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Old July 8th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #3601
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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?
Waterfront is the main transfer station as Allen just stated. However, it's horribly designed. For you to transfer from the Expo Line to the Canada Line, you must take the escalators up to the Waterfront Historic Train Station area, walk out of the Fare Paid Zone, and into the Canada Line Fare Paid Zone, down the escalators, and walk a long corridor to get to the Canada Line Waterfront Station. If they haven't cheaped out, it would just be the corridor plus an escalator up to the SkyTrain platform. Too bad. This would be added in the future.

A transfer from Vancouver City Centre to Granville is also possible but it's an unofficial transfer. It's possible to use Pacific Centre (which accessible to both lines) to connect the two stations. In the future, an underground walkway under Granville could be installed to better connect the two stations.

Olympic Village and Stadium are quite a ways from each other.

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There won't be too many people transferring from the Expo Line/Millennium Line to the Canada Line. I can't really see why someone in Burnaby would ride the SkyTrain to downtown, then ride the Canada Line back to Richmond or YVR when they can take a connecting bus to the Canada Line.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #3602
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A transfer from Vancouver City Centre to Granville is also possible but it's an unofficial transfer. It's possible to use Pacific Centre (which accessible to both lines) to connect the two stations. In the future, an underground walkway under Granville could be installed to better connect the two stations.
I think they should really work on this first to take the load off Waterfront station. What I think would be better is to combine the two station and just simply call it, "Vancovuer City Centre"....I think this would be where they can start the underground pedestrian walkways and add retail ~
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Old July 11th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #3603
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #3604
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #3605
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Old July 15th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #3606
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Does anyone find it ironic that S. Korea is using Canadian technology on the Yongin Everline (Bombardier MkII Trains) and Canada is using S. Korea's? (Rotem EMUs)
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Old July 16th, 2009, 04:21 AM   #3607
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^ the ships carrying the trains might have even passed by each other.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 06:46 AM   #3608
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^ the ships carrying the trains might have even passed by each other.
Maybe they both got the same shipper, and they figured out they could make money going both ways loaded with cargo!
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Old July 17th, 2009, 09:17 AM   #3609
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Canada Line could be in service by mid-August
Opening day will be free to public

Updated: Thu Jul. 16 2009 20:43:47
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The Canada Line rapid transit system is expected to open earlier than expected, possibly as soon as mid-August. That's nearly four months ahead of schedule.

Expected to cost around $2 billion, it will make Vancouver the first Canadian city to have a rapid transit link between its downtown core and its airport.

The massive project is expected to change the way tens of thousands of commuters get around the Lower Mainland area.

But before it can open, there are still plenty of finishing touches being done at all the stations along the Canada Line route.

"I think people have been seeing the trains run as we've been testing them,'' said Steve Crombie, spokesman for InTransit BC, the company contracted to build and help fund the project.

" I think there has been a lot of curiosity and interest in what is this thing and how does it work."

"We have 19 kilometres of line and 16 stations,'' he said.

Once the system opens, each one-way fare to and from Vancouver International Airport is expected to cost between $5 and $6.

Travelling at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour, it will take passengers 25 minutes to get from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to the airport.

Transportation engineers and planners at the City of Vancouver say the Canada Line is expected to help ease traffic congestion, by getting more commuters out of cars, cutting pollution.

At full capacity, each Canada Line train will hold 400 passengers. (*cough*) They will be running trains every three minutes during peak service. The cars are much wider than SkyTrain, allowing them to accommodate luggage.

Travellers will ride for free on opening day, which could come as early as mid-August.


With a report by CTV British Columbia's Peter Grainger

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Old July 17th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #3610
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Like jlousa mentioned, the last of the Canada Line open houses:
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The last Station Open House will be held on Saturday, July 25th at Vancouver City Centre Station. The Station will be open between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and is being held in conjunction with Granville Showcase.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 06:41 AM   #3611
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One note: 100,000 daily passengers would be ambitious. That would a third of the Bay Area Rapid Transit's daily ridership on one line.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 07:09 AM   #3612
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One note: 100,000 daily passengers would be ambitious. That would a third of the Bay Area Rapid Transit's daily ridership on one line.
Not completely unreasonable because in 2007, the 98 B-Line had a ridership of 27 500 passengers per day. The number of passengers today is way beyond that and I'm not surprised if it's 35 000. As the suburban express coaches will terminate at Bridgeport STN instead of heading into downtown, all passengers will be feeding into the Canada Line. These routes include the 601, 602, 603, 604, 351, 352, and 354. It would also replace the 491, 492, and 496 express routes, meaning passengers from these routes will then be taking local Richmond routes into the Canada Line instead. Passengers from the ferry terminal will also be fed into the Canada Line to the Airport instead of currently transferring onto the 424, which will also be replaced. The Canada Line also serves as YVR's people-mover, meaning flight attendants and workers for Air Canada will be using this instead of their current shuttle service. I believe the Long Term Parking Lot would be moved to Templeton soon after, replacing the airport's shuttle service. The 430 route will also be shortened to terminate at Bridgeport STN instead of going to Richmond Centre, providing more frequent service, meaning passengers will be fed into the Canada Line again. So with all this feeding and transferring to provide more frequent service, don't be surprised about this 100 000 figure, albeit high. By the way, 2007 numbers also show SkyTrain having a 271 100 ridership but that's also way beyond that by now.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 07:15 AM   #3613
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No, 100,000 is fairly reasonable.
Unlike BART which has 12-15 minute headways per line (at best), The Canada Line is to have frequencies of about 3 minutes (every 6 minutes to Richmond, and 6 to YVR).
The Skytrain already carries almost 300,000 per day with the two existing lines; It's not crazy to estimate that this 3rd line will add another 100,000 to that total, especially considering that it serves an area previously untouched by rapid transit altogether.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #3614
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It looks like there are already 3 lines. Won't this be the fourth?
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Old July 18th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #3615
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Only two lines: Expo Line, Millennium Line. The third would be the Canada Line. Technically, the Canada Line could be considered as two lines as it does have trains going to the airport and trains going to Richmond, which are two complete different areas. Currently, there is 49.5 km of rapid transit track. Plus the 19km, we will have 68.5 km of fully segregated rapid transit, Canada's largest.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 08:40 AM   #3616
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I can't believe it cost $2.05 billion CAD to build a 19 km mass transit rail line , and not a ****** light rail. In Baltimore, they been talking of building a new mass transit line since 2002(which Baltimore has been planning since 1960s), and still no progress!
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Old July 18th, 2009, 10:27 AM   #3617
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^ well, it does have rather short platforms (50-metres) but the operator does claim it has a 15,000 passenger per direction per hour capacity - which is decent for a light metro.
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Only two lines: Expo Line, Millennium Line. The third would be the Canada Line. Technically, the Canada Line could be considered as two lines as it does have trains going to the airport and trains going to Richmond, which are two complete different areas. Currently, there is 49.5 km of rapid transit track. Plus the 19km, we will have 68.5 km of fully segregated rapid transit, Canada's largest.
Than what's the Evergreen Line on the map on the first page?
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Old July 18th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #3619
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Than what's the Evergreen Line on the map on the first page?
To be built... 2014. Notice all the stations except for the West Coast Express ones (commuter train) are grey, which means it's a post-2010 station...
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Old July 24th, 2009, 12:13 AM   #3620
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