Lies, Damned Lies and the Vancouver Sun

So, Calgary’s Nenshi backs Gregor Robertson’s Broadway subway plans. Well not exactly, he supports better urban transit funding and all Mr. Nenshi said was “So I imagine there is a scramble right now in Ottawa precisely to figure out how to fund Vancouver’s next Skytrain expansion.”

How the Vancouver sun can construe this as support for a Broadway subway is mind boggling!

The Vancouver Sun, a long supporter of SkyTrain, again distorts the facts to pervert the truth when it comes to regional transit in the region.

There are lies, damned lies and The Vancouver Sun!

Just to refresh everyone’s memory, the Expo and Millennium Lines (and the Evergreen Line) have 80 metre long station platforms limiting trains to about 80 metres. The Canada line has station platforms between 40 metres and 50 metres long, limiting trains to around 40 metres. Short station platforms limit the capacity of the Canada line to about 7,500 pphpd and the Skytrain lines to about 15,000 pphpd. to increase capacity, very expensive station and electrical renovations must take place. Estimated cost $2 billion to $3 billion.

Meanwhile in Calgary, stations have been renovated and platform lengths extended to 110 metres in length so they can accept four car (99 .3 metre long) coupled sets of trams.


News Flash:

Calgary can run 99 metre long trains versus Vancouver ability to only run 80 metre long trains

Calgary can operate trains up to 110 metres long, which Vancouver cannot.

Calgary’s LRT has a higher capacity than SkyTrain.

Subways do not increase capacity, they just keep surface roads clear for motorists.


One Response to “Lies, Damned Lies and the Vancouver Sun”
  1. Haveacow says:

    Calgary has unfortunately had to push back the platform expansion program to be finished in 2016 not 2014. The interesting thing is that the new S200 LRV which Calgary has ordered from Siemens will also begin to arrive in 2016 and replace the old U2 cars. The S200 is simply the high floor version of Siemen’s successful S70 low floor design. These cars are 27.7 metres long each and in a 4 car train have a length of 110.8 metres, just an average leg length longer than the new platforms. In fact they are 11.4 metres longer than a 4 car SD160 LRV consist.

    Zwei replies: In 2016, Vancouver will be still demanding a Broadway subway, limited capacity and all!

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