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Rail for the Valley: A Letter to Premier Horgan

Dear Premier Horgan, Congratulations on your recent electoral success and now fresh winds will sweeps across British Columbia. My name is Malcolm Johnston and I have been an advocate for better public transit in the Metro Vancouver region for over 30 years. Transit in Metro Vancouver is in a precarious position and funding is not [...]

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Road Pricing – One More Slurp At The Trough

From Bob Mackin and the Breaker. Zwei has studied “Road Pricing” and “Congestion Charging” for over 20 years and the very first rule for a successful road pricing scheme is that the region have a user friendly and affordable public transit alternative. With TransLink we don’t…….. not even close and TransLink is so incompetent at [...]

Should We Convert The Canada Line to Light Rail? Updated.

First posted by zweisystem on Thursday, October 11, 2012 · Subways & metros cost a lot of money to build and operate. The proposed new mega bridge that will replace the George Massey Tunnel is back in the news, as there is a good chance that incoming Premier John Horgan will cancel the the hugely [...]

A Message To Premier Horgan: A Train Waiting for You At The Station (Updated)

A Message To Mr. Horgan: A Train Waiting for You At The Station First Posted by zweisystem on Thursday, May 25, 2017 ·   The election is over and now the province has a NDP/Green coalition government. Rail For The Valley has a message for now Premier Horgan, The Vancouver to Chilliwack TramTrain is waiting [...]

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Freight Tram Trials in St. Etienne France

The concept of freight trams has been around for a while, in fact the concept is quite old. The success of Dresden’s freight tram was based on moving car components, via container, from one factory to another across the city. In St. Etienne, it’s the concept of moving smaller loads from one central distribution point [...]

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Transportation Gridlock is Endemic in Metro Vancouver

After driving into Vancouver yesterday, it has hit home that despite a now over $10 billion spent on SkyTrain light-metro and the Canada line, congestion is getting worse. After being an advocate for better transportation in the region for now over thirty years, I am still amazed by the “SkyTrain ennui” that prevails in most [...]

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The French Approach to LRT Versus The American (Canadian) Approach

The following is well worth  read as it compares the French Approach to Modern LRT and the American and Canadian rather dated approach to the transit mode. French v US approach to light rail What we should plan for, instead of playing games with land development. MACRO (regional strategies) * (1) Ressau: (network) Design at [...]

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Fire on SkyTrain – The $3 Billion Question

As SkyTrain ages, its equipment deteriorates and today, a fire has happened and apparently not caused by a pyrotechnic birds nest. As mentioned many times by Rail for the Valley, about $3 billion needs to be invested in the ART/ALRT SkyTrain lines to both renew the mini-metro system and to increase capacity. As TransLink’s CEO [...]

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Is TransLink Hiding Subway Costs?

I wanted to post this item, not to show problems with London’s proposed BRT, rather that cost of tunneling had been vastly under estimated on the subway portion of this project. An excerpt from the London Free Press. City hall’s consultant, IBI Group, had dropped a bombshell on city officials that day: The tunnel’s construction [...]

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BC, Building Our Way To Gridlock.

Someone please memo this to the Minister of Transportation; the Premier; the Mayor of Delta and the BC Liberal party. Guest column: Wider roads won’t solve congestion problem (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong) 6356725  - See more at: http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/lettertotheeditor/5323723-151/guest-column-wider-roads-wont-solve-congestion-problem#sthash.xGCX3git.0vCV9BSw.dpuf Build it, and they will come. In the context of the Legislature’s transportation plan, this [...]