British Columbia Transit Act, as amended and enacted by sections 1, 2 and 3 respectively of this Act, in fact been in force on the day they were done are conclusively deemed to have been validly done and are confirmed and validated.

(3) All things done by British Columbia Transit that would have been validly done had sections 1, 8 (9) and 9 of the British Columbia Transit Act, as amended and re-enacted by sections 1, 2 and 4 respectively of this Act, in fact been in force on the day they were done are conclusively deemed to have been validly done and are confirmed and validated.

(4) Without limiting subsection (3) but subject to the Expropriation Act, British Columbia Transit is, in respect of any land expropriated by it for the purposes of the planning, acquisition or construction of the Rapid Transit Project or for the purposes of the maintenance or operation of the Rapid Transit Project, conclusively deemed to have had the authority to expropriate that land at the time at which the expropriation was effected and to have had and to continue to have the authority to carry out the expropriation, and any such expropriation is conclusively deemed to have been validly done and is confirmed and validated.

(5) Subsection (4) applies to all land expropriated by British Columbia Transit whether or not a court proceeding challenging that expropriation has been commenced.

Commencement

7 (1) Sections 1 to 5 are deemed to have come into force on March 25, 1999 and are retroactive to the extent necessary to give them effect on and after that date.

(2) Section 6 is retroactive to the extent necessary to give full force and effect to its provisions.

(3) Sections 1 to 6 must not be construed as lacking retroactive effect in relation to any matter by reason that they make no specific reference to that matter.


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