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Old January 15th, 2008, 02:33 AM   #2361
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$14 BILLION for Transit in Vancouver/BC

Investing for the Future – a $14 Billion Action Plan

The Government of British Columbia is investing in innovative transit options for the benefit of all British Columbians now and into the future. By 2020, the plan calls for the provincial government and its federal and local government partners to commit $14 billion to significantly expand transit in communities across the province and to double transit ridership.

Successful implementation of the Provincial Transit Plan requires the cooperation and commitment of our partners. Of the $11.1 billion in new funding, the Province is committing up to $4.75 billion and is calling on the federal government for $3.1 billion, TransLink for $2.75 billion and local governments for $500 million along with supportive land use decisions.

For Metro Vancouver, the transit market share is about 12 per cent during weekdays. The Provincial Transit Plan will result in increasing transit market share by five per cent to a total of 17 per cent by 2020. By 2030, transit market share is expected to increase by an additional five per cent as people get out of their cars and onto the expanded transit network. In the Victoria Regional Transit System, the present transit market share is about seven per cent. The Provincial Transit Plan is aimed at increasing transit market share
by 2.5 per cent by 2020, bringing the total market share to 9.5 per cent. By 2030, market share is expected to grow by an additional 2.5 per cent to 12 per cent in the region.




SECURITY:

- Installing electronic gates and closed-circuit cameras at rapid transit stations

- Launching a smart-card system for rapid transit and buses that users can reload at vending machines or on the Internet

- Taking action against people who do not pay fares with on-the-spot fines and other measures

- Increasing security personnel in and around rapid transit stations



SKYTRAIN EXPANSION:

- $2 billion to construct the new, 19 kilometre Canada Line from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport in Richmond by end of 2009

- $1.4 billion to build the 11 kilometre Evergreen Line by 2014, connecting Coquitlam Centre to the Lougheed Town Centre Station

- $2.8 billion to build a new, 12 kilometre line from Broadway Station to University of British Columbia by 2020

- $3.1 billion to double capacity on the existing Expo Line, including major improvements to stations starting in 2009 and a 6 kilometre extension in Surrey by 2020. Improvements will include lengthening platforms to handle 6 car trains, additional storage track, upgrades to the control system, vehicle storage depots, maintenance facilities and adjacent transit exchanges.

- $1 billion for additional SkyTrain cars





RAPID BUS:

The Provincial Transit Plan calls for $1.2 billion to be invested in RapidBus BC by 2020. RapidBus BC will be available along nine lines in British Columbia:

- From Westbank to the University of British Columbia Okanagan in the central Okanagan

- From Douglas Street in downtown Victoria to Langford on the West Shore

- Highway 1, connecting Lougheed Station to exchanges in Surrey and Langley across the Port Mann Bridge

- Hastings Street from downtown Vancouver to Simon Fraser University

- 41st Avenue from the Canada Line to the University of British Columbia

- Highway 99 from White Rock to the Canada Line in Richmond

- King George Highway from Surrey Centre south to White Rock

- Fraser Highway, connecting Langley to the Expo Line in Surrey

- Highway 7 from the Evergreen Line in Coquitlam across the new Golden Ears Bridge







As the core of the transit system in communities like Kelowna, Victoria and Metro Vancouver, RapidBus BC offers:
- Frequent, reliable service at regularly spaced intervals
- Express service with few or no stops between main stations
- Priority movement in traffic through dedicated lanes, in some cases bypassing congested intersections
- Pre-paid fare collection to minimize boarding delays
- Integrated fare systems, allowing free or discounted transfers between routes and transit modes
- Easy-to-understand route and schedule information
- Modern, efficient, high capacity vehicles, which are easy to board, quiet, clean and comfortable to ride
- Contemporary, conveniently located bus stations with nearby amenities
- Seamless integration with other transit options and coordination with cycling and walking infrastructure
- Separate lanes on all or some parts of routes
- Use of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes
- Signal priority and queue jumping provisions
- Effective security measures



EXPANDED BUS FLEET

The Provincial Transit Plan will significantly increase the provincial bus fleet to improve service in many communities around the province. By investing $1.6 billion in 1,500 new, clean energy buses and related maintenance infrastructure, and increasing the hours of service, transit riders will have
access to more buses, more often
. The new buses will be selected to meet the specific needs of communities in cost-effective, energy efficient ways.

Clean technologies include:
■ Hydrogen
■ Hybrid
■ Electric
■ Natural Gas
■ Low emissions diesel

In addition to conventional buses, the new fleet will be made up of a variety of bus types customized to meet the needs of individual communities and users. Options include:

■ Community shuttles – smaller, quieter vehicles that minimize impacts on neighbourhoods
■ Custom transit – specialized vans and minibuses for dial-a-ride, door-to-door handyDART service, and taxi programs to serve mobility challenged transit users and others who cannot access conventional transit
■ Para-transit – mini-buses, taxis and vans offering flexible routes and schedules
■ Articulated and double-decker buses – high capacity buses to serve passengers on routes where demand is heavy
■ Conventional buses – the mainstay of the fleet
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Old January 15th, 2008, 02:40 AM   #2362
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Investing for the Future – a $14 Billion Action Plan

The Government of British Columbia is investing in innovative transit options for the benefit of all British Columbians now and into the future. By 2020, the plan calls for the provincial government and its federal and local government partners to commit $14 billion to significantly expand transit in communities across the province and to double transit ridership.

