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Old September 2nd, 2008, 02:38 PM   #3081
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Just wondering, does anyone know how the third platform at Lougheed Town Centre will work when the Evergreen Line is up?

Nice M-line shots there by the way. The architecture on that segment is really fantastic. Looks really modern.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 10:25 AM   #3082
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Great pics!.
They did a great first class job on the Millenium Line stations. The designs are unique, bright, and airey.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #3083
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Old September 10th, 2008, 07:29 AM   #3085
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Old September 10th, 2008, 04:09 PM   #3086
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I really don't see why they can't paint the rest of the train.... it just looks weird and cheap.

Stunning new system though, how much is it costing overall?
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Old September 10th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #3087
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I really don't see why they can't paint the rest of the train.... it just looks weird and cheap.

Stunning new system though, how much is it costing overall?
It does look cheap, and that's just how tight they are with money.

CAN$2.05-billion is the cost.
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Old September 11th, 2008, 08:31 AM   #3088
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Last stop Argentina for Vancouver's old trolley bus fleet

Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, September 11, 2008

METRO VANCOUVER - They're too old and not accessible enough to serve the people of Metro Vancouver, but 80 retired trolley buses are being welcomed by a city in Argentina.

TransLink has struck a deal with Mendoza to sell the 25-year-old New Flyer Industries buses for $2,300 each plus shipping costs.

TransLink representative Drew Snider said if TransLink had turned the buses to the wreckers for scrap, it would have received just $1,600 per bus, minus $600 each for decommissioning.

The buses are the only ones left of a fleet of 244 that joined the bus system in the early 1980s. The others were retired from service some time ago, with most of them turned into scrap.


Snider said the buses are "coming to the end of their useful service life" in Metro Vancouver because they aren't accessible to all passengers. The trolleys going to Argentina have steps at the entry doors and poles in the centre aisle.

"The idea was to turn over the fleet as soon as possible," he said. "They just don't meet our needs because we need to get the whole fleet to accessibility standards."

Snider said the buses are still safe and Metro Vancouver wouldn't have sold them to Argentina if they were fit only for scrap. Mendoza, a city of about 900,000, doesn't seem concerned about the accessibility issues, he said.

"They seem to be putting together a fleet of buses from different parts of the world," he said.

The trolley buses are being hauled from Oakridge Transit Centre to the Fraser docks, the first leg of the journey to South America.


The "parade" - with some buses being towed and others carried on flat-deck trucks - will continue today.

TransLink's current fleet of about 228 trolley buses are now 100-per-cent accessible, Snider said. The concern now is how to ensure the bus stops and routes are as accessible as the buses themselves.

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Old September 11th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #3089
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Uttering threats results in being banned from public transit

A forty-two year old Vancouver man has been banned from using public transit in BC if he has consumed any alcohol in the last twenty-four hours.
Shirwa SHIRWA was on a bus in Surrey on June 03 2008, he was intoxicated and making death threats to passengers. The bus was crowded and its passengers included children. Several passengers called police, using cell phones. SHIRWA continued to threaten people on the bus, pointing at individuals saying he was going to kill them.

Transit Police intercepted the bus at Surrey Central Bus Loop. As officers boarded the bus, passengers directed them to SHIRWA. Officers recognized Mr. SHIRWA having dealt with him before, considering him as violent and dangerous. The officers arrested him and escorted him to Surrey RCMP cells. During the arrest and escort he continued to yell threats at the officers, saying he was going to kill them and their families.

On June 23 2008 the Provincial Court in Surrey placed SHIRWA on probation imposing several conditions on him, including not to use transit after consuming alcohol. He was released from custody September 06, 2008.

SCBCTA Police Service commend the actions of the passengers and driver on the Transit Bus. Remaining calm and contacting Police resulted in the successful arrest of a possibly dangerous individual.
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Old September 12th, 2008, 05:40 AM   #3090
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Well, if some body can make good use of those old buses, that's good for them and for us.
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Old September 12th, 2008, 09:14 AM   #3091
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^ and the stations are only 40metres long!
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Old September 12th, 2008, 09:10 PM   #3092
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Really???? Only 40M?????
Sheesh, you'd think they built it that way as it's all that's needed.
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Old September 12th, 2008, 09:59 PM   #3093
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I really don't see why they can't paint the rest of the train.... it just looks weird and cheap.

Stunning new system though, how much is it costing overall?
The unpainted areas will be full of advertising. We should wait and see the final product and then judge.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #3094
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:31 AM   #3095
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Old September 24th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #3096
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maybe they are going for the authentic subway look leaving them metal
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Old September 24th, 2008, 04:13 PM   #3097
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It does look cheap, and that's just how tight they are with money.

CAN$2.05-billion is the cost.
thats actually really cheap. However, the construction seems to be pretty disputive. When I visited vancouver in august, the granville st construction was very extensive/disruptive. I hope they might actually be willing to pay for real tunneling on future lines.
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Old September 25th, 2008, 02:37 AM   #3098
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thats actually really cheap. However, the construction seems to be pretty disputive. When I visited vancouver in august, the granville st construction was very extensive/disruptive. I hope they might actually be willing to pay for real tunneling on future lines.
The probably would've needed $2.5-3 billion to do the job right....unfortunately, people were very stingy with money during the planning process.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 08:05 AM   #3099
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The probably would've needed $2.5-3 billion to do the job right....unfortunately, people were very stingy with money during the planning process.
Most people would opt for the cheapest method. In London, the deep tube tunnels were actually cheaper to build given the technology of the day (1900). The deep tubes were in London blue clay - a sort of chalk based clay - which is impervious and very easy to dig through. They also saved a lot of money by avoiding underground services. And they did cheap out: the City and South London railway built tube tunnels that were very narrow. In later years, the line had to be closed while the tunnels were enlarged. They also built station in a single wide tube tunnel with a narrow island platform. Of course, this cost a lot today to fix, requiring a new tunnel to be constructed.

This is Clapham North as it looks today - almost unchanged from when it opened in June 1900.


Finally, many tube lines follow the streets above to avoid paying easement cost to landowners above. The Bakerloo, Piccadily, Central and Northern all follow the roads, which means tight turns and severe speed restrictions. The Jubilee and Victoria ignore the streets and just blast straight between two points deep under the buildings - the trains on these lines are much faster.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #3100
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Does that station suffer overcrowding in peak periods? The island platform looks quite narrow, would hate to fall onto the third rail below.
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