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Old December 22nd, 2007, 01:38 AM   #2301
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Has anyone up in Vancouver suggested some sort of Richmond-Burnaby/New Westminster Skytrain line? I'm wondering why there's no such (proposed) link; is it because of ridership concerns or something? It seems like a good idea (considering how much i've driven on Marine Drive, ugh)...
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 02:18 AM   #2302
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Has anyone up in Vancouver suggested some sort of Richmond-Burnaby/New Westminster Skytrain line? I'm wondering why there's no such (proposed) link; is it because of ridership concerns or something? It seems like a good idea (considering how much i've driven on Marine Drive, ugh)...
Well, it's possible in the future with the Arbutus streetcar that an LRT/streetcar line could be built as an extension along Marine Drive with stations at the Canada Line Marine Drive Station, East Fraserlands, and onto New Westminster with a station at the SkyTrain station.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 02:42 AM   #2303
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Updates from Tafryn's blog, Dec. 14:
http://canadalinephotos.blogspot.com/



BRIDGEPORT STATION (and park & ride, casino-hotel expansion)




















OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE CENTRE












NORTH ARM BRIDGE (note the off-ramp for the pedestrian/bike way)




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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:29 AM   #2304
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Just to let some of you (if you haven't already) the new Aritculated Buses by NewFlyer are already in operation for the 99 B-Line.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 10:30 AM   #2305
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New rendering of the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station entrance:






New renderings of YVR-Airport Station (not sure which one is the final design, possibly the last one):








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Old December 22nd, 2007, 11:15 AM   #2306
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Those are some sexy looking renderings.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:27 AM   #2307
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Even more fleet expansion news is even more good news from Translink.
They are increasing bus frequencies down here in WR/SSurrrey effective Dec 24/07 and there will be a substantial increase in frequency of the VERY busy 321 WR to KG station via Newton.........MINIMUM 15 min all day/evening 7 days/week.

A significant increase in 351 WR to Downtown is immeniate for approx April/08.
Things are finally inproving South of Frazer where service really is completley sub-standard.

It is good news that we will be getting and extra 14 MK11 cars on top of the 34 they will get in 09. It is great that they are improving some of the SkyTrain stations but they must really make this a priority on all stations especially for the Expo Line. All the stations should be lengthened to accomodate 3 MK11 trains or 8 MK1 cars. When they finished the MLine and the SkyTrain cut in two , service to Surrey actually decreased.

A Hastings street BLine starts this year from downtown to SFU and they are hoping for a BLine down KG SkyTrain to ATLEAST Newton but they, if buses are available, will bring the BLine route all the way down to WR. This is what the communications officer said when I talked to him at length.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 08:46 AM   #2308
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More pictures from Tafryn, Dec. 20:
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WATERFRONT STATION















VANCOUVER CITY CENTRE STATION (you can see the elevator shaft and space for the escalators)














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Old December 24th, 2007, 10:25 AM   #2309
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I thought they are doing a lrt from Guilford to SurreyCentral then to Newton...
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Old December 24th, 2007, 03:54 PM   #2310
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yes!

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Shakugan no Shana
Claymore
Fate-Stay Night
Rurouni Kenshin
Highschool of the dead
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Old December 25th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #2311
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B-Line first, then LRT to follow
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Old January 5th, 2008, 01:10 AM   #2312
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Construction Update Granville #012 - Tunnel Boring Machine Arrives at Vancouver City Centre Station

http://www.canadaline.ca/uploads/New...es/News550.PDF

Monthly Construction Update - Richmond and YVR: January 2008

http://www.canadaline.ca/uploads/New...es/News552.pdf

Monthly Construction Update - Vancouver: January 2008

http://www.canadaline.ca/uploads/New...es/News553.pdf
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Old January 7th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #2313
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Lots of new pics by Tafryn himself of Lansdowne, Richmond Centre, 49th Ave, 41st Ave, Cambie Cut and City Hall.

http://canadalinephotos.blogspot.com...e-station.html

Here's an interesting one showing the guideway near No. 3 Rd. - interesting that the guideway has a swerve in it. Could be due to the double -> single transition.

