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Old September 28th, 2008, 03:13 PM   #3101
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How crowded does it get? Are there plans to rebuild it, as they've done with other stations on the tube?
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Old September 28th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #3102
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Old September 30th, 2008, 12:28 AM   #3103
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City to announce streetcar vehicle provider and new name of Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project

Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan will be making an announcement on the morning of September 30 regarding the City of Vancouver’s modern vehicle provider for the Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project.
Tuesday, September 30
11 am to 12 noon
Across from 1800 Spyglass Place
(at the edge of Southeast False Creek, under the Cambie Street Bridge)
At this event, Mayor Sullivan will also announce the new name of the 2010 Demonstration Project to be used during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

The Mayor will be joined by executives representing the City’s modern vehicle provider and partner on this project - a leading company in the global rail sector - which will unveil the streetcar technology that will be used during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.
Following the formal media conference, the City of Vancouver’s Director of Olympic Transportation Dale Bracewell will take interested media and guests on a guided walkabout tour of a portion of the rail alignment to be used during the 2010 Demonstration Project (about one block away from the media conference location).
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Old September 30th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #3104
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a tad long topic title....
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Old September 30th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #3105
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It was always that long... I can't fix that unfortunately.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #3106
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Old September 30th, 2008, 03:46 AM   #3107
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Old September 30th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #3108
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I am disappointed by this station.....the renderings had shown that it would have dark slanted cherry wood roof. This is just another IKEA station, like the other No.3 Road stations, except that there's no inversion in the middle.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 08:22 AM   #3109
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i don't see much problem with crowding - maybe when a bus comes but come on most of cambie is pretty dead its not dense at all (yet) even the whiny village is dead most of the time

its not like 100's of people are gonna show up every second of the day to ride the subway
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Old October 1st, 2008, 05:21 AM   #3110
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September 30 , 2008

City of Vancouver and Bombardier Transportation announce Olympic Line modern streetcar service in 2010

The City of Vancouver and Bombardier Transportation will provide a modern streetcar demonstration service to Vancouver residents and visitors during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and Bombardier Transportation President of Light Rail Vehicles Grego Peters announced today.

The Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project is a state-of-the-art, accessible and sustainable transportation project that will connect Granville Island to the Canada Line Olympic Village Station (Cambie Street and West 2nd Avenue) during 60 days of celebration between January 21 and March 21, 2010.

As part of the partnership agreement, Bombardier Transportation will bring two modern streetcars on loan from Brussels, Belgium to Canada. Bombardier will also operate and maintain the vehicles during the demonstration project.

“As Host City of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the City of Vancouver is delighted to be able to partner with Bombardier Transportation to offer a modern transportation experience,” said Sullivan. “This sustainable transportation showcase is an important first step in realizing our vision for the future of the streetcar – a clean, sustainable public transit option for which we believe the day has once again come.”

Sullivan also announced that the City of Vancouver has received permission from the International Olympic Committee and The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to name operation of the streetcar service The Olympic Line – Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar for the duration of the 2010 demonstration project.

“Vancouver’s Olympic Line will demonstrate a new mode of sustainable rail transportation in one of the world’s most progressive transit environments,” said Bombardier Transportation’s Grego Peters. “We are delighted to contribute to the Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project and are eager to showcase our high-performing streetcars in Vancouver and to visitors from around the world.”

The City of Vancouver is investing $8.5 million to upgrade the Downtown Historic Railway (DHR) infrastructure, including a $500,000 contribution from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which owns and operates Granville Island. This funding will be used to replace the aging and deteriorating DHR rail infrastructure between Granville Island and West 2nd Avenue. The investment creates the opportunity to demonstrate modern low-floor streetcar technology during the 2010 Winter Games while ensuring the continued future operation of the heritage railway after 2010, and making an investment in a future potential streetcar service along the alignment.






BERLIN, GERMANY -- 09/30/08 -- Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with the City of Vancouver to provide up to two BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Outlook streetcars for the City's Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bombardier will also provide operations and maintenance services for the two, 32-metre long vehicles during a 60-day period of passenger service.

The FLEXITY Outlook streetcars will be on loan from the Brussels Transport Company (STIB), which operates a 68-vehicle fleet in Brussels, Belgium, previously supplied by Bombardier Transportation. In January 2008, STIB awarded Bombardier a contract for 87 additional FLEXITY Outlook vehicles.

"The Olympic Line will provide a modern and exciting transportation experience that demonstrates the potential of a future Downtown Streetcar network for Vancouver," said Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver, B.C. "This sustainable transportation showcase is an important first step in realizing the City of Vancouver's vision for the future of the streetcar - a clean, sustainable public transit option for which we believe the day has once again
come."

Mr. Grego Peters, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, commented, "With sincere appreciation, we thank STIB, who made our sponsorship of the City of Vancouver possible." He added, "Vancouver's Olympic Line will demonstrate a new mode of sustainable rail transportation in one of the world's most progressive transit environments.




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Old October 1st, 2008, 08:48 PM   #3111
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Thankfully there are no federal dollars used, or else the line would have been called the Harper Line with a grinning picture of Steve on the side of the train.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 01:45 AM   #3112
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can't wait to see this get underway! i've been waiting YEARS!
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 02:44 AM   #3113
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PACIFIC BOULEVARD EXTENSION!!!! No more C23!
Hopefully they'll extend it up Davie to Denman
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 02:58 AM   #3114
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Is this not the same model of streetcar that Bombardier is pitching for the Toronto order?

