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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:54 AM   #2701
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Demolition Activity at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station
InTransitBC Construction Update

Canada Line Crews are scheduled to begin demolition activity to remove the stairwell, elevator and related material in the underground parkade adjacent to Yaletown-Roundhouse Station beginning next week and continuing for approximately two months. This activity will be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, with the possibility of evening and weekend work if necessary.

Please note dates are subject to change. Daytime work will be in accordance with the City of Vancouver’s Noise Control bylaw, which permits construction between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday’s and holidays. While part of the parkade is temporarily closed, crew and equipment will systematically disassemble the
stairwell, elevator and related structure and electrical works in a controlled and safe manner. Venting fan operation will also be required to provide crews with air while they perform underground activities.

Residents and businesses in the area will experience noise from crews, equipment and venting fans, dust, vibration and general inconvenience resulting from demolition activity. Crews will endeavour to minimize any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience while this work is underway.

The Mainland vehicle bridge will also be subject to intermittent closures at times throughout this activity, as well as during the remainder of station construction. Crews will be intermittently closing the bridge to traffic during daytime hours this week to unload materials. These intermittent closures will only be required when materials arrive at the station and for unloading, which takes approximately two hours. Exact closure times will vary depending on material arrival each day.

Crews will minimize the frequency and duration of the bridge closures as much as possible. While the bridge is temporarily closed, Mainland Street between Helmcken Street and Davie Street will function as a two-way street, with motorists travelling both north and south on Mainland Street. Pedestrians will not be permitted across the bridge during the temporary bridge closures.

On-street parking restrictions will be in effect where crews and equipment are working and parking will be restored at the earliest possible date.




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Old March 11th, 2008, 01:41 AM   #2702
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From March 09/08:


Completed Elevated Guideway

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North of Broadway:

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Broadway Station and South:

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It appears that south of this point structural work on the cut-and-cover tunnel has all been completed, and only restoration work remains. This means that only the small stretch of tunnel between here and Broadway Station, and the section between Wendy's and Olympic Station remain for completion of the tunnel (which is mostly completed except from 6th to 8th Ave).

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Thanks.
The part around Broadway is the most complex - with more sewers and other infrastructure that has had to be relocated/detoured - guess that's why it has taken so long.
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thanks for the update!
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More updates from Tafryn, March 6:



BROADWAY-CITY HALL STATION








OLYMPIC VILLAGE STATION








YVR-AIRPORT STATION








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A couple of shots I took recently of the completed second bored tunnel downtown.

My photo, taken March 3rd, 2008


My photo, taken March 3rd, 2008


Also a couple more that I took of the Broadway-City Hall precinct.


My photo, taken March 11th, 2008


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Vancouver City Council Approves Demonstration Streetcar Route

Council has approved an initial 1.75km demonstration phase from Granville Island to the new SkyTrain station on the Canada Line at Cambie Street. It will involve the construction of modern streetcar infrastructure and the procurement of at modern low-floor universally accessible streetcars.

Overall streetcar plan

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False Creek trial heralds possible streetcar rebirth

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Vancouver councillors yesterday approved an $8.5-million trial project that could herald the rebirth of a streetcar system in the city.

The demonstration streetcar line could be in place for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

If all goes well, it will run on the old CPR right-of-way between Granville Island and the Canada Line rapid transit station at 2nd Avenue and Cambie, a short hop from the Athletes Village at the southeast corner of False Creek.

The $8.5 million will pay for the replacement of the track to allow the popular Downtown Historic Railway to continue its weekend runs while accommodating the modern demonstration equipment.

Future phases of the the "Downtown Streetcar" project could include a link to Waterfront Station, with spurs to Yaletown from

Science World, and to Stanley Park from Waterfront.

The proposal to have staff explore a private partner to help spread the costs around did not receive unanimous approval.

The five NPA councillors present supported the idea of enlisting a public-private partnership -- P3 -- to bring the scheme to fruition. Coun. Raymond Louie and his two Vision Vancouver cohorts voted against a public-private partnership.

"I think it's premature at this time to have staff undertake an extensive process to explore a P3," Louie said after the vote.

Coun. Suzanne Anton, who voted for the P3 motion, said: "Once the public sees it, there's no going back. I'd like to see it go on the Arbutus Corridor, too."

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Old March 14th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #2708
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New Uploaded Document of the City Streetcar Project:
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Why a Downtown Streetcar?

Vancouver’s Transit Strategy depends upon an expanded network of rail-based services. The future Downtown Streetcar is an important component of this strategy that will extend the regional transit network to connect major destinations in the metropolitan core, including Granville Island, Chinatown, and Gastown.

