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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:37 AM   #3761
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Going back to the language thing, Montreal Metro doesn't have English, the official language, and there is an quite a lot of English-speaking residents in Montreal.

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Are the 6 minute headways the max possible with the current trains?

Is it 6 minutes all day or does it vary?
It's every 3.5 minutes during rush hours per train from Waterfront to Bridgeport, and double of that at the airport and Richmond branches. 3 minutes is the maximum with all twenty trains running, but it's the maximum because we don't have enough trains. The traffic system can sustain trains arriving every 90 seconds, just like SkyTrain, between Waterfront to Bridgeport. Of course, every 90 seconds is just not possibile in the branches just because the single track/single platform limits the frequency of the trains at those portions.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 10:06 PM   #3762
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internationalism's what's spurred that new tramway into existence, not regionalism
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Old October 1st, 2009, 05:59 AM   #3763
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internationalism's what's spurred that new tramway into existence, not regionalism
Tramway is, firstly, not the correct term used for the Canada Line. The Canada Line is considered as a Light Metro, just like all of the other SkyTrain lines. Secondly, the Livable Strategic Plan of Metro Vancouver in 1996 already outlined potential rapid transit corridors, with the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver RT corridor being one of them. Yes, the Canada Line was accelerated because of the olympics, some will argue otherwise, but no, I wouldn't say it's the root cause of why the Canada Line is here today.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 06:55 PM   #3764
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Curious to know why the Canada line was not built all the way to North Vancouver.
When visiting Vancouver a few years ago while the Canada line was under constuction, it struck me than a lot of users road and ferry services, as well as the climate, could have benefitted from this extension. Fill me in, you guys who live in that beautiful city.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 10:05 PM   #3765
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Curious to know why the Canada line was not built all the way to North Vancouver.
When visiting Vancouver a few years ago while the Canada line was under constuction, it struck me than a lot of users road and ferry services, as well as the climate, could have benefitted from this extension. Fill me in, you guys who live in that beautiful city.
Probably the view that running the line all the way across the inlet for another billion or two wouldn't be worth it. And that the seabus is able to cope with the demand. I guess the same reason why we don't have a full metro system serving all areas of the city. Obviously, if money grew on trees here, we'd be able to do all sorts of things.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #3766
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TransLink approves $10M to study unfunded projects
Metro Vancouver's TransLink is commissioning $10 million in studies for two projects the regional transit authority doesn't have the money to build.

The two studies will examine a new rapid transit line out to UBC and a rapid bus system for Surrey, although neither project is in TransLink's 10-year plan approved by the region's mayors just last week.
The 10-year plan did propose to raise $130 million by hiking fares and taxes on gasoline and parking.

But the money was only intended to maintain Metro Vancouver's public transit system and transportation infrastructure and specifically excluded any money for new projects such as rapid transit lines or new systems.

Nevertheless, TransLink decided to go ahead and commission the two new studies at a cost of $5 million each, authority spokesperson Ken Hardie confirmed Thursday.
Looking ahead to save time

Hardie defended the move, noting both studies are part of the provincial transit plan, and half the costs for the studies will be paid by the province with the expectation the projects will be developed sooner or later.

"The short answer is we're going to save time and money in the long run by doing this work now," Hardie said. "And secondly, we need these lines. It's not a matter of if they're going to be done, it's when."

But Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan called the studies a waste of money.


"When you are on life support, to be spending money on dreams of fantasy seems to be an absolute waste of very much needed transit [funding]," Corrigan said.

He pointed to the often-promised, much-studied and yet-to-be-built Evergreen line for the tri-cities area northeast of Vancouver as an example of how promises and studies don't get things built.

"There's a certain arrogance in spending money on studies when you don't even have the money to complete the line you've promised to complete," he said.

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Old November 6th, 2009, 01:56 AM   #3767
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Tom Prendergast resigns and returns to NEW YORK

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By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News

Published: November 05, 2009 9:00 AM
Updated: November 05, 2009 11:55 AM

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It's a major blow for the region and hopes for transportation improvements.

Tom Prendergast is resigning as CEO of TransLink to return to New York.

Prendergast was a big part of the vision behind TransLink's recent push for an ambitious expansion of the transit system.

He fused together a surprisingly strong coalition of both Metro Vancouver's 21 mayors and a new professional board of directors that was installed to replace elected politicians in 2008.

Few observers thought the two groups would see eye-to-eye, but with Prendergast at the helm, they united to call on the province to deliver major new funding sources for TransLink, through controversial means like road pricing or regional tolling.

Victoria resisted and in the summer transportation minister Shirley Bond announced a new review of TransLink to be led by B.C.'s comptroller general.

The review threatened a new governance shakeup less than two years after the former TransLink board was swept away by then-transportation minister Kevin Falcon.

Prendergast denied he saw it as "meddling" but later admitted he was disappointed by the move. The results of the review have not yet been unveiled.

Mayors, blocked from new sources and an ability to launch a preferred $450-million-a-year transit expansion, settled in October for a $130-million funding increase that keeps the system on life support.

Prendergast, who came here in the summer of 2008, will take over as president of the New York City Transit Authority, the top job in North America's biggest subway system.

In a statement issued Thursday, Prendergast said it's difficult to leave a "great organization" with "so much potential to build out the system to foster livability and the economic and environmental sustainability of the region."

He said the offer to run New York's system was one he couldn't refuse.

"We're obviously disappointed to lose Tom," TransLink board chair Dale Parker said. "He's done just a terrific job and we'll desperately miss him."

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, chair of the Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation, said she is profoundly disappointed.

"It's extremely disturbing to lose such a person of that calibre and knowledge," she said. "It really is a loss for the region."

Asked if she believes the conflict between the region and the provincial government over the future of TransLink was a factor, Watts said: "Tom, with the knowledge he had of transportation and the calibre of the work he brought to the table, I feel he probably wasn't fully appreciated by some."

Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, whose city is at risk of losing the promised Evergreen Line without more TransLink funding, called Prendergast a "breath of fresh air" and is sorry to see him go.

"My fear is that this will slow things down," Trasolini said, adding it leaves him less optimistic about TransLink's future. "It's a pause that we cannot afford right now."

SFU City Program director Gordon Price says the funding standoff with Victoria and now Prendergast's departure signals a "tragic" turning point for the region.

"As of this moment, our future is going to be auto-dependent," Price said. "The truckers have won."

He said he has no hope the province will now seriously come to the table.

Metro Vancouver appears destined to have transit services capped, he added, while roads and bridges expand to carry cargo and livability deteriorates.

"We're being hung out to dry on the future of the region," Price said. "All the sustainable region initiatives, all the transit-oriented communities ľ all the stuff we talk about ľ we have to be honest about it. At best, it's on hold. At worst, it has no future."

Price predicts the province will push the Evergreen Line construction through, but without sufficient funding, forcing other transit cutbacks coupled with steep property tax hikes.

Other proposed rapid transit extensions will likely falter.

