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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:00 AM   #1981
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Even more pictures by Tafryn, taken Sept. 26:



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Old September 29th, 2007, 12:29 AM   #1982
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Vancouver Transit Thread! | Discussion

Feds give BC $49.1 million to help buy new buses; most will be alternative energy

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VANCOUVER - The federal government is giving British Columbia money to buy 199 new buses for the Vancouver area and most of them will run on alternative fuels.

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said Friday the $49.1 million will come from the gas tax agreement between Ottawa and the provinces.

The money will contribute to the purchase of 90 new buses to expand the existing fleet and 109 buses that use alternative technology and will replace older buses.

"We're just so excited to see this moving ahead," said Day.

"It's a world-class example that can be looked to by other provinces and in fact by other countries in terms of moving ahead on the greener agenda."

The buses will be purchased next year.

Days said overall, B.C. will receive $635.6 million through 2010 under Ottawa's agreement to return more of the revenues collected from gas taxes to the provinces.

The total cost of the 199 new buses will be $139 million.

TransLink, the transit authority for the Vancouver area, will cover the remaining costs.

The gas tax agreement has already helped TransLink to buy 258 new buses in 2006 and 2007.




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Old September 29th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #1983
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$49.1 million for 199 buses? They sure won't be trolley buses:
~$246,231 per bus...so probably "biodiesel" or CNG.

I just came back from a ride on the Nova Bus and was shocked to find out how little space there was in the back. I virtually had 3 seats available where I could fit without being really cramped when all seats were full. Sitting in the front/back facing row, my legs would have to go between the opposing passengers' in order to fit!
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Old September 29th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #1984
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$49.1 million for 199 buses? They sure won't be trolley buses:
~$246,231 per bus...so probably "biodiesel" or CNG.

I just came back from a ride on the Nova Bus and was shocked to find out how little space there was in the back. I virtually had 3 seats available where I could fit without being really cramped when all seats were full. Sitting in the front/back facing row, my legs would have to go between the opposing passengers' in order to fit!
Nope, $49.1 million from feds goes towards helping Translink pay the $139 million bill for these 199 new buses.

That means each bus, on average, will cost $700,000.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 01:23 AM   #1985
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My bet is on diesel electric hybrids with B20 biodiesel. King Country Transit in Seattle purchased a 200+ fleet of New Flyer DE60LF (diesel-electric 60 foot low floor) articulated buses to replace their old diesel-electric trolley fleet.

The Translink/Transport Canada - Urban Transportation Showcase Program - Alternative Fuel and Bus Technology Demonstration Project (my god that's a long program name) found that diesel electric hybrids with diesel particulate filters were the cleanest buses of the lot and simultaneously had the best fuel economy. Incidentally the new Nova Bus engines and diesel particulate filters are staggeringly clean compared to our conventional diesel buses and only a tiny bit behind the diesel electric hybrid.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 06:36 AM   #1986
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Old September 30th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #1987
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Old October 1st, 2007, 12:18 AM   #1988
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Seems like half of Vancouver has been ripped up to build this line.

Great pics by the way. Do they all come from the official Canada line website? It's good that they're keeping the public informed with so many images.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 05:46 AM   #1992
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Seems like half of Vancouver has been ripped up to build this line.

Great pics by the way. Do they all come from the official Canada line website? It's good that they're keeping the public informed with so many images.
Most of them are from a blog, some are from the Canada Line website.

http://canadalinephotos.blogspot.com/



And yes, the city has been ripped apart to build this line. Along the cut and cover section, only arterial routes are open.....that's about 6 roads open east-west. All small streets have been closed off.
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New Canada Line update on the Richmond Stations, incuding some pics (same ones we've seen before, but Bridgeport pic looks a bit different):

http://www.canadaline.ca/uploads/New...es/News492.pdf

Summary of the Testing and Commissioning Phase (starting early 2008):

http://www.canadaline.ca/uploads/New...es/News490.pdf
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Old October 4th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #1994
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thx for posting those links office, and here's that Bridgeport render:






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I've been thinking about this in my head and it really boggles my mind how much photography of the Canada Line construction has been taken/posted. I can't think of any rapid transit system that is, or maybe even was, this frequently photographed during its construction. For example there rarely seems to be photos posted of Seattle's light rail construction here, while we're getting updates on the Canada Line every couple days a lot of the time. I've even given up on touring the line's construction for the most part because of the amount of photography that has been posted.
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I've been thinking about this in my head and it really boggles my mind how much photography of the Canada Line construction has been taken/posted. I can't think of any rapid transit system that is, or maybe even was, this frequently photographed during its construction. For example there rarely seems to be photos posted of Seattle's light rail construction here, while we're getting updates on the Canada Line every couple days a lot of the time. I've even given up on touring the line's construction for the most part because of the amount of photography that has been posted.
I actually take quite a few pictures of Seattle's light rail construction - although there's not much more to see now, as nearly all of the heavy construction is done. I have a smattering here:
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I actually take quite a few pictures of Seattle's light rail construction - although there's not much more to see now, as nearly all of the heavy construction is done. I have a smattering here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/bensch
I don't mind the extreme photography. It gives me a perspective to how much Vancouver has changed, since I went to Vancouver almost every weekend before the US Dollar started plunging.
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well right now;
i've realised that even if the poles have derailed on the new trolleys,
they dont go sticking up into the air poking through the wires;
but insteadl
they go down and the poles go parallel with a distance between the bus and the overheard wires which gives drivers the opportunity to "drive aside, or drive off" an intersection and then fix it after.

and speaking of those folded seats at the front of the bus,
i as a young man, even have trouble getting those seats down,
one factor is,
not much people know how to fold it down, knowing about the yellow thing

on another note;
have anyone of you guys experienced where the light at the back door sometimes wont liight up causing people cant get off the bus and yelling out "BACK DOOR!!" ?
it gets quite funny sometimes,
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Tafryn has posted some more pics of the construction (Langara Station) on his blog:

http://canadalinephotos.blogspot.com...-%2049th%20Ave

Sorry I don't have time to post the pics but I'm busy with all nighter for a midterm tomorrow =)
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Thanks for the heads up.
This Oakridge Station pic from Tafryn shows the underpass under the platform (to get to the northbound platform from the Station house). i.e you can see the train tunnel is a level above the lowest part of the station excavation. I would have preferred a mezzanine configuration.

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