New Mark III SkyTrains coming soon

The transit geek in me is totally looking forward to the opening of the Evergreen Line in 2016. Along with the new line and increased ridership coming out of Coquitlam, new trains will be needed. We’re getting 28. Count’em. 28 new trains. And boy, are they looking sleek.

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TransLink on My Mind – Provincial decisions that have affected TransLink

I still have TransLink on my mind.  So it almost seems like a sport for Metro Vancouverites to bash TransLink recently.  It seems to be losing a PR battle that I’m not sure they realize they are in.  It hasn’t helped that over the past couple of decades, decisions have been made by the BC government that have a direct affect on what TransLink can … Continue reading TransLink on My Mind – Provincial decisions that have affected TransLink

VanSun says “Transit taxes odious but necessary…”

Transit taxes odious but necessary for growth of city — Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2011 It’s not everyday that I agree with editorial from the Vancouver Sun. The Vancouver Sun weighs in after Christy Clark “throws Blair Lekstrom under the Evergreen Line.” It’s nice to see for once a mainstream newspaper supporting transit initiatives and funding for transit in general. The Vancouver Sun makes a … Continue reading VanSun says “Transit taxes odious but necessary…”

Evergreen Line – how many stations

With a pending announcement about funding for the $400M shortfall in funding for the much delayed Evergreen Line on the horizon, there’s been a little more news and blogging about the line.  I hadn’t really followed the Evergreen Line news for quite a while. An old graphic of the original LRT plan reveals 12 stations within easy walking distance to most of the Tri-Cities communities … Continue reading Evergreen Line – how many stations

Streetfilms » Curitiba’s BRT: Inspired Bus Rapid Transit Around the World

Streetfilms » Curitiba’s BRT: Inspired Bus Rapid Transit Around the World. More on cheaper alternatives to the personal automobile and subways.  Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) are two great ideas that can fill the gap when money is tight and creativity is high on the part of planners. A lot of the people in the video are talking about how transportation … Continue reading Streetfilms » Curitiba’s BRT: Inspired Bus Rapid Transit Around the World

Reallocating train routes if Evergreen Line runs

Surrey Leader: SkyTrain route rejig possible There are some interesting re-routing of the line assignments if the Evergreen Line ever gets off the ground and running.  It looks like the original plan that was done many, many years ago when the Millennium Line was first planned and the Port Moody-Coquitlam (PMC) Line was supposed to follow closely. Trains running from Coquitlam Centre would likely have … Continue reading Reallocating train routes if Evergreen Line runs

States may direct Obama’s infrastructure funds to roads

Bloomberg.com: News. This is somewhat sad news, but not totally surprising.  States are eager to fix roads that are in a severe state of neglect.  How did they get that way anyway? In any case, a new future definitely does not include roads to the extent that we have them now.  Cities cannot continue to be based on the automobile just for the sake of … Continue reading States may direct Obama’s infrastructure funds to roads

Federal Money for Local Transit?

Vancouver Sun – December 16, 2008 One phrase:  I’ll believe it when I see it.  I think I share Mayor Joe Trasolini’s sentiment. Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini said he’s been told since spring that the funding has been approved and will wait to see what happens. “I’m not getting encouraged and over-excited with promises any more,” he said. I’ve written about the Evergreen Line … Continue reading Federal Money for Local Transit?

More SkyTrain Expansion?

The Vancouver Sun – December 11, 2008 More SkyTrain Expansion to be studied?  Do we need more studies at this point?  Perhaps studies for alignment, but the technology choice is becoming more obvious over time.  SkyTrain is not a very cost-effective mode of transportation.  You get less bang for your buck.  For the same amount of money, you could lay down way more kilometres of … Continue reading More SkyTrain Expansion?

Seattle In Line for More Light Rail

Seattle Times, November 5, 2008 Source: Sound Transit via Seattle Times I’m very happy with my new email subscription to the Sightline Institutes daily newsletter.  It provides some interesting stories that I wouldn’t have to time look for otherwise.  I picked this one up about Seattle’s Proposition 1 for road, bridges, and transit. It looks like Seattle is in line for some large expansions to their … Continue reading Seattle In Line for More Light Rail