"Prendergast is the best judge of this," Price said. "He looked at the situation, saw this wasn't going anywhere and said 'What am I doing here?'"

TransLink Chief Financial Officer Ian Jarvis takes over as interim president and CEO.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 03:53 AM   #3768
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He must find a better pay job in NY, who would blame him!
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Old November 15th, 2009, 09:02 AM   #3769
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Old December 12th, 2009, 12:06 AM   #3770
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I’ve done the draw and our winners are Jamey, Graydon, Ian, Adrian, and Ben!

You should be getting a PDF invite in your e-mail — make sure it doesn’t end up in your junk folder! I will also give you a call to make sure you’re aware that you have won.

Thanks to everyone who entered — I had 18 people in the final draw!
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Updated: Fri Dec. 11 2009 12:24:21

Darcy Wintonyk, ctvbc.ca

Three top employees at Metro Vancouver's transit authority have been let go from their jobs.

Long-term employees Sheri Plewes, Terry Peterson and John Madden were all TransLink vice-presidents.

All three have been replaced by other employees within the organization.

TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie told ctvbc.ca the cuts have nothing to do with a recent provincial comptroller report questioning the number of high-paid executives.

"This is the process that started a year ago now," he said, adding there will be more cuts to come.

"We're not finished yet."

There is no word on whether the executives will receive a financial compensation package from the company.

Plewes had worked as VP of capital management and engineering since 1999, with responsibilities including the design and construction of all transit operations.

John Madden joined the company as VP of human resources and public safety in 2005 while Terry Peterson became the company's first corporate chief information officer in April 2008.

Shake up

This is the second major shake up in a month for TransLink's executive structure.

Last month, CEO Tom Prendergast resigned as company president and returned to New York City to run its public-transit system

Prendergast was recruited in July 2008 from New York City, where he was the senior vice president of the city's subway system.

Ian Jarvis, TransLink's chief financial officer, is now serving as interim president & CEO.

Jarvis previously served as TransLink's chief operating officer and as vice president of finance and corporate services for Coast Mountain Bus Company.
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Look out for the big T: new transit station markers are here


New T markers will be posted at three Canada Line stations this December. This one is at Richmond-Brighouse Station.

Hey hey — look out for big white T signs at three Canada Line stations.

The T signs are our new transit station markers, acting as beacons to help you to spot the location of transit nearby. (The T stands for “transit”.)

They’re planned for the entire system, but we’re putting them up at Marine Drive, Bridgeport, and Richmond-Brighouse Stations first.

So why are we doing this?

Well, the big Ts are part of our new wayfinding standards: that is, a new system of signage and information sharing to help you better plan trips and get around our system. It’s a really big project and we’re still hard at work on it.

As you also probably know, cities worldwide have similar markers to help wayward riders find transit services. For example, London has its famous red, blue, and white roundel logo to help you find transit.

How the Ts work


Artist’s rendering of alternate T markers for some stations. This is not the final location for this sign!

The large Ts, which are 1m square and stand 6m tall, are meant to guide you to a nearby station or exchange. Maps inside the transit facility will then help you figure out where you’re going.

But since a tall T beacon isn’t necessarily the best sign for all locations, we’ve also put together an alternate, shorter blade-type marker. It’s slated to have both the T and additional information.

By the way, the maps inside the stations and the alternate marker are also part of our new wayfinding system.


New maps at Richmond-Brighouse.

These new maps include a simplified regional transit network diagram, which has already begun to appear on the system.

There’s also a diagram showing the routes of buses leaving that specific facility and where to catch them, and a walking map showing destinations that can be reached on foot from that facility, for customers arriving on transit.

And these maps have already been installed at three Canada Line facilities: Marine Drive, Bridgeport, and Richmond-Brighouse.

So what’s next?


A station marker at Marine Drive.

Well, for the Olympics, we’re also hoping to get some Ts and other wayfinding signage installed in downtown Vancouver.

However, that project depends on installation and approval timelines — if we aren’t able to put them in by December 31, they will go up after the Olympics.

And for the future, we’re hoping to roll out these wayfinding elements further across the system.

But I’ll keep you posted on that — we’ve got to see just how much our current funding situation will allow us to do.

Let us know what you think!
Please let us know what you think of this signage — feel free to use the comments or the Buzzer’s e-mail address to send in your thoughts. Your feedback is more than welcome, and any questions will be passed on to the planning department for answers.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 07:15 AM   #3771
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Starting Monday, improvements made to 99 B-Line and Fraser bus route
Two new stops added and 60 foot buses added
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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Great news for Fraser Street and 99 B-Line transit users - starting tomorrow, TransLink will make your commute a little easier.

TransLink will replace the average 40 foot buses that run from Marine Drive into Downtown Vancouver along Fraser, with the 60 foot articulated trolley buses. This means more passengers can travel at one time.

Drew Snider with TransLink explains the changes are important because Fraser is a route that's known for heavy congestion and crowding - as more and more people are choosing public transit. "And so we've been working through the past couple of years, working through ways of making that route more efficient because we can't throw more buses on, we don't have more buses, but we can make it more efficient."

Another improvement to bus service will be on the 99 B-Line. Two more stops are being added; one at Broadway and Fraser and another at Broadway and Arbutus.

New routing for certain trips will also go in effect. The weather has also been affecting some routes, for that info click here.

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/m...13_190009_9316


So, starting tomorrow, 99B-Line will stop at Fraser and Arbutus.
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Its about time.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 03:45 AM   #3773
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Old December 17th, 2009, 04:15 AM   #3774
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yes, definitely about time. And I like the blue T.

We definitely need these signs up in time for the Olympics at all downtown stations, as well as City Hall, Metrotown, and Broadway/Commercial. Eventually, I would like to see the signs as the blue T on top, with a "line" designation right below it.

T
Skytrain Canada Line,

or
T
SkyTrain Millennium Line; for single line stops

T
SkyTrain Expo Line
SkyTrain Canada Line
West Coast Express
Seabus (for Waterfront)

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Old December 17th, 2009, 06:32 AM   #3775
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Hotrod, since you state (in your location) that you are also from Seattle, I'm wondering how Seattle implements their T in their LINK LRT system. I also agree that it's important to state the line/mode used. Just a slight correction on the colours, the Canada Line is a turquoise blue (which is rather unusual), West Coast Express is purple, and Seabus is grey.
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TransLink has given approval for procurement to proceed for a new ‘smart card’ fare collection system across all TransLink transit services, complemented by faregates that will be constructed on the Metro Vancouver SkyTrain and SeaBus systems. TransLink intends to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Smart Card and Faregate Project this month, followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the spring of 2010. Work is expected to be underway in 2010, with the new system operational in 2013.

Using a smart card will provide a more seamless travel experience for passengers accessing TransLink’s transit network including SkyTrain, SeaBus, buses and West Coast Express.

