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Old Posted Dec 20, 2007, 5:19 AM
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Guess we aren't selling them to the TTC!
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2007, 5:24 AM
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Guess we aren't selling them to the TTC!
we shouold they need trains... we need to get rid of trains for $$$ for new trains =D
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Old Posted Dec 22, 2007, 2:25 AM
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Just to let some of you (if you haven't already) the new Aritculated Buses by NewFlyer are already in operation for the 99 B-Line.

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TransLink’s 2008 transportation plan signals more road and transit expansion for Metro Vancouver

The largest bus expansion in 31 years will be the centrepiece of TransLink’s 2008 transportation plan, which will deliver transit service expansion, road improvements and progress on major road and transit projects. Chair Malcolm Brodie said the 2008 program would maintain the momentum of road and transit improvements TransLink has built up during its current Three Year Transportation Strategic Plan, which wraps up at the end of December.
“From 2005 through to the end of this year, TransLink added over 200 buses to the fleet and over half a million annual service hours, resulting in more routes and more frequent service to more parts of the Metro Vancouver region,” he said. Improvements in 2008 include the new 95 B-Line on Hastings Street from downtown Vancouver through Burnaby to Simon Fraser University. There will also be expansion of the ‘Frequent Transit Network’ in the South of Fraser region on Scott Road, the King George Highway, the Fraser Highway and 152nd Street, offering a service at least every 15 minutes, 15 hours a day, every day of the year.

Construction of the Canada Line guideway should be completed by April of 2008, with work then focused on the stations in Richmond, Vancouver and at the airport.

“We have to recognize that increasing transit ridership continues to put pressure on every part of the system in spite of the expansion we’ve introduced,” he said. Transit ridership in 2007 will be over 291 million passenger boardings, up from 275 million recorded in 2005.

Brodie said transit service expansion will continue into 2009. “Our Board has approved the purchase of 336 more buses, 34 more SkyTrain cars and a third SeaBus, all of which will enter service over the next two years,” he said, noting that TransLink’s budget for transit operations in 2008 will be $675 million, up from $506 million in 2005.


In 2008, TransLink will fund $55 million in road improvement or expansion projects and provide municipalities with close to $30 million to operate and maintain the region’s major arterial roads. 2007 marked the completion of the David Avenue Connector in Coquitlam and the 204th Street Overpass in Langley.

In 2008, construction will continue on the $800 million Golden Ears Bridge and its network of connector roads that will open in 2009. There will be further progress on the Fraser Highway improvement project, while design work will conclude in advance of construction of the Coast Meridian Overpass in Port Coquitlam and the Murray-Clarke Connector in Port Moody.

TransLink has allocated $50 million to partner with senior governments on the construction of nine overpasses in Delta, Surrey, Langley City and Langley Township along the 70 kilometre rail corridor to the Roberts Bank Terminal. The total cost of the initiative will be over $300 million and all are expected to be completed in between five and eight years.

TransLink’s $314 million capital program in 2008 will include the approved bus purchases. The budget will also cover $26 million in upgrades to the Broadway and Main Street SkyTrain Stations and a further $12 million to develop the new Maintenance and Transportation Training Centre in Maple Ridge.

The capital program includes $6 million for Metro Vancouver’s cycling network and another $7 million to install video security cameras on 460 buses in 2008.

Chair Brodie commented, “TransLink continues to move forward on all fronts to improve, modernize and expand our road and transit system as well as to offer real travel alternatives to take the pressure off our commutes. 2008 will be a transition year as TransLink prepares a 30 Year Strategy and establishes a rolling Ten Year Plan that will move our transportation network forward.

“As a Board, we’re proud of what TransLink has accomplished in its last Three Year Plan and since it became responsible for Metro Vancouver’s transportation network in 1999. Still, with so much demand still unmet and with the growth and environmental challenges on the way, much will be expected of the organization in years to come,” he said.
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Old Posted Dec 31, 2007, 7:14 PM
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good news and bad news.

the good news is they have started to install new bike racks on the new flyers that were having problems.

the bad news is, they installed more of the crappy plastic ones that they use on the nova busses. the plastic ones suck and i would be wary of putting your bike on one, especially a nice bike as my bike has fallen off a nova bus before. and it wasnt my fault, the machine broke.

the new articulated busses also have the plastic racks
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Old Posted Jan 2, 2008, 1:16 PM
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are they ever going to address the problem of being unable to use the bike racks after dark since it blocks the headlights?

it just seems stupid to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport like biking and then bring in a bunch of new buses that are unable to carry bikes after dark
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Old Posted Jan 2, 2008, 5:19 PM
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^^^ I thought that was the whole point of the new bike racks?
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I was on one of the new diesel articulated buses yesterday evening and the driver made the cyclist stop putting his bike on the rack because it cannot be used at night. The guy was a bit choked up and had no choice but to lock his bike to the bus stop pole because he said he needed to be on time for something and he added his plan was to ride home when the buses were not as frequent. A perfect example of the utility of these bike racks on buses and a negative experience that may turn the guy off of whole concept.
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Old Posted Jan 2, 2008, 10:47 PM
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hes goty a bike he can ride it instead of taking the bus - lol
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2008, 6:51 AM
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Maybe they should let the bikes on the bus when there isn't a lot of passengers, like in the wheelchair area.
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2008, 8:41 AM
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Maybe they should let the bikes on the bus when there isn't a lot of passengers, like in the wheelchair area.
maybe they should have tested this kind of thing before blindly buying millions of dollars of busses

i still can't believe how stupid the whole situation is, and it seems like they don't even care
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2008, 8:45 AM
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hes got a bike he can ride it instead of taking the bus - lol
thats not the point though. having a bike freindly transit system is important for people considering even taking their bike out for the day. what if you live at the top of a gigantic hill? what if you get a flat, or your chain starts skipping? many people also use the bus to get around physical barriers, to make the trip easier and faster, and to ensure that you dont get completely exhausted before a long day at work or school.
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2008, 7:06 PM
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maybe they should have tested this kind of thing before blindly buying millions of dollars of busses

i still can't believe how stupid the whole situation is, and it seems like they don't even care
well they didn't test a lot of stuff already, such as the trolleys derailing from the electric lines, etc. They should've tested a