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Gatineau Goes Light Rail

Some thoughts on the Gatineau light rail and the rejection of LRT in Surrey. The picture shows classic LRT, not a light-metro tarted up pretending to be LRT, such as is the newly opened Ottawa light rail. Lawned rights-of-way are both environmentally pleasing and non-user friendly. The dedicated or reserved rights-of-ways, provide a service almost [...]

The real costs for "rapid transit"  (subways and light-metro) are far higher than TransLink or the regional mayor's are telling the public and for good reason, because if the public knew the real cost of "rapid transit" they would revolt.

$4 Billion Pause For Thought

All regional taxpayer’s are losers with this. According to Ontario’s MetroLinx (Metrolinx is a Crown agency that manages and integrates road and public transport in the Canadian province of Ontario) the 50 year cost for the 7 km Expo Line extension just to Fleetwood, will be around $4 billion! ¬†Gives one pause for thought. It [...]

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Is SkyTrain To Langley Derailed?

No surprise here. The escalating cost to build with light metro, due to Covid 19, means there is little money in the pot to further extend the light-metro to Langley. TransLink is said to be in a state of shock as former customers are leaving transit in droves and not coming back. Over 80% of [...]

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From The South Fraser Community Rail Society

It is beginning to sink in, that post Covid-19, many things will change. The other valley passenger rail, group, the South Fraser Community Rail Society, also sees that the post Covid-19 and post Bombardier world will change the transit landscape dramatically. Light metro is just too expensive for what good it will do; why no [...]

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The Charleroi. Could This Be The Fate Of The Broadway Subway?

The Charleroi, the metro extension that never was. Since the story of the Charleroi pre-metro was first posted in 2009 (see story below), nothing has changed and talks of completing the line have come to naught. Could be the fate of the $3 billion Broadway subway?  Built, but far too expensive to operate and portions [...]

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Memo to the M.O.T. – Time to Reread The Leewood Study

Now ten years old, the Leewood Study, done by Leewood Projects (UK), to access the viability of reinstating a passenger rail service from downtown Vancouver to Chilliwack via the former BC Electric R.R. route, is worth a revisit. Leewood Study The Leewood Study brought a fresh set of ideas to the planning table, something the [...]

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Truth And Lies About Transit

  It seems that the covid-19 pandemic has made several people busy little beavers with local transit issues. A new Facebook page has appeared, Truth and Lies About Transit in the Fraser Valley and it is worth a read. It now seems a certain railway company has called upon a certain political friend to do [...]

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A Letter To Premier Horgan

The Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC * Dear Premier Horgan, * The Covid-19 pandemic has made absolutely clear, we cannot go back to normal, as it has forever changed how people behave. Covid-19 is a prelude for great change in BC. * Metro Vancouver’s regional transit system has been greatly affected by the pandemic [...]

Can the taxpayer afford Movia automatic Light metro in the now post Covid world?

Absolute Madness!

Absolute madness from the Mayor’s Council on Transit. The game has changed, the taxpayer is broke and cannot pay more. The transit customers are broke and cannot pay higher fares. Covid-19, like it or not has changed the transit game completely. Spending a budgeted $4.6 billion to extend the Movia Automatic Light Metro lines (Expo [...]

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Reality Hits TransLink Square In The Face

As Zwei has pointed out, the new Covid-19 reality has hit TransLink square in their hypocritical face. With cap in hand, TransLink went to provincial and federal governments for more handouts but it seems they have had enough and TransLink had to shed employees and unproductive bus routes. From Radio 1130: TransLink announces layoffs, other [...]