Fear of huge costs of the Broadway subway has scared Translink and the Mayors Council on Transit. There is a long dark tunnel of escalating subway costs.

Fear of Subway Costs Grips Mayors Council

As our friend, Haveacow indicated some time ago, the Broadway subway is going to cost a lot more than many think. Some years ago, Zwei entered into correspondence with a German transit Engineer, Wolfgang and he warned of subway construction and operating costs, which hobbled German transit authorities and also lead to the rebirth of [...]

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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The Ignorance Of Light Rail Knows No Bounds – Distinctly In Vancouver

It is sad that anti-tram journalist, Francis Bula, writes such tawdry articles about transit and by doing so, demonstrates that she does little or no research and repeats the anti-tram myth. Citing Jarret Walker as a renowned transit expert is stretching it a bit, as he is a bloggist, catering to the anti-tram crowd. He [...]

New York To End 24 Hour Subway Service

Not all is roses for 24 hour subway service. The reason for ending 24 hour subway servcie in New York is……  that it would allow for longer windows to perform maintenance work needed to keep the system in good repair for daytime commutes. ….is the same as TransLink’s maintenance needs for its light-metro lines. The [...]

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Toronto Politicians Fear Scarborough Subway Costs

As expected, the costs for the Scarborough subway, the subway that is replacing the Scarborough ICTS Rapid Transit line, is escalating. Toronto’s ICTS  or locally called SRT  is a very close cousin to Vancouver’s ALRT/ART system, which we collectively named SkyTrain. What should interest Metro Vancouver residents is the final cost of the 6.4 km [...]

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24 Hour Operation for SkyTrain? Not Going To Happen.

One has to laugh at the armchair experts, who think it’s so simple to offer a 24 hour servcie on the SkyTrain light metro system. The ignorance about the SkyTrain light-metro system operation is endemic. SkyTrain does not magically move people from point A to point B, rather a lot of man-hours are spent ensuring [...]

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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When You Really Need It – SkyTrain Craps out!

Again, SkyTrain never fails to, well fail! CKNW NEWS ALERT                                                                                            [...]

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Is Casino Money Laundering Driving SkyTrain Expansion?

As charges are laid in the casino money laundering fiasco where it is alleged, dirty money from abroad was laundered at BC Casino’s then invested in Vancouver’s hot housing market. The question must be asked: Is laundered illegal drug money driving the demand for higher density and SkyTrain expansion in Metro Vancouver? Back in the [...]

Chaleroi

Metro Madness – FastFerry Fiasco 2

Vancouver wants subways and nothing else. Vancouver wants the region to pay for those subways. Vancouver’s pet SkyTrain subway,  just to Arbutus Street, may cost upwards of $4 billion. Vancouver’s pet SkyTrain subway will use the now obsolete ALRT/ART proprietary railway, jointly owned by Bombardier Inc. and SNC Lavalin. Vancouver’s pet SkyTrain subway will have [...]