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Old July 8th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #3001
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Old July 8th, 2008, 06:09 PM   #3002
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Do you think it looks better with the colours or plain white cab?
Not much point puttin' up a colourless train against the coast's oh-so gloomy skies.....compared to other Canadians or canadiens, Vancouverites are perfectly --and thus admirably-- capable of infusing colour into their clothing whereas monotonality's still the rage over here (seriously).




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Feds've got a real nerve to be stampin' (stompin'?) yer fleet there.....all while refusing to adopt a nationwide public-transport policy.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #3003
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Old July 9th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #3004
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How easy would it be to extend all its platform facilities any decade later?
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Old July 10th, 2008, 02:01 AM   #3005
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That airport to city link will be very helpful. I remember having to catch two different buses to get into the city from the airport when i was there in 2005. Is everything on schedule? When in 2009 is it supposed to open?
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Old July 10th, 2008, 02:08 AM   #3006
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That airport to city link will be very helpful. I remember having to catch two different buses to get into the city from the airport when i was there in 2005. Is everything on schedule? When in 2009 is it supposed to open?
The project is ahead of schedule, and was originally set for a November 30, 2009 opening but insiders are telling us that the new line will open three months ahead of schedule: it will open on the last weekend of August 2009, just in time for the new school year.



As for extending platforms, about 6 of the 16 station platforms will be 50-metres long when the line opens next year. For the remaining stations, they will have 40-metre platforms and can be extended to 50-metres with relative ease. Beyond 50-metres would be rather challenging and costly.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #3007
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i think before they would do that there will be more lines thus eliminating the need and worry of overcrowding in teh future

this isn't like the end of transit projects for Vancouver
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Old July 10th, 2008, 09:50 AM   #3008
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Pictures from today. Not a huge update because... not many big changes? And I only have twenty minutes -_-

Templeton Station:
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Looks really nice and very different from the rest of the network's stations.
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It's amazing how close the platform edge is to the HSBC building. The columns for the roof are being installed, by the east facade hasn't started yet. Looks like we won't see a roof until a little later.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #3009
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50-metres long
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Old July 11th, 2008, 07:16 AM   #3010
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TransLink tech update

As you may or may not know, TransLink has been in the process of updating it’s main technology services for a few years now. For example, they upgraded the CMBC’s radio network to improve correspondense between drivers and central communications - at the same time this upgrade allowed for GPS or Auto-Vehicle Location technology. They are also currently upgrading the CCTV systems on SkyTrain, including digitizing their storage mechanism from good ol’ videotape to something a bit more 21st century. While I don’t have the scoop on all this “under-the-hood” improvements, I’ve got some new and interesting info.


One of the more visible tech additions of late has been the installation of AVL (aka: GPS), APC, which is Automated Passenger Count, and the audible annunciators. All three are relatively cheap. The technology is part of the communications system and is thus installed. These other technologies that it enables, such as dynamic displays, are currently under installation.

Thanks to all TransLink staff that helped procure this information!


Auto Vehicle Location or AVL

AVL is the central part of Coast Mountain Bus Company’s new TMAC communications radio system. Thanks to the technology in this new system, a whole host of functions are now possible:

* real time fleet tracking for operations and customers
* Computer Aided Dispatch
* improved emergency response
* off-line performance analysis
* on board annunciators and dynamic displays

Not all of these are implemented, but many are underway.

The real time dynamic displays are on about 600 vehicles right now, with installation to be completed across the fleet by fall.


Automated Passenger Count or APC

APC is being installed on 15% of the bus fleet, which translates to about 200 vehicles. The deployment decision varies based on bus and service type. The installation is complete and was paid for under the Capital Budget. APC will continue to be installed on 15% of new expansion buses. APC was studied for implementation on SkyTrain, but there are no immediate plans for installation.



Audible Annunciators

The annunciators that are currently being installed at the same time as the AVL dynamic displays occured to due to several reasons: TransLink’s Access Transit Strategy, improved customer service, following industry best practices, in addition to a Canadian court case that required stops to be audibly spoken for the blind (in this case, the annunciators allow the drivers to worry about one less thing).


The annunciators will be installed across the fleet by fall.


