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Old January 15th, 2009, 07:24 PM   #3321
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Renouncing.
So the Feds are announcing that they're taking back the money?!?! I assume you both meant reannouncing.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #3322
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Yes that's what I meant XD
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Old January 19th, 2009, 01:46 AM   #3323
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[*]New Colour Livery and Design that reflects the current bus designs. This design will make the trains look less dirty (compared to the current Mark II vehicles).
I can see their point (and it's generally why I tend to not wear white), but I still think the trains look better in white.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #3324
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 08:53 AM   #3325
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When coming in from White Rock on highway #99 I noticed that they have already begun construction on the bus-only nothbound lanes starting at Westminster Highway.......its coming along much faster than I thought. I still haven't found a map/info about where it is to go and how it will deal with merging northbound traffic. Any info?
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Old February 18th, 2009, 08:25 AM   #3326
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Two SkyTrain stations closed after body found on tracks

The Commercial Drive and VCC Clark SkyTrain stations are closed until further notice after an accident on the tracks tonight.


TransLink spokesman Drew Snider said a body was found on the tracks under the articulated joint of a two-car train at 8:20 p.m. The cause of the incident is not known.


"We don't know anything yet," Snider said.

Millennium Line is running "segregated" service from Expo Line right now is only going between Columbia and Renfrew. Those going from M-Line to E-Line need to transfer at Columbia.


A bus bridge is set up connecting VCC Clark, Commercial and Renfrew. Customers at Renfrew may use bus bridge or take the #16 bus to 29th Ave. station and take SkyTrain from there.


The incident is under investigation.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Sky...732/story.html
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Old February 18th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #3327
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anything new going on with this, or is it pretty much done.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 03:32 AM   #3328
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lots going on still

there was something in the news that a local juice chain has won the rights or whatever to open in all the underground stations along the line

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Old February 20th, 2009, 02:13 AM   #3329
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A few pictures I took yesterday at 3 of the Expo Line stations:

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Old February 20th, 2009, 06:01 AM   #3330
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Love those aerial shots of the North Arm Bridge. I can't wait til when I move back to Vancouver in May and check things out again.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 09:38 AM   #3331
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It happens in every transit system in the world^.

I REALLY like the new SkyTrain cars. I like the white ones but they get dirty so fast they always look grubby.

Hey, there is a whole lot of open houses about how the new SkyTrain Canada Line will effect bus connections to the system specifically south of Brideport for suburban commuters like from WR & Ladner. Did you notice what I said...........it was a "SkyTrain" bus integration meeting. Until recently I wasn't sure if they would actually say the Canada Line was part of the SkyTrain system or a new system on a transit system map.
Its an excellent idea. Many cities have , for example, different systems like Paris rubber or steel trains but they are all considered as the Metro.
I've been on HWY #99 recently and they have really progressed on the bus-only northbound lanes on HWY#99. I'm not sure how exactly it will work as there will be right lane car mergers...........have to wait and see.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 09:54 PM   #3332
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Yeah they call the Canada Line SkyTrain all the time... funny thing even TransLink does it. In the legal books, it isn't because SkyTrain or BC Rapid Transit Company isn't operating the Canada Line, but instead inTransitBC. At this point, it doesn't really matter.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 08:13 AM   #3333
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Cascadia high-speed rail: It's time
by Brad Perkins, guest opinion, The Oregonian
Thursday February 26, 2009, 12:00 PM



It's time to take steps to implement Cascadia high-speed rail between Eugene and Vancouver, B.C. High-speed rail would be faster and more comfortable than automobile or short-distance air travel. This new electrically powered, double-track rail line would move people and freight at least 110 miles per hour and avoid all grade and river traffic interruptions.

The extra benefit to high-speed rail in Portland is the addition of a new east-bank high-tech passenger rail station on Paul Allen's and the city's property along the Willamette River across from Memorial Coliseum. The new Rose Garden Transit/Tourism Station's main pedestrian entrance would be central to the MAX light-rail center, planned bicycle paths and future streetcar stops. This new activity hub would spur economic growth to help justify financing a new outdoor entertainment center, a Veterans Memorial Baseball Stadium, hotels and restaurants.

