Canadian Pacific has sent a letter to Arbutus corridor residents warning of upcoming train traffic on its controversial railway line.
The 11-kilometre line, formerly bordered by a series of long-term community gardens (Maple, Pine Street, and Cypress) that CP ripped out in March this year, lay dormant for 13 years before purchase negotiations between the City of Vancouver and CP broke off near the end of summer last year.
CP was accused by critics, including Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, of "bullying tactics" in the garden demolitions in order to pressure the city into upping its purchase offer, which was flatly rejected by CP.
Robertson said the city offered "fair market value" and that CP wanted a price in the range of $100 million, which included development value. CPR CEO Hunter Harrison has estimated that the corridor is worth at least $400 million.
The letter states that the tracks and 18.8 hectares of land, for which CP paid about $40,000 in taxes in 2013, are now "ready for commencement of operations".
"We will commence transporting and storing rail cars on the tracks in the coming weeks," the notice says.
It goes on to warn residents that it is now "illegal to walk, drive or cycle on or alongside the railway line".
The notice states that anyone who has "questions about our work along the Arbutus corridor" should call its "Community Connect team" at 1-800-766-7912 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPR's Harrison earned $17.6 million in 2014, according to CP.