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Old Posted Jun 19, 2008, 11:17 PM
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And the trains looked so nice... sigh -_-"
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2008, 1:14 AM
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There's some work done on Patterson Station... lots of scaffolding on the north side... anyone know what's happening there?
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2008, 6:14 AM
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There's some work done on Patterson Station... lots of scaffolding on the north side... anyone know what's happening there?
Ya, I was going to say. Saw that earlier this week as well. Can't imagine it's anything important. Not like TL planned to replace the mesh with glass yet.
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2008, 9:06 AM
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there is clearly a fine line between acceptable graffiti and that crap.

anyhow. anyone have an idea when the new trains will begin service?
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2008, 1:15 PM
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i'm guessing 2009?
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yea, next year......at least they didn't fire bomb the train, like what happened to that trolley in Halloween.
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2008, 11:44 PM
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shhh dont give them any ideas
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Old Posted Jun 23, 2008, 5:10 PM
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I've always thought that having the Skytrain line pass over the Kensington overpass was weird. I think the original plan was to go under the overpass, but there wasn't enough room with the Kensington offramp and the railway line and the drop in height from the west end of the Sperling Station platform.
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how come it took so long for retail to start going into the m-line stations?

what its been 5 or so years that the line is up and running

is there a reason why? did it just take that long for retailers or business to fill the spaces or did translink not try to rent the spots out?

will it take as long for the new Canada line stations to get rented out? if there is space for businesses inside the stations
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2008, 12:52 AM
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how come it took so long for retail to start going into the m-line stations?

what its been 5 or so years that the line is up and running

is there a reason why? did it just take that long for retailers or business to fill the spaces or did translink not try to rent the spots out?

will it take as long for the new Canada line stations to get rented out? if there is space for businesses inside the stations
Well, consider that the retail program for SkyTrain (both lines) only began about 3 years ago.....I don't think it'll take as long for the Canada Line stations, considering InTransitBC is handling that and they get $$$ for renting out space and selling ad space.
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ah

it just seems odd that all of a sudden all these things are popping up inside the stations at the same time pretty much
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2008, 11:24 PM
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As an aside, the Light Rail Central website is now back up and running posting links to current news articles reagrding Light Rail:

http://www.lightrail.com/news/news.htm
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Transit ridership up 4.2 per cent

David Hogben, Vancouver Sun
Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Transit use in Metro Vancouver jumped 4.2 per cent in 2007, over ridership in 2006, according to the transit board's annual general report released Tuesday.

TransLink says it provided 173 million transit trips in 2007.

The region's "booming economy" is credited with pushing up revenues from diesel and gas sales taxes and lower debt servicing costs contributed to better than expected financial results.

"Combining those credits with federal tax credits for transit passes and a return to the region of federal fuel taxes in 2007, TransLink was able to buy more buses more quickly and replace older vehicles with clean-burning diesels and zero-emission electric trolleys," TransLink said in its annual report.

TransLink said it ran a surplus of $88 million in 2007, bringing its accumulated surplus to $408 million.

TransLink chairman Dale Parker, however, told the people attending the annual general meeting that the surplus will disappear by 2012, requiring the service to find new sources of revenue.

He said real estate development near transit hubs could make up a portion of those funds.

Transit revenues totalled more than $912 million in 2007. Of that, transit fares and advertising contributed $327.7 million, fuel taxes $267.6 million while taxes and other levies contributed $301.1 million.

AirCare ran a deficit of almost $16 million.

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Old Posted Jun 25, 2008, 2:11 AM
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speaking of aircare... it was Gordo who cancelled exhaust testing for trucks....or something along those lines...
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Old Posted Jun 25, 2008, 2:17 AM
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Wow a shot at Gordo by Ravman????
Actually under the BC Liberal heavy truck emission testing is at an all time high, there are numerous roadside spot checks conducted all the time. Try something else.

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/ACOR/

All trucks using the ports must be pre-registered and provide emissions certification

http://www.pacificgatewayportal.com/...%20Information
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Old Posted Jun 25, 2008, 4:59 AM
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well actually it was gordo who actually cancelled a emmision testing program.... i remember reading about it... sorta like aircare for the trucks

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Also in 2002, ICBC and the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (WLAP) cut the AirCare On Road Program (ACORP) that monitors diesel exhaust from heavy duty trucks and buses.

Immediate Release: Sept. 12, 2002

WLAP and ICBC scrap roadside program that limits hazardous diesel
emissions.

The Lower Mainland’s only program to control dangerous levels of toxic truck and bus diesel emissions has been cut by ICBC and the BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection (WLAP). The roadside testing program - Air-Care On Road- was started by ICBC, the GVRD and the Fraser Valley Regional District in 1998 as an attempt to limit emissions from the region’s growing fleet of diesel vehicles. WLAP officials cited costs as the reason for scrapping the program and hope
the GVRD and FVRD pick up the funding slack.