Vancouver, Wash., citizens would greatly benefit because the new multi-track high-speed rail could act as a commuter alternative as well. From a new park-and-ride stop from Vancouver's Northwest 39th near the I-5 exit to the new Rose Garden Transit Station by high-speed rail would take seven minutes. From Portland to Eugene, it would take 75 minutes.

Federal investment in high-speed rail would benefit both freight operation and passenger service. Freight rail companies see the advantages in cooperation. The new interstate rail freeway for freight and passengers would have double tracks, concrete tie base and new high-grade steel rails. Existing rail right of way would be used where practical. Tunnels, elevated tracks, bridges and earth cuts would avoid unreasonable curves, elevations, roads and waterways.

On a national level, American citizens think that developing high-speed rail corridors would create thousands of jobs, reduce road congestion and pollution, and improve freight capacity, business productivity and energy conservation. In the Nov. 30, 2008, issue of Parade magazine, people were asked if they preferred cash rebates to repairing our nation's infrastructure. Sixty-seven percent of Americans preferred focusing on infrastructure improvements that develop faster and better trains.

The $787 billion economic recovery bill signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17 dedicates $8 billion to high-speed rail. Obama wants to make high-speed rail a signature achievement of his presidency. He said, "The time is right for us to start thinking about high-speed rail as an alternative to air transportation connecting all these cities. Think about what a great project that would be in terms of rebuilding America."

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is working with the White House to jump-start high-speed rail nationally. The Eugene to Vancouver, B.C., corridor is one of 11 corridors designated for possible high-speed rail development. There is much to be done regionally before LaHood assigns priority funding for the engineering and development of the Cascadia high-speed rail line.

Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sen. Ron Wyden have been most helpful in emphasizing the need for the Cascadia line. State Rep. Chip Shields and I have worked together on a bill to be introduced in the Oregon House to form a High-Speed Railway Task Force. It would coordinate with high-speed rail efforts in Washington and British Columbia to determine potential corridor route, economic impact, investment opportunities, freight and passenger capacity, etc.

Let the Northwest lead America toward a greener 21st century.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 08:26 AM   #3334
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^ Nice thought, but I don't think we have the critical mass necessary to justify a high speed intercity rail. The money's better put towards local rail transit, and maybe to straighten out some sections of track to enable the existing Talgo trainsets to run at full speed.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #3335
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Well if all governments pay a portion of this (US pay more *winks*), this would be way worth it. The problem is how should this be done in Vancouver because the rail infrastructure between the border to Vancouver won't take full advantage of the high speed rail vehicles.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #3336
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It would be an expensive project, that's for sure!
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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:18 AM   #3337
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The Talgos used for the Amtrak Cascades are capable of running the Vancouver-Seattle stretch in two hours over straight track, aren't they? That seems more than adequate for the population of the area and the amount of traffic between the two cities.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #3338
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That is if you have rail that can handle 110 mph. Meaning South Delta-North Bellingham, South Bellingham-Everett would need to be straightened out. They will be able to do 2 hours 45 minutes on 110 mph with the current equipment if the Vancouver terminus was relocated to Scott Road, probably 3 hours to go to Pacific Central.

I hear a replacement for the Fraser River rail bridge would cost $600 million but I think it is justified for high-speed operations in the future. The Talgos could handle 124 mph but would require different locomotives.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 12:15 PM   #3339
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[Vancouver] Evergreen Line: Fast, Frequent, Convenient



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What is the Evergreen Line Project?
The Evergreen Line is a new rapid transit line that connects Coquitlam Town Centre to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby, starting at Lougheed Town Centre Station in Burnaby and ending near Douglas College in Coquitlam.

The Evergreen Line will be a fast, frequent and convenient SkyTrain service, connecting Coquitlam Town Centre through Port Moody to Lougheed Town Centre in approximately 13 minutes. The Evergreen Line will seamlessly connect to the current SkyTrain network, including the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines, and will integrate with regional bus and West Coast Express networks.

The Evergreen Line is an essential element of The Provincial Transit Plan and the federal Building Canada Plan.



