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Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers


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Its not really "owned" per say, but everything defaults ultimately to the Province, and it is established/legislatively controlled by the Province through the SCBCTA Act, http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/98030_01

 

The "no" from Horgan was before TL identified the depth of the situation, last Thursday. In yesterday and todays news conferences he was far more understanding, and far from the "no." Things are just moving so fast right now its no doubt difficult for the Province to try and move so many complex pieces simultaneously! 

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49 minutes ago, Zortan said:

Unfortunately, I doubt it. Translink isn't owned by the municipal government (it acts as an independent public organization from what I understand, please correct me if I'm wrong) so it can't really ask Vancouver / Metro Vancouver for money all the time. Additionally, both Horgan and Trudeau have said that they will not be bailing out transit systems - sound ridiculous but unfortunately it's true.

As soon as the first agency receives help, every single one across Canada will be asking for theirs. 
 

Trudeau has been giving money to practically everyone, I highly doubt he is going to ignore Transit.
 

Paying it off for the next 35 years will be fun though 😩

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51 minutes ago, Zortan said:

Unfortunately, I doubt it. Translink isn't owned by the municipal government (it acts as an independent public organization from what I understand, please correct me if I'm wrong) so it can't really ask Vancouver / Metro Vancouver for money all the time. Additionally, both Horgan and Trudeau have said that they will not be bailing out transit systems - sound ridiculous but unfortunately it's true.

All parties are in talks about in how to approach the situation in the best way, and they'll stay in talks until the parties come up with a plan.  There will be reductions but there will also be funding in some way.

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Broad strokes, we are lucky in BC. We essentially have 2 transit agencies. Makes exigent funding slightly easier to control, even though there's a ton of community agreements. And West Van. Maybe 2.5 is a better number lol

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maybe not the best place to ask this but couldn't find a more appropriate spot:

 

Anyone know why is Amtrak Cascade (between Vancouver and Seattle)'s Northbound much faster than Southbound?

 

I know the CBP does some fun stuff (not really) for Southbound train at the border but that doesn't explain everything - as from Bellingham to Seattle is 2 h 26 min but the reverse is 2 h 05 min.

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I was just watching "once upon a time" on Netflix. I swear i saw a 2014 girardin shuttle nearby Columbia station. And i saw a mark 1 set. 027 i think i saw not sure (can find out). 

Was these episodes filmed in New Westminster? The police station isn't where it is in video. 

 

Anyone see them filming years ago? (Nearest 2010 or newer)

 

Season 7 episode 17 has some translink in it. 

 

So if anyone wants to see a few things from translink just watch "once upon a time"

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A couple weeks ago I saw this at VTC. Does anyone know when this is from or why it's there? I'm assuming it's a practice bus stop for training, but I could be wrong. The stop number is at Cap U and the routes were all Cap U routes, so I imagine this was simply taken from Cap U when they built a new stop at some point. However, I'm still wondering what it's doing at VTC.

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38 minutes ago, Zortan said:

A couple weeks ago I saw this at VTC. Does anyone know when this is from or why it's there? I'm assuming it's a practice bus stop for training, but I could be wrong. The stop number is at Cap U and the routes were all Cap U routes, so I imagine this was simply taken from Cap U when they built a new stop at some point. However, I'm still wondering what it's doing at VTC.

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My best guess is that it is there to train drivers on pulling up to bus stops while making sure not to jump the curb, not to hit the poles and make sure to have good placement in relation to the bus stop sign. 

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It’s there for training purposes. The ID post itself is usually just used the first day of training when the trainee's are roaming the yard.  The spot though, is also used for mobility aid training and parking at the end of the day.

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5 hours ago, Zortan said:

A couple weeks ago I saw this at VTC. Does anyone know when this is from or why it's there? I'm assuming it's a practice bus stop for training, but I could be wrong. The stop number is at Cap U and the routes were all Cap U routes, so I imagine this was simply taken from Cap U when they built a new stop at some point. However, I'm still wondering what it's doing at VTC.

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Those are some... bizarre destinations. lol. Someone's having fun...

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I rode the 262 today and to be honest I was wondering why it's a shuttle? It seems to have higher ridership than some WVMT 40-foot routes, especially in the summer, and 40-footers have operated on it before, so logistically it should work, at least during the summer season.

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25 minutes ago, Blake M said:

Two questions I have:

1) where can revenue service Orion's be found now that a lot of them have retired?

2) do deckers run on Sunday? And if so, on which of the five routes?

1) Primarily on the 351 and 601 and other suburban routes running out of Bridgeport as well as some of the local trippers that are interlined with suburban routes. They can also be found on the 301 and 555 but it's not as common.

2) 301, 351, 555, 620. 

Use http://tcomm.bustrainferry.com/mobile/ or https://www.transsee.ca/routelist?a=translink to track them.

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2 minutes ago, KINGSTER200 said:

1) Primarily on the 351 and 601 and other suburban routes running out of Bridgeport as well as some of the local trippers that are interlined with suburban routes. They can also be found on the 301 and 555 but it's not as common.

2) 301, 351, 555, 620. Also, the 311 is not really a decker route; deckers were only on it for a few weeks and they haven't been on it since the start of the September sheet.

And of course the Orions can be found on a ton of the suburban peak-only runs from Bridgeport, including the 311, 352, 354, 602, 603, 604

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18 hours ago, Blake M said:

Two questions I have:

1) where can revenue service Orion's be found now that a lot of them have retired?

2) do deckers run on Sunday? And if so, on which of the five routes?

Yes Double Deckers run on Saturday and Sundays. Routes 301, 351, 555, 620.

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