cprted

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  1. I wonder if Surrey will include an Emergency Vehicle Preemption system at the major intersections when they're integrating LRT with traffic signals. The medians along KGB make it difficult as it is for emergency vehicles to use the opposing lanes ... once there are tracks down the middle, it will likely be almost impossible.
  2. Visited the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway the other day and thought I'd share some of the shots I took. Nice little ride on BCER Interurban car 1225 on a section of the former BCER Chilliwack Line. Always a pleasure to ride a piece of Greater Vancouver transit history. https://fvhrs.org
  3. The specific technology hasn't been chosen for the Montreal project beyond the fact they want a driverless system. Some of the artwork shows Innovia Metro 300 cars with overhead wire, but that's all that is, concept artwork. However it is pretty reasonable to expect a Bombardier product will eventually be chosen ... after all, this is a taxpayer funding system in Quebec ... lol
  4. That isn't my argument at all. My point was that the population of the North Shore supports the level of service that is has (multiple bus connections in addition to the SeaBus) and that Bowen doesn't have the population to necessitate increased service, especially a niche market, passenger only ferry.
  5. That's because the North Shore has 49x the population of Bowen Island ... you're proposing a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. If there was enough demand for a direct to Downtown water connection from Bowen, don't you think Cormorant Marine (Water Taxi company) would offer that service?
  6. You keep talking about Bowen Island as if it is some massive transportation hub ... the island has a population of 3700 people. If the current service was grossly inadequate, there would be a plan to improve it (the Queen of Cap did get a refit in the winter of 2015/2016 to increase vehicle capacity and add the passenger boarding doors). Having commuted back and forth for almost two years, between BC Ferries and the Water Taxi, things are ok. In that time I never experienced a sailing wait on either side (almost did once on a long weekend but they managed to cram the last few cars onboard). As for foot passengers, the current express bus from Horseshoe Bay to downtown takes 40 mins ... I cannot see a Horseshoe Bay-Waterfront passenger ferry making the 23.5km journey in less time than that.
  7. The Guildford to Newton "L" line was never proposed to be a SkyTrain line anyway. Just doesn't make sense. The Fraser Highway extension towards Langley is where the LRT vs SkyTrain fight/debate will really be had.
  8. Crossing a street with a pedestrian light is pretty standard stuff when it comes to LRT.
  9. There is a private water taxi that can hold approx 40 passengers that runs Horseshoe-Bay to Snug Cove during the afternoon service gap with BCF and after the last BCF ferry runs at night. It's also available for charter. It is a well used service, but if there was demand for more water taxi runs, they would put them on. http://www.cormorantwatertaxi.com
  10. The afternoon break in service to Bowen is about a combination of ferry staffing and low passenger traffic in the mid afternoon, not the tides. The QoCap can dock at Snug at low tide, as it will be doing this afternoon (today's afternoon low tide is at 2:54pm).
  11. This has been the Liberal's playbook every time. Shower us with tax cuts and new spending in the months leading up to the election ... More money for transit, reducing MSP premiums, $95M for additional ambulances, the list goes on. Every four years like clockwork.
  12. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-government-to-match-federal-funding-for-broadway-skytrain-extension-surrey-lrt-1.4049350 CBC News is reporting the provincial government will match the 40% federal contribution to the Broadway Skytrain extension and Surrey LRT projects.
  13. You might get a better response if you specified which bus loop you were referring to ...
  14. I'm not sure of the actual milage, but at it's peak, the BC Electric Railway would have been among the largest. 5 Interurban lines (the longest of which was 103 km) and a network of streetcars. The second link has an excellent interactive maps showing all the routes superimposed over the modern map of Greater Vancouver. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_Electric_Railway http://maps.nicholsonroad.com/bcer/
  15. The political history of the Lougheed/Broadway rapid transit project (what eventually became M Line) is an interesting one. If you look at the regional transit plan from the early 90s (1991/92 I believe), the three rapid transit projects on the books then were, 1) Grade-separated/partially grade-separated LRT from Lougheed Mall to UBC, 2) Skytrain branch from Columbia, to Lougheed and into the Tricities, 3) Skytrain from Waterfront to Richmond/Airport. The Lougheed-Broadway corridor was slated as the next project once skytrain was built to King George, however with the NDP in power, the decision was made to built a skytrain extension, but instead of following plan 2, which would see construction largely through ridings the vote for the BC Liberals, the decision was made to swing the new line back through Burnaby and run through an NDP friendly area. So that's how we ended up with the Millennium Line.