“Diesel particulate has been identified by regional health authorities as a hazardous air pollutant,” said SPEC president David Cadman. “Air-Care On Road
was supposed to begin to get at the problem. By cutting roadside testing, WLAP and ICBC are abandoning their responsibility to protect the air quality and health of British Columbians.”

Air-Care On Road operated two mobile units that randomly checked polluting trucks and buses. Since November 2001, less than 20 trucks had been tested of the more than 23,000 registered in the Lower Mainland. Ontario requires all diesel trucks to get an annual air emissions test, while Quebec will be implementing a similar program next year.

“This is a tremendous disappointment that the program has been cut before appropriate and sustainable funding has been put in place to continue the testing,” said John Newhook, GVRD’s Senior Engineer, Policy and Planning. “By cutting Air-Care On Road we are moving backward.”

In 2001, the South Fraser Health Region issued a report identifying diesel pollutants as a serious medical hazard in the Lower Mainland. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently concluded that particulate in diesel exhaust “is likely to pose a lung cancer hazard to humans.”



but it is my understanding that the program was then restored by Gordo...so a flip-flop none the less....

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Old Posted Jun 25, 2008, 6:49 AM
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Transport 2040 Public Meeting Schedule

TransLink is in the process of developing medium-term and long-range strategies for Metro Vancouver’s transportation system and is inviting the public to attend one of four information sessions planned for the coming three weeks.
Tuesday, June 24

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
Wosk Auditorium
950 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver Thursday, June 26

Simon Fraser University – Surrey Campus
Theatre and Mezzanine
#250 – 13450 102nd Street
Surrey Tuesday, July 8

Port Moody City Hall
Theatre and Foyer
100 Newport Drive
Port Moody Thursday, July 10

Lonsdale Quay Hotel
Ballroom
123 Carrie Cates Court
North Vancouver

Each session will begin with an open house from 6:30 to 7:30, followed by a presentation and a question and answer period until 9 pm.

Source: TransLink
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Old Posted Jun 25, 2008, 7:30 AM
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Rising fuel costs hit TransLink

David Hogben
Vancouver Sun

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

METRO VANCOUVER - The rising cost of fuel is driving TransLink's ridership numbers higher, but it's also propelling the cost of running Metro Vancouver's transit system to new levels.

In addition, high fuel prices may reduce the amount of revenue TransLink gets from fuel taxes as vehicle owners try to reduce their fuel consumption, vice-president Ian Jarvis said Tuesday.

"As people drive less and drive more economical vehicles, that has a negative impact on us," Jarvis said after TransLink released its 2007 annual report.

Ridership jumped 4.2 per cent last year over 2006 and that translates into higher revenues but not high enough to cover the increased cost of fuel.

Diesel fuel costs for buses are projected to reach $50.8 million this year, up from $37.6 million in 2007. At the same time, fuel-tax revenue - currently fixed at 12 cents per litre - is expected to increase only slightly, from $267.7 million to $268 million.

Jarvis said it is not possible to say exactly how fuel costs affected ridership, either in 2007, when diesel fuel prices fell, or 2008, which has already seen a significant rise in fuel prices.

Last year, with diesel prices slightly lower, the region's booming economy helped push up TransLink's revenue from fuel taxes. Combined with lower debt-servicing costs, that translated into better-than-expected financial results.

"Combining those credits with federal tax credits for transit passes and a return to the region of federal fuel taxes in 2007, TransLink was able to buy more buses more quickly and replace older vehicles with clean-burning diesels and zero-emission electric trolleys," TransLink said in the annual report.

TransLink said it ran a surplus of $88 million in 2007, bringing its accumulated surplus to $408 million.

However, TransLink chairman Dale Parker told the agency's annual general meeting the surplus will disappear by 2012, requiring TransLink to find new sources of revenue.

Parker said real estate development near transit hubs could produce a portion of those funds.

Translink revenues totalled more than $912 million in 2007. Of that, transit fares and advertising contributed $327.7 million and fuel taxes $267.7 million, while property taxes and other levies brought in $301.1 million.

AirCare ran a deficit of almost $16 million.

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"Campbell announced a provincial transit plan in January worth $14 billion to double the number of buses, build the Evergreen rapid transit line and make other improvements - but his government will only fund about $5 billion of it and it won't be completed until 2020. Where are the options right now for public transit with soaring gas prices?" -24hrs ( June 24th 2008)

There will be a 300 million dollar shortfall and IT IS PAST THE TIME for Gordo and company to step up to the plate and provide REAL transportation alternatives to British Columbians. Canceling the PMC/Evergreen Line in 2001/2002 was a BAD MISTAKE... the list is endless....


click here to download the annual general report
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