TransLink’s smart card will be similar to cards in use throughout the world including the ‘ORCA’ cards already in use in Seattle. The card itself is the size of a credit card and is embedded with a microchip. It will be available at all transit stations, and through other distribution channels, and will replace all other current forms of tickets and passes on TransLink’s system. Smart card holders will be able to “load” their cards in person, via phone or on the web, and then use it on all forms of transit in Metro Vancouver by “tagging on / tagging off” at an electronic reader as they board and exit transit vehicles.

“Our customers have told us that convenience is a major factor in choosing to take transit,” said CEO Ian Jarvis. “The addition of TransLink’s smart card fare collection system, with all of its features, will deliver that experience, putting technology at our fingertips that will boost transit efficiency and give us the ability to transform our whole fare system.”

Smart card readers will be installed near the doors on TransLink’s bus fleet. In the case of SkyTrain stations, the electronic readers will be incorporated into the faregates. Installation of faregates on SkyTrain also has overwhelming public support as it provides people with an additional sense of security on the system. Faregates also address some of the problems associated with fare evasion and will help TransLink capture additional revenues that are being lost.


The new fare collection system will generate valuable data that will help TransLink make transit services better and more efficient. There will be ridership statistics by the time of day and the day of the week for every route in the system, which will help TransLink refine hours of service, schedules and even the size of the bus used, to match customer demand.

While the current transit fare structure will remain in place when the new fare collection system debuts in 2013, the new technology will have the flexibility to allow for new fare options and a greater variety of price incentives to reward customer loyalty and attract new people to transit.

Part of the overall cost of the program will be for renovations in Expo Line SkyTrain stations to make room for faregates. The new Faregates must be accessible, but designed to prohibit “stile-jumping.’ The disabled community will be consulted in the new year on faregate design as the project gets underway.

Funding for the Smart Card and Faregate Project, first announced in April 2009, is a joint partnership between the Government of Canada, British Columbia and Translink. The Province is investing up to $40 million and the Government of Canada has agreed in principal to commit up to $30 million to a maximum of one-third of eligible costs in this project. TransLink will fund the balance of the project; the project budget is $171 million. The competitive procurement process will start with the issuance of the Request For Qualifications (RFQ), and then the process will continue through 2010.
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Fare Gates RFPs are out! Here's some important info:
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TransLink is replacing the current magnetic stripe fare collection system with a new smart card and faregate system. The new system will be implemented across its entire transit network and includes the installation of new faregates at SkyTrain stations and the SeaBus terminals.

The new fare collection system includes Ticket Vending Machines (TVM’s), Add Fare Machines (AFM’s) and interactive Information/Customer Panels with phones. The current Ticket Validating Units will not be required under the new fare collection system and will not be replaced.

Unlike the Millennium Line and Canada Line stations which were designed with the future installation of faregates in mind, the Expo Line stations and the SeaBus terminals do not include provisions for the installation of faregates. As a consequence, the Expo Line stations and the SeaBus terminals must be modified in order to accommodate the installation of the faregates.

The design, manufacture, installation and operation of the new fare collection system are addressed as part of a separate Request for Qualifications process. The scope of that separate assignment includes the
installation of the new equipment, including the faregates at all of the SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals.
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The new fare collection system is scheduled to commence operations in January 2013. In order to ensure that the SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals are prepared for the installation of the new fare collection
equipment to accommodate this timeline, TransLink requires architectural and engineering services for the modification of selected SkyTrain and SeaBus facilities. The requirement for these architectural and engineering services is the subject of the scope of work for this RFQ.

Specifically, the modifications required as part of the scope of work for architectural and engineering services involve all but four of the Expo Line stations as well as Lougheed and Commercial stations on the Millennium Line, and the SeaBus terminals. Modifications to Main Street / Science World,
Broadway, Metrotown and New Westminster stations on the Expo Line are being undertaken as part of separate initiatives within TransLink.

The modifications envisioned for the stations included in this scope of work range from relatively modest to significant renovation and station envelope additions. The later may also involve renovations to existing portions of station envelopes to achieve architectural integration.

For each station, successful Respondents will prepare a construction tender package. Respondents will participate in the evaluation of construction bids and will provide on-going services as required during the station construction process. The successful Respondents for this design phase will not be eligible to bid on the construction projects.

For the purpose of this procurement, the stations have been grouped into four Design Packages based on the type of work anticipated at each station. The Design Packages are described below.

TransLink has prepared conceptual functional configurations for each of the facilities included in this scope of work. These conceptual layouts are included as appendices to this RFQ and have been grouped according to their Design Package. The conceptual functional configurations included in the appendices were developed based on a set of design principles/criteria developed by TransLink. These design principles/criteria are summarized in a separate appendix to this RFQ

TransLink understands that other configurations may be possible within the constraints of the design principles / criteria and may entertain changes following the initiation of the station design program.

As part of the station design work included in this scope of work, it is anticipated that the design of some of the facilities will require involvement in a Development Approval Process and Construction Advisory Process. A description of the requirements for these processes is provided in an appendix to this RFQ.

Respondents may submit qualifications for up to four Design Packages but must submit separate qualifications documentation for each Design Package in accordance with Appendix 2. In no event will any firm be awarded more than two Design Packages.
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brief summary of the anticipated requirements at each station within the package. The following are requirements are considered as preliminary and are to be confirmed by the successful Respondent.

Design Package 1 consists of six facilities including five SkyTrain stations and a SeaBus terminal:

1. Granville Station
- Architectural – In both entrances repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, card reader and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required;
provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

2. Nanaimo Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as required.

3. 22nd Street Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as required.

4. King George Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as require

5. Commercial Drive Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install additional walker duct for fare gates; install conduits from walker duct, AFM’s, relocated Emergency Panel, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as required.


6. SeaBus Terminal, Lonsdale Quay
- Architectural – Repair and make good floor and wall finishes as required; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations for new TVM/Information Panel locations.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker duct for fare gates; install conduits from walker duct, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room;
install lighting above fare gate location; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.


Design Package 2 includes four SkyTrain stations:

1. Waterfront Station
- Architectural – Modifications to existing wall at fare gate location in East entrance; in both East and West entrances repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Modifications to existing structure above fare gates in East Entrance.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install air curtain above fare gates in East Entrance; in both East and West entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install
lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

2. Burrard Station
- Architectural – New elevator entrance enclosure; new canopy on West fašade; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new elevator entrance enclosure; structure for new canopy on West fašade.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room;
install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new elevator enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

3. Stadium/Chinatown Station
- Architectural – Install new TVM/Information Panel enclosure at Beatty Street entrance; in all entrances repair and make good floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural - Structure for new entrance enclosure on Pacific Boulevard; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

4. 29th Avenue Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes as required; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosures.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all three entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated and new TVM’s as required.

Design Package 3 includes four SkyTrain stations:

1. Joyce/Collingwood Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; install new TVM/Information Panel enclosures;
repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s
as required.

2. Patterson Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosure; install new TVM/Information Panel enclosures;
repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as
required.

