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Toronto’s King Street – A Template For Broadway?

The European light rail Renaissance in Toronto seems to be successful. Active traffic calming will both improve transit service, while at the same time pull more people to transit, a lesson that TansLink and Vancouver traffic engineers refuses to learn. Putting transit underground, may make local improvements, but the high costs hurts transit operations elsewhere. [...]

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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Thoughts For November

As 2017 wanes in the days of September and October and  now the chill winds of November are upon us , the unprecedented dry spell, reeks of global warming. 7mm of rain in July and August must be setting off alarm bells in the various forestry and environmental ministries. This summer and autumn I had [...]

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Scarborough ……… Or Should We Say Broadway Subway ‘Not A Worthwhile Use Of Money’

No real surprise here. What is very odious is that the Mayor of Toronto wants a subway, purely for political purposes and the taxpayer be damned! The same is true about the proposed Broadway SkyTrain subway, where the traffic flows just do not warrant a now almost $4 billion subway, yet the Mayor of Vancouver [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Is It time To Say Adios To TransLink’s Kevin Desmond?

TransLink’s American CEO, Kevin Desmond, was always TransLink’s man. A consummate bureaucrat, he knows what buttons to push and what whistles to blow, but when it comes to transit, Desmond does what he is told to do. TransLink has never acknowledged the fact that the public, especially the taxpayer after the 2015 plebiscite do not [...]

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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 [...]

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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Expensive Projects = Expensive Costs

Most people championing expensive transit, fail to see three minutes into the future. The failure of a switch motor on the Expo Line last week caused transit chaos. Switch motors fail and on automatic railways, the regimen is to replace motors on a preventative basis before they fail in revenue service to maintain the integrity [...]