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 [...]

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 [...]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and SkyTrain

  Ah, the great SkyTrain debate is once again upon us and a Fox News style niche newspaper, the Daily Hive, has decided that SkyTrain is its best friend! No doubt TransLink is happy, while it is desperately trying to hide the fact that Movia metro is a proprietary railway. Sorry chums it is. The [...]

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I am Shocked, Shocked!

  I am shocked, shocked, that SNC Lavalin hold the Engineering patents for the proprietary Movia metro (SkyTrain)!   Let’s not kid ourselves—Justin Trudeau has been the MP for SNC-Lavalin for a very long time by Charlie Smith on March 9th, 2019 at 8:20 AM In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (with then B.C. premier [...]

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BROADWAY IS NOT THE BUSIEST TRANSIT ROUTE IN CANADA

  For the past several years, the SkyTrain Lobby, politicians and academics have all said, almost in unison, that Broadway was the busiest transit corridor in Canada, if not North America. The old Joseph Goebbels quote is true; “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe [...]

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The Mayors Council’s Tunnel Vision

It is hard to believe, that group of hapless politicians have just signed a death warrant for transit in the region. The Mayors Council on Transit just gave the OK to build a SkyTrain subway to UBC, which means the rest of the region can kiss goodbye to any sort of credible transit planning for [...]