Surrey LRT – Support and Funding

The conversation for expanded fixed rail transit in Surrey continues to roll along. Metro Vancouver’s second largest municipality by population and largest by land area is still trying to push forward after the failed transit plebiscitie/referendum of 2015.

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A few things have happened in the past year that may help Surrey get its long-desired LRT.

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Toronto’s Transit Rollercoaster

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Ever since I lived in Toronto back in 2003, I’ve always kept an eye on transit developments in the GTA. In the early days, there was David Miller’s Transit City, which promised to criss-cross the city with light rail. Then Rob Ford rumbled into office and promised the gravy train along with the light rail trains. Instead, Rob Ford planned on fewer lines, but with all of them being heavy rail subway lines. Then most recently came John Tory and his SmartTrack which was a vaunted “surface subway” that would start moving Toronto in a new way.

Three mayors with three very different visions over the past 13 years. It’s enough to make any transit follower’s eyes spin.

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Transportation and Transit Plan 8 – Surrey LRT

This week, I’m going to cover some of the major projects that are planned to be implemented in 5-10 years after a Yes vote to the upcoming transit ballot. If Metro Vancouver residents vote Yes to the 0.5% PST increase, then 2020-2025 will see some of the largest transportation projects ever in the history of our region.

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Edmonton North LRT – Under Construction

Here’s the last of my Edmonton LRT posts from July 2013.  (It’s amazing how far behind I am on posting things, but things are too busy to do photos and blog everyday).  This post covers the construction of the new Edmonton North LRT.  It’s currently the North LRT, but it will eventually be called the Metro Line once everything is finished. The North LRT currently … Continue reading Edmonton North LRT – Under Construction

Edmonton LRT – South LRT

After the Health Sciences Station at the University of Alberta, the Edmonton LRT continues south along 114 Street.  The next stop is McKernan Belgravia.  It’s a small, unassuming station near 76 Avenue.  The largest landmark around here is the McKernan School across the street.  Photographically, what interested me was the underground pedestrian/bicycle passage way and the ramps on either side. Further south along 114th Street … Continue reading Edmonton LRT – South LRT

Edmonton LRT – Downtown and University of Alberta

The downtown Edmonton LRT stations are currently all underground.  It starts at Churchill Station in the east.  Churchill is right under the Sir Winston Churchill Square which is home to festivals every weekend in the summer.  It’s also right by Edmonton City Hall. The LRT then swings straight westward underneath Jasper Avenue.  3 stations sit underneath Jasper Avenue.  From east to west the stations are … Continue reading Edmonton LRT – Downtown and University of Alberta

New Surrey 96 B-Line

I may never use this bus because I rarely ever go to Surrey, but I am excited to hear that a Surrey B-Line is finally rolling out.  I remember having a transit poster back from the 90’s that promised express buses and B-Lines across the region by the middle of the 2000’s.  It never came to be.  I’m still waiting for a full-fledged 41st Avenue … Continue reading New Surrey 96 B-Line