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Old December 17th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #3261
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What kind of points heating system is being used to prevent the switches from freezing up now that we are getting into the winter season ?.
Is it something similar to what we use in the U.K.
We run trains manually at night to keep the tracks from freezing and accumulating with snow.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 04:27 AM   #3262
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Both the Canada Line and SkyTrain use track switch heaters to keep switch points free of snow and ice on sections of guideway exposed to weather. They come on automatically when the temperature dips below freezing and draw their power from the traction power system.

SkyTrain will also run "snow trains" to keep ice clear of power rails during off hours in snowy weather. The Canada Line will do this as well on the non tunnel sections next winter.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 06:05 AM   #3263
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Interesting that the prototype ICTS system still has the problem of snow accumulation over 20 years in service.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #3264
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Just looking at those pics you posted Mr. X from Tafryn of YVR. Wasn't it scheduled to be completed by the end of this year? How close is the station to being finished?
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Old December 18th, 2008, 10:57 PM   #3265
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Scheduled completion is next year, November 2009.

It is expected to be completed early.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 10:09 AM   #3266
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Scheduled completion is next year, November 2009.

It is expected to be completed early.
No no not the entire Canada Line, I meant specifically YVR station. If you highlight Sea Island Centre and Templeton stations on the Canada Line's interactive construction map (http://www.canadaline.ca/constructio...p?stationID=18), they are scheduled to be completed by late December 2008, so I had assumed that YVR was on a similar schedule.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 01:29 PM   #3267
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^ All three Sea Island stations are more or less done. There may be a few minor things to do, like installing floor tiling and testing out the escalators/elevators and such, but it's basically done.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #3268
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I'd bet there will be some sort of work being done on it for the next several months at least. Just from seeing the latest pics, there's a lot of finishing and hooking up equipment, among other things, to do still.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 10:19 PM   #3269
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more updates by tafryn:
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2008-12-21 - Marine Drive Station



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2008-12-21 - Langara - 49th Ave Station






2008-12-21 - King Edward Station














2008-12-21 - Broadway/City Hall Station


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Old December 24th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #3270
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Old December 24th, 2008, 12:34 AM   #3271
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Old December 24th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #3272
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Surrey Central could sure use extra buses as the current ones are always super crowded.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 08:45 AM   #3273
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Oh really? With which other communities are you comparing these marvels of that city? You write that about a nation that possesses neither a transport nor a housing policy...
even if the government made the effort to design policies, neither would work properly unless a new attitude towards cities is developed.

Cities are politically persona non grata in Canada.

19th century urban policy = bad transport policy = bad housing policy

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Old December 24th, 2008, 09:58 AM   #3274
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I mentioned to a bus driver on the #321 WR/SC SkyTrain and he said that it was the busiest route outside the city of Vancouver and the fourth busiest in the entire system after 99BLine, 98BLine, and 20Victoria. I don't know if that's exactly true but I would believe it. It is incredibly busy as there is also an alternate #321 that only goes from Newton Exchange to SC SkyTrain.

EVERYTIME I have been on that bus people always are standing and drive-byes are frequent. After the Canada Line opens he said that all the 98BLine articulated buses will go straight to the 321 as they are already running every 7 minutes all day til 10pm and still can't cover demand.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #3275
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I mentioned to a bus driver on the #321 WR/SC SkyTrain and he said that it was the busiest route outside the city of Vancouver and the fourth busiest in the entire system after 99BLine, 98BLine, and 20Victoria. I don't know if that's exactly true but I would believe it. It is incredibly busy as there is also an alternate #321 that only goes from Newton Exchange to SC SkyTrain.

