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Old March 3rd, 2008, 09:04 AM   #2681
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I got this image from the CTV report on the tunnel boring completion. I believe it's our first ever look at the interior of Vancouver City Centre Station on the platform level:
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 09:36 AM   #2682
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Seeing Vancouver is, byfar and away, Canada's most expensive city couldn't you say that about everyone in Vancouver or BC for that matter?
Actually seeing universities are the bastion of the middle/upper class I think we should cancel all routes to them too. What da yu think?

That is not a logical argument.
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 12:03 PM   #2683
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There is an openhouse (I forgot to put this post on this forum =[) tomorrow (yes tomorrow) 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Lord Byng Secondary. There will be one more the following day at Riley Community Centre. This openhouse is about the new 33rd Avenue 29TH AVE STN/UBC Crosstown route.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:55 AM   #2684
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CTV report on the boring completion:






CANADA LINE BORED TUNNELS COMPLETED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

March 2, 2008
Office of the Premier | Ministry of Transportation

VANCOUVER – A critical phase of Canada Line construction was completed today when the project’s 440-tonne tunnel boring machine (TBM) broke through the ground into the future site of Canada Line’s Waterfront Station. The breakthrough completes the second of two side-by-side bored tunnels from just south of False Creek to just north of Pender Street in downtown Vancouver.

“This breakthrough represents an important milestone for this project, which will significantly improve transit service for people throughout the Lower Mainland,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “I want to congratulate all of the workers for their hard work and dedication, and for completing this critical phase of the Canada Line without a single lost-time injury or accident. This transit expansion will help to encourage compact urban development, get people out of their cars, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for the benefit of all British Columbians.”

“This successful project clearly demonstrates the benefits of public-private partnerships in large-scale transportation infrastructure projects,” said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “It also reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to improving public transit capacity.”

“This is a great moment to celebrate the vision, determination and skill of the workers, the project team, our region’s leaders and our Canada Line partners” said TransLink chair Dale Parker. “Every one of them can be proud of this amazing accomplishment, and with the Premier’s massive transit program, it's exciting to realize that we will be celebrating many more ‘breakthroughs’ for
Metro Vancouver’s transit system in the coming years.”

“Today’s breakthrough means we’re one step closer to providing a sustainable, efficient and convenient transportation option to YVR passengers and employees, “ said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “When the Canada Line is operational in 2009, YVR will join just a handful of international airports with a rapid transit link to and from the city centre and communities between. This is an important connection, particularly as we prepare to welcome the world for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

“The Canada Line and the planned UBC Line are key pieces in achieving our public transportation goals for Vancouver,” said Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan. “Fast, accessible transit with easy connections is one of the most important ways we can do our part in reducing urban sprawl while lowering our ecological footprint.”

With the completion of the second (inbound) tunnel, the 2nd Avenue tunnel boring worksite will be transformed so that construction of the Canada Line station can proceed. While some station work has already taken place, the worksite has been used primarily for tunnel boring operations.

Approximately 20,000 pre-fabricated concrete tunnel lining segments have been used to construct the 5 kilometres of tunnel walls. The tunnel is 5.3 metres in internal diameter and varies in depth between 10 and 30 metres.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #2685
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This is f-ing hillarious....Sydney's ticket machines:
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This is not hillarious this is scary! This is a nightmare! The only thing worse would be having to read chinese instead of english!
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Old March 5th, 2008, 03:24 AM   #2686
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The one in shanghai is kinda like a mix of the MTR and the Sydney one. You choose your starting and destination points but nothing is in English. I read Chinese but in China they use simplified characters and that was a nightmare. I would have taken a picture but the guards kept hounding me about my camera.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 04:35 AM   #2687
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Final Results of UBC Transit Line Survey Released
Respondents favour a tunnel, and want the City to help protect businesses & residents along the route during construction




We promised to keep our Millennium Line Survey respondents up to date on developments surrounding this project. I'm pleased to announce that the final results are now available of the on-line survey of local residents and businesses regarding the completion of the Millennium Rapid Transit Line to central Broadway and UBC are now released to the public.

I want to thank everyone who took time from their busy schedules to complete the survey and give us their ideas. The public consultation process we have initiated in partnership with the City of Vancouver and Translink will give residents, businesses and community organizations the opportunity to help shape the future of their communities for generations to come.