SkyTrain CCTV

SkyTrain’s Closed Caption Television system is being modernized as we speak. The storage system is being converted from videotape to digital and will be complete shortly. The cameras themselves will be upgraded in 2009/2010.

Source: Paul Hillsdon
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Old July 26th, 2008, 07:10 AM   #3011
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nice job guys, construction seems to be progressing nicely.

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Old July 26th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #3012
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Might that pittance be pitiless?
Ya it will be but it will be able to accomodate another car which will increase capacity by 50% from the current configuration.
The stations right now are either 50m or 40m and the 40m are built for easy and cheap extention to 50m.
But ya, I agree it's a tiny little system. The current SkyTrain stations are 72 metres and were built for easy extention to 110m. Right now thhey can accomodate 6 MK1 or 2MK cars but are being extended to 110m hopefully by 2012 to accomdate 8MK1 or 3Mk11.
Right now most trains are just one MK11 or 4MK1. They are PACKED! The capacity on the EXPO line is being tripled by that number by 2015 at the latest.
The Canada Line when at 50m will have the equivalent capacity just slightly shy or 2MK11 or 6MK1 cars because these are not SkyTrain cars. These are true TTC subway-type cars. The capacity is much lower than nearly all subway system but it is true subway technology. The Canada Line is a subway but due to being driverless it can run, theortically, every 70 seconds. Not outrageous either because the current combined areas of both the EXPO/MILL lines {Waterfront to Columbia} of about 20km trains run up to every 80 seconds during rush-hour currently. That kind of frequency puts SkyTrain as amongst the highest frequencies in the world.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 09:02 AM   #3013
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nice pictures again good job Vancouver is progressing alot and thats awesome it will be open to service earlrer yes.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:20 AM   #3014
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Ya it will be but it will be able to accomodate another car which will increase capacity by 50% from the current configuration.

The stations right now are either 50m or 40m and the 40m are built for easy and cheap extention to 50m.

But ya, I agree it's a tiny little system. The current SkyTrain stations are 72 metres and were built for easy extention to 110m. Right now thhey can accomodate 6 MK1 or 2MK cars but are being extended to 110m hopefully by 2012 to accomdate 8MK1 or 3Mk11.

Right now most trains are just one MK11 or 4MK1. They are PACKED! The capacity on the EXPO line is being tripled by that number by 2015 at the latest.
The Canada Line when at 50m will have the equivalent capacity just slightly shy or 2MK11 or 6MK1 cars because these are not SkyTrain cars. These are true TTC subway-type cars. The capacity is much lower than nearly all subway system but it is true subway technology. The Canada Line is a subway but due to being driverless it can run, theortically, every 70 seconds. Not outrageous either because the current combined areas of both the EXPO/MILL lines {Waterfront to Columbia} of about 20km trains run up to every 80 seconds during rush-hour currently. That kind of frequency puts SkyTrain as amongst the highest frequencies in the world.
The downtown stations are already built up to 50m. I'm a little worried about the stations more than the crowded trains: the downtown stations, the platforms seem so small width wise >_<

Anyway, I think the Canada Line can't handle every 70 second yet because of the long single tracking at YVR & Richmond-Brighouse. If we double track that area, yes it can handle that frequency. The SkyTrains can even handle a shorter frequency: 45 seconds is the maximum.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 01:30 PM   #3015
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Production Way – University Station Bus Loop Re-Opens Monday, July 28
Please make note of the revised bus bay locations so that you know where to board your bus at Production Way – University Station starting July 28.

Bus Bay 1 (in loop)
145 SFU (loading only)

Bus Bay 2 (in loop)
110 Metrotown Station
136 Lougheed Station
N9 Coquitlam Station

Bus Bay 3 (in loop)
110 Lougheed Station
136 Brentwood Station

Bus Bay 4 (on Lougheed Highway at Production Way)
145 Production Station (unloading only)
N9 Downtown


Production Way - University Station Bus Loop (91 Kb pdf)
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Old July 27th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #3016
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Independent audit confirms fare evasion estimate - Evasion rate and revenue loss lower than the public perceives

An independent audit concludes that transit fare evasion rates have dropped across the system in recent years and are lower than members of the public believe. TransLink contracted the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide an independent assessment of its fare auditing practices and to give a clearer picture of the amount of revenue lost due to people not paying the right fare.
PwC staff accompanied TransLink’s Fare Inspection Officers on the September, 2007 fare audit, covering SkyTrain, SeaBus, Bus and West Coast Express. PwC found that the rate of evasion has dropped considerably over the previous five years and the amount of money lost as a result has dropped slightly, when the 2005 fare increase is taken into account.

