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Old June 3rd, 2006, 09:38 AM   #1141
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i asked this in the "bridges" section as well - under the vancouver bridges

but i was wondering are there any renderings for the River crossing? will it be a fancy bridge like the one from new west to surrey?

or something more simple?

any renderings yet?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 10:14 AM   #1142
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i have skimmed through so this may be similiar info

I believe the new skytrain cars are configured the way they are with the seats is because they did a survey and they found people did not like staring at each other across the train as they do in the old seating config.

and wow about the braodway plans - its about time they added a new southern entrance

and i drove past the sapperton station tonight and they have built a new stair case from the over pass brdige down to the street level - still under construction actually - but it is there now

I am wondering how the anvil will fit into that small space - is the old skytrain walk way going to go through the anvil? or beside it?

i guess the new staircase was put in to handle whatever development is going in on the old Labatts brewery site - which is completely gone now

and I remember seeing a station in new west called WOODLANDS - it said "future" station

is that still going to happen? or will they wait for more ridership from it?

the vidtoria hill development would be the main are served by the station - and it is awfully close to columbia

i wonder how they would construct the station - were any elements put in place when construction happenned years ago?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 10:38 AM   #1143
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ok three more questions - i really should just go on teh system and see for myself

1 - is the new pender street entrance for granville station open now?

2 - are the new tv screens in place yet at burrard?

3 - they really should put some kind of over pass from VCC Clark to the home depot side - do you think it would be useful?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 11:06 AM   #1144
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ok i found a rendering



wanted to ask another question

i never use skytrain - cause i have no need for the most part but i used to in the past

anyway - a few years ago when commuting to downtown for a course the skytrain had trains that only stopped at a few stations between burrard and surrey - ie it skipped past a lot of stations without stopping - to act as an "express" car - it seemed it was only a few cars

do they still have that for rush hour?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 12:19 PM   #1145
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A lot will be happening at the Broadway/Commercial Station over the next 12 months:


BROADWAY STATION
- Replace metal screens and construct new dumpster enclosure
- Relocate elevator to south end of station
- Open a new 10th Ave entrance to the south with a new circulation stair
- Create a new bicycle storage facility (Bike Station)
- Remove 2 bays of east station wall at platform level
- Cover the underside of the passarelle
- Widen existing passarelle (pedetrian bridge over Broadway)
- Upgrade existing roof with skylights to encourage daylighting
- Replace existing roof structure with new canopy design
- Improve area wayfinding, signage and lighting
- Community Safety Office

For more details and diagrams: http://www.translink.bc.ca/files/pdf..._Materials.pdf

Construction begins Summer 2006 and ends Spring 2007.
wow

Will the safeway be constructed like now and open in 2007? or is it longer than that? the pdf seems to be full of so much info.

I think moving the elevator is one the simplest and best ideas for sure. Even opening up two of the things in the concrete wall be a great thing.

SO i looked at the metrotown plan but nothing is there yet. But i think and why it was never done otiginally - is they need an entrance and stuff at the west end of the platform - having the one entrance which basically serves the mall is pretty dumb.

a new western entrance way would serve the library and that side of things. having to walk with and thorugh the mall to get to the library is a real deterrant

should be exciting to some changes to the expo line in the next few years
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 06:10 PM   #1146
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The North Arm of the Fraser will be cable-stayed but the Middle Arm of the Fraser will be no more than a guideway over the river, similar to the new Airport connector bridge (Sea Island - Richmond).
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 07:28 PM   #1147
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the elevator really blocks the path and forcing us to go around the elevator inorder to go over the "bridge" im always worried that someday someone will get knocked down onto the tracks during rush hours..
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Old June 4th, 2006, 08:09 AM   #1148
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i took a pic of the new entrance for granville - the pic is from far away but its in the hudson project

not open yet but signage is up

its hard to see but its at the far end of the building there

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I'll bet the stairs at Sapperton are to provide access while Anvil is under construction (i.e. the existing entrance would be closed during construcion).

A flat sectionof track was built for Woodlands Station - haven't heard anything about it though. The Victoria Hill project should have gotten it going, but hasn't. Maybe it isn't dense enough to justify the station being built.
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They've just demolished the buildings where the King Edward station entrance and accompanying development will be.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 12:39 AM   #1151
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A little beauty and a great big boring beast

Raina Delisle, The Province
Published: Sunday, June 11, 2006

Four-year-old Leilani Henry was bestowed a "boring" honour yesterday, but she was excited.

The 440-tonne tunnel-boring machine that will dig a pair of 2.5-kilometre tunnels under downtown Vancouver for the Canada Line rapid transit system was named after the little girl.

