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DarkKeyo

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  1. I'll save any comments on whether LRT is a good idea after I've read the articles, but there is definitely demand everywhere in Vancouver for transit, and B-line corridors, even future ones, are struggling to keep up with crowding and with disruptions caused by traffic. Even the 95, new as it is, can barely keep up with traffic and crowding between the city centre and Burnaby.
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    Broadway SkyTrain Extension

    That's either a misquote or a mistake on the politicans' part. Translink is still very clear that it will go to Arbutus first, and any extension to UBC is after. See here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/broadwaysubway/ The first news article I read on the funding announcement had Premier Horgan mentioning multiple postsecondary institutions including BCIT as specifically benefiting, but BCIT isn't anywhere near the projects either. I'm excited, because even if it's almost a decade away, it will be very nice to not have to use the 99 B-line in central Vancouver.
  3. The routes to SFU run articulated buses up a mountain.
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    CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    It's both the shape, as mentioned the seats don't fit most adults, particularly the sideways ones. And also the fact that it's solid, flat plastic, which is very rare in trains. I'm really curious because if the operator seats are just as bad as the passenger seats, that makes it much worse
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    General BRT discussion

    Oh? Interesting, I didn't realize they were doing them for more than just the new MAX routes. I go to Quarry Park less than once a year. I was under the impression the 300/301/302 would stick with the current branding scheme of a typical stop painted red.
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    General BRT discussion

    The shelter at 16th Ave and North Hill mall. It's two blocks away from where they're building the eastbound 19 St shelter.
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    Calgary Transit

    That doesn't really make sense, though. The lines will interchange at 7th Ave. Separating the Red and Blue lines, which is one of the main reasons for the 8th Ave subway, would remove pretty much all of the current frequency and capacity limits on each line, and prevent delays on one from interfering with the other.
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    Calgary Transit

    Good question. I used to have one, but that hard drive died last year. I can't remember where I got it, and can only find the old, pre-WLRT ones here https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Calgary,_Alberta and in the book Calgary's Electric Transit right now...
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    General CTrain Discussion

    I know that part of it is that particular combination. The south leg has the most ridership (and is also the longest) , the west the least (and is also the shortest), and the other two are similar to each other. Pairing the most used and least used line wouldn't be a good use of frequency and capacity.
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    General CTrain Discussion

    I didn't mean Victoria Park, sorry. It was a lot worse 10 years ago, and before Sunalta opened, but I only moved away last year. But yes, it was faster to get to, say, Chinook mall, than to parts of the Beltline, from Lions Park, and so trips like that are faster and easier by car. Yes, the area I had the most trouble with is between 11 st and 14 st south of the CPR tracks, but the Connaught side of the Beltline in general (and lower Mount Royal) was difficult, because it takes a surprisingly long time to walk into and out of it (eg. to 8th st station). It might just be my experience, but I had a lot of trips that would have been much easier if 14 st had something more than the 414. So, for the purpose of driving vs transit, it would be much easier to take a car for those trips. I agree with reecemartin on frequency too, because it's also faster to get into a car and drive that straight line than wait for a bus from 17th to downtown, and then a train to the NW. So that's what people do....
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    General CTrain Discussion

    Frequency and connectivity, something that that discussion noted as well. As a transit user with no car, I found my limits were 30 or more minute frequencies, especially in the winter, and indirect connections. One of the biggest was getting from near North Hill mall to the SW Beltline, which I would try to do frequently but which could easily take 45 min including transfers (which is also how long it takes to walk that distance on a good day). In comparison, the number of places I can currently get to in 45 minutes with one transfer now that I live in Burnaby is very large. The completed MAX network at a good frequency, and the Green Line, and a few gaps not covered by MAX plans (but that are in routeahead) would solve those problems that I, and people I know who mainly use Calgary Transit, have. However, I'm not sure how to get people who already drive out of their cars. Generally, I guess, by making transit easier than driving? That's what pushes C-train's rush hour ridership, and Toronto's and Vancover's....
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    General CTrain Discussion

    One nice thing about above ground systems is one can look out the window. Information I need to know is: approximately how late I'm going to be when something goes wrong, and when the next bus or train is coming, especially on a day when it's -40 plus windchill. Information I've noticed other people need to know: where a train is actually going. That's where 'red line train *south* to *somerset* becomes important, especially if that tells you it will go downtown and to the stampede. Doubly especially if that tells you the Saddledome is not reached by Saddletowne trains, which is a fairly common mistake. This is also where' 'Heritage, transfer for MAX Teal' would be important, although that sounds very awkward compared to 'South Crosstown.' That sounds perfect. Especially not getting the advertising right away.
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    General BRT discussion

    I wonder if the switch to colours will lead to the routes being treated more like the LRT, in which case the destination signs would display 'MAX Purple - East Hills' in the same way C-Trains show 'Red Line - Somerset'. I also think that the map needs the existing BRT, even if the current BRT routes aren't getting the MAX special stops. The 301 in particular is busy enough to be replaced by the Green Line, except that most of it won't be replaced by Phase 1 of the Green line.
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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.
  20. 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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