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DarkKeyo

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    Broadway SkyTrain Extension

    Yes. And, I'm expecting that they can't afford anywhere near the entire cost. They did seem to come to the decision to support this really suddenly, considering it's been talked about for years.
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    Broadway SkyTrain Extension

    I'm all for building that extension sooner than later, but as long as the cost doesn't take away from any of the other Phase 2 or 3 improvements which are really needed. Unless something drastic changes the increasing amount of ridership, it's going to be very slow and crowded in Vancouver for a long time. I agree with 8010 here on how it should be done.
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    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    The current loop at UBC is permanent. See here: Joyce station plans from translink's site: Phase 2 of the upgrade project began in early 2018 and includes: new bus pick-up areas adjacent to the east stationhouse with a larger passenger waiting space and bus shelters upgrades to the current bus exchange adjacent to the west stationhouse to accommodate future service improvements, including planned B-Line service from Joyce–Collingwood to UBC new pedestrian and bicycle path on the north side of the east and west stationhouses that connects to the BC Parkway an extended roof and new platform tiling replacement of the existing elevator and escalator in the west stationhouse improved overall station design and lighting throughout the west stationhouse Phase 1 of the Joyce–Collingwood Station upgrade project included: one new elevator and one set of up and down escalators in the east stationhouse improved station design with better lighting and visibility throughout the east stationhouse better integration with the community for easier SkyTrain connections glass panels that replaced the existing mesh screens to improve station visibility from street level and keep platform noise within the station new commercial retail unit new bike parkade https://www.translink.ca/Plans-and-Projects/Station-and-Exchange-Improvements/Expo-Line-Upgrades/Joyce-Collingwood-Station-Upgrades.aspx Any time I look for info on the Metrotown loop, Translink will say 'whenever Burnaby wants to do something about it' and Burnaby won't say anything.
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    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    I do it by instinct if I'm not paying attention, but also on purpose if I'm too tired to smile but still want to do something that lowers stress. Driving in Vancouver traffic while still having to keep to the bus schedule is stressful, and the less stress the better. For kindness, but also for safety.
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    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    People can and have taken buses for joyrides before.
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    General Route Discussion and History

    I'm not surprised. Walking around the mall from Lions Park to the NX stop location, especially in the winter, isn't easy for anyone with mobility issues. As for Foothills, it already isn't easy to access by transit due to poor design, and the NX stop is beside what's currently a construction site. Some parts of this redesign will work better when other projects are finished, and some of these changes should wait until then.
  7. Yup, for the last week and counting. There's a temporary stop by the mall entrance for the 130, and the others are to the east of the station.
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    General BRT discussion

    Vancouver's branding of "99 B-line" (and all brt routes being orange, and thinner lines on the map) is something I find clear and easy to understand. I'm not sure about "301 MAX" or ### MAX, but some sort of branding would be useful, especially to draw ridership, so that they can financially support a better frequency than every 25 min. They shouldn't have made the current BRT colour red while there is a Red Line, though
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    Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    I haven't seen them, but somehow it doesn't help to know there's more of it. With the series 8's, my problem was that the side seating was too narrow for most of the people trying to sit, so it was shoulder room rather than leg room. With the series 9's, the side seating sort of had the same problem, but was also short on the back and curved at the lower back, so when going home from work after standing all day, I would hurt whether I was sitting or standing. I've been lucky that since moving, when visiting, I've mostly been on Series 5-7's (or older), but I find it odd that my commute can be more comfortable here in a place where I rarely get a seat. Thank you all for the updates, I'm glad to be kept in the loop
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    Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    That's a nightmare for anyone who wants to sit down. I don't understand how other cities can have solutions for modular, easy to clean seats, that are not solid badly shaped plastic, but Calgary can't. But, I suppose, I've been wondering how this was going to turn out for years, since they first sent these away for refurbishment, and now at least I know.
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    CTrain Station Renovations

    I guess they picked one where the renovations just happened. On that note, they just replaced half the signs elsewhere, with the other renovations. I won't get to see them for 2 more months.
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    CTrain - U2 cars

    But probably still the simplest way of saving one, other than putting one in a museum. I just figured I'd throw out a more sensible suggestion. The simplest thing, and what will probably happen, is that they just get rid of them all as usually happens when a transit agency is spending lots of money to buy new trains to replace old trains. I'm curious as to why you critiqued my idea and not the one about somehow making the 502 a rail route, though.
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    CTrain - U2 cars

    There's a lot of money and ridership driving making rail fit into Centre St, compared to Heritage. So, why not run a U2 car in Heritage Park, in the same way they run the old Calgary Streetcar, and for exactly the same reasons?
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    General BRT discussion

    The VIVA Rapidway in York, Ontario extensively uses red concrete on their BRT system, and I've seen it in queue jumps and bus lanes in Vancouver. Like Cycling Green, it might be a good visual reminder to separate transit space from car and pedestrian space. Which makes me wonder if 7th Ave shouldn't use some sort of colour to try and prevent people from driving on it.
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