3. Royal Oak Station
- Architectural –– New entrance enclosure and entry plaza; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker duct for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room;
install lighting in new entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

4. Edmonds Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosure and entry plaza; install new TVM/Information Panel enclosure; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, new and relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated
and new TVM’s as required.

Design Package 4 – includes five SkyTrain stations:

1. Columbia Station
- Architectural – In both entrances repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

2. Scott Road Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes;
install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosures.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, card reader, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

3. Gateway Station
- Architectural – New elevator entrance enclosure; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new elevator entrance enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gates as required and in new elevator entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

4. Surrey Central Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes;
install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosures.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

5. Lougheed Town Centre Station
- Architectural – Install new TVM/Information Panel enclosure; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker duct for fare gates on mezzanine level; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.
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Project Milestone Preliminary Schedule
Issue Design RFQ December 21, 2009
Design RFQ Close January 15, 2010
Notify Shortlisted Design Firms January 22, 2010
Issue Design RFPs to Shortlisted Firms January 25, 2010
Design RFP Closing Time February 11, 2010
Notify Preferred Design Firms for each Design Package March 1, 2010
Execute Contracts with Design Firms March 2010
Execution of Project Agreement with DBOM (equipment) December 2010
Station Construction 2011 and 2012
Equipment Installation (DBOM Contractor) June 2012 - December 2012
Commence Operations for New fare Collection System January 2013
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DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA

The conceptual functional configurations for the SkyTrain stations and the SeaBus terminals provided in a separated appendix have been based on best practice standards for the design of pedestrian environments as documented in reference manuals such as Dr. J Fruin’s “Pedestrian Planning and Design.” The resulting design principles have informed these conceptual design modifications:

1. The location of faregates should reinforce the direct flow of passengers to and from the platform(s) and reinforce the logical sequence of spaces and equipment.
2. Faregates should be located in close proximity to the station entrance(s) wherever possible to minimize the area of concourse not within the fare paid zone.
3. The provision of fare gate should not result in 180 degree turning movements. Where turning movements are introduced they should not be at platform level
4. Where possible right hand circulation should be reinforced.
5. Ticket Vending Machines (TVM’s) should be located inside existing station envelopes wherever possible. If they are located outside of station envelopes they should be secured by enclosures that allow lock down of equipment after operating hours.
6. Where possible modification of existing station envelopes and equipment locations should be minimized.
7. Wherever possible the surge spaces on either side of the fare gates should not overlap the surge spaces of other circulation components such as escalators.
8. Where possible single gate arrays should be provided at each station entrance.
9. Separate gate arrays for inbound and outbound platforms are acceptable and are consistent with the provisions made at the Millennium and Canada Lines stations.
10. The gate array calculations are based on normal operating scenarios. Crowd management is the assumed operating practice at event stations.
11. The location of gate arrays should not compromise CPTED principles such as maintaining clear sight lines and avoiding the creation of hidden spaces.
12. Remote elevator entrances should have gate arrays and all required equipment.
13. The minimum gate array should contain two normal and one handicapped faregate.
14. Where more than three faregates are required two handicapped faregates will be provided to insure handicapped access is always available.
15. The minimum Add Fare Machine (AFM) array should contain two AFM’s and one Information/Customer Assistance Panel.
16. Equipment gates should be provided wherever possible.

The technical specifications for various types of faregates from various manufacturers were reviewed. This review identified some variation in the height, width of console and width of gate between the various manufacturers. To facilitate the development of the conceptual functional configurations, a set of typical faregate footprints were developed which would accommodate the equipment regardless of supplier.

The typical gate array includes a standard access faregate, a handicapped access faregate A minimum gate array for primary entrances was established as consisting of two standard faregates, one handicapped faregate and an equipment gate. Through passenger queuing analysis and the review of pedestrian standards a minimum queue space of three metres was established on the fare paid side of the gate array. On the entrance side of the gate array a minimum of two metres and a preferred queue space
of three metres was established.

Multiple gate arrays were developed in a similar fashion noting that where more than three faregates were required, two would be handicapped access faregates and the balance standard faregates. This was done to ensure that under no likely scenario would a handicapped passenger be unable to enter/exit the fare paid zone.

A review of the Expo Line stations identified a number of locations where elevator access is not within the main station house or is remote from the primary point of entry to the station. For these locations a stand-alone elevator template was developed which utilized two handicapped faregates and the above standard queue spaces. The arrays where located such that the queue space would not overlap the queue/surge space for the elevator itself wherever possible.

The typical AFM array accommodates two AFMs and one Information/Customer Assistance Panel. The horizontal module for this array was set a 1250 mm to be consistent with the arrangement of existing
equipment and information panels in both the SkyTrain systems, including the Canada Line. An Information/Customer Assistance Panel is also to be incorporated on both sides of the faregate.
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The overall vision for the Project is to implement a comprehensive smart card fare payment system across all of TransLink’s public ransportation services and modes, along with faregates in SkyTrain (Expo, Millennium and Canada Line) stations and SeaBus terminals. TransLink is seeking a proven system solution with an excellent track record that effectively supports the Project objectives, that supports the current fare structure and products (see TransLink’s website for details), and that can readily accommodate future changes in fare policy and technology.

TransLink does not wish to be locked into proprietary or inflexible technology, and requires that the System be capable of incorporating other form factors and fare payment technologies including mobile near field communications (NFC) devices (e.g. NFC capable cellphones). TransLink also requires the capability to accept contactless EMV financial cards (e.g. PayPass and PayWave) at gates, validators and other equipment as fare payment options for visitors and other irregular users. Although the primary focus of the Project is on the delivery of a TransLink transit smart card and faregate system, TransLink is also interested in exploring:
• New and emerging fare collection approaches such as centralized account-based systems where the fare payment business rules and processing reside primarily in the central system, and new technologies such as “be-in/be-out” systems that determines if cardholder is on a bus and deduces where they boarded and alighted without the need for the customer to physically present a card to a reader.
Partnering opportunities (as appropriate) to accelerate implementation, reduce or share costs, generate new revenues, and provide opportunities to integrate with other payment systems such as parking, tolling, etc.

The System is expected to be placed into service by the end of 2012 and should have a minimum useful service life of at least 15 years. TransLink’s overall goal for the Project is that all existing paper and magnetic fare media will be replaced by a flexible, robust fare collection system that will improve data collection, increase system efficiency and effectiveness, improve fare revenue capture, speed passenger flow, provide new and convenient fare and payment options for customers, and provide new partnership and revenue generation opportunities for TransLink. Coupled with that would be
the realization of improvements for customer safety and security, and reduction of fare evasion through the installation of faregates in SkyTrain and SeaBus stations.

