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  1. cprted

    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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    VIA Rail Canada

    Interesting motion by Lilloeet at the Union of BC Municipalities conference. From the Vancouver Sun:
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    VIA Rail Canada

    The VIA Rail app is your friend when railfanning VIA. Takes all the guess work out of it
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    VIA Rail Canada

    Worth noting that two weeks into Train 1/2's new schedule, things seem to be going better, at least west of the Rockies. Today's train 1 is on track to put into Vancouver on-time (possibly early) and the last couple of 2's out of Vancouver have also been on time or even early by the time they get to Jasper. Not sure how things have been further east, but out here the new schedule seems to be delivering good on-time performance.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    This 160km (or whatever) of light rail by 2100 is just a concept ... they're not locking in the routes 80 years before they go into revenue service.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    But those projects weren't actually started with Federal and Provincial funds in place when the change happened. The LRT prepatory work has been underway for several months and they're planning to start putting rails in the ground in 2019 ... too late to stop by a Mayor that won't be sworn in until Jan 2019 (assuming he gets elected). But he were able to scrap the project, you need only look to Toronto to see how far behind canceling projects puts all transit development ... if you want to make sure there is no rapid transit construction in Surrey for the next decade, just cancel the LRT project and see how long it takes for anything other than a new bus lane to get off the ground ...
  15. So this went into service this today. BCAS 63600, Chev/Crestline Hybrid ambulance.
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