PwC evaluated the methodology used by TransLink to estimate fare evasion, the process used to gather the data, and came up with its own estimate of the fare evasion that takes place. PwC finds TransLink’s methodology is sound, and that the sample size used by TransLink is many times greater than necessary for statistical reliability. The PwC report notes, however, that the fare audit data is used for other purposes in addition to estimating fare evasion, so the higher sample can be useful to that end.

The chart below indicates the percentage of rides in which the full fare was not paid: estimated by TransLink in March 2002 and January-April 2007, along with the PricewaterhouseCoopers estimate from the Sept. 2007 audit.

Fare Evasion Internal Audit - September 2007 (625Kb pdf)


Evasion Rates
March 2002 Jan. - Apr. 2007 Sept. 2007
Bus 2.6% 2.8% 1.6%
SeaBus 8.5% 5.7% 4.2%
SkyTrain 8.7% 6.0% 5.4%
West Coast Express 1.6% --- 1.1%
FULL SYSTEM 3.9% 3.7% 2.5%


According to the PwC report, the rate of trips involving evasion – 2.5 per cent – could be described as “moderate” although there is no comparable benchmark. The survey finds the amount of revenue lost was just under $6.4 million (2.1 per cent of revenue) in 2006.

PwC also looked at options for checking fares and enforcing regulations, and found there are “significant opportunities to evade fares”. These include the “open system” at SkyTrain stations and a lack of consequences when evaders are caught. Currently, the only options available for punishing a fare evader are (a) force the person to buy a fare, (b) give them a violation ticket, or (c) remove them from the property. PwC says none of these is a deterrent, and calculates there is less than a 1-in-100 chance of being caught and that only 8 per cent of people who receive tickets pay them.

PwC suggests TransLink hold discussions with the provincial government on ways to increase the onus to pay violation tickets, noting that the current system has no serious consequences for evaders. One possibility, the auditors suggest, is to tie non-payment to other provincially mandated privileges, such as renewing a driver’s licence.

PwC also examined the design of the system, particularly with discussions about controlled access. The auditors advise that TransLink management should set a threshold of “acceptable fare loss” and be prepared to act when and if that level is ever reached. However, the report says, any measure to deter fare evasion needs to strike the balance between the cost and the amount of revenue recovered.

PricewaterhouseCoopers also commented on the need to reduce the desire to evade paying a fare, and notes that the media may have affected this with their reporting. Published or broadcast stories that suggest that fare evasion is widespread do not include actual facts to support the assertion: PwC states such reporting allows people to rationalize evading fares by saying, “everybody else does it so why shouldn’t I?” In fact, the PwC study says that the statistic that over 97 per cent of customers do pay their proper fare should be published, and knowledge of that might prevent such rationalization.

The audit findings correlate with a recent survey done for TransLink by NRG Research, which found that the public’s perception of the level of fare evasion (23 out of every 100 transit customers did not pay the proper fare), was at least three times higher than the actual rate. As one can see, the PwC report finds the public’s perception is almost ten times greater than the reality.

The results of the audit will be valuable input as TransLink reviews options for a new transit fare system that includes Smart Cards and the introduction of turnstiles on SkyTrain.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 01:43 PM   #3017
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Mark II Trains for the Beijing Airport Express

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Along with Line 10 and Olympic line (Line 8), Beijing Airport Express Rail opened on July 19 '08.

7.19-20, Beijing Airport Express Rail(28.1km) T2(inside)->T3->T2(outside)->Sanyuanqiao Station->Dongzhimen Station

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Old July 28th, 2008, 12:48 AM   #3018
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did anyone catch "Business Asia" on BBC World the other night?

they did a half hour special about the honk kong metro and the octopus card

pretty cool show
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could someone please help me out with the track layout around the Bridgeport station? does anyone have any links to the plans for that area at all?

it looks like an awesome project, it will be interesting to see when it is up and running!
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