EVERYTIME I have been on that bus people always are standing and drive-byes are frequent. After the Canada Line opens he said that all the 98BLine articulated buses will go straight to the 321 as they are already running every 7 minutes all day til 10pm and still can't cover demand.
This is the stat for 2007 ridership for the top 23 routes:
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#	Route	Boardings
==	=====	=========
1	 99	44,000
2	 20	30,500
3	  9	28,500
4	 98	27,500
5	 41	27,000
6	  3	22,000
7	 22	21,500
8	  8	21,500
9	 17	20,500
10	 16	19,000
11	 25	18,500
12	135	16,500
13	106	15,500
14	 49	15,200
15	 10	13,800
16	 19	13,800
17	  7	12,300
18	410	11,000
19	  5	10,500
20	130	10,400
21	 97	10,200
22	145	10,200
23	 15	 9,800
Apparently, the busiest route outside of Vancouver is #106, followed by #410. The top Surrey route was ranked 26th with 9000 riders per day.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #3276
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I am going by what HE said. It could have changed as Translink added two brand new enire routes connecting Newton Ex with SC SkyTrain and has more than doubled freqquency on the 321 in the last 12 months.
There is now also the QWR/SS express which has doubled it's frequency and several new routes that now bypass Newton ex.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #3277
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I am going by what HE said. It could have changed as Translink added two brand new enire routes connecting Newton Ex with SC SkyTrain and has more than doubled freqquency on the 321 in the last 12 months.
There is now also the QWR/SS express which has doubled it's frequency and several new routes that now bypass Newton ex.
You could add the two frequencies together and it will still not be more than the routes listed above.

By the way, there were a few studies released by TransLink showing that there is a huge decrease in capacity rates between Waterfront-Columbia, and Columbia-King George.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 04:16 AM   #3278
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SkyTrain runs between stations with open doors
Updated: Sun Dec. 28 2008 16:29:36

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Passengers on SkyTrain got the ride of their lives Saturday afternoon when they were forced to take the trip with the doors open.

The train was leaving the New Westminster Station, heading towards 22nd Street at 4:45 p.m., when at least three doors failed to close. Passengers had nothing between them, the track and the distant ground below the rail.

Drew Snider of TransLink said technicians repairing cars at the front of train at the time had allowed it to run in manual mode, and had bypassed the alarms that usually notify staff that the doors haven't closed.

He added that TransLink had a platform camera video of a passenger forcing the doors open and then trying to close them again but failing. The train was taken out of service at the 22nd Street Station.

"In that particular spot the train had to be driven because of an electrical problem," said Snider, adding that the staff member driving the train did not see the open doors.

"There's a lot of other questions that need to be answered, so we can't speculate at this time."

Snider called the incident "very, very unusual" and said TransLink was looking into ensuring it never happens again. He told passengers to not try to hold doors open or force them.

In terms of the recent troubles SkyTrain had been experiencing with delays caused by snow and other weather-related problems, Snider said the worst should be over, though there could be problems from melting snow on Monday.

"I think we're out of it. The temperature is warming up, but not as much as we were fearing, which is good. We've taken care of the various weather-related electrical problems that we were experiencing," he said.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 04:16 AM   #3279
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SkyTrain runs between stations with open doors
Updated: Sun Dec. 28 2008 16:29:36

Cathryn Atkinson, ctvbc.ca

Passengers on SkyTrain got the ride of their lives Saturday afternoon when they were forced to take the trip with the doors open.

The train was leaving the New Westminster Station, heading towards 22nd Street at 4:45 p.m., when at least three doors failed to close. Passengers had nothing between them, the track and the distant ground below the rail.

Drew Snider of TransLink said technicians repairing cars at the front of train at the time had allowed it to run in manual mode, and had bypassed the alarms that usually notify staff that the doors haven't closed.

He added that TransLink had a platform camera video of a passenger forcing the doors open and then trying to close them again but failing. The train was taken out of service at the 22nd Street Station.

"In that particular spot the train had to be driven because of an electrical problem," said Snider, adding that the staff member driving the train did not see the open doors.

"There's a lot of other questions that need to be answered, so we can't speculate at this time."

Snider called the incident "very, very unusual" and said TransLink was looking into ensuring it never happens again. He told passengers to not try to hold doors open or force them.

In terms of the recent troubles SkyTrain had been experiencing with delays caused by snow and other weather-related problems, Snider said the worst should be over, though there could be problems from melting snow on Monday.

"I think we're out of it. The temperature is warming up, but not as much as we were fearing, which is good. We've taken care of the various weather-related electrical problems that we were experiencing," he said.
Source: CTV BC

Global BC News Article.
http://canwest.a.mms.mavenapps.net/m...Object=3377528
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Old December 29th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #3280
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You could add the two frequencies together and it will still not be more than the routes listed above.

By the way, there were a few studies released by TransLink showing that there is a huge decrease in capacity rates between Waterfront-Columbia, and Columbia-King George.
Is that due to more usage of Skytrain or are the operations not efficient leading to longer wait times between trains?
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