UBC-Broadway & Surrey Rapid Transit

Is it just me or does transit news only ever get released on Fridays? On Friday, the papers were abuzz again about the UBC Broadway Rapid Transit corridor.  A KPMG report prepared for the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia pushes for a fully underground rapid transit line connecting UBC to the Broadway-Commercial area.  Outside of Downtown Vancouver, the Central Broadway Corridor … Continue reading UBC-Broadway & Surrey Rapid Transit

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

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic. The Transport Politic is one of my favourite blogs to follow.  Most of what he covers is about the United States since he’s based there.  Also, he provides what seems to be an inside look at the financing side of transportation projects across North America.  He’s just released his newest graphic/map for 2012.  It’s … Continue reading Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic

Major Edmonton LRT expansion in the works

It’s been a while since I took a look at what’s going on in Edmonton. I was reading Jarett Walker’s recent post on “The Strasbourg of the Prairies.” Lo and behold, Edmonton was the one being labelled as Strasbourg? “Dead”-monton? Actually, Edmonton isn’t that bad. You just have to know what you’re looking for and what you want to do when you’re in Edmonton. Many … Continue reading Major Edmonton LRT expansion in the works

LRT in Waterloo-Kitchener – growing region

PM announces improvements for tri-cities commuters – Prime Minister of Canada. It’s not everyday that I take my blog fodder straight from the Prime Minister’s office.  Most of the time, I would say I disagree with most of what our current Prime Minister does.  This one of the few projects that I can say that the Federal Tories have gotten right. Unfortunately, the press release … Continue reading LRT in Waterloo-Kitchener – growing region

UBC Broadway Debate

TransLink started their newest consultation last week.  The UBC – Broadway corridor has been studied to death over the past 20 years, but here’s our latest manifestation. TransLink has opened up their Be Part of the Plan website to comments and feedback.  They have provided 6 alternatives showing 6 basic routing options with a mix of 3-4 four different technology options.  Check out their Alternatives … Continue reading UBC Broadway Debate

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

1982 on building SkyTrain (aka ALRT)

VIA Architecture: The case to abort LRT, October 21 1982. What a great post about the problems that the GVRD faced when SkyTrain was first planned and built.  Somebody at VIA Architecture dug up this beauty of an article. Huge parallels between then and now.  The lack of provincial government funding is present yesterday as it is today.  Even though they were the ones who … Continue reading 1982 on building SkyTrain (aka ALRT)

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper. Here’s a good story on Seattle’s new light rail line.  I’m actually reading more positive stuff about Seattle’s light rail than I am about anything on the Canada Line here in Vancouver.  Art inside a deep underground tunnel does make a difference to the transit experience.  I doubt the Canada … Continue reading Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Tyee Series on Rail in the Lower Mainland

Part One: The Myth of High Speed Rail Part Two: Obama’s Billions bypass BC Part Three: Ottawa Halts Vancouver Train Part Four:  Rail Fix: Two Tracks to Langley Monte Paulsen over at The Tyee recently completed a four-part series about rail in the Lower Mainland.  More specifically, he was reporting on the the optimistic media reports on Obama’s millions for high-speed rail reaching our corner … Continue reading Tyee Series on Rail in the Lower Mainland