The Evergreen Line, very expensive for what it does.

Adios The Evergreen line?

While researching for a magazine article, came across this on Wikipedia and I am not surprised. It seems TransLink has jumped the gun in abandoning the Evergreen line name and instead the entire VCC/Clark Dr. to  LaFarge Douglas as the Millennium Line. Makes sense to me as the Evergreen Line was the unfinished portion of [...]

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Perils of a Proprietary Railway – The End of SkyTrain

Zwei has often warned of the perils of a proprietary railway. Our friend Mr. Cow has warned of the perils of a proprietary railway. And now, Bombardier’s current fiasco supplying 21st century trams of a proven European model, may be the final straw in the collapse of Bombardier’s rail division. If and when the production [...]

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The Pursuit Of European Ideals In Toronto

As expected, upgrade a heritage streetcar line to a light rail standard and ridership increases dramatically. By making King St. an exclusive route for trams, increased both commercial speed and ridership, so much so, it overwhelmed the servcie. This is old news as our European friends knew his decades ago and the question must be [...]

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TransLink Fined $607,000 – The Breaker News

This is significant on two accounts. First: Why was TransLink doing electrical repair during operating hours at the station and why wasn’t proper procedure followed? Second: Why is it that the Breaker News scooped the mainstream media on this? This is important as the mainstream media has a “hands off” policy on TransLink and regional [...]

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2000 Posts!

When John Buker asked me to post items for the rail for the valley group, I accepted, thinking it would be fun to write a few items on TramTrain. Well it is now 2017 and I am still writing about trams and TramTrain Nothing has changed and my very first post is still pertinent today. [...]

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The SkyTrain Cult Is Today’s Version Of The Cargo Cult

The Cargo Cult is a millenarian movement first described in Melanesia which encompasses a range of practices and occurs in the wake of contact with more technologically advanced societies. The name derives from the belief which began among Melanesian’s in the late 19th and early 20th century that various ritualistic acts such as the building [...]

In 1992, the subsidy for SkyTrain (just the Expo Line) was $157 million! How much the subsidy for the three SkyTrain Lines and the Canada line remain a secret!

“We do not have to watch reruns of Monty Python for our amusement, we just have to tune in to Vancouver’s transit planning for our entertainment”

It is now 2017 and the transit year is off with a dull thud. The title comes courtesy of an old transit acquaintance from the UK who was badly burned by his Canada Line experience. With the planned Pattullo Bridge replacement bridge having only 4 traffic lanes; the Surrey Hawthorne Park road debacle (where a [...]

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The Return Of The Tram!

One of the recurring themes for the SkyTrain types is that big cities have subways and little cities have trams. Well Berlin, the Capital of Germany with a population 3.7 million, is now investing in trams in the former “West” portion of the city as the old Communist “East” section retained the pre-war tramways. This [...]

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Their NDP May Do, What Our NDP Should Do!

The Scarborough subway soap opera continues. What is interesting is that the NDP in Ontario may very well kill the now $3.45 billion, 5 km., one station subway for a much cheaper light rail line. “There is a tipping point beyond which the unjustifiable becomes unsustainable.” and as TransLink and the Mayor’s Council on Transit [...]

Fear of huge costs of the Broadway subway has scared Translink and the Mayors Council on Transit. There is a long dark tunnel of escalating subway costs.

Fear of Subway Costs Grips Mayors Council

As our friend, Haveacow indicated some time ago, the Broadway subway is going to cost a lot more than many think. Some years ago, Zwei entered into correspondence with a German transit Engineer, Wolfgang and he warned of subway construction and operating costs, which hobbled German transit authorities and also lead to the rebirth of [...]