Successful implementation of the Provincial Transit Plan requires the cooperation and commitment of our partners. Of the $11.1 billion in new funding, the Province is committing up to $4.75 billion and is calling on the federal government for $3.1 billion, TransLink for $2.75 billion and local governments for $500 million along with supportive land use decisions.

For Metro Vancouver, the transit market share is about 12 per cent during weekdays. The Provincial Transit Plan will result in increasing transit market share by five per cent to a total of 17 per cent by 2020. By 2030, transit market share is expected to increase by an additional five per cent as people get out of their cars and onto the expanded transit network. In the Victoria Regional Transit System, the present transit market share is about seven per cent. The Provincial Transit Plan is aimed at increasing transit market share
by 2.5 per cent by 2020, bringing the total market share to 9.5 per cent. By 2030, market share is expected to grow by an additional 2.5 per cent to 12 per cent in the region.




SECURITY:

- Installing electronic gates and closed-circuit cameras at rapid transit stations

- Launching a smart-card system for rapid transit and buses that users can reload at vending machines or on the Internet

- Taking action against people who do not pay fares with on-the-spot fines and other measures

- Increasing security personnel in and around rapid transit stations



SKYTRAIN EXPANSION:

- $2 billion to construct the new, 19 kilometre Canada Line from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport in Richmond by end of 2009

- $1.4 billion to build the 11 kilometre Evergreen Line by 2014, connecting Coquitlam Centre to the Lougheed Town Centre Station

- $2.8 billion to build a new, 12 kilometre line from Broadway Station to University of British Columbia by 2020

- $3.1 billion to double capacity on the existing Expo Line, including major improvements to stations starting in 2009 and a 6 kilometre extension in Surrey by 2020. Improvements will include lengthening platforms to handle 6 car trains, additional storage track, upgrades to the control system, vehicle storage depots, maintenance facilities and adjacent transit exchanges.

- $1 billion for additional SkyTrain cars





RAPID BUS:

The Provincial Transit Plan calls for $1.2 billion to be invested in RapidBus BC by 2020. RapidBus BC will be available along nine lines in British Columbia:

- From Westbank to the University of British Columbia Okanagan in the central Okanagan

- From Douglas Street in downtown Victoria to Langford on the West Shore

- Highway 1, connecting Lougheed Station to exchanges in Surrey and Langley across the Port Mann Bridge

- Hastings Street from downtown Vancouver to Simon Fraser University

- 41st Avenue from the Canada Line to the University of British Columbia

- Highway 99 from White Rock to the Canada Line in Richmond

- King George Highway from Surrey Centre south to White Rock

- Fraser Highway, connecting Langley to the Expo Line in Surrey

- Highway 7 from the Evergreen Line in Coquitlam across the new Golden Ears Bridge







As the core of the transit system in communities like Kelowna, Victoria and Metro Vancouver, RapidBus BC offers:
- Frequent, reliable service at regularly spaced intervals
- Express service with few or no stops between main stations
- Priority movement in traffic through dedicated lanes, in some cases bypassing congested intersections
- Pre-paid fare collection to minimize boarding delays
- Integrated fare systems, allowing free or discounted transfers between routes and transit modes
- Easy-to-understand route and schedule information
- Modern, efficient, high capacity vehicles, which are easy to board, quiet, clean and comfortable to ride
- Contemporary, conveniently located bus stations with nearby amenities
- Seamless integration with other transit options and coordination with cycling and walking infrastructure
- Separate lanes on all or some parts of routes
- Use of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes
- Signal priority and queue jumping provisions
- Effective security measures



EXPANDED BUS FLEET

The Provincial Transit Plan will significantly increase the provincial bus fleet to improve service in many communities around the province. By investing $1.6 billion in 1,500 new, clean energy buses and related maintenance infrastructure, and increasing the hours of service, transit riders will have
access to more buses, more often
. The new buses will be selected to meet the specific needs of communities in cost-effective, energy efficient ways.

