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TransLink Fails Transit 101: Articulated Cars

True to form, TransLink and the mainstream media haven’t a clue about SkyTrain or SkyTrain vehicles. A news story on CKNW radio as well as other media sources claimed erroneously that the MK.3 rail cars are articulated. The new MK. 3 cars are not articulated, they are gangwayed, allowing communication throughout the four car train [...]

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Remember, Remember The 13th Of December

The next Mayor’s Council on Transit meeting is on December 13 and a very important meeting indeed. At this meeting the Mayor’s Council on Transit will decide on the fate of Surrey’s LRT project. The SkyTrain Lobby is worried (the number of spam emails has increased tremendously) that common sense may reign and the decision [...]

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A Stationless SkyTrain In Surrey

Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight gets it, but that is no surprise, Charlie Smith and the Georgia Straight has always been the newspaper of note when it comes to SkyTrain? Why, you say? Because he asks real questions. By building SkyTrain, the new mayor of Surrey wants a funnel to take commuters out of [...]

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Has The SkyTrain Flip-Flop In Surrey Derailed?

Ah, the realities of political promises as the new Mayor of Surrey has now discovered; a very big $514 million problem. Even the most ardent of SkyTrain supporters, except for the tin foil hat brigade, realize SkyTrain costs a lot more to build than light rail and even may concede it costs more to maintain [...]

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Dated Thinking From A Dated Mayor

Dated transit thinking comes from SkyTrain, because light-metro is a dated transit system. There is no backbone for transit, except for a network of transit lines and only if it is designed properly, designed for the needs of its customers and not the electoral needs of politicians. One $2.95 billion SkyTrain does not a backbone [...]

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Did TransLink Design Surrey’s Light Rail To Fail?

  Surrey’s rejection of light rail in favour of SkyTrain with hardly a whimper from TransLink and without any rebuttal to the mayor of Surrey spurious claims about LRT, makes me think TransLink purposely designed light rail to fail in Surrey. There is an established SkyTrain Lobby within TransLink that plays very dirty when it [...]

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Quebec City Gets Le Tram

As light rail begins to gain influence in Canada, out in Lotus Land, stupid is as stupid does continues. Quebec City unveiled plans Friday to build a $3-billion public transit network that will include tramways, an electric trambus and reserved bus lanes. Meantime in Surrey, the new mayor halted plans for a $1.65 billion fully [...]

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Grenoble’s Tram

Grenoble tramway system is one of the very successful new build light rail line in France. Overview Native name Tramway de Grenoble Locale Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France Transit type Tram Number of lines 5 Number of stations 81 Daily ridership 233,700 (2015) Operation Began operation 1987 Operator(s) Société d’Économie Mixte des Transports Publics de l’Agglomération Grenobloise [...]

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A Tram Ride In Karlsruhe Germany

So, let’s ride a tram in Karlsruhe. Question: Why didn’t TransLink defend light rail in Surrey? Why was the CEO telling porkies about SkyTrain instead of setting the record straight on light rail? QHGAnk4Jxdk  

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Surrey Must Pay Back $70 Million To TransLink!

  Surrey must pay back the $70 million already spent on LRT, if not, TransLink and the region must halt all transit planning in Surrey! The Light Rail project was ten years in the making, with much work and money spent during this time, $70 million dollars and just on the eve of letting contracts, [...]