Leilani's father, Brendan Henry, is chief engineer of the boring operation.

"With the machine, we go into places where no one has ever been before," said Henry, who works for SNC-Lavalin. "Going into uncharted territory is adventurous. My Leilani's an adventurous girl, so it's fitting."

A bottle of champagne was thrown against the machine, "Sweet Leilani," by Canada Line president and CEO Jane Bird, InTransitBC president and CEO Jean-Marc Arbaud and Jim Burke of SNC-Lavalin.

"The champagne is a tradition for good luck and good tunnelling," said Richard Lovat, chairman of Lovat, the company that built the machine. "We always name the machines after a lady."

Sweet Leilani is parked in a huge pit at West Second Avenue and Cambie Street.

The machine was revved up as engineers, construction workers and officials in hard hats cheered.

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ABOUT SWEET LEILANI

- Weighs 440 tonnes

- 86 metres long

- 6.1 metres in diameter

- Guided by a GPS laser tracking system

- Electrically powered

- Will bore two 2.5-km tunnel

- Will dig 10 metres a day at depths of 10 to 30 metres

© The Vancouver Province 2006
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Old June 12th, 2006, 08:37 AM   #1152
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Thanking Tafyn from Skyscraperpage for these pictures and information:




Today (2006-06-10) was the dedication ceremony for Sweet Leilani, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) being used to construct the section of the Canada Line that stretches from 2nd Avenue near city hall (Olympic Village Station), under False Creek and extending under downtown Vancouver to Waterfront Station.



The 52 ton gantry crane in mid-erection. This crane is used to move parts of the Tunnel Boring Machine within the pit, load supplies, and to raise up materials extracted as the tunnel is cut. Note the rails along both sides of the pit to allow the gantry to move north and south along the extent of the pit.




The crane used to erect the gantry crane and to assemble the TBM is the largest street-legal crane that I have ever seen. It takes up two lanes of traffic when driven down a street. It can lift up to 440 tons.

In total, there were five cranes at the construction site.




Looking to the South, down into the pit, one can see the TBM on the right. Two short tunnels have been cut into the north end of the pit to allow the running space for the train that carries the cut materials out of the main tunnel.




Looking to the North, inside the pit, the main cutting section of the TBM can be seen.




The entire TBM is mounted upon rollers, which allows it to move along the tunnel as it is cut.




Inside the front assembly of the TBM.




In the center, the hydraulic drive that is used to turn the cutting head of the TBM can be seen. In less than a week, this section will be underground.




The logos of the construction partners and the TBM name adorns the TBM head.




The TBM Cutting Face rotates and scrapes away material as it cuts through the rock. The green triangular pieces are the cutting blades. They can be extended outwards and retracted back to vary the amount of material that is scraped of as the face rotates. The red rollers press against the face and turn under friction. The circular opening near the top left is the inspection portal. It connects to an airlock that can be opened to allow people to enter to inspect the condition of the bore and to troubleshoot any encountered problems.

The range of materials that need to be tunnelled through range from glacial till to sandstone containing dikes and sills of volcanic rock. Having the cutting blades adjustable allow such a wide range of material hardness to be handled by the same cutting head, dramatically reducing the time required to bore the tunnel.




As the TBM moves forward, these sections of pre-cast concrete casing are placed around the bore. These pieces interlock and float in concrete grout that is forced under pressure between the tunnel walls and the completed casing.




The priest arrives with his holy water to bless the machine, concluding the dedication ceremony.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 06:25 AM   #1153
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MARINE DRIVE STATION PLAN

Marine Drive is the most southerly, and the only elevated,
station of the nine Canada Line stations located within the
City of Vancouver. This station site, at the southeast corner of
the busy Marine Drive and Cambie Street intersection, slopes
southward toward the Fraser River flfl ood plain.

North of the station, the guideway emerges from
underground to transition to an aerial guideway, clearing
Marine Drive before reaching the station. It then climbs
again to the south to bridge across the north arm of the
Fraser River to access both Richmond and the Airport. The
station will serve as a gateway for those both entering and
leaving the City of Vancouver.

Partially located on the western edge of the former ICBC
Claim Centre site and partially within the existing Cambie
Street right-of-way, the new station will be served by a new
bus loop to the south and future redevelopment to the east
on the remainder of the ICBC site.

The segment of Cambie Street south of Marine Drive will
provide limited access to the new bus loop and will act as
an important bike route that will link to the new Fraser River
bike crossing.