Specific Project objectives include:
• Improve data collection and processing, and provide improved management information to assess system performance and test new fare options.
• Improve customer safety and security, reduce fare evasion and improve public confidence in the system.
• Provide rapid fare processing to expedite the passenger boarding process.
• Support flexible pricing structures and fare products to encourage and manage transit system utilization, and serve the needs of different customers.
• Provide a system that can effectively accommodate future fare policy and structure changes as directed by TransLink. Utilize proven contactless (proximity) smart card technology that is widely supported in the market and provides flexibility to meet the needs of different programs and customers.
• Provide a highly reliable, available and secure system that minimizes maintenance requirements and effort.
• Provide a system that allows a customer to quickly and conveniently add value or transportation privileges to a card from any location.
• Implement an effective transition (from the current magnetic stripe system) plan that minimizes system disruption and customer inconvenience.
• Provide a robust, flexible system that can evolve and adapt over time as changes in technology and operations occur. he overall scope of the Project is expected to include:
Provision of smart card equipment and services across all of TransLink’s owned and contracted public transportation services and modes including rail, bus and SeaBus. This may include installation of smart card readers at all doors on buses to support all-door loading and “tap-on/tap-off” operation, a comprehensive smart card sales and distribution network, and equipment to allow TransLink police and fare inspection staff to inspect fares.
• Provision of faregates at all SkyTrain and SeaBus stations to control entry and exit. If it is not feasible to fully implement faregates at a specific Expo Line station by the time the Project is placed into service, temporary pole or wall-mounted smart card readers will be used until the faregates can be installed. Pole or wall mounted readers will also be used at West Coast Express stations.
• Provision of customer service, financial processing, data processing, and equipment maintenance services as part of the operations and maintenance of the Project. This excludes first-line maintenance of bus equipment (to be provided by CMBC), provision of on-site customer service staff in SkyTrain stations (to be provided by BCRTC for the Expo and Millennium Line stations, and ProTrans for the Canada Line stations).

The Project is expected to include:
• The design, implementation, testing, commissioning and acceptance of the System.
• The operation and maintenance of the System.
• The transition of the System to TransLink or a successor System operator at the end of the Project. The Project is expected to include the design, implementation, testing, commissioning and acceptance of all equipment, systems and operating services such that the new System can be placed into service. These services are expected to include:
• Provision of design, project management, contract administration, implementation, testing, certification, training and transition (to new equipment and systems) services.
• Supply of industry standard smart cards in both conventional (plastic encased) and limited use form.
• Supply of smart card fare collection, validation and inspection equipment for all of TransLink’s public transportation modes.
• Supply of faregate and associated equipment and systems for all SkyTrain lines and
SeaBus terminals.
• Supply of customer assistance kiosks at stations and terminals to provide remote customer assistance (e.g. diagnose a card problem, open a gate, etc.).
• Site preparation and installation of communications and electrical cabling as required to install and support equipment provided under the Project. Major work (station architectural upgrades, power system upgrades, major duct and conduit work) is expected to be done by others.
• Installation, testing and commissioning of all equipment and systems.
• Provision of a comprehensive smart card sales and distribution network to make it easy and convenient for customers to obtain a smart card and add value or transportation privileges as needed. This may include providing services and support to TransLink’s FareDealer network (retailers that currently sell TransLink fare media).
• Provision of financial acquirer or gateway services to accept VISA and MasterCard credit card payment and Interac debit card processing.
• Integration with existing SkyTrain data communications networks and infrastructure, supply of new communications networks and connections to all bus garages and West Coast Express stations, and supply of any additional communications as required to support operation of the Project.
• Supply, licensing and configuration of all system software and central computer and back-office components.

Existing bus farebox equipment and systems are not included in the Project, and respondents should assume that bus smart card equipment will be installed in a “stand-beside” (non-integrated) configuration with all required smart card system components supplied as part of the Project.For the duration of the System operation and maintenance, the Project is expected to provide the systems and services necessary to provide the following operations functions:
• Manage all smart cards and smart card accounts.
• Provide card registration and lost and stolen card value protection.
• Provide telephone, Internet and other channel customer service for general inquiries and customer assistance, as well as audio-visual interactive response for customer service kiosks at rail stations.
• Coordinate as required with BCRTC and ProTrans to dispatch on-site personnel to customer issues that cannot be resolved remotely.
• Support sales and revalue (reload) network and functions.
• Manage and maintain all information technology components, devices and networks within the control of the contractor.
• Provide credit card and debit card acquirer services, and manage all credit and debit card activity.
• Provide data management, reporting and system configuration management.
• Conduct internal financial, security and systems audits, and support audits from
TransLink or other authorized external agencies.
• Maintain compliance with the laws and rules of British Columbia, TransLink fare policy, and financial entity rules.
Maintenance services are expected to include at a minimum:
• Maintaining all equipment in a serviceable condition such that it meets performance requirements for the duration of the Project Agreement.
• “Depot maintenance” (repair and replace) of malfunctioning smart card bus equipment. First line maintenance (device cleaning, minor troubleshooting, and device removal and replacement) will be conducted by the applicable bus operating company.
• On-site maintenance and revenue servicing of fare collection equipment in rail stations.
• Provision of equipment and systems as needed to manage the network and maintain and track device inventory.
• Supply of additional units of equipment throughout the life of the Project Agreement to replace damaged units and accommodate transit fleet expansion.
• Refresh of central system hardware and software on a reasonable basis to
accommodate advances in technology and current versions of software and systems.
• Maintenance of all software in the system and administration of patches, bug fixes, and configuration changes as required.
• Implementation of system capacity upgrades as required to accommodate transit system and ridership growth over time.
• Ongoing software and system development, testing, change management and configuration management services.
• Ongoing security monitoring and threat and risk mitigation and response.
• Day-to-day project management, reporting and contract administration.
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New Fare Gates, Smart Card System, and Fare Collection System for Jan 2013: TransLink (Vancouver)

Fare Gates RFPs are out! Here's some important info:
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TransLink is replacing the current magnetic stripe fare collection system with a new smart card and faregate system. The new system will be implemented across its entire transit network and includes the installation of new faregates at SkyTrain stations and the SeaBus terminals.

The new fare collection system includes Ticket Vending Machines (TVM’s), Add Fare Machines (AFM’s) and interactive Information/Customer Panels with phones. The current Ticket Validating Units will not be required under the new fare collection system and will not be replaced.

Unlike the Millennium Line and Canada Line stations which were designed with the future installation of faregates in mind, the Expo Line stations and the SeaBus terminals do not include provisions for the installation of faregates. As a consequence, the Expo Line stations and the SeaBus terminals must be modified in order to accommodate the installation of the faregates.

The design, manufacture, installation and operation of the new fare collection system are addressed as part of a separate Request for Qualifications process. The scope of that separate assignment includes the
installation of the new equipment, including the faregates at all of the SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals.
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SCOPE

The new fare collection system is scheduled to commence operations in January 2013. In order to ensure that the SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals are prepared for the installation of the new fare collection
equipment to accommodate this timeline, TransLink requires architectural and engineering services for the modification of selected SkyTrain and SeaBus facilities. The requirement for these architectural and engineering services is the subject of the scope of work for this RFQ.