More than 1850 surveys were completed at www.mayorsamsullivan.ca between November 3, 2007 and January 30, 2008. In January, the Province of British Columbia announced their plan to construct a $2.8 billion UBC Rapid Transit Line as part of their province-wide transit strategy.

More than 87% of our survey respondents say they - or a member of their family - would use a completed Millennium/UBC Line. Of those, 48% would no longer use the existing bus service and 28% would be able to leave their car at home. Other key results include:

- Most feel a tunnel system (37%) under Broadway (34%) is the best technology and route for Millennium/UBC Line. 22% favour an elevated Skytrain, 10.5% support streetcar or light rail and 27% want a combination.
- When asked to choose between the least expensive route and the least disruptive route, respondents choose the least disruptive (35% to 18.5%).
- More than 2/3 of respondents want to see the Millennium Line completed all the way to UBC. Only 26% support a phased project.
- An overwhelming amount of respondents (91%) want the municipal government to be an active participant in the project's formal environmental assessment to protect the interest of businesses & residents.
- More than 82% support the establishment of a Business Improvement Association along Broadway in concert with this project.

In addition to protecting the environment and increasing access to UBC, the survey respondents want to see the UBC Line completed to increase access to connecting transit routes, the Broadway business district and health services around VGH. We will consider these results very carefully as we go forward in the coming weeks.

Most of the survey respondents and their families live in Vancouver, Burnaby/New Westminster or UBC (83%). Their principle transit destination is Vancouver (51%) or UBC (33%). More than 77% travel along the Broadway corridor/Millennium Line now. 59% use the current service daily or several times a week.

Respondents used the 99 B-Line more than any other service (45%). Of those 99 B-line users that responded, 48% say they are "passed up" by buses at least 4 times a week.

On a related note, in January City Council supported a motion opposing "cut and cover" construction along the Broadway corridor to UBC. This motion will ensure commercial, congested and confined rights of way will not be impacted by UBC Line construction, and ensure that the City of Vancouver will be a planning partner in any rapid transit development. We definitely want to avoid a repeat of the experience on Cambie Street during Canada Line construction.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 05:10 AM   #2688
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I can barely read traditional chinese but I hate reading simplified. Makes me go MADDD!

Anyway there was an open house and the onet oday at Riley Community centre is going to end in less than an hour. But there's no need in going because there isn't much to see...

If you want the images, informations, and few notes about the openhouse for #33 bus, refer to post #521 at SSP:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...&postcount=521
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Old March 5th, 2008, 05:36 AM   #2689
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Unique perspective from the Third Floor of the London Building (single guidway section)


Unique perspective from the Third Floor of the London Building (single guidway section)


Unique perspective from the Third Floor of the London Building (single guidway section)


From No. 3 Road (single guidway section)


From Westminster Highway(single guidway section)


Notice the single guideway is pretty thin compared to the double tracked guidway


Shaky image of future Lansdowne Station from the 98 B-Line


Lansdowne Station from 98 B-Line at Lansdowne & No. 3


Lansdowne Station from 98 B-Line


Shaky image of Aberdeen Station from 98 B-Line


Double Guidway near Yoahan Centre from 98 B-Line


Double Guidway at Canadian Tire from 98 B-Line


Canada Line supplies near Sea Island Way (and beginning construction of No. 3 Rd)


Canada Line supplies near Sea Island Way (and beginning construction of No. 3 Rd)

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My spring break is going to begin in two weeks and I will take pictures of most of the line with my lumix camera =)
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Old March 5th, 2008, 06:34 AM   #2690
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Updates from Tafryn, March 4:
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WATERFRONT STATION BORING MACHINE BREAKTHROUGH





















VANCOUVER CITY CENTRE STATION






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Old March 5th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #2691
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A few pics from Today:


Oakridge Station (now with Track!)

