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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    The other tricky part would be replicating the Innovia Metro’s steerable trucks, which are needed to navigate the tight curves on parts of the SkyTrain guideway. Mind you, with no need for traction motors in the trucks, this should be doable.
  2. First of all, if anything, the density along Hastings means that it's even more justified there than on Lougheed. Second, it's not just about local traffic on Hastings. As I said earlier, part of the reason I think this project needs to be a priority is because we need to have a plan for replacing the West Coast Express - if freight volumes continue to grow, CP won't have room for the WCE trains on their mainline west of PoCo much longer. A subway line underneath Hastings would kill both birds with a single stone.

    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    At that point IMO you would also want to modify the #503 and ValleyMAX #21 to provide a transfer-free connection between the Expo Line terminus and Bourquin Exchange. (This could conceivably be part of the Fraser Hwy. B-Line to which you refer.)
  4. I don't think the West Coast Express will still be around in twenty years. I think CP is going to force the service off of its mainline to make room for more freight trains. IMO we should be planning in the long term for a new SkyTrain line along Hastings between downtown Vancouver and Moody Centre. (An Expo Line extension might make the line too long and too unreliable, even as a fully automated and grade-separated service.)

    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    I don’t think moving the transfer point to east Fleetwood would be pointless, though. If you terminate the extension at 166 St or thereabouts, you’ve now bypassed the worst part of the congestion on Fraser Hwy. Service to Langley Centre would become instantly more reliable. Moreover, by providing connection points at stations along the way, it would be easier to set up a grid network of FTN routes in north and west Surrey and eliminate the problem of “every trip must pass through Surrey Central”. (An LRT could do this too, but the extra transfer at King George would make it less attractive for discretionary riders.)

    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Dr Perl criticizes RRT for creating isolated pockets of development around stations. I’d submit that this is mostly a factor of station spacing, not technology choice. If you build SkyTrain stations 1000m or so apart - a not-unreasonable spacing in an urban area - you’ll get the same development pattern as LRT for the most part. (Also, an elevated guideway is much easier to add stations to after the fact than a tunnel, if the guideway is designed to accommodate them.) Dr. Perl also criticizes the “dead-end technology” that is SkyTrain. That ship sailed a long time ago. For better and for worse, we’re committed to the ICTS technology.

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    @Evan Hancock, it seems like a very long and roundabout route for a North Shore connection, with very little in the way of development potential between Deep Cove and Pleasantside. Honestly, I’m inclined to say that the most logical North Shore rapid-transit connection is across the Second Narrows, either as an Expo Line extension through Sunrise or as a line along Willingdon to Metrotown. Combine that with 10-minute SeaBus service and you’re on to something.

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    There aren’t going to be more than a handful of D60LFs left after this order is delivered, if any at all. They’ve had 18+ years of being ridden hard and put away wet. They’re well and truly done.

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    IF the RapidBus re-branding is a go, then it would make sense to deliver the new coaches in RapidBus livery, and then transfer Sweep-R-painted XDE60s to Richmond (which will have no RapidBus routes, but which uses artics extensively on local routes).

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Even more to the point, you don’t repaint a bus for a prototype livery when vinyl wraps are a thing. The fact that the bus had to be repainted afterwards suggests that the new livery was applied permanently and then the decision was made to remove it and return the bus to Sweep-R. Either this arises from a decision to use the 2012 artics exclusively on local routes like the #49 contrary to the original plan, or the RapidBus livery as applied to R12024 has been abandoned. Time will tell. But if the 2012 artics were going to be used this way, why go to the trouble of repainting R12024 in RapidBus livery, then repainting it in Sweep-R? To me, that only makes sense if it’s a change of plans: in changing the planned deployment of the 2012 artics; in keeping the RapidBus and regular artics as separate subfleets, contrary to the practice of the last decade; or in abandoning the RapidBus livery as applied to R12024.

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Just because a new bus is delivered in the RapidBus livery doesn’t mean TransLink didn’t change their minds. They may have done so too late for the bus to be delivered in standard Sweep-R. We’ll see if she’s got a date with the paint shop before she enters service.

    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Will the older engine affect the longevity of the ‘99s? Or will there also be Orion V Suburbans hanging around that will make them less oddball within the fleet?

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    So now we have semi-official confirmation that the 2012 Xcelsiors will be repainted into the correct livery, rather than the charcoal-less one that was accidentally sent to NFI.

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    And the BAE hybrids?
  15. OK, so I get the new livery (aside from the havoc it causes with spare ratios), but why abandon the B-Line brand? The degree of penetration it’s achieved is a marketer’s dream!