Route Alignment
The Evergreen Line will run north from Lougheed Town Centre on an elevated track along North and Clarke Roads, before entering a tunnel in the vicinity of Como Lake Avenue and emerging near Barnet Highway north of Clarke Road in Port Moody. Through Port Moody, the route will travel at-grade on the south side of the Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail lines before transitioning to the north side near the Port Moody/Coquitlam boundary. The Evergreen Line will continue next to the CP Rail lines to the West Coast Express Station in Coquitlam and will then run on an elevated track along Pinetree Way, ending near Douglas College in Coquitlam.



Stations
The Evergreen Line will have six primary stations: Lougheed, Burquitlam, Port Moody/West Coast Express, Ioco, Coquitlam/West Coast Express and Coquitlam City Hall/Douglas College.

These stations will drive system ridership growth by serving major destinations, connecting existing population and employment centers, and integrating with the existing transit network.

These station locations will promote use by ensuring the line is fast, convenient and competitive with other travel choices.

Up to two additional station locations along the Evergreen Line may be considered based on their ability to shape land use, stimulate increased system ridership through transit oriented development, and be affordable.

Project Goals

Provide fast, frequent and convenient rapid transit from Coquitlam to Vancouver
via Port Moody and Burnaby
  • Provide rapid transit for the communities of Burnaby, Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra

Improve the transportation network throughout Metro Vancouver
  • Integrate travel modes and provide connectivity to the wider transit network
  • Seamlessly connect with the current SkyTrain network

Increase transportation choice
  • Support a reduction in auto use by providing an alternative to single occupancy vehicles
  • Increase transit mode share
  • Increase transit capacity in the Northeast sector
  • Ensure speed and reliability of the system
  • Support growth management

Support municipal growth management targets established by the region’s Livable Region Strategic Plan
  • Contribute to community building by stimulating future concentrated and mixed-use development
  • Support existing development and provide support for a positive business environment

Support environmental sustainability initiatives
  • Support provincial environmental goals by reducing regional car trips
  • Meet regional and local environmental objectives to preserve green space
  • Encourage pedestrian traffic along corridor
Source: Evergreen Line Website, Ministry of Transportation



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PROJECT OFFICE OPENING LAUNCHES EVERGREEN LINE
COQUITLAM – Construction of the Evergreen Line is taking a major step forward with the opening of the Evergreen Line Project Office, announced Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon, federal Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Minister James Moore and TransLink CEO
Tom Prendergast today.

“The Evergreen Line will vastly improve transit options for people in Metro Vancouver’s northeast quadrant,” said Falcon. “It will also be a big boost to the region’s economy, providing over 8,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

“The Evergreen Sky Train extension will improve the quality of life of Tri-City residents by creating more transportation choices, cutting traffic, and by reducing pollution,” said Moore. “Our government is proud to be a partner in this project.”

Using SkyTrain technology, the 11-kilometre Evergreen Line will link neighbourhoods in Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam and be fully integrated into the existing system, connecting directly onto the Millennium Line at Lougheed Station.

“Not only is the Tri-Cities area growing, we know that it’s the destination for a third of the commuters that today drive across the Port Mann Bridge from the South of Fraser,” said Prendergast.

“The Evergreen Line, linking to a new RapidBus service from Highway 1 at the Lougheed Station, has huge potential to attract substantial numbers of people from cars to rapid transit.”

The Evergreen Line will provide fast and frequent service to downtown Vancouver – improving the transit network throughout Metro Vancouver and facilitating economic growth and regional job creation. The Project Office will advance the Evergreen Line Project through design and construction
and will provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the project, meet with staff, and give feedback and input as design and construction proceeds. Construction of the Evergreen Line is scheduled to begin in late 2010 and be completed in late 2014.

The Evergreen Line is jointly funded by the Government of Canada (up to $416.7 million), the Government of British Columbia ($410 million) and TransLink ($400 million). Approximately $350 million of the federal contribution is from the Building Canada Fund. The $1.4-billion project is a key component of the Provincial Transit Plan.
Source: The Government of British Columbia - http://evergreenline.gov.bc.ca/docum...l_Feb28_09.pdf

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Old March 3rd, 2009, 05:53 AM   #3340
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Yea! More SkyTrain! How are the ridership levels? I've been waiting for some sort of expansion for a while now...
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