Specifically, the modifications required as part of the scope of work for architectural and engineering services involve all but four of the Expo Line stations as well as Lougheed and Commercial stations on the Millennium Line, and the SeaBus terminals. Modifications to Main Street / Science World,
Broadway, Metrotown and New Westminster stations on the Expo Line are being undertaken as part of separate initiatives within TransLink.

The modifications envisioned for the stations included in this scope of work range from relatively modest to significant renovation and station envelope additions. The later may also involve renovations to existing portions of station envelopes to achieve architectural integration.

For each station, successful Respondents will prepare a construction tender package. Respondents will participate in the evaluation of construction bids and will provide on-going services as required during the station construction process. The successful Respondents for this design phase will not be eligible to bid on the construction projects.

For the purpose of this procurement, the stations have been grouped into four Design Packages based on the type of work anticipated at each station. The Design Packages are described below.

TransLink has prepared conceptual functional configurations for each of the facilities included in this scope of work. These conceptual layouts are included as appendices to this RFQ and have been grouped according to their Design Package. The conceptual functional configurations included in the appendices were developed based on a set of design principles/criteria developed by TransLink. These design principles/criteria are summarized in a separate appendix to this RFQ

TransLink understands that other configurations may be possible within the constraints of the design principles / criteria and may entertain changes following the initiation of the station design program.

As part of the station design work included in this scope of work, it is anticipated that the design of some of the facilities will require involvement in a Development Approval Process and Construction Advisory Process. A description of the requirements for these processes is provided in an appendix to this RFQ.

Respondents may submit qualifications for up to four Design Packages but must submit separate qualifications documentation for each Design Package in accordance with Appendix 2. In no event will any firm be awarded more than two Design Packages.
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The four Design Packages are outlined below along with a
brief summary of the anticipated requirements at each station within the package. The following are requirements are considered as preliminary and are to be confirmed by the successful Respondent.

Design Package 1 consists of six facilities including five SkyTrain stations and a SeaBus terminal:

1. Granville Station
- Architectural – In both entrances repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, card reader and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required;
provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

2. Nanaimo Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as required.

3. 22nd Street Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as required.

4. King George Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as require

5. Commercial Drive Station
- Architectural – Repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install additional walker duct for fare gates; install conduits from walker duct, AFM’s, relocated Emergency Panel, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, and AFM’s as required.


6. SeaBus Terminal, Lonsdale Quay
- Architectural – Repair and make good floor and wall finishes as required; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations for new TVM/Information Panel locations.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker duct for fare gates; install conduits from walker duct, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room;
install lighting above fare gate location; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.


Design Package 2 includes four SkyTrain stations:

1. Waterfront Station
- Architectural – Modifications to existing wall at fare gate location in East entrance; in both East and West entrances repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Modifications to existing structure above fare gates in East Entrance.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install air curtain above fare gates in East Entrance; in both East and West entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install
lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

2. Burrard Station
- Architectural – New elevator entrance enclosure; new canopy on West fašade; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new elevator entrance enclosure; structure for new canopy on West fašade.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room;
install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new elevator enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

3. Stadium/Chinatown Station
- Architectural – Install new TVM/Information Panel enclosure at Beatty Street entrance; in all entrances repair and make good floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural - Structure for new entrance enclosure on Pacific Boulevard; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

4. 29th Avenue Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes as required; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosures.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all three entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated and new TVM’s as required.

Design Package 3 includes four SkyTrain stations:

1. Joyce/Collingwood Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; install new TVM/Information Panel enclosures;
repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s
as required.

2. Patterson Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosure; install new TVM/Information Panel enclosures;
repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as
required.

3. Royal Oak Station
- Architectural –– New entrance enclosure and entry plaza; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker duct for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room;
install lighting in new entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

4. Edmonds Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosure and entry plaza; install new TVM/Information Panel enclosure; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosure; foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, new and relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated
and new TVM’s as required.

Design Package 4 – includes five SkyTrain stations:

1. Columbia Station
- Architectural – In both entrances repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – None.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

2. Scott Road Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes;
install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosures.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In all entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, card reader, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required and in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

3. Gateway Station
- Architectural – New elevator entrance enclosure; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new elevator entrance enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gates as required and in new elevator entrance enclosure; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

4. Surrey Central Station
- Architectural – New entrance enclosures; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes;
install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations and structure for new entrance enclosures.
- Mechanical/Electrical – In both entrances install walker ducts for fare gates; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting in new entrance enclosures; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.

5. Lougheed Town Centre Station
- Architectural – Install new TVM/Information Panel enclosure; repair and make good all floor and wall finishes; install new way finding and information signage/panels.
- Structural – Foundations for new TVM/Information Panel enclosure.
- Mechanical/Electrical – Install walker duct for fare gates on mezzanine level; install conduits from walker ducts, AFM’s, relocated TVM’s, and Information/Customer Assistance Panels to electrical room; install lighting above fare gate locations as required; provide CCTV camera coverage of the fare gates, AFM’s and relocated TVM’s as required.
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Project Milestone Preliminary Schedule
Issue Design RFQ December 21, 2009
Design RFQ Close January 15, 2010
Notify Shortlisted Design Firms January 22, 2010
Issue Design RFPs to Shortlisted Firms January 25, 2010
Design RFP Closing Time February 11, 2010
Notify Preferred Design Firms for each Design Package March 1, 2010
Execute Contracts with Design Firms March 2010
Execution of Project Agreement with DBOM (equipment) December 2010
Station Construction 2011 and 2012
Equipment Installation (DBOM Contractor) June 2012 - December 2012
Commence Operations for New fare Collection System January 2013
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DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA

The conceptual functional configurations for the SkyTrain stations and the SeaBus terminals provided in a separated appendix have been based on best practice standards for the design of pedestrian environments as documented in reference manuals such as Dr. J Fruin’s “Pedestrian Planning and Design.” The resulting design principles have informed these conceptual design modifications:

1. The location of faregates should reinforce the direct flow of passengers to and from the platform(s) and reinforce the logical sequence of spaces and equipment.
2. Faregates should be located in close proximity to the station entrance(s) wherever possible to minimize the area of concourse not within the fare paid zone.
3. The provision of fare gate should not result in 180 degree turning movements. Where turning movements are introduced they should not be at platform level
4. Where possible right hand circulation should be reinforced.
5. Ticket Vending Machines (TVM’s) should be located inside existing station envelopes wherever possible. If they are located outside of station envelopes they should be secured by enclosures that allow lock down of equipment after operating hours.
6. Where possible modification of existing station envelopes and equipment locations should be minimized.
7. Wherever possible the surge spaces on either side of the fare gates should not overlap the surge spaces of other circulation components such as escalators.
8. Where possible single gate arrays should be provided at each station entrance.
9. Separate gate arrays for inbound and outbound platforms are acceptable and are consistent with the provisions made at the Millennium and Canada Lines stations.
10. The gate array calculations are based on normal operating scenarios. Crowd management is the assumed operating practice at event stations.
11. The location of gate arrays should not compromise CPTED principles such as maintaining clear sight lines and avoiding the creation of hidden spaces.
12. Remote elevator entrances should have gate arrays and all required equipment.
13. The minimum gate array should contain two normal and one handicapped faregate.
14. Where more than three faregates are required two handicapped faregates will be provided to insure handicapped access is always available.
15. The minimum Add Fare Machine (AFM) array should contain two AFM’s and one Information/Customer Assistance Panel.
16. Equipment gates should be provided wherever possible.