The "demonstration line" for the 60 day trial will likely be free. If the system was ever built, it would have to integrate with TransLink's fare structure. At $100 million the City of Vancouver won't have the cash to do it. They'll need a funding partner.

If they want Provincial or TransLink money, they'll probably have to go with a P3 if they want their line (unless the NDP hold their lead in the polls and actually pull off an upset in the next Provincial election). If Harper wins a majority, it wouldn't surprise me if that would be a string tied to Federal money as well. The city councillors can debate all they want about P3s, if they want partner money, it may be a pill they will have to swallow.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 04:29 AM   #3115
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Streetcar of Sam's desire on track


Mayor hopes 2010 demonstration line will be a catalyst for a downtown network

Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Wednesday, October 01, 2008


VANCOUVER I Fifty years after the city's original streetcar network was paved over, the city has unveiled plans for the 60-day demonstration of a new streetcar line for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics with an $8.5-million price tag.

The service, dubbed the Olympic Line (with International Olympic Committee approval), will run on streetcar units borrowed from the Brussels Transport Co. and provided under a sponsorship arrangement with Canadian transportation giant Bombardier, which is also a major sponsor of the 2010 Olympics.

It will run 1.8 kilometres, linking Granville Island and the new Canada Line's Olympic Village station on improved existing rail lines. In introducing the demonstration plan, Mayor Sam Sullivan said it will stand as an example of accessible, sustainable transportation.

Sullivan said he hopes the test will spur creation of the long-sought downtown streetcar network and serve as a legacy of the Olympics.

"This [demonstration] will get citizens excited about rail technology," Sullivan said, "and we have plans that ultimately the streetcar will go to the convention centre, Stanley Park and the north side of False Creek."

Sullivan said he has lobbied Ottawa for support of the streetcar on many occasions and has reminded Premier Gordon Campbell that Campbell himself started the push for new urban streetcars when he was Vancouver's mayor in the 1980s.

"It was kind of a fundraising pitch," he quipped, suggesting that it would be wise for the provincial and federal governments to sign on to "help finish the job that you started."

The streetcar system the city has proposed hasn't been costed out in detail, Sullivan said, but at an estimated $100 million, Vancouver would be looking for co-funders at a time when regional transportation authorities have multi-billion-dollar transportation plans in front of them.

The Olympics have been a "wonderful catalyst" for transportation innovation, according to Doug Kelsey, CEO of the TransLink subsidiary B.C. Rapid Transit Co. Ltd., which operates SkyTrain. "SkyTrain, at Expo 86 was a demonstration project," Kelsey said, "and look at it."

He said a Vancouver streetcar line will "have to earn its right into the overall network of regional transportation system. But [the demonstration] is a great way to start the conversation."

Kelsey said he doesn't view the proposed streetcar as competition to TransLink's priorities, which include building the Evergreen rapid transit line through the TriCities, extending SkyTrain and building a new rapid transit route to the University of B.C.

For 2010, however, Dale Bracewell, Vancouver's director of Olympic transportation, said the city will spend $8 million replacing 1.8 km of rail track and adding a section of passing track to allow for two-way service on the line as well as improving the overhead electrical service.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., which operates Granville Island, will put an additional $500,000 into the project.

Bracewell said the improved track will also serve the historical downtown streetcar that runs on weekends in tourist season.

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Mayor says $8-million streetcar project is start of great things to come

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Published: Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Walking by the tracks yesterday where Vancouver will demonstrate modern streetcars during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Tracy Arab gave the idea her support.

"It beats the bus," said the False Creek resident, who is a regular transit user. "I'd rather ride something like that than the city bus."

The city of Vancouver is spending $8 million on the demonstration project, refurbishing the power lines and tracks currently used by the Downtown Historic Railway and its heritage Interurban tram.

To be known as the Olympic Line, it will run from Granville Island to the Olympic Village station on the Canada Line at Cambie Street and West Second Avenue and operate from Jan. 21, 2010, to March 21, 2010.

Another $500,000 for the project is coming from the Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corp., which owns and operates Granville Island.

The two streetcars that will be used are being borrowed by manufacturer Bombardier from Brussels, which has 170 of the Flexity Outlook trams.

Each of the 32-metre-long electric trams carries 50 seated passengers and 128 standing passengers. It has a top speed of 70 km/h and costs about 2.3 million euros or $3.44 million Cdn.

Bombardier is spending about $2 million to bring the streetcars to Vancouver, as well as operating and maintaining them.

"This will get the citizens excited about rail technology," said Mayor Sam Sullivan. "We have plans that ultimately the streetcar will go out to the convention centre, to Stanley Park and the north side of False Creek, and perhaps right out to Vanier Park."

While not yet precisely budgeted, Sullivan said that project could cost "around $100 million."

Chris Arcari, who lives in Langley and spends three hours a day commuting to and from work near False Creek, would rather see $100 million go for other rail projects.

"Let's spend it to get people from the Fraser Valley into Vancouver in a more cost-effective, more eco-effective way," said Arcari, 51.

"There are still too many cars coming in."

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Old October 2nd, 2008, 08:34 AM   #3116
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Because the tram is designed for Bruxelles, the tram will be 2.3 metres wide (narrower than we're used to). The Flexity Outlook trams are modular and are heavily tailored to a city's needs. If Vancouver orders any, they would be 2.5 metres wide (same as North American bus). The demo line trams are going to look narrow to us. A tram running on a North American street would normally be 2.5 metres wide. Skytrain Mark II are 2.4 metres wide and the Canada Line is 3.0 metres wide.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 01:33 AM   #3117
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We can only imagine how it would be like when two 6 car trains pass by each other~!!
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