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Old January 2nd, 2014, 10:24 PM   #3981
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Bombardier to operate Vancouver commuter service
02 Jan 2014



CANADA: Vancouver regional transport authority TransLink has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to operate West Coast Express commuter rail services from May 2014. The C$17m contract runs for five years, with options for three additional five-year periods.

West Coast Express was launched in 1995 and now carries more than 2·8 million passengers/year on a 68 km route between Mission and central Vancouver. Five services run into the city on weekday mornings, returning in the evening. Services are operated using 44 locomotive-hauled Bombardier BiLevel double-deck coaches.

'We're extremely pleased to expand our long standing relationship with Bombardier as a vehicle and technology provider, to now include rail operations', said Fred Cummings, President & General Manager of TransLink operating company British Columbia Rapid Transit Co Ltd.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:03 AM   #3982
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I wonder if Bombardier will aim to introduce new rolling stock and provide better service intervals?
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 08:00 AM   #3983
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I wonder if Bombardier will aim to introduce new rolling stock and provide better service intervals?
Is there a need for more service runs?
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Old January 27th, 2014, 04:56 AM   #3984
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Evergreen Line update.. At Lougheed Station

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Old January 27th, 2014, 04:58 AM   #3985
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Old April 19th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #3986
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A big picture on Rapid Transit Study for Surrey, taken from Translink website:

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Old May 6th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #3987
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From Global Rail News:

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Bombardier takes over operation of BC commuter line
6 MAY, 2014

Bombardier has begun a five-year operating contract for British Columbia’s West Coast Express commuter rail system.

As well as supplying the double-deck carriages that makes up the West Coast Express fleet, Bombardier will now operate the system for British Columbia Rapid Transit Co. Ltd (BCRTC) – an operating subsidiary of TransLink.

The system, which serves British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region, opened in 1995 and connects Vancouver with Mission City.

Raymond Bachant, president of Bombardier Transportation Americas, said: “Bombardier is proud to support and partner with West Coast Express in its efforts to further enhance its reputation for reliability and outstanding customer service.

“All our employees are committed to offering safe, high-quality, on-time train performance to the passengers of West Coast Express”
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Old May 9th, 2014, 06:24 PM   #3988
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a great! i like it
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Old May 11th, 2014, 05:59 AM   #3989
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Vancouver should be commended for its fantastic transit system. I had a friend who visited recently and had rave reviews about frequency, convenience, etc. Portland and Seattle should look to Vancouver as a model
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Vancouver should be commended for its fantastic transit system. I had a friend who visited recently and had rave reviews about frequency, convenience, etc. Portland and Seattle should look to Vancouver as a model
And Vancouver is not even the best one in Canada.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 05:37 PM   #3991
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Portland and Seattle have never hosted the Olympics. Fancy rail lines come with the territory when you do. I think they should just keep going at their own rate and they'll be fine.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #3992
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In fairness, only one of Vancouver's rapid transit lines - the Canada line which is also the shortest and least frequent - was built in conjunction with Olympics. The oldest one was opened almost 30 years ago back in 1985 for the 1986 World Fair. Seattle also had a World Fair in 1962 at which time it built the Monorail. The 2nd of Vancouver's line's as well as a 4th currently under construction are not tied to major events.

Considering the network Portland has developed without aid of either event, I'm not sure that sticking to its own pace is the best advice for Seattle. I'm pleased they're starting to make progress but I'd suggest picking the pace up a little.
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In fairness, only one of Vancouver's rapid transit lines - the Canada line which is also the shortest and least frequent - was built in conjunction with Olympics. The oldest one was opened almost 30 years ago back in 1985 for the 1986 World Fair. Seattle also had a World Fair in 1962 at which time it built the Monorail. The 2nd of Vancouver's line's as well as a 4th currently under construction are not tied to major events.

Considering the network Portland has developed without aid of either event, I'm not sure that sticking to its own pace is the best advice for Seattle. I'm pleased they're starting to make progress but I'd suggest picking the pace up a little.
Well that's still one more line than they had before put on the fast track.
A large portion of what's currently being built in Seattle is underground and sometimes under a body of water as is the case with the Capitol Hill to Udist segment. This takes much longer to build than above ground for obvious reasons. We'd all like the pace to improve but things are moving along.
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Old May 24th, 2014, 10:57 AM   #3994
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Latest progress on Evergreen Line - installed columns:

Completed Evergreen Line Columns by TranBC, on Flickr

Inside of tunnel under Snake Hill:

Conveyor System by TranBC, on Flickr

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Evergreen Line Materials by TranBC, on Flickr
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Old June 8th, 2014, 08:47 PM   #3995
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Here is a video I shot a while back of the Vancouver Skytrain system.
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Video about Translink's plans for the future:

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A look on new Lougheed Town Centre Station entrance for Evegreen Line:


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Testing pilot queuing system on BRT 99 B-Line in Vancover. This testing was made in January at Commercial-Broadway Station and it will be fully introduced here, as Translink said, by early September:

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Old August 26th, 2014, 09:03 PM   #3999
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True.

Mind you, I do not understand why they do not connect the 2 ferry terminals to the system. Just imagine the rise in foot traffic BC Ferries would see. (The rail lines are close to both terminals)
Because they are incredibly far away...They're served by bus, that's good enough for the foreseeable future.
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August 28th North Road update:

They're currently in the process of improving Clarke Road from North Road to Como Lake Avenue: constructing new median islands, adding new sidewalks, installing new traffic signals at Clarke Road and Como Lake Avenue, and widening Clarke Road at Como Lake Avenue to facilitate new left turn bays and a new right turn lane from southbound Clarke onto westbound Como Lake. Burquitlam is about to look a lot better.

They've started erecting the platform shelter at Burquitlam Station:
[IMG]http://i62.************/t50i8k.jpg[/IMG]

North Road looking south. Guideway construction has reached the column directly to the left of me (just out of the picture) as you will soon see:
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Across from the McDonalds:
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A few snaps of the infamous curve at Lougheed:
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Over White Spot:
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Hopefully it won't be too loud when trains start traversing the curve, or else it'd be pretty unpleasant for diners underneath.
[IMG]http://i60.************/33cp748.jpg[/IMG]

The other side. Notice the infamous grade differential between the tracks.
[IMG]http://i59.************/2wdccqd.jpg[/IMG]

Lougheed bus loop:
[IMG]http://i59.************/eh111d.jpg[/IMG]

Still looks a little awkward to me.
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Back on North Road and Gatineau Avenue looking north. As you can see there are five column segments to go until the guideway meets up with the steel beams.
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North Road at Austin Avenue looking north.
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