Clean technologies include:
■ Hydrogen
■ Hybrid
■ Electric
■ Natural Gas
■ Low emissions diesel

In addition to conventional buses, the new fleet will be made up of a variety of bus types customized to meet the needs of individual communities and users. Options include:

■ Community shuttles – smaller, quieter vehicles that minimize impacts on neighbourhoods
■ Custom transit – specialized vans and minibuses for dial-a-ride, door-to-door handyDART service, and taxi programs to serve mobility challenged transit users and others who cannot access conventional transit
■ Para-transit – mini-buses, taxis and vans offering flexible routes and schedules
■ Articulated and double-decker buses – high capacity buses to serve passengers on routes where demand is heavy
■ Conventional buses – the mainstay of the fleet
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"Preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are progressing so well, it's boring. We'd like there to be some challenges, so we [the IOC] could shout at them." - IOC (Sept. 2007)


"In medieval Europe if you didn't like somebody's argument and couldn't think of a real response you called them a witch and demanded they be burned at the stake. In the US you call them unpatriotic, and in Canada you call them racist."
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Old January 15th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #2363
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So, apparently, the Evergreen Line WILL be Skytrain? COOL!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 03:31 AM   #2364
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So, apparently, the Evergreen Line WILL be Skytrain? COOL!
i think it'll likely be SkyTrain, but we don't know the route. It'll cost $1.4 billion....that's the perfect figure if it takes the northwest route, which requires tunneling, and also the perfect figure if it takes the southeast route that does not require tunneling.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #2365
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You know what... i just noticed: they could've had reused the Surrey Bullet concept, from Coquitlam down Lougheed Hwy then on Hwy 1 to Guilford, then on King George Hwy.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:22 AM   #2366
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OMG OMG OMG!



Best news in Van since the approval of the Canada Line!
I am pouring myself a glass of wine and celebrating right now.
Transport investment is what will make cities of the future.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:33 AM   #2367
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This is great news for metro.

I am also very pleased that the gov't has acknoleged that the EXPO Line is over capacity and station and fleet expansion is a neccessity.
It does, however, say that the new stations will be able to accomodate 6 cars.........they already can accomodate 6 MK1 cars. It can't be 6 MK11 cars as that would be 18 MK1 cars. Don't understand it.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #2368
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here's a pretty good graphic of what is being planned, from the Vancouver Sun:
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:40 AM   #2369
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here's a pretty good graphic of what is being planned, from the Vancouver Sun:
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:43 AM   #2370
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This is great news for metro.

I am also very pleased that the gov't has acknoleged that the EXPO Line is over capacity and station and fleet expansion is a neccessity.
It does, however, say that the new stations will be able to accomodate 6 cars.........they already can accomodate 6 MK1 cars. It can't be 6 MK11 cars as that would be 18 MK1 cars. Don't understand it.
I think you have a misconception of what exactly a Mark II car is.

Below, you have a 2-car Mark II train:


The articulated bend links two Mark II cars together. They don't act as a car together.


So yes, what they mean is a 6-car Mark II train. Here's a graphic of what it would look like, created by alt-bc:


Car 1-Car 2=Car 3-Car 4=Car 5-Car 6
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Wow!

When those roll we will have sure come a long way from 2-car Mk1 trains.

Imagine a pair of 6-car Mk2 trains pulling into Broadway station every minute. The station upgrades that are planned won't cut it. They will have to reorganize the escalators leading to Commercial Drive Station.

Very interesting times.
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Those look like amazing proposals, well done Vancouver.

Are there any plans for a tram network at all in the inner city or is that too unfeasable (I don't know much about Vancouver's city streets).
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Thanks for the above maps people. I lived for many, many years in the Westend and always dreamed and hoped that rapid transit would expand to the very busy UBC Transit hub. I live in Toronto now and all these plans being unveiled kind of makes me want to move back. I left when there was only two lines, Millenium and Expo lines. So grateful that their is going to be a link to the airport and Richmond itself very soon. I remember the Oak St. bridge was really at capacity for all transit almost all day long. Hopefully this new line will alleviate a lot of idling traffic off these bridges.
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Those look like amazing proposals, well done Vancouver.

Are there any plans for a tram network at all in the inner city or is that too unfeasable (I don't know much about Vancouver's city streets).
There are plans to build streetcar within the City of Vancouver:



In addition, there's a small possibility that the Evergreen Line (look at map) will be light rail.
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The pricetag does seem inordinately high. Are construction costs particularly high in Canada?
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wow thats awsome and a very well planned Transit network go Vancouver i hope the 2010 will be a great Olympic games
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FINALLY Skytrain to UBC!!!

Wait... I'll have graduated...
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The pricetag does seem inordinately high. Are construction costs particularly high in Canada?
Pretty much. They say whoever can hold a hammer can work in construction for at least $12/hour. The area is going through a construction boom with so many projects ongoing: the Canada Line metro, residential condos in downtown core, redevelopment for the 2010 games, and new sports facilities. And then western Canada in general is seeing high demand due to the recent boom in resources. So I hope they put off construction until after 2010 when hopefully construction costs recede.
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You can take the skytrain to alumni reunions, I guess. :P
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In addition, there's a small possibility that the Evergreen Line (look at map) will be light rail.
I thought it was announced at least a year ago that Evergreen Line will definitely be light rail.
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