The Downtown Streetcar, if built, would provide a direct connection to two regional rapid transit lines – the Canada Line and the Expo Line. It could ultimately be expanded to connect with the extension of the Millennium Line and to destinations such as Stanley Park, UBC, and south along the Arbutus Corridor.

The Downtown Streetcar could be an important element of a sustainable transportation system that will support Vancouver’s Olympic Village and the larger Southeast False Creek (SEFC) sustainable neighbourhood. For SEFC, the Downtown Streetcar would reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle kilometres driven by 25 to 50 per cent.

Expanded rail infrastructure would also support Vancouver’s growing communities by providing more accessible and green transportation options. In SEFC, the streetcar will be located in a dedicated green median which will incorporate innovative stormwater features including infiltration galleries.

Recent survey findings from the Mustel Group revealed that over 80 per cent of respondents are in favour of a streetcar service linking Granville Island with Downtown and the Canada Line.

Due to the forecasted high ridership of the Downtown Streetcar, preliminary financial analysis suggests a better than break-even operation scenario – a significant finding for a new transit system. The project will, however, need contributions from many partners to be realized.



The 2010 Demonstration Project – A First Step

Vancouver City Council decided in March 2008 to support a transportation showcase project for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. By January 2010, a demonstration version of the Downtown Streetcar will run
between Granville Island and the new Canada Line Olympic Village Station (see map) using modern streetcars.

Delivering a streetcar system by 2010 was one of the proposed public transportation projects of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Book. A demonstration Downtown Streetcar for the 2010 Winter Games will ensure reliable, accessible, and sustainable transportation for the athletes, visitors and residents alike. Modern and fully accessible streetcars could operate every six minutes between Granville Island and the future Canada Line Olympic Village station.

The demonstration portion of the future Downtown Streetcar line already has a dedicated rail right-of-way, with 1.8 kilometres of track for a restored heritage streetcar that presently runs on weekends during the tourist season. This track is being replaced and both heritage and modern streetcars will be able to use it.

A demonstration streetcar will extend the regional transit network during the 2010 Winter Games and decrease the number of private vehicles, motor coaches, and transit diesel buses to and from GranvilleIsland.

Actual ridership and success of the 2010 demonstration streetcar project will help determine the importance and future timing of completing remaining sections of the Downtown Streetcar line. This transportation showcase project will be an important first step in realizing the overall Downtown Streetcar line. It also signals a commitment to return the streetcar to Vancouver.

Steetcar Backgrounder ~ Source: City of Vancouver ~ http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transpor...heet-mar12.pdf


Note the 2010 Demonstration project will be single tracked with a passing track between Heather and Siltka Stops.
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Source

I cut off the link in the second pdf: www.vancouver.ca/streetcar
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Some more photos of mine. The first set is from Friday, March 14th.


Vancouver City Centre Station

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Waterfront Station

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And these ones are from today.


Near and South of Olympic Station

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Broadway Station

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Broadway to 15th

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You can see that the tunnel is being filled in north of 12th now.
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I just noticed this very small section of unfinished tunnel around 13th or 14th today.
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Oakridge Station


You can see that the northbound side has its tracks layed now. The last time I took a picture of Oakridge was on March 4th so this has progressed very quickly.

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Langara Station


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This thread is great,the update pictures you are all posting is showing how well the progress is going.

It's nice to see someone is investing in a city well,unlike hear in the UK where i work on some rail equipment that is 40 years old to keep the railway going.

Am starting to show an interest in wanting to work in the rail industry in Vancouver once it is all up & running.My line of work for the past 26 years is railway electrical maintenance.

My big question is will they be wanting people like me ?

The UK is just not investing in it's railway properly like your self.
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No turnstiles in time for Canada Line in 2009
Updated: Tue Mar. 18 2008 19:16:41

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Even as the Canada Line project enters the home stretch, one key part of the project won't be finished.

CTV News has learned that the new "London-style" smart card and turnstile system announced amid much fanfare is still in the design phase and won't be finished in time for the first train.

Having no turnstiles means a green light for riders who don't want to pay, said Evelina Halsey-Brandt, a Richmond city councillor.

"When the province committed to ensuring that turnstiles would be put in, I expected they would be in when the trains were," she said.

"We have the one item that's the easiest to do, to install something physical there and a barrier to keep people from accessing the area where they shouldn't be if they have not paid their fares," she said.

And that means that TransLink lags behind on the system for collecting fares at the Canada Line.





Turnstiles and smart-card payment system won't be installed in time for Canada Line's completion date
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Tuesday, March 18 - 09:35:00 AM Katharine Kitts

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - The space has been designed for them but turnstiles and a smart-card payment system won't be installed in time for the Canada Line's completion date. TransLink says it's still studying the option.