The technical specifications for various types of faregates from various manufacturers were reviewed. This review identified some variation in the height, width of console and width of gate between the various manufacturers. To facilitate the development of the conceptual functional configurations, a set of typical faregate footprints were developed which would accommodate the equipment regardless of supplier.

The typical gate array includes a standard access faregate, a handicapped access faregate A minimum gate array for primary entrances was established as consisting of two standard faregates, one handicapped faregate and an equipment gate. Through passenger queuing analysis and the review of pedestrian standards a minimum queue space of three metres was established on the fare paid side of the gate array. On the entrance side of the gate array a minimum of two metres and a preferred queue space
of three metres was established.

Multiple gate arrays were developed in a similar fashion noting that where more than three faregates were required, two would be handicapped access faregates and the balance standard faregates. This was done to ensure that under no likely scenario would a handicapped passenger be unable to enter/exit the fare paid zone.

A review of the Expo Line stations identified a number of locations where elevator access is not within the main station house or is remote from the primary point of entry to the station. For these locations a stand-alone elevator template was developed which utilized two handicapped faregates and the above standard queue spaces. The arrays where located such that the queue space would not overlap the queue/surge space for the elevator itself wherever possible.

The typical AFM array accommodates two AFMs and one Information/Customer Assistance Panel. The horizontal module for this array was set a 1250 mm to be consistent with the arrangement of existing
equipment and information panels in both the SkyTrain systems, including the Canada Line. An Information/Customer Assistance Panel is also to be incorporated on both sides of the faregate.
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The overall vision for the Project is to implement a comprehensive smart card fare payment system across all of TransLink’s public ransportation services and modes, along with faregates in SkyTrain (Expo, Millennium and Canada Line) stations and SeaBus terminals. TransLink is seeking a proven system solution with an excellent track record that effectively supports the Project objectives, that supports the current fare structure and products (see TransLink’s website for details), and that can readily accommodate future changes in fare policy and technology.

TransLink does not wish to be locked into proprietary or inflexible technology, and requires that the System be capable of incorporating other form factors and fare payment technologies including mobile near field communications (NFC) devices (e.g. NFC capable cellphones). TransLink also requires the capability to accept contactless EMV financial cards (e.g. PayPass and PayWave) at gates, validators and other equipment as fare payment options for visitors and other irregular users. Although the primary focus of the Project is on the delivery of a TransLink transit smart card and faregate system, TransLink is also interested in exploring:
• New and emerging fare collection approaches such as centralized account-based systems where the fare payment business rules and processing reside primarily in the central system, and new technologies such as “be-in/be-out” systems that determines if cardholder is on a bus and deduces where they boarded and alighted without the need for the customer to physically present a card to a reader.
Partnering opportunities (as appropriate) to accelerate implementation, reduce or share costs, generate new revenues, and provide opportunities to integrate with other payment systems such as parking, tolling, etc.

The System is expected to be placed into service by the end of 2012 and should have a minimum useful service life of at least 15 years. TransLink’s overall goal for the Project is that all existing paper and magnetic fare media will be replaced by a flexible, robust fare collection system that will improve data collection, increase system efficiency and effectiveness, improve fare revenue capture, speed passenger flow, provide new and convenient fare and payment options for customers, and provide new partnership and revenue generation opportunities for TransLink. Coupled with that would be
the realization of improvements for customer safety and security, and reduction of fare evasion through the installation of faregates in SkyTrain and SeaBus stations.

Specific Project objectives include:
• Improve data collection and processing, and provide improved management information to assess system performance and test new fare options.
• Improve customer safety and security, reduce fare evasion and improve public confidence in the system.
• Provide rapid fare processing to expedite the passenger boarding process.
• Support flexible pricing structures and fare products to encourage and manage transit system utilization, and serve the needs of different customers.
• Provide a system that can effectively accommodate future fare policy and structure changes as directed by TransLink. Utilize proven contactless (proximity) smart card technology that is widely supported in the market and provides flexibility to meet the needs of different programs and customers.
• Provide a highly reliable, available and secure system that minimizes maintenance requirements and effort.
• Provide a system that allows a customer to quickly and conveniently add value or transportation privileges to a card from any location.
• Implement an effective transition (from the current magnetic stripe system) plan that minimizes system disruption and customer inconvenience.
• Provide a robust, flexible system that can evolve and adapt over time as changes in technology and operations occur. he overall scope of the Project is expected to include:
Provision of smart card equipment and services across all of TransLink’s owned and contracted public transportation services and modes including rail, bus and SeaBus. This may include installation of smart card readers at all doors on buses to support all-door loading and “tap-on/tap-off” operation, a comprehensive smart card sales and distribution network, and equipment to allow TransLink police and fare inspection staff to inspect fares.
• Provision of faregates at all SkyTrain and SeaBus stations to control entry and exit. If it is not feasible to fully implement faregates at a specific Expo Line station by the time the Project is placed into service, temporary pole or wall-mounted smart card readers will be used until the faregates can be installed. Pole or wall mounted readers will also be used at West Coast Express stations.
• Provision of customer service, financial processing, data processing, and equipment maintenance services as part of the operations and maintenance of the Project. This excludes first-line maintenance of bus equipment (to be provided by CMBC), provision of on-site customer service staff in SkyTrain stations (to be provided by BCRTC for the Expo and Millennium Line stations, and ProTrans for the Canada Line stations).

The Project is expected to include:
• The design, implementation, testing, commissioning and acceptance of the System.
• The operation and maintenance of the System.
• The transition of the System to TransLink or a successor System operator at the end of the Project. The Project is expected to include the design, implementation, testing, commissioning and acceptance of all equipment, systems and operating services such that the new System can be placed into service. These services are expected to include:
• Provision of design, project management, contract administration, implementation, testing, certification, training and transition (to new equipment and systems) services.
• Supply of industry standard smart cards in both conventional (plastic encased) and limited use form.
• Supply of smart card fare collection, validation and inspection equipment for all of TransLink’s public transportation modes.
• Supply of faregate and associated equipment and systems for all SkyTrain lines and
SeaBus terminals.
• Supply of customer assistance kiosks at stations and terminals to provide remote customer assistance (e.g. diagnose a card problem, open a gate, etc.).
• Site preparation and installation of communications and electrical cabling as required to install and support equipment provided under the Project. Major work (station architectural upgrades, power system upgrades, major duct and conduit work) is expected to be done by others.
• Installation, testing and commissioning of all equipment and systems.
• Provision of a comprehensive smart card sales and distribution network to make it easy and convenient for customers to obtain a smart card and add value or transportation privileges as needed. This may include providing services and support to TransLink’s FareDealer network (retailers that currently sell TransLink fare media).
• Provision of financial acquirer or gateway services to accept VISA and MasterCard credit card payment and Interac debit card processing.
• Integration with existing SkyTrain data communications networks and infrastructure, supply of new communications networks and connections to all bus garages and West Coast Express stations, and supply of any additional communications as required to support operation of the Project.
• Supply, licensing and configuration of all system software and central computer and back-office components.

