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Old October 25th, 2004, 12:26 AM   #1
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Vancouver Public Transit

Skytrains operate on an honour fare system. There are no gates at the stations, but officers check for tickets regularly. Here is a ticket machine :


Skytrain


Waterfront Station




A pedestrian bridge links the main railway terminus at Waterfront with the Seabus terminal :


Granville Station


Electric trolley buses run throughout downtown :
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Old October 25th, 2004, 05:54 AM   #2
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are there any plans to upgrade or expand public transport in Vancouver?
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Old October 25th, 2004, 06:22 AM   #3
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Over the next 10 years, TransLink will invest $3.9 billion in transit and road improvements to maintain or improve travel times for commuters, goods and service providers, cyclists and the disabled community.

The Richmond-Airport-Vancouver (RAV) rail-based rapid transit line will open in 2009, linking central Richmond, the Vancouver International Airport, and Vancouver along the Cambie corridor to central Broadway, the downtown business district and Waterfront Station.

The line is 19.5 km long with 18 stations, and will improve existing rapid transit service. For example, it will connect with SkyTrain lines that run through the eastern part of the region and the SeaBus serving the North Shore.



Bus Fleet Replacement
* Replace the electric trolley fleet with 228 new, zero-emmission, low-floor trolley buses between 2005 and 2007.
* Replace aging diesel buses.
* Replace older HandyDART vehicles.
* Reintroduce 50 Compressed Natural Gas buses.

Website : http://www.translink.bc.ca/Plans_Projects/default.asp
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Old October 25th, 2004, 09:36 AM   #4
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Let me just say that SkyTrain is AMAZING! Quiet, fast, convenient! And most importantly, it has a railfan's seat .
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Old October 25th, 2004, 09:56 AM   #5
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Express Coach routes provide direct, limited-stop service from Surrey, White Rock, Tsawwassen, North Delta, Ladner to and from Vancouver. These routes use highway coaches equipped with:

* Wheelchair lifts
* Bicycle racks
* Raised seating
* Fabric, high-backed seats with headrests and footrests
* Air conditioning
* Overhead package racks
* Individual controlled reading lights

These routes operate Express Coach service:

* 311 Scottsdale/Vancouver
* 351 Crescent Beach/Vancouver
* 352 Ocean Park/Vancouver
* 354 White Rock South/Vancouver
* 601 South Delta/Boundary Bay/Vancouver
* 602 Tsawwassen Heights/Vancouver
* 603 Beach Grove/Vancouver
* 604 English Bluff/Vancouver




I am travelling on route 601 almost everyday and I have to say that these bus are really great! (although not so good for standing)
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Old October 27th, 2004, 12:03 AM   #6
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"Replace the electric trolley fleet with 228 new, zero-emmission, low-floor trolley buses between 2005 and 2007"

will these be hydrogen fuel cell powered?
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Old October 27th, 2004, 12:28 AM   #7
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Hope they will swing a line west on Broadway to UBC someday ....
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Old October 27th, 2004, 06:33 AM   #8
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light rail just approved from lougheed town centre to coquitlam, translink is just cheap, introducing a new system when there is already a built in train platform for future skytrain expansion to coquitlam. Start construction in 2006 open in 2009.
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Old October 27th, 2004, 12:39 PM   #9
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Decisions for the RAV (Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Rapid Transit) will come out in Mid-November, stayed tuned. For more information, go to

http://www.ravprapidtransit.com/
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Old November 1st, 2004, 02:07 AM   #10
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Quote:
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"Replace the electric trolley fleet with 228 new, zero-emmission, low-floor trolley buses between 2005 and 2007"

will these be hydrogen fuel cell powered?
Hi there,


Vancouver experimented with fuel cell - and that is why they are buying electric trolleybuses.

They found that the fuel cell needed refuelling too frequently - it could not even do a full day's work without refuelling. Plus it took so much energy to produce, store etc the hydrogen that for the same energy input they could power 11 regular overhead wire powered trolleybuses.


Then there was the cost - and the problem that hydrogen is potentially very volatile (explosive)

For more information about fuel cell buses and why they are not (yet) a solution follow this weblink http://www.tbus.org.uk/fuelcell.htm

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Old November 1st, 2004, 07:40 PM   #11
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Old November 1st, 2004, 09:13 PM   #12
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So right now, the line is planned, so as to follow the 98-B line, right?
If that's the case, then the next step is to replace all the other B-lines with SkyTrain.
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So right now, the line is planned, so as to follow the 98-B line, right?
If that's the case, then the next step is to replace all the other B-lines with SkyTrain.
Skytrain will use Cambie instead of Granville.
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Old November 1st, 2004, 10:39 PM   #14
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I'm confused...what parts of Skytrain are underground or HRT?
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Old November 1st, 2004, 10:45 PM   #15
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underground - from waterfront to at least 49th ave.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 04:57 AM   #16
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For the RAV line:

Between 49th Ave and Marine Drive, the line will either be at-grade or in a trench (the City of Vancouver has prohibited an elevated line.

The airport authority (YVR) requires the airport segment to be elevated.

Both Fraser River crossings will also be elevated on bridges (as opposed tunnels), as will Bridgeport station.

Richmond's water table is too high for tunneling so the No. 3 Rd. part will either be elevated or at-grade. Richmond City Council wants it at-grade.

Note that RAV may not be Skytrain.

Of the two bids received, one is from Lavalin and the other from Bombardier. According to press releases, Lavalin's is likely a conventional LRT proposal (overhead wires) (with automated and manual operationing segments) while Bombardier's is likely like Skytrain (third rail)(fully automated). This means that if Richmond's wishes for at-grade are followed (and this is not necesarily the case) then the line will not be Skytrain, but LRT on an exclusive right-of-way.

Of the existing Skytrain lines, the only undergound segments are in downtown Vancouver and in downtown New Westminster.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 08:33 AM   #17
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I don't understand why they want to build a station at Westminster and then one at Richmond Center. They are just too close together.

Moreover, I think Cambie station should be called Aberdeen.
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They should like call it Cambie/Aberdeen Station, similar to that of Stadium/Chinatown.
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For the RAV line:

Between 49th Ave and Marine Drive, the line will either be at-grade or in a trench (the City of Vancouver has prohibited an elevated line.

The airport authority (YVR) requires the airport segment to be elevated.

Both Fraser River crossings will also be elevated on bridges (as opposed tunnels), as will Bridgeport station.

Richmond's water table is too high for tunneling so the No. 3 Rd. part will either be elevated or at-grade. Richmond City Council wants it at-grade.

Note that RAV may not be Skytrain.

Of the two bids received, one is from Lavalin and the other from Bombardier. According to press releases, Lavalin's is likely a conventional LRT proposal (overhead wires) (with automated and manual operationing segments) while Bombardier's is likely like Skytrain (third rail)(fully automated). This means that if Richmond's wishes for at-grade are followed (and this is not necesarily the case) then the line will not be Skytrain, but LRT on an exclusive right-of-way.

Of the existing Skytrain lines, the only undergound segments are in downtown Vancouver and in downtown New Westminster.
It would be REALLY stupid to build a totally different system, which'll require new rolling stock, different maintenance yards, etc.
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Old November 5th, 2004, 08:36 AM   #20
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Theres no way they can be stupid enough to build it at-grade in Richmond, there are too many cars on No. 3 Road. But this is Translink after all, known for making stupid decisions and flip-flops (RAV line being voted out and voted in 2-3 times by the board)
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