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SkyTrain Again Craps Out In The Snow And The Mayor’s Want To Build More?

SkyTrain is noted internationally that it doesn’t operate in the snow. Poorly designed and poorly maintained, means the so called backbone of our transit system, turns spineless, leaving thousands of people to fend for themselves. Toronto’s Scarborough line fails in the snow. Detroit’s SkyTrain service stalls in snow. JFK’s Airtrain balks in the snow. And [...]

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New TramTrains for Manchester?

As interest in TramTrain grows abroad, we are left with Translink’s SkyTrain only planning. The lack of flexibility of SkyTrain will soon hamstring our urban rail system under the weight of massive subsidies and debt serving costs. TramTrain, first designed to make transit more user friendly, by eliminating transfers, now seems to be the affordable [...]

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B.S. Line Rethink?

The B.S. line, an apt name for the proposed Broadway SkyTrain subway. What is more remarkable is that Postmedia allowed this to be printed. Could it be that the SkyTrain Lobby in Postmedia is beginning to weaken? Here is the real reason why the Broadway subway should not be built. The Canadian and North American [...]

Scenes like this will become commonplace as the Expo Line ages

A Grim Reminder For The Expo Line

A grim reminder indeed! Thanks to the Ford’s in 2010, the SRT remains in place instead of the planned LRT conversion that was supposed to up and running either late last year or this year. It would not only cover the exiting line, but the 1980 plan extension to Melven Town Centre. Then got to [...]

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Calgary’s C – Train Expands

News from Calgary. The Green line has now secured funding to commence building the $4.6 billion, 28 station, 46 km line, which includes a short subway under downtown Calgary, which will have three stations of which one is already built. By comparison, the proposed 6 km. Broadway subway to Arbutus will cost $3.5 billion. I [...]

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The McElhanney Study is a political document masquerading as a technical one

“It is interesting how TransLink has used this cunning method of manipulating analysis to justify SkyTrain in corridor after corridor, and has thus succeeded in keeping its proprietary rail system expanding.” Gerald Fox, 2008 Malcolm Johnston, 2019 Please deliver to Mayor and Council. My name is Malcolm Johnston and I have been involved in Metro [...]

SkyTrain at grade and the Berlin Wall effect.

The $7 billion SkyTrain Subway Grift Continues

The Broadway SkyTrain subway grift continues with a new band of suckers who will¬† waste billions more¬† of taxpayer’s monies on a politically prestigious transit project. So, Vancouver’s carpet-bagging Mayor (former Burnaby NDP, MP) is continuing the subway grift, where Vision Vancouver was so rudely interrupted by the voters in last falls civic election. Facts [...]

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Subways Cost, Cost, Cost

Some transit blogs seem to think that building a subway is easy peasy , costing only a little more than a surface operation. This train of thought comes from a grand ignorance of subway construction and operation; with Translink’s grand subway plans based on the myth that subways carry more people. As we all know [...]

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Adios the MK.1′s?

It seems TransLink is reading the Rail for the Valley blog and is worried that Bombardier Inc. has folded the Innovia Metro line into the existing Movia Metro Line of vehicles and that Innovia production may cease cease altogether. With the aging pygmy size MK.1 cars working two to three times harder to carry the [...]

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Troubles at Bombardier = Troubles for Metro Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver mayors may soon foolishly acquiesce to the mayor of Surrey’s demand to build with SkyTrain instead of light rail. Foolish, because they will remain tied to one supplier and will have to dance to the tune of Bombardier Inc., when and if new cars are ordered. Bombardier has ills with its rail [...]