public transit

Light Rail "Could be the smartest" Thing to do: Falcon

In an interview that shows some promise as far as the thoughts and direction of decision-makers, Transportation minister Kevin Falcon is talking about a detailed review of light rail as a possible option for future train lines to UBC and the Fraser Valley.

"Light rail could be the smartest, wisest thing to do," Falcon told Black Press.

Millenium Developments to Receive $100-million Loan

A bit of a bombshell dropped this morning: the City of Vancouver is apparently about to loan $100 million to Millenium Developments, the company developing the SE False Creek 'Olympic Village' site.

This comes after everyone at the city was saying the project was fiscally stable, and that the city was not going to be left on the hook for anything.

More West Coast Express Still Years off

Ridership on the West Coast Express continues to increase, but, as written in the Maple Ridge News, increased service is still some time off. The WCE is run with trains maintained by Via Rail, on tracks leased from CP Rail. WCE started a parallel bus service in 2003 that allows them to run service a little longer than their agreement with CP allows.

Translink CEO: Light Rail Should be Included

In a recent interview with Black Press, Translink CEO Tom Pendergast spoke in support of light rail expansion into the Fraser Valley, particularly when contrasted with SkyTrain-type elevated rail.

"If you've got wide street right-of-ways in Surrey and Langley, you can take some two or three lanes, put in a dedicated guideway in the centre or off to one side that would be light rail, and it will work very effectively."

Transit Police Duck Meeting with Burnaby City Council

The Transit Police Authority has turned down an invitation to meet with Burnaby city council, according to CBC news and this Burnaby Now article.

Burnaby councillors asked for a meeting in August to find out how much time they spend actually policing transit. The Authority has declined, saying the answers council seeks can be found in documents outlining their mandate.

Improved Transit top Issue: VitalSigns survey

In the Vancouver Foundation's annual public survey report, improved transportation topped homelessness as an issue of concern for Greater Vancouver residents.

The survey asks citizens to grade their perceptions of how the city and region is faring in several different areas. The first survey, in 2006, only included Vancouver residents, but the last two years have seen the survey carried out to other parts of the GVRD.

Developer Added to Translink Board

Translink has appointed a West Van real estate developer to its board of directors.

In a move to perhaps support the direction Translink wants to move in - using real estate development along transit corridors as a source of funds - Howard Nemtin has been appointed to the board for a three year term.

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!

Sullivan announces "Olympic Streetcar" trial

It has now been publicly announced, and reported in The Vancouver Sun: the current streetcar run down SE False Creek, now using an old Interurban car, will be turned into a new Bombardier-sponsored demonstration streetcar.

BC Electric: Suppose there were no Street Cars

I have yet to find out where and when exactly this is from, but it's an extremely prescient bit of argument. My hazardous guess is that it was an attempt to pre-emptively argue against removing the streetcar system from Vancouver.

"The street car makes possible the use of your automobile in Vancouver".

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