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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Expo Line down Fraser to 166/168 with B Line connections to Langley City, Walnut Grove, and Cloverdale would be a decent interim project.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    No, it isn’t official. Surrey Council passed a resolution to try and cancel the LRT project. Now they have to convince the Mayor’s council.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    I stand corrected. A book I read some time ago suggested CP dropped daily service on the Canadian before the VIA amalgamation. Timetables verify that was clearly not the case. Regardless, VIA 1/2 doesn't have any trouble with any mainline siding length. Perhaps it was the station tracks that @dowlingm is thinking about? The Canadian most definitely has to be broken in two to fit in Pacific Central Station in Vancouver.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    The Canadian has been 3/7 since the early 70s. Even when the Canadian is at it's longest, it is still 1/3 the length of most freight trains.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    One of the other issues that sewers VIA is siding length. Many of the sidings out there simply are too short for the 120+ car trains running these days, but VIA can fit in all of them. So when the RTC is faced with the choice of holding a 132 car coal train for hours or having VIA take the hole, VIA ends up in the hole every time. Any regulatory change to force the host railways to keep VIA running on schedule will have to be paired with a significant infrastructure investment to increase double tracking and lengthen sidings. Honestly I don't really see much political appetite to drop hundreds of millions or more into rail infrastructure outside a few specific projects.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    We'll see what time VIA 1 makes into Vancouver today. They left Ashcroft 4 hours late but managed to gain back half an hour by the time they got to Boston Bar. If they get a relatively clear shot into Vancouver from Hope (stop laughing ... ) they should be able to make up another 2-3 hours anyway. Still an improvement over the 12-24+ hours late they would get here on the old schedule.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    Train 1 has been arriving in Vancouver early pretty consistently. Big change from the 12-24 hours late every trip just a few weeks ago.
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    My understanding is the after the 2 current orders of MK3 trainsets are delivered, all new purchases with be in the 5-car configuration. But yes, planning for an additional east-west service needs to start before we hit peak capacity.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    That is one of the key points, right there. Anyone familiar with the Surrey community plan, the goal is over the next 30-50 years, create a "second downtown" focused around Surrey Central and extending to Guildford and Newton. The LRT link along the KG/104 corridor is one of the lynchpins to that plan.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Lets also be clear that typically when the term "Streetcar" is used, the application is referring to a single unit LRT vehicle that operates in mixed traffic and stops curbside. Quite different from 2-3 unit trains operating in dedicated LRT lanes/transit only lanes, or LRT RoW that stops at station facilities. Compare the Portland Streetcar vs the MAX, or the Seattle Streetcar vs Link LRT. Both use similar vehicles, but in very different ways.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    No idea for actual numbers but I don’t think many people commuting for work would find a noon departure from Vancouver to be super useful. As well, the VIA fare from Vancouver to Mission is $37 and the fare on the WCE is under $10.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    It's about the access from Pacific Central to the North Shore of Vancouver, not turning the train in Vancouver that becomes the issue. Coming out of Vancouver, the line to North Van is a trailing switch at Willingdon Junction. Thus if you're not able to stop and reverse direction at the junction to head through the Thorton Tunnel, you either need to back the train 7.5km from Pacific Central to Willingdon Junction, or run 15km from Pac Central to the junction in New West and turn at the wye there, both of which would be less than ideal. To illustrate, this train is WB on the BNSF/CN Main at Willingdon Junction where it takes the diverging route into the tunnel. Had it kept on ahead, it would end up in Vancouver.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    Double post.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    I see no reason additional sidings would have to be built to accommodate reinstated passenger service. Rocky currently uses the former BC Rail station in Whistler and it doesn't have a siding, nor has it ever. Rocky also uses the Quesnel Station, and while Quesnel does have a yard, the station and platform are on the main track, not a siding. If there was political will to reinstate North Van-PG passenger service, I'm sure CN would play along in exchange for similar trackage fees that VIA pays for the Canadian and Skeena, which both run on CN lines in BC. Operationally, one of the biggest impediments would likely be where the train originates from. The North Vancouver passenger station and steam shop was demolished a few years ago and there are condos being built on the site. A VIA Cariboo Prospector service could come out of Vancouver's Pacific Central Station (which VIA already owns) but it would add almost an hour to the travel time and would require some type of equipment capable of bi-directional running.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from the discussions at the UBCM. As much as I'd love to see a North Van-PG passenger service reinstated, I really think it is just a pipe dream. The track is in good condition as it is maintained by CN as a secondary mainline. Stations stops do block the main, as they have on this single track mainline since it was constructed. These days, CN is usually only running 2-4 trains/day.
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