Paul has written a quick little post on Vancouver borrowing a couple of Bombardier Flexity Streetcars for the Olympics as part of the city’s streetcar demonstration project. That we don’t have such streetcars running permanently is really sort of a downer. Check out Paul’s brief post and you can also follow details at the City of Vancouver streetcar page. We’ll take what we can. I hope the trains will be here in town for more than just the Olympics. I don’t want to be fighting to get on the train with all the tourists. However, I am disappointed that the demo route will only run from Granville Island to the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station. That’s way too short. I wonder if there are issues running the demo all the way to Science World. That would be a much better demo than the short haul to the Canada Line.
Bombardier’s 100 % low-floor trams meet the individual needs of numerous cities, such as Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland), Linz and Innsbruck (Austria), Lodz (Poland), Eskisehir (Turkey), Brussels (Belgium), Marseille (France), Valencia and Alicante (Spain), Palermo (Italy) as well as in the Rhine-Neckar Region, Berlin, Augsburg and Krefeld (Germany)
That’s a lot of cities. Note that these are all European cities. Europe is definitely ahead of the curve in terms of light rail transit. Could you imagine these beautiful trams running through downtown or down a revitalized Arbutus Corridor? It doesn’t have to be fast, just steady, consistent and have a dedicated right-of-way.