public transit

BC Budget 2010: Nevergreen?

Anyone else catch Hansen's mention of the Evergreen Line in the budget speech?
"We expect construction of the Evergreen Line to start in 2011, creating about 8,000 construction jobs and further adding to our quality of life". For a brief moment, I thought this was it, that they've been inspired by the recent astounding success of public transit during the Olympics.

Lose a Car: save $235,000

Here's an interesting study that has compiled all the average costs associated with car ownership, and found what a family with two cars could save if they only got rid of one of them and switched to public transit.

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.

Evergreen Watch: 'Moody Locals Looking for Third Station

It is wonderful to see people taking action on something well before it's too late - it seems that far too often, everyone waits until all the decisions have been made to actually begin talking about changing the course of a plan already in development.

A group of citizens in central Port Moody is taking pre-emptive action, and is currently organizing to ensure they get more than the two stations already drawn into the plans for the Evergreen Line.

Back to the Future: West Van --> Coal Harbour by Ferry

A quick post here, a day late: West Vancouver city council approved, yesterday, a six month trial run of a ferry service from near Ambleside park to Coal Harbour.

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.

Letter: Translink Could Learn From Lyon

Just a quick post here. I stumbled upon this letter to the editor, and thought it was interesting for two reasons.. which led me to find some pics of Lyon transit like the one above, which is stunning.

BC Hydro Looking to Keep Passenger Rail Service Option Open

While a bit of old news by now, I've had this story open in my browser for a few weeks, waiting to add it to this site, as it's a huge history lesson and a major possibility for the future of transit in the GVRD.

Translink Mayor's Council Hunting for Money

Remember the $14-billion public transit plan announcement of January, 2008? The mayors of Metro Vancouver will begin scrambling to find a way for Translink to fund itself through that period to 2020 and beyond - starting this Wednesday. The mayor's council (which used to make up the Translink board until they were relegated to an 'advisory' council by Kevin Falcon), has until October 31 to approve a plan for the next decade.

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