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Old Posted Jan 22, 2010, 5:51 AM
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The City of Port Moody has a job posting for a "Director of Projects, Evergreen Rapid Transit". http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/161.asp?jobpostingid=10864
     
     
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Old Posted Jan 22, 2010, 5:55 AM
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re: Coquitlam transit loop redevelopment.
Thats a very probably outcome for that site, should Translink go ahead with property development. One MUST in my mind would be a pedestrian overpass "mid-block" right... about... where they're proposing an at-grade pedestrian crossing.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 1:52 AM
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From the Now:

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Province wants to 'get on' with Evergreen Line

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


The province wants to get on track with the Evergreen Line -- but details mapping out how the Tri-Cities' rapid transit project will be funded will have to wait until the B.C. budget in March.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lt.-Gov. Steven Point presented B.C.'s speech from the throne, which outlines the government's priorities for the coming fiscal year.

In a speech primarily devoted to the Olympics and improving economic conditions, Point discussed the importance of opening up the Pacific Gateway and noted that an expansion of transportation and logistics infrastructure is critical.

While a high-speed rail link between Vancouver and Seattle was noted first, the Tri-Cities' long-sought-after infrastructure project received an interesting mention.

"The success of the new Canada Line has reinforced government's commitment to invest record amounts in public transit, fix TransLink and get on with the Evergreen Line," Point said.

So far, the provincial government has committed $410 million to build the rapid-transit line, while the federal government has allotted nearly $417 million. TransLink is supposed to contribute $400 million, and a possible public-private partnership would provide the remaining $173 million.

But the regional contribution was put into question last year, when TransLink stated it did not have the capital funds available, let alone the additional $150 million needed to maintain current public transit service levels.

The regional body has already received a governance shakeup. Transportation Minister Shirley Bond stressed no new Evergreen money would come from provincial coffers, and that the project was moving ahead.

How the government will make this throne speech promise come to fruition can only be determined by the details of the budget, which won't come before the provincial legislature until March 3 -- after the Winter Olympics.

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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 6:04 PM
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^ Great news!

The good news is that definite action will happen w/ evergreen, it will go thru and c ground will break, or, uhhh, collapse again leading to another re-grouping.

But the stars are aligning for the action side:
-the federal funding has been on the table for > 1 yr, they are probably antsy to move on this, or otherwise release the funds..
-more upside, less downside for campbell - points for him in the tricities and the appearance of 'action' wrt transit.
-i suspect that he wants to wait until the court of appeal judges on susan heyes court case, as he wants to try a p3, but he might be gun shy now about this. IIRC, the appeal might be adjudicated as early as March.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 6:39 PM
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^ Great news!

The good news is that definite action will happen w/ evergreen, it will go thru and c ground will break, or, uhhh, collapse again leading to another re-grouping.

But the stars are aligning for the action side:
-the federal funding has been on the table for > 1 yr, they are probably antsy to move on this, or otherwise release the funds..
-more upside, less downside for campbell - points for him in the tricities and the appearance of 'action' wrt transit.
-i suspect that he wants to wait until the court of appeal judges on susan heyes court case, as he wants to try a p3, but he might be gun shy now about this. IIRC, the appeal might be adjudicated as early as March.
There's nothing good about the news at all. It's empty pre-Olympic promises by a government with a history of lying. Just wait until the budget when we'll suddenly have no money for anything.

The throne speech was simply rhetoric.
     
     
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While a high-speed rail link between Vancouver and Seattle was noted first...
Wha? How did I miss this? Anyone know what was mentioned?
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 7:29 PM
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...Point discussed the importance of opening up the Pacific Gateway and noted that an expansion of transportation and logistics infrastructure is critical...

..."The success of the new Canada Line has reinforced government's commitment to invest record amounts in public transit, fix TransLink and get on with the Evergreen Line," Point said.
This is what's important. Having good [public] transportation infrastructure is an economic necessity and the C-Line success proves that if you build it they will come.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 7:56 PM
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Wha? How did I miss this? Anyone know what was mentioned?

http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_rele...024-000143.htm
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· The government will encourage the new high-speed rail link between Vancouver and Seattle.
Whatever "encourage" means. We will have to wait for the budget to see if there is any money for HSR. Otherwise, it is just high speed talk.

It is a real shame that BC was not on board a couple of years ago. Washington got around half a billion for HSR, all of it for the Seattle to Portland segment. Some of this would have likely gone to the Vancouver to Seattle segment if the BC and Federal governments showed any interest at all.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 8:06 PM
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Whatever "encourage" means. We will have to wait for the budget to see if there is any money for HSR. Otherwise, it is just high speed talk.

It is a real shame that BC was not on board a couple of years ago. Washington got around half a billion for HSR, all of it for the Seattle to Portland segment. Some of this would have likely gone to the Vancouver to Seattle segment if the BC and Federal governments showed any interest at all.
Calling this HSR is a misnomer. The money is going to upgrade the existing conventional track, to shorten travel times. A true HSR link between Vancouver and seattle would make the trip about an hour-and-a-half long.

As much as I'd like to have HSR between Seattle and Vancouver. I think that the money would be much better spent on improving rapid transit within the lower mainland.
     
     
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Well, I will have to disagree to a point. An HSR link from Vancouver to the border could prove a double benefit not only for intercity travelers, but also for those in the suburbs wanting a West Coast Express rail line such as a line to White Rock, Delta (more choices), and Langley. It would reduce strains on the 99 and 91 during the morning rush hour to provide another option for all these suburban areas since all of them connect to Skytrain by bus.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2010, 2:27 AM
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Calling this HSR is a misnomer. The money is going to upgrade the existing conventional track, to shorten travel times. A true HSR link between Vancouver and seattle would make the trip about an hour-and-a-half long.

As much as I'd like to have HSR between Seattle and Vancouver. I think that the money would be much better spent on improving rapid transit within the lower mainland.
The Cascades is using the Talgo cars, which I think were designed to run at 125 MPH, but because of the tracks used between Vancouver and Eugene, the train is limited to 80 MPH, and even then only on a few short stretches of track.

Upgrading 90% of the existing track to allow 80 MPH running between Vancouver and Eugene would cut several hours off the trip times.

Getting the train up to 125 MPH for most of the trip would require dedicated passenger tracks to separate the freight traffic from the passenger traffic. It would certainly cut travel time by another 20-30% over the 80MPH speeds, but I doubt the governments (Canada Fed, US Fed, BC, Washington, Oregon, and perhaps California) would be willing to spend the $10s of billion$ needed to get Talgo passenger train service from Vancouver to San Francisco. (the rest of the trip south of San Francisco would be on their new HSR to San Diego)
     
     
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I wonder... could they tie HSR expansion in with highway expansion... seeing as how that gets more investment most of the time? =S
     
     
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Another tender issued by the Ministry of Transportation, this time for a technical advisor. It's certainly looking like MOT is calling all the shots on this, as Translink is sitting silent, at least so far.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2010, 6:07 AM
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Another tender issued by the Ministry of Transportation, this time for a technical advisor. It's certainly looking like MOT is calling all the shots on this, as Translink is sitting silent, at least so far.
We may be getting back to the NDP-era way of transit construction - the province builds the line (handles the capital construction costs), then hands it off to Translink to operate the line.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2010, 6:07 AM
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^ except that the Province also hands over a big chunk of the construction bill to Translink.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2010, 6:18 AM
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Another tender issued by the Ministry of Transportation, this time for a technical advisor. It's certainly looking like MOT is calling all the shots on this, as Translink is sitting silent, at least so far.
The Province took over as lead on the project about a year ago.
     
     
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