Land use around the station is organized north and south of
Marine Drive. Single and multi-family zones dominate to the
north, punctuated with small scale retail at the intersection.
To the south of Marine Drive, the predominant land use is
light industrial, but with a small multi-family complex on the
west side of Cambie, directly opposite the station.
Views from the station platform will reveal distant glimpses
of water and mountains.


The Marine Drive Station location will defi ne the place where the Cambie Street Boulevard of trees and landscaping terminates at a Fraser River industrial zone. The image for the Station, as it emerges from green landscaped walls symbolizing the end of the boulevard, will be a dramatically elevated platform resting on a fulcrum, launching the Station and the guideway as it continues south arching over the Fraser River. The Station itself will have a design influenced by the long history of sawmill activity in the area with simple industrial building forms, log flumes and bee-hive burners, and materials of steel and wood.









Station Surroundings




Station Designs



Bus Loop Level (purposed):


Concourse Level:


Platform:
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Old June 14th, 2006, 06:35 AM   #1154
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err... will the signs look like the ones on the minellium line..? and there are also those new signs on the broadway station expo platform.. i find them quite ugly..
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err... will the signs look like the ones on the minellium line..? and there are also those new signs on the broadway station expo platform.. i find them quite ugly..
I like those new signs. They're modern, simple, and they really stand out.


the canada line theme is red. therefore, instead of blue/yellow signs (m-line) we'll probably have red/white/grey signs (as depicted in the canada line video) but still with the same style.
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Old June 15th, 2006, 07:20 AM   #1157
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i have a question,

do they still have that Family Day Program for Sundays and holidays.
It is where if you hold an adult mothly pass, can bring along with you one adult and 4 children with you.
Actually, they started this advertising again in "Your Ride Guide", a new magazine (details on p. 6)!

June 14, 2006
"Your Ride Guide" helps you to get onboard and explore Greater Vancouver

Anyone who’s ever ridden SkyTrain, SeaBus or buses in Greater Vancouver has looked at a building, landmark or natural setting and wondered, “What’s that?”

Beginning June 14, a new publication will offer a wealth of information about the Greater Vancouver that people see through a transit window, and give directions to some favourite destinations via public transit. Your Ride Guide, by local historian and long-time transit user Jim McGraw, will be distributed free in this Wednesday’s Vancouver Sun, and at selected SkyTrain stations and aboard SeaBus from Wednesday to Friday.

The 32-page magazine, sponsored by the Sun, Bombardier and TransLink, is valuable to visitors and local residents alike. The history, charm, attractions and interesting stories of neighbourhoods in the region are brought to life in Your Ride Guide through Jim McGraw’s light, entertaining style of writing.

“It’s amazing what’s around every major route,” says McGraw, a former broadcaster who is on the executive of the Vancouver Historical Society. “As I've ridden SkyTrain and SeaBus, I’ve often heard people say, 'What's that?' as they look out the window and see things like the Burr Building, The Lions or Christopher Columbus Plaza. Your Ride Guide is an answer to those 'what's that?' questions.”

As well as in the Sun, at SkyTrain stations and on SeaBus, Your Ride Guide will be available on BC Ferries, Amtrak and in many hotels and shopping centres.
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Great pics. I've got to go on it soon.
im going next year

nice pics

i hear that vancouver cant have a subway because of the type of soil they have?
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Old June 15th, 2006, 08:04 AM   #1159
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i hear that vancouver cant have a subway because of the type of soil they have?
you're thinking Richmond, a city on a delta the Fraser River plus it's about 3 metres below sea level. the soil is saturated with water....try digging 10 feet and you'll hit water. that's why the Canada Line in Richmond and at YVR is being built elevated/at-grade.

in Vancouver, it's certainly possible to build underground. 3 km of the existing SkyTrain is underground (downtown) and 10 km of the 19 km Canada Line is being built underground.
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you're thinking Richmond, a city on a delta the Fraser River plus it's about 3 metres below sea level. the soil is saturated with water....try digging 10 feet and you'll hit water. that's why the Canada Line in Richmond and at YVR is being built elevated/at-grade.

in Vancouver, it's certainly possible to build underground. 3 km of the existing SkyTrain is underground (downtown) and 10 km of the 19 km Canada Line is being built underground.
Yeah Vancouver is mostly volcanic bedrock that is very stable and more suitable for subway construction. Richmond on the other hand is composed of soft sediments washed down by the Fraser River. Add to this fact that the whole city is below sea level and very close to the water table, and it makes subway construction not feasible; even basements and underground parking lots are difficult if not impossible to build. Everything has to be above ground in Richmond, Delta, and Sea Island (YVR).
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