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If the SkyTrain News Fits, the Globe & Mail Will Print It.

So, where are the important stories about SkyTrain and transit Ms. Bula? Any mention that Transport Canada’s Operating Certificate for the Innovia SkyTrain system (Expo and Millennium Lines), limits capacity to 15,000 pphpd? No? Have you ever penned a story about how the Expo line is worn out and much of it’s existing infrastructure needs [...]

MK. 3 SkyTrain, gangwayed throughout.

The SkyTrain MK. 3 – The End of an Era?

  The new Mk.3 car is really a tarted up Mk.2 car, with one noticeable difference, the MK.3 sets now include a powered “saloon” vehicle, gangwayed at both ends. This will enable TransLink operate 3-car trains. The problem with the proprietary SkyTrain is that they cannot operate larger cars than the present MK.2′s do to [...]

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The Vancouver Sun Out Does Itself

Not high speed rail, but TramTrain is an affordable rail option in lightly populated regions. Vancouver’s mainstream newspapers have been famously ill informed on the subject of “rail”, whether be it, SkyTrain, light rail, or regular railways. I don’t even think there ever has been a honest story about light rail appearing in the Vancouver [...]

The Evergreen Line, very expensive for what it does.

TransLink CEO No Better Than A Cheap Carny Huckster

In Metro Vancouver, local journalists remain largely ignorant of transit issues and believe, without reservation, what they are told by TransLink. There is no investigative journalism with TransLink and its favourite, SkyTrain. This “puff” piece is nothing more than softening up the public for both the Broadway subway and Road Pricing, which is needed to [...]

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A Vancouver Sun $8.5 Billion Puff Piece

The Vancouver Sun, as always, has embarrassedAi?? itself with another transit “Puff Piece”. Nathan Pachall is not a transit expert, rather a politician and a seemingly TransLink apologist. Zwei would never dare to do a report card on transit because there are so many variables involved. No one has copied Merto Vancouver’s TransLink, nor it’s [...]

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SkyTrain Incidents – A Most Curious Article

Gregory (Scotland YardAi??detective): ai???Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?ai??? Holmes: ai???To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.ai??? Gregory: ai???The dog did nothing in the night-time.ai??? Holmes: ai???That was the curious incident.ai??? It is interesting what is not reported. It seems, Postmedia did not report [...]

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This Is No April Fools – None The Less, The Fool Is The CBC

I just shake my head at this. At first, I thought it was an April fools joke, but no, it’s not, rather it is a reporting farce. A chap who is a mining shill, with no expertise in public transport is calling for a subway to be built to UBC. All he is trying to [...]

The Canada Line has about one half the capacity of the Expo and the Millennium/Evergreen Lines.

Diva’s On Transit

Zwei always is amused when photo-op divas talk transit, especially LRT and like most politicians, they now nothing what they are talking about. The Canada Line is not LRT; rapid transit is not LRT and SkyTrain is not LRT. What the politicos are doing is mouthing “Trump” style talking points and sound bytes to look [...]

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Sparkle Ponies and Fairy Dust

The appalling reporting on transit by the local media continues, all what is reported is sparkle ponies and fairy dust. Here are the financial problems that TransLink faces: Estimated cost of the Broadway subway – $3 billion+ Estimated cost to refurbish the Expo and Millennium Lines to allow higher capacity – $2 billion to $3 [...]

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More SkyTrain “Puff “Stories From the Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun is famous for its ‘puff’” stories about SkyTrain but with each “puff” story comes little slips and new information. 870 employees seems a lot for a “driverless” system, which was sold to the public that it had fewer employees, thus cheaper to operate than light rail. Somewhat inconveniently, SkyTrain costs about 40% [...]