They are Canada Line security measures that some Richmond city councillors view as pivotal, including Bill McNulty who says without turnstiles, the line isn't fully ready. He says these turnstiles are one of the safety features that adds to the line and also brings an attitude of welcoming people to use transit.

Drew Snider with TransLink says it would cost more to install and then maintain the security option, and adds they haven't found any proof that they would create safer stations. They feel a human presence would work better. Snider also says it's better to hire more security guards, more uniformed police officers and more surveillance equipment.

He says you really have to look at the accessibility issues with turnstiles and gating and so forth so that we don't wind up shutting out one sector of society while we're trying to catch the relative few people who evade fares or who commit crimes on SkyTrain.

Richmond city council also insists turnstiles are needed to reduce fare evasion. Whatever is decided, it won't be in place for when trains start running in late 2009.

Snider says they are studying the option but can't give a timeline on when we could see the system in place.

On Jan. 14, Premier Gordon Campbell and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon announced details of the Provincial Transit Plan, an ambitious initiative that will cost in the neighbourhood of $14 billion and provide, and among other things, increased security measures to enhance transit safety and use.
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Am starting to show an interest in wanting to work in the rail industry in Vancouver once it is all up & running.My line of work for the past 26 years is railway electrical maintenance.

My big question is will they be wanting people like me ?

The UK is just not investing in it's railway properly like your self.
I guess you mean the Skytrain system and not general railways?
I don't see why they wouldn't hire you with all that experience...but there is probably not many jobs once the system is up and running.
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My line of work is to maintain a rail system that is operational,planned scheduled maintenance to ensure everything electrical keeps working by testing it.
I am not wanting to be a part of construction,that is normally contracted out.
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Canadian transit systems are dying for people like and wages are top-notch.
Not only is Vancouver expanding but so is Toronto. Its a mammoth $18 billion expansion over the next 11 years will include 200km of new Light Rapid Transit, 20km of new subway, and over 300km of extended and/or upgrades capacity expansion of commuter rail, the stuff you would be use to doing.
Canada is desperatly short of skilled labour and there are new programs offered by the federal and provincial governments to stream line applications for trades people and technicians.
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MTR OF THE WEST: Translink's $1.5B real estate empire
Authority to buy properties along rapid transit routes and form partnerships with developers

Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Metro Vancouver's transportation authority is launching a real estate division that could produce up to $1.5 billion in revenue over the next 10 years, modelled on an agency that has reshaped Hong Kong.

Under the plan, enabled by 10-week-old provincial legislation, TransLink will purchase land along new rapid transit routes and around stations and ramp up the value of the land through denser zoning and partnerships with land developers to create high-density commercial and residential developments.

Early estimates of the revenue stream from real estate transactions were in the range of $30 million per year over 10 years, TransLink CEO Pat Jacobsen told The Vancouver Sun's editorial board Tuesday.

But new TransLink chairman Dale Parker said he expects to generate four to five times that much.
(that's up to $150-million a year)

"That figure is ambitious, but I think we can do it," Parker said.

TransLink has hired Phil Christie as vice-president of real estate to head the new division. Christie has managed publicly owned real estate for the provincial government for more than 25 years.

A great deal of density is going to go in around the SkyTrain stations, Parker said. "We are going to have to benefit from that."

"It means getting involved to a greater degree in real estate development.
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Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon has told the new, appointed TransLink board to consider the business model used in Hong Kong in their decision-making processes.

Hong Kong's MTR employed a public-private partnership model to develop skyscrapers around subway stations so successfully that the real estate arm of the public transit system is now a publicly traded company.


With a $14-billion public transit plan just announced by the provincial government to fund, and public anger over property-based levies to fund operations, the board's need for a substantial revenue source couldn't be more pressing.

Under the provincial plan, which includes three rapid transit lines -- the Canada Line, the Evergreen Line in the northeast, and a Broadway line west of Commercial Drive -- about 1,000 new buses and a third SeaBus, TransLink is expected to pay $2.75 billion in capital costs while it expands bus service in the Fraser Valley.

Parker admitted that opportunities to generate real estate revenue on the Canada Line were missed and that the Evergreen Line will be the first real opportunity to leverage the value that rapid transit creates in any meaningful way.

Before this year, TransLink was legally empowered only to buy the land necessary for SkyTrain operations. Under new legislation, TransLink can now buy land around stations and along the right of way.

"It will take a lot of discussion with the municipalities, but the signals that we are getting from the mayors is that they know a lot of density is going to come with the line," Parker explained.

The scheme will fast-track high-density nodes in residential neighbourhoods along new rapid-transit routes, likely adding fuel to already raucous public hearings over proposed track alignments and station locations.

But Parker said that without revenue from real estate, building the rapid transit lines "will probably not be a top priority."