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Nearly completed road restoration just south of Oakridge:

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And I just couldn't resist checking on the guideway again:

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Old March 5th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #2692
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Nice, thanks!
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #2693
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Those are amazing photos =D
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Old March 6th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #2694
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[Vancouver Downtown Streetcar] First streetcar in 2010, and will be expanded/extended after that

Credits to Officedweller for reporting first on SSP:

Latest City report:

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/...uments/tt3.pdf

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RECOMMENDATION

A. THAT Council approve the replacement of the single-track infrastructure
between Granville Island and the 2nd Avenue Canada Line Station to allow
continued operation of the Downtown Heritage Railway on the alignment at a
cost of $8.5 million; source of funding to be:
i. $500,000 as a funding contribution from CMHC Granville Island
ii. $4,000,000 from the Southeast False Creek Project
iii. $4,000,000 from existing Engineering Streets 2006-2008 Capital Budget;
AND THAT the funding of $0.8 million to be approved in advance of the 2008
Capital Budget, source of funding to be the 2006-2008 plebiscite approved
borrowing authority.

B. THAT Council instruct staff to seek opportunities to develop the Downtown
Streetcar Demonstration Project for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games using modern streetcar equipment and infrastructure.


C. THAT Council approve up to $1.0M to safeguard the streetcar alignment during
the 1st Avenue reconstruction for modern streetcar operations including cost
sharing with Metro Vancouver for the cost premiums of relocating the regional
forcemain between Columbia Street and Quebec Street; source of funding to
be provided from the existing Engineering Streets 2006-2008 Capital Budget.
Source: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...0&postcount=15



Previous Report
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/...uments/pe5.pdf

*Note below were only concepts put together, not official streetcars, stations, and detailed designs put together by the City of Vancouver*


Granville Island Stop Rendering - Credits to Officedweller


Main Street Science World Stop Rendering (Connections with SkyTrain) - Credits to Officedweller


Chinatown Stop Rendering - Credits to Officedweller


Gastown Stop Rendering - Credits to Officedweller


Waterfront Station Rendering (Connections with SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus, and West Coast Express) - Credits to Officedweller


Global BC TV's Report
I will provide video link when they upload it.


Tony Parsons

According to Global, there is now a change of plans with the line. Phase 0-A will be from Granville Island to Canada Line Olympic Village Station, then continue to Main Street Science World. After that, they will explore options for expansion, should there be a demand, and extend it to Stanley Park, Yaletown, etc.


Phase 0-A Option


Picture of the SLUT (:haha in Seattle


Historic Streetcar still there

They may use the old historic streetcars for special occasions (opening of 2010 ceremonies, during olympics, weekends, etc.).

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Old March 6th, 2008, 06:18 AM   #2695
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Global TV Report:
http://canwest.a.mms.mavenapps.net/m...a-a490510d9fc5

Global TV Newscasts>Global BC Newshour Mar 05>17:30 (you have to wait to load and drag the viewer to 17:30, they didn't divide it into a seperate report)

Notice reporter Linda Aylesworth said something wrong when she reports about route mapping.

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Are there indications this line will be integrated with Translink and the Canada Line? Or will it be run as a free service like the Portland Streetcar?
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So far, it's a City of Vancouver project and not TransLink or Provincial Government (of course not the Federal Government). They might use their own fares, but then I think that is not allowed because all transportation systems within Metro Vancouver must be under TransLink. They may use TransLink fares or the streetcar might run for free.

The council will decide on this next tuesday.
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Are there indications this line will be integrated with Translink and the Canada Line? Or will it be run as a free service like the Portland Streetcar?
The new streetcar network will have transfer stations to the Canada Line at Olympic Village Station and Waterfront Station as well as to SkyTrain at Main Street Station and Waterfront Station. It won't be free, you need to pay fares.

Likely, the system will be operated by Translink by funding for capital costs and annual operations will come from the City of Vancouver.
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The new streetcar network will have transfer stations to the Canada Line at Olympic Village Station and Waterfront Station as well as to SkyTrain at Main Street Station and Waterfront Station. It won't be free, you need to pay fares.

Likely, the system will be operated by Translink by funding for capital costs and annual operations will come from the City of Vancouver.
sigh I guess I was dreaming -_-" I would love there to be a free downtown system/zone in vancouver and I think the Streetcar network would be the perfect one...
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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:23 AM   #2700
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One more picture of another personal favourite (can't believe I forgot about this one)

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Porto Metro by Bombardier - Source: Paulo2004 on SCC/Flickr

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