downtown streetcar

Granville Island: the End of Free Parking

Just a quick post here: it looks like Granville Island has re-thought the way they provide subsidies to drivers visiting the island: no more free parking during the Olympics:

Drivers can only park for a maximum of two hours, for $3 per hour between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Free spots are available only up until 10 a.m.

Video: Riding the Streetcar

Just a note here, it seems that I've found some common ground with the people over at Citycaucus.com. Good ideas find fertile ground in many places.

One of them rode the Olympic line with a video camera today, the first day of official operation. Here's the video (not really that exciting, but it can be a bit of a teaser for everyone until you get to ride it).

Downtown (Olympic) Streetcar: Test Runs Begin

It's been some time since I've been able to post.. work and side projects are taking up all my time.

I was riding through SE False Creek and checking the progress of the streetcar, when I noticed it was running - the two trains were running end-to-end.

It was great to see them actually running down the track and stopping at the stations. The track is a single track, with passing sections at the stations. It's unfortunate, but I verified my earlier discovery: that the track only reaches the "Olympic Village" Canada Line station at Cambie - and doesn't run through the Village itself.

Vancouver's "Greenest City" Plan 2020

In February this year, Gregor Robertson convened the "Greenest City Action Team". A bit over a week ago, their '2020 Action Plan' was released, which is intended to be a plan on how to become the greenest major city on the planet by that date. I've finally had enough time to skim over it - I'll focus on the transportation bit for the moment.

Vancouver's Streetcars on Their Way

It appears Bombardier has shipped the two "Flexity" streetcars to Vancouver, and the local news release brought the local media's attention to the new line once again. The right of way has been rebuilt over the last year, and looks complete (the above photo was taken a few weeks ago). It was great to see Frances Bula's posting on the subject draw a significant amount of discussion.

Granville Island Carless Redux

We've all noticed it - the constant traffic jam and parking battle that is Granville Island. Still, in 2004, it was named One of the World's Great Places, but I'd say the perpetual queue of sheetmetal, exhaust, and darting drivers stop it from living up to its potential as a truly great destination and public space. The time has come to remove cars from the island.

Proposed Route of the Downtown Streetcar

This is nothing new, but I thought I'd post the map of the whole downtown streetcar route, even though only phase '0' will definitely be built. It would be amazing to see the whole thing built, as the starting point to a GVRD-wide streetcar and light rail network.

I'll be posting more information as I read through some of the city reports!

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