A Novices Guide To Transit – Updated

……… or cutting through the BS about light rail, SkyTrain and BRT. The following is a guide plus definitions about “rail” transit. ALM: Automatic Light metro, the fourth marketing name given for the SkyTrain family of light-metros, when Lavalin briefly owned SkyTrain before going bankrupt. ALRT (1): Advanced Light Rail Transit, the second marketing name for SkyTrain. ALRT [...]

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The BRT And LRT Saga Continues

What is missing from this LRT/BRT study is very important, the cost of operating the BRT or LRT line. In Mexico, South America and the Middle East, wages paid to drivers, mechanics, managers and maintenance workers are much, much less than North America and Europe. As well, in third world countries, the world bank balks [...]

Welcome To The World Of Congestion Folks!

This should not be news but it is, congestion has returned to the Port Mann Bridge With tolls, traffic and gridlock was just moved to the Patullo and Alex Fraser Bridges and the Massey Tunnel, but with the tolls eliminated, traffic pasterns are getting back to usual. Welcome to the commuting world brought to you [...]

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Heritage Tram for Richmond?

Most of us have forgotten that Richmond once supported an interurban service from Steveston to Vancouver and New Westminster and now the city of Richmond is investigating a heritage line to operate the interurban. Rail for the Valley wishes everyone good luck with this endeavor. With the then new Oak St. Bridge in the background, [...]

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Seeing Is Believing – Why Doesn’t Translink Understand The Simple Facts Of LRT?

Courtesy of Mr. Haveacow from Ottawa. Zwei, I am sending you a very telling photograph. Its near Blair Station and the Ottawa LRV is undergoing testing. Notice the complete lack of paint effects and graphics as well as the fact that, many of its portals and access panels are in the down position, so equipment [...]

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Another Crash And Fatality On Hwy. 7

Too many auto deaths in the Fraser Valley this year, but with no alternatives but to drive and ever increasing population growth, leading to more cars and more congestion, more and more accidents and fatalities will occur. I sorry, only five West Coast Express Trains in and out of Vancouver doesn’t cut it, yet our [...]

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How Many Fatal Accidents Does it Take For Politicians to Support A Chilliwack To Vancouver TramTrain!

  On Wednesday last (Aug. 9) the misses and I went to Harrison Hot Springs for some well deserved R & R. The trip to Harrison only confirmed the need for a Vancouver to Chilliwack rail service, to give a  transportation option for those living in the Fraser Valley. The many accidents, that I passed [...]

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The Stadler Option

The Stadler product is gaining traction in North America and now has a manufacturing plant in North America. Unlike Bombardier, which relies on the government to secure train orders for them in North America, Stadler had to fight hard to sell its product on this side of the pond. There is a dichotomy between Stadler [...]

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Let’s Take A Trip On The Mulhouse TramTrain

Real TramTrain in action in Mulhouse France. Let’s go for a ride. https://youtu.be/46Fo7qCcyW0  

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TramTrain For Halifax?

As LRT planning spreads across Canada, transportation planners are beginning to understand the flexibility of the mode. Commuter rail, using unwieldy commuter passenger cars are yesterdays transit solution, while TramTrain is a 21st century transit solution. Just to think, if Metro Vancouver had built the Leewood/Rail for the Valley, Vancouver to Chilliwack TramTrain, we could [...]