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Old July 6th, 2009, 12:58 AM   #3581
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Canada Line may open even earlier
Few problems found so far during trial runs on rapid transit system

Alan Campbell, Richmond News
Published: Friday, July 03, 2009

The Canada Line could be open even earlier than Labour Day.

That's the news filtering through from Canada Line bosses as progress on the rapid transit service's testing continues apace without any glitches.

Earlier this year it became apparent that the Canada Line would be in a position to launch sooner than the original scheduled November opening. But recent intensive testing and trials have gone so well that the Labour Day prediction could be bumped up further to August.

"There's a good chance we'll be open ahead of Labour Day," said Steve Crombie, vice president of public affairs with InTransitBC, which will be responsible for the running of the Canada Line.

"Right now, we're running through some more testing and trials and stress tests. We have to be able to complete a certain percentage of successful runs and simulate system responses. I think about the third week in July we could be ready to set an actual date for opening."

Crombie said the Canada Line has passed every test so far, with finishing touches also being made to the line's stations.


The last big hurdle for the Canada Line is considered to be test runs for the BC Safety Authority, before an operating permit can be issued.

"If we can get through these trial runnings without any problems, then we'll be pretty much good to go," added Crombie.


Canada Line bosses warned earlier this year that a whole rash of headaches and hiccups could still plague any plans to open the Canada Line ahead of schedule.

But the majority of potential problems appears to have been either dealt with quickly or have not transpired at all. Construction of the fully-automated $2-billion line has been ahead of schedule for the last year, and it has been widely anticipated that the new transit system might open early.

A dedicated bus lane on Hwy. 99, north of Westminster Hwy. is being constricted to ease the passage of northbound buses to Canada Line's Bridgeport station.

Almost all Vancouver-bound buses from South Delta, South Surrey and White Rock will be re-routed upon Canada Line's opening to the Bridgeport station.


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Old July 6th, 2009, 01:03 AM   #3582
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how can public transit commuters like two little kids can access to those panel of emergency buttons?very strange to me(and you all know how many wacko take the transit and loves to sit in that area)
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Old July 6th, 2009, 05:43 AM   #3583
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Don't worry,those are just fake buttons and won't do anything. They're toys for the kids to play with.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 06:38 AM   #3584
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We might end up opening before the Seattle Link Light Rail down south of the border.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #3585
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Love the use of wood.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #3586
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We might end up opening before the Seattle Link Light Rail down south of the border.
That would be sweet but it'll be tight. I can't remember but weren't they talking middle of July for Link?
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Old July 6th, 2009, 08:41 AM   #3587
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That would be sweet but it'll be tight. I can't remember but weren't they talking middle of July for Link?
July 18. What I said was aiming a little too high but we should be in service shortly after. Metro-One of SSP who has connections with Canada Line workers has said there is a 80% chance of opening on July 16 but he said not to quote him. Too bad =)
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Old July 6th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #3588
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^ anyhow, that's good news!
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Old July 6th, 2009, 09:52 PM   #3589
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:27 AM   #3590
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I know its weird, but thats what the guy with the orange vest told me.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #3591
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July 18. What I said was aiming a little too high but we should be in service shortly after. Metro-One of SSP who has connections with Canada Line workers has said there is a 80% chance of opening on July 16 but he said not to quote him. Too bad =)
That's probably wrong, there's no way they could be opening that early.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #3592
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how can public transit commuters like two little kids can access to those panel of emergency buttons?very strange to me(and you all know how many wacko take the transit and loves to sit in that area)
LMAO I was laughing when I read your comment and went back for a double take.

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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #3593
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I believe those are LED lights. Anyways, it's not like they are normally left open or anything. There were SkyTrain attendants that day fully monitoring the train. Also, you can't operate the train just by pulling the switch.
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Yeah considering that the roadworks around the Olympic Village station at Cambie and 2nd/6th ave are not quite finished, I can't see how it could be open 10 days from now.
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Love the use of wood.
I totally agree.

It looks stylish, functional and gives the station a warmer feel amongst the normal steel and concrete. Very nice to see.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 03:06 PM   #3596
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Looks like a great investment for Vancouver - nice to see a major transit project like this in North America.

Just a quick question though, why is there (seemingly from the map) no integration between the Expo, Millenium and Canada lines at the Olympic village/Stadium-Chinatown stations?
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Old July 8th, 2009, 04:39 PM   #3597
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I need to get back to Vancouver to ride the new line. What a great city!
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Old July 8th, 2009, 05:40 PM   #3598
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That's really funny ~


Now on to this:

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BUZZER BLOG UPDATE



Downtown SkyTrain riders, look out: late-evening maintenance work in SkyTrain’s Dunsmuir Tunnel runs July 13-24

Ride SkyTrain in downtown Vancouver late at night? Watch out — for two weeks starting July 13, SkyTrain will start the first stage of work in the Dunsmuir tunnel, to address water seepage and related drainage issues.

The lower level of the tunnel (the “eastbound” track) will close early to allow work crews in at 10 p.m., with more work planned for fall—the work requires more time than available in the limited nightly system closure hours.

Here’s a bit of background: The major part of SkyTrain’s underground section in downtown Vancouver uses the Dunsmuir Tunnel built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1932, linking the transcontinental railway terminus (Waterfront Station) to the previous freight yards and maintenance shops in False Creek – now a distant memory save for the Roundhouse centre in Yaletown.

Groundwater leeching through the tunnel walls contains natural minerals which accelerate corrosion of track components, as well as creating slippery conditions for maintenance crews and emergency passenger evacuation routes.

Shuttle train to be used between Stadium and Waterfront
The following service changes are in effect Monday to Friday, July 13 to July 24, from about 9:45 p.m. to the end of the service day:


* All Expo and Millennium Line trains from the east will terminate at Stadium Station, at the normal service frequency (8 minutes each; combined 4 minutes between Columbia and Stadium);
* A single train shuttle will operate every 12 minutes on the normally “westbound” track between Stadium and Waterfront, stopping at Granville and Burrard in both directions.
* All passengers must change trains at Stadium Station. Passengers can expect a two to 10 minute wait at Stadium, depending on their arrival time and travel direction.

Exceptions for the fireworks festival and B.C. Lions game

* On Wed July 22nd there will be no work due to Celebration of Light (SkyTrain will run full “rush hour” service throughout the evening to accommodate the thousands of fireworks spectators).
* On Fri July 24, maintenance will start 90 minutes later due to the B.C. Lions game at B.C. Place (SkyTrain will provide frequent extra service for Lions fans, as usual; shuttle operation will start at 11:15pm).

Additional SkyTrain staff will be on hand at affected stations to provide directions and assistance. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we keep our system in good repair for your overall service.
http://buzzer.translink.ca/index.php...ns-july-13-24/
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Old July 8th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #3599
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Looks like a great investment for Vancouver - nice to see a major transit project like this in North America.

Just a quick question though, why is there (seemingly from the map) no integration between the Expo, Millenium and Canada lines at the Olympic village/Stadium-Chinatown stations?
That is not the best map though. The transfer point right now would be at the last station- Waterfront. What would likely happen in the future is that the Millenium Line's VCC-Clark station would extend to the west and connect to Broadway-City Hall station of Canada Line.

Like I said, that map is not accurate enough.

This one might be better to see it with the whole region:
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Old July 8th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #3600
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thanks for the info allen.
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