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Old January 7th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #2314
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B-Line first, then LRT to follow
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Old January 8th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #2315
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A Hastings street BLine starts this year from downtown to SFU and they are hoping for a BLine down KG SkyTrain to ATLEAST Newton but they, if buses are available, will bring the BLine route all the way down to WR. This is what the communications officer said when I talked to him at length.
The King George B-Line isn't until 2013. Fraser Highway is supposed to get a mini B-Line (half between B-Line and a regular express bus) in 2011. TransLink is supposed to start a study to determine the exact routes and stops of any rapid transit in the SOF early this year, which should be interesting. And yes, the plans is to upgrade the King George busway to LRT in the "future".
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Old January 9th, 2008, 02:07 AM   #2316
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The King George B-Line isn't until 2013. Fraser Highway is supposed to get a mini B-Line (half between B-Line and a regular express bus) in 2011. TransLink is supposed to start a study to determine the exact routes and stops of any rapid transit in the SOF early this year, which should be interesting. And yes, the plans is to upgrade the King George busway to LRT in the "future".
I hate how late the BRTs are coming... actually frustrates me.
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I hate how late the BRTs are coming... actually frustrates me.
And they are done half assed too! The whole point of BRT is that we get RT for a cheap price that takes little time to implement. It's all just ridiculous.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #2318
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Buses, buses, and more buses. I would rather go out of my way 20 minutes to ride the Skytrain rather than save that time and take a bus. THAT'S the reality of buses.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #2319
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7,000 ink petition for 24/7 SkyTrain service

Cheryl Chan, The Province
Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2008

More than 7,000 people have signed an online petition clamouring for round-the-clock SkyTrain service.

Scott Podwinski, who started the petition on the social networking site Facebook less than two weeks ago, said he's blown away by the demand.

"Almost 7,300 people are saying they want the service and would ride it," said the 26-year-old Surrey man. "There's more demand than you think."

Podwinski started the campaign after being stranded downtown after a New Year's Eve party, despite assurances from TransLink customer service that SkyTrain service will be running "later than normal."

He said he and his friends boarded the SkyTrain at Granville Station at about 2 a.m. but were kicked off at the next stop because service was shutting down.

They were told to walk to Burrard Station to catch a bus, he said, but "two hours later, still no bus. We were frozen by that time."

"It would cost very little to keep the SkyTrain running 24 hours," said Podwinski, adding that the extra rail runs would curb drinking and driving and offer night owls an alternative to pricey cab rides home.

Both the SkyTrain's Expo and Millennium lines shut down for about four hours daily, from about 1:30 to 5:30 a.m.

TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said 24/7 service would be desirable but not "feasible technically."

"We have a situation where a certain number of down-time hours is necessary," he said, adding SkyTrain already stays open later than the London Underground.

"It's not an issue of operating costs," said Hardie. "An additional few hours wouldn't make the difference, but with the need to do track maintenance . . . they need that window every early morning."


Hardie said TransLink might consider looking at short-term 24-hour service on specific nights during the 2010 Olympics should downtown stay open late.

Podwinski hopes to gather 100,000 signatures -- online and in-person -- which he plans to submit to TransLink at the end of the year.

A reaction to Podwinski's petition has already erupted on Facebook. The Petition Against the Petition to Keep the SkyTrain Open 24 Hours has 12 members as of yesterday.

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i should mention that SkyTrain opens later and opens earlier than the Hong Kong MTR.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #2320
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Even though it may operate longer, it is the only way to get home for most people. I would say that Translink directly encourages drunk driving by not providing routes from downtown to the suburbs (bus or skytrain). As do taxi drivers by refusing to drive people longer distances.
Where did they get 12 members from? The "Petition to keep Skytrain running 24 hours" has 8,242 members and "Hey Translink, don't stop that train. I wanna get on!" has 1,333 members
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