To build three rapid transit lines in a decade, TransLink will need to secure high-density zoning from municipalities to feed ridership and create opportunities to profit from the real estate appreciation, Jacobsen explained.

To acquire the land cheaply and beat out developers and speculators, TransLink will have early discussions about alignments and station locations and then quickly and quietly buy the land where stations are to be built.

Some of TransLink's real estate holdings may have to be sold to finance land purchases, Parker said. Translink owns land at Oakridge and False Creek in Vancouver as well as park-and-ride lots in other municipalities.

"Once you monetize those properties, you can invest in a station and the surrounding area," Parker said.

TransLink is likely to secure its first private-sector development partners within three months, he said.

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Vancouver's Translink to adopt MTR-style real estate division

MTR OF THE WEST: Translink's $1.5B real estate empire
Authority to buy properties along rapid transit routes and form partnerships with developers

Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Metro Vancouver's transportation authority is launching a real estate division that could produce up to $1.5 billion in revenue over the next 10 years, modelled on an agency that has reshaped Hong Kong.

Under the plan, enabled by 10-week-old provincial legislation, TransLink will purchase land along new rapid transit routes and around stations and ramp up the value of the land through denser zoning and partnerships with land developers to create high-density commercial and residential developments.

Early estimates of the revenue stream from real estate transactions were in the range of $30 million per year over 10 years, TransLink CEO Pat Jacobsen told The Vancouver Sun's editorial board Tuesday.

But new TransLink chairman Dale Parker said he expects to generate four to five times that much.
(that's up to $150-million a year)

"That figure is ambitious, but I think we can do it," Parker said.

TransLink has hired Phil Christie as vice-president of real estate to head the new division. Christie has managed publicly owned real estate for the provincial government for more than 25 years.

A great deal of density is going to go in around the SkyTrain stations, Parker said. "We are going to have to benefit from that."

"It means getting involved to a greater degree in real estate development.
"

Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon has told the new, appointed TransLink board to consider the business model used in Hong Kong in their decision-making processes.

Hong Kong's MTR employed a public-private partnership model to develop skyscrapers around subway stations so successfully that the real estate arm of the public transit system is now a publicly traded company.


With a $14-billion public transit plan just announced by the provincial government to fund, and public anger over property-based levies to fund operations, the board's need for a substantial revenue source couldn't be more pressing.

Under the provincial plan, which includes three rapid transit lines -- the Canada Line, the Evergreen Line in the northeast, and a Broadway line west of Commercial Drive -- about 1,000 new buses and a third SeaBus, TransLink is expected to pay $2.75 billion in capital costs while it expands bus service in the Fraser Valley.

Parker admitted that opportunities to generate real estate revenue on the Canada Line were missed and that the Evergreen Line will be the first real opportunity to leverage the value that rapid transit creates in any meaningful way.

Before this year, TransLink was legally empowered only to buy the land necessary for SkyTrain operations. Under new legislation, TransLink can now buy land around stations and along the right of way.

"It will take a lot of discussion with the municipalities, but the signals that we are getting from the mayors is that they know a lot of density is going to come with the line," Parker explained.

The scheme will fast-track high-density nodes in residential neighbourhoods along new rapid-transit routes, likely adding fuel to already raucous public hearings over proposed track alignments and station locations.

But Parker said that without revenue from real estate, building the rapid transit lines "will probably not be a top priority."

To build three rapid transit lines in a decade, TransLink will need to secure high-density zoning from municipalities to feed ridership and create opportunities to profit from the real estate appreciation, Jacobsen explained.

To acquire the land cheaply and beat out developers and speculators, TransLink will have early discussions about alignments and station locations and then quickly and quietly buy the land where stations are to be built.

Some of TransLink's real estate holdings may have to be sold to finance land purchases, Parker said. Translink owns land at Oakridge and False Creek in Vancouver as well as park-and-ride lots in other municipalities.

"Once you monetize those properties, you can invest in a station and the surrounding area," Parker said.

TransLink is likely to secure its first private-sector development partners within three months, he said.

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Hong Kong's MTR employed a public-private partnership model to develop skyscrapers around subway stations so successfully that the real estate arm of the public transit system is now a publicly traded company.
wtf? They haven't done their research here. The MTR in HK was completely privatized and run as a for-profit company.
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My line of work is to maintain a rail system that is operational,planned scheduled maintenance to ensure everything electrical keeps working by testing it.
I am not wanting to be a part of construction,that is normally contracted out.
Canada barely has any railways - jobs would be few and far between

you might get stuck in some small northern place where no one else wants to go

i don't know how often skytrain hires for what you do but its a niche field here
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Well MTR privatized in 2000, they were developing property before that.
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