The second train is back on track

Second Vancouver-Washington Amtrak train gets a reprieve – The Globe and Mail. How is exciting is this?  For once, the feds get it right.  Unfortunately, it looks like the waiver on the fees is still temporary.  It’s only going to be a 1-year thing at this point.  Doesn’t matter for now. I may still get my chance to ride the rails if things go okay.  … Continue reading The second train is back on track

Select Smart Cards from around the world

TransLink and the BC Ministry of Transportation just started a Fare Card Naming Contest recently.  So I thought it would be great to take a look at some of the Smart Cards already in operation out there.  Ours won’t be available until 2013, but we can take a look at what other cities have to offer in their smart cards. Seattle – ORCA Card   … Continue reading Select Smart Cards from around the world

Tuesday (not Monday) readings thanks to Thanksgiving

No Monday postings because of Thanksgiving in Canada.  So here’s the Tuesday line up. There was some stirrings about the New York-New Jersey ARC (Access to Core Region) Tunnel project.  Transport Politic has all the details in two posts – the basics were laid out in September and the recent New Jersey governor’s move to pull the plug was just posted recently.  Yonah is always … Continue reading Tuesday (not Monday) readings thanks to Thanksgiving

Friday Foto Feature – Cycling Signs

With all this talk about the new Hornby Street separated bike lane and the new “master plan” for separated bike lanes around the city, I thought I’d post a couple of photos of cycling signs. Also, in yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, there was an article on the plan for more bikeways.  It’s not surprising that such a plan is in the works.  It’s similar to what … Continue reading Friday Foto Feature – Cycling Signs

First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks – NYTimes.com

First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks – NYTimes.com. It’s going to be released very soon.  I haven’t really been closely following the electric car thing that closely, but it looks like the Nissan Leaf, the all-electric car, is going to be available to some Americans as of December this year.  That’s sooner than I thought they’d be out. Different levels of … Continue reading First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks – NYTimes.com

Hornby Bike Lane article in Van Sun

Vancouver city council approves controversial Hornby bike lane. Is it just me or are there is one glaring misrepresentation in this article from the Vancouver Sun.  Mind you, by the time you get to this article, they may have updated it for the print version for tomorrow. Vancouver’s pro-bike city council unanimously approved the controversial Hornby separated bike lane late Tuesday night, despite the concerns … Continue reading Hornby Bike Lane article in Van Sun

Richmond on track to ban puppy sales – News1130

Richmond on track to ban puppy sales – News1130. This isn’t my usual kind of post, but as a dog owner, I think this is a good move.  Richmond council is making the right move by banning puppy sales in retail outlets.  There’s a store in Richmond Centre that I can think of being affected.  I think the conditions in that store was okay. However, … Continue reading Richmond on track to ban puppy sales – News1130

RapidRide – bus rapid transit for Seattle area

RapidRide promises better bus service >> Seattle PI. Bus Rapid Transit seems to making it’s way into the Seattle area.  The new A-Line service pictured above will run limited-stop service from Federal Way in the south along Pac Highway and International Boulevard South to the Tukwila Light Rail Station.  It will provide more frequent service during rush hour with limited stops.  It will be similar … Continue reading RapidRide – bus rapid transit for Seattle area

Monday Links – density, high speed rail, streetcars

Reading has been few and far between again thanks to work and falling ill over the weekend.  But here’s what I got out of this week. Human Transit talks density and numbers that could deceive. The perils of average density Can we make density make sense? Transport Politic has a couple of posts on the future of high speed rail in America.  A Republican congress … Continue reading Monday Links – density, high speed rail, streetcars