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Common Sense Transit Planning From Patrick Condon. Oh, Yes And From Rail For The Valley

Hats off to Professor Patrick Condon for this! The mayor of Surrey may wish he had kept his mouth shut about light rail and SkyTrain. Oh, he will get his toy train to Fleetwood, no doubt, but after that fiscal reality will hit like a Tsunami. From the Tyee Dear Surrey Mayor McCallum. Congratulations on [...]

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Has The SkyTrain Flip-Flop In Surrey Derailed?

Ah, the realities of political promises as the new Mayor of Surrey has now discovered; a very big $514 million problem. Even the most ardent of SkyTrain supporters, except for the tin foil hat brigade, realize SkyTrain costs a lot more to build than light rail and even may concede it costs more to maintain [...]

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Dated Thinking From A Dated Mayor

Dated transit thinking comes from SkyTrain, because light-metro is a dated transit system. There is no backbone for transit, except for a network of transit lines and only if it is designed properly, designed for the needs of its customers and not the electoral needs of politicians. One $2.95 billion SkyTrain does not a backbone [...]

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Game Changer, The Autonomous Tram

  This will be a game changer for transit and especially for Vancouver, where politic ans love driverless transit. What this means is that the concept of driverless transit systems must be put on expensive elevated guideways or even more expensive subways, will fade to the history books as the autonomous tram will have the [...]

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A Matter Of Perspective

What is interesting with this story is the matter of perspective comparing Vancouver and Toronto. In Toronto, the 504 streetcar servicing carries around 80,000 riders a day in 2018. In Vancouver, where a subway is being proposed for Broadway, as far as Arbutus and with some promoters wanting it to terminate at UBC; in 2012 [...]

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The Sum of Zwei’s Fears – Part 3 The New FastFerry Fiasco

It is interesting indeed that Vancouver Sun columnist, Vaughn Palmer is writing about transit and the two massively expensive rapid transit projects, the Surrey LRT and the Broadway subway. With both federal and provincial backing, these two ill conceived projects will cripple transit planning for the next quarter century. In the long term at least, [...]

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The Sum of Zwei’s Fears – Part 2

A fiasco is brewing  in Surrey, as the cost for LRT construction is now exceeding $165 million/km! Is it by design, by TransLink, who wish to continue building with SkyTrain? Is it by devious planning by other City of Surrey, piling on massive infrastructure costs on the light rail project? Is it nothing more than [...]

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The Sum of Zwei’s Fears – Is The Surrey LRT Project, A Utility Renewal Project With Rails?

It seems Surrey’s LRT project is in reality a road and underground utility renewal project with rails, hence the massive construction costs. Are these road and renew weal projects needed? Was the Hawthorne Park Road needed? No. Do the underground utilities need replacing? Probably not. It is the cancer of light rail projects in North [...]

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Like it or Not, LRT is Coming To Surrey!

Not really news if one knows light rail. Like it or not, modern public transit is coming to Surrey and the SkyTrain Lobby are kicking and screaming all the way, why? The fear, I believe, is that there is great fear that when modern LRT operates in Metro Vancouver, “apples to apples” comparisons will be [...]

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Never Attribute to Malice What Can be Explained by Incompetence – Factbender on Transit

You don’t have to be smart to be the Minister responsible for TransLink, rather you just to have to be a very good BS artist, that’ all. As the LRT or SkyTrain tap dance continues south of the Fraser, many politicians reveal that their knowledge about SkyTrain comes mainly from picture books and not engineering [...]