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Valley Rail Gaining Steam

It’s good news so far. The real trick is to plan for rail properly, which is hard to do in Metro Vancouver, where politicians think they are better at planning for transit than the real experts. It is hard to think any valley mayor and council would be against a viable Vancouver to Chilliwack rail [...]

Is cut and cover subway construction coming to Broadway?

BS Line To Nowhere Or The Big Dig Part 2

Oh, the BS Line, Vancouver’s great vanity project. All world class cities must have a subway, according to the “booster class” who just love mega projects. Last cost estimate for the BS Line is around $3.5 billion, not including cars. Looks like the powers that be are already planning to reduce the scope of the [...]

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90 Years And Counting

Well, it has taken almost 90 years for transit planners in North America to realize that by giving a streetcar a dedicated lane it becomes light rail. European transit planners clearly understood by the 1930′s that by giving a streetcar a dedicated route, its performance almost matched that of a much more expensive metro or [...]

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Chilliwack Is On Board

Finally! It seems the good burghers of Chilliwack see the benefits of a rail servcie connecting Vancouver to Chilliwack. A basic Vancouver to Chilliwack DMU servcie can be had for as little as $750 million and a more elaborate service using hydrogen powered trains or electric servcie, with several trips per direction each hour would [...]

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Fiasco Brewing In Toronto

When politicians with little knowledge of transit, involve themselves with transit planning, a fiasco is soon in the making. Vancouver’s BS Line is a good example. It seems Premier Ford is entering the land of pixie dust and sparkle ponies. Instead of planning and building what will work, the Premier thinks a cheaper solution will [...]

Has Postmedia sensed that the end is near for the proporietary ART Movia metro?

Something In The Air

Something is in the air. Could it be that the sickening stench of the Broadway Subway or BS Line deal has reached the lofty halls of Postmedia? For decades, the Vancouver Sun and to a smaller extent, the Vancouver Province, refused to print negative stories about SkyTrain or do any investigative journalism about SkyTrain. This, [...]

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How does the BS Line Compare To Edmonton, Calagary and Ottawa?

The proposed 5.7 km Broadway SkyTrain subway, just to Arbutus is funded up to $2.84 billion, but not including cars. The cost is expected to rise to $3.5 billion before the project is completed. A comparison with Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa easily demonstrates that taxpayers in those cities are getting a far bigger bang for [...]

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When Will The lesson Be Learned?

When will the lesson be learned? In today’s world, the lowest bid is not always the best bid, rather it is the lowest bid that will make profit for the company bidding. Thus the lowest bid does not produce the best product. Like the Canada Line with its many problems, SNC Lavalin, which heads the [...]

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We Were Warned By Experts!

We were warned by the experts of the day to avoid the proprietary ALRT transit system, otherwise known as SkyTrain; we were warned by the best! No one listened and today, we continue to spend up to ten times more to build with a dated proprietary light metro that no one else in the world [...]

Bombardier's SkyTrain, a ruber tired people mover system.

Bombardier Is Building SkyTrain at LAX…..But, It ain’t Our SkyTrain!

  Los Angeles Airport (LAX)t is building a $5 billion SkyTrain system, which may cause confusion because in Bombardier’s line of transit systems, SkyTrain is a rubber tired people mover system and not the trains used on the Canada, Expo, and/or Millennium lines. Cries of shock and disbelief! The name SkyTrain, which was chosen by [...]