Existing bus farebox equipment and systems are not included in the Project, and respondents should assume that bus smart card equipment will be installed in a “stand-beside” (non-integrated) configuration with all required smart card system components supplied as part of the Project.For the duration of the System operation and maintenance, the Project is expected to provide the systems and services necessary to provide the following operations functions:
• Manage all smart cards and smart card accounts.
• Provide card registration and lost and stolen card value protection.
• Provide telephone, Internet and other channel customer service for general inquiries and customer assistance, as well as audio-visual interactive response for customer service kiosks at rail stations.
• Coordinate as required with BCRTC and ProTrans to dispatch on-site personnel to customer issues that cannot be resolved remotely.
• Support sales and revalue (reload) network and functions.
• Manage and maintain all information technology components, devices and networks within the control of the contractor.
• Provide credit card and debit card acquirer services, and manage all credit and debit card activity.
• Provide data management, reporting and system configuration management.
• Conduct internal financial, security and systems audits, and support audits from
TransLink or other authorized external agencies.
• Maintain compliance with the laws and rules of British Columbia, TransLink fare policy, and financial entity rules.
Maintenance services are expected to include at a minimum:
• Maintaining all equipment in a serviceable condition such that it meets performance requirements for the duration of the Project Agreement.
• “Depot maintenance” (repair and replace) of malfunctioning smart card bus equipment. First line maintenance (device cleaning, minor troubleshooting, and device removal and replacement) will be conducted by the applicable bus operating company.
• On-site maintenance and revenue servicing of fare collection equipment in rail stations.
• Provision of equipment and systems as needed to manage the network and maintain and track device inventory.
• Supply of additional units of equipment throughout the life of the Project Agreement to replace damaged units and accommodate transit fleet expansion.
• Refresh of central system hardware and software on a reasonable basis to
accommodate advances in technology and current versions of software and systems.
• Maintenance of all software in the system and administration of patches, bug fixes, and configuration changes as required.
• Implementation of system capacity upgrades as required to accommodate transit system and ridership growth over time.
• Ongoing software and system development, testing, change management and configuration management services.
• Ongoing security monitoring and threat and risk mitigation and response.
• Day-to-day project management, reporting and contract administration.
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Hotrod, since you state (in your location) that you are also from Seattle, I'm wondering how Seattle implements their T in their LINK LRT system. I also agree that it's important to state the line/mode used. Just a slight correction on the colours, the Canada Line is a turquoise blue (which is rather unusual), West Coast Express is purple, and Seabus is grey.
D, yes I am from Seattle but I dont ride the Link because it goes nowhere I need to go (and certainly isn't any faster). You should see how empty it is.

But next time I can, I will try to get some pics of some of the stations so we can see 'our' wayfinder. I think they exist, but Link is nowhere as extensive as SkyTrain - it's really just a novelty in ALL honesty.
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Great news for the Canada Line, linking downtown Vancouver with YVR-Airport and downtown Richmond. There were many skeptics of the 100 000 ridership mark, but it looks like they are proven quite wrong.

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Canada Line daily ridership breaks 100,000 occasionally, average at 92,852 including weekends!
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Vancouver — From Tuesday's Globe and Mail Published on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 8:34PM EST Last updated on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 8:35PM EST

The Canada Line earned Ryan Campbell's affection by sparing him the daily ordeal of taking four buses and walking two kilometres to get to his job in Richmond.

Much of that grind for the 20-year-old West Vancouver resident has been erased by the $2-billion system, which began running last August and is the first in Canada to link a downtown to its airport.

But it's the line past the airport to central Richmond that cheers Mr. Campbell.

On a chill, blustery December night, Mr. Campbell is far from the airport, disembarking from Richmond-Brighouse – the southernmost station – for a quick walk to his customer service job at a London Drugs outlet.

“It's perfect,” Mr. Campbell said when asked about his views of the Line. “If [the Canada Line] wasn't around, I couldn't make it to this place I'm working at so easily.”

Because of stops through Richmond and at such Vancouver-area fixtures as the airport, City Hall, the burgeoning Olympic Village neighbourhood, Yaletown and the downtown SeaBus terminal, the Canada Line has picked up considerable support.

Daily Canada Line ridership has occasionally topped 100,000, which is the break-even threshold for the system covering its operating costs. That level comes about three years ahead of schedule.

Including weekends, the Canada Line is averaging 92,852 riders a day, said Steve Crombie, spokesman for InTransitBC, builder and operator of the system.

“The trend is increasing. We've been seeing weekly increases since the line started,” he said.

Critics focus on the fact that the Canada Line came before the much-needed Evergreen Line to the northeast, the devastating impact of street-gouging construction on businesses in the Cambie Village area of central Vancouver, and that some bus routes were trimmed or eliminated as a result of its opening.

But the line is crowded with its fans.

They include Steven Nelson, a 34-year-old Bell Canada technician who is in the Lower Mainland from Toronto these days for work related to the 2010 Olympics.

Mr. Nelson, also disembarking at Richmond-Brighouse, said that without the line he would have been relying on buses to get to work, which he suggested was not an enticing prospect.

“Overall, I think the service is great.”

Gordon Price, a six-term Vancouver city councillor who is now director of the city program at Simon Fraser University, said things appear to be going “pretty damn well” for the system.

He said he has been struck by the number of passengers toting and pushing their luggage. Mr. Price said he was skeptical business travellers would be interested in taking a system that compelled them to take their luggage to and from the stations.

“What I hadn't taken into account was the downsizing of luggage to carry-on and wheels. You can sure see it, pretty dramatic,” he said. “It brought a class of people, who normally didn't take transit into their thinking and got them aboard … both literally and enthusiastically.”

Mr. Price has been using the line to get from his home in Vancouver's West End to the downtown campus of SFU, taking a bus to the Vancouver-City Centre stop for the line.

“It's kind of an enjoyable trip in the sense that I get to see that transit culture in action, which I kind of enjoy.”

He also uses it to get to Vancouver City Hall, the airport, and has used it to go for dim sum at the critically acclaimed Chinese restaurants in Richmond.

His one big criticism: No station in the midst of the shops, restaurants and other businesses of bustling Cambie Village.

“Particularly after the hardship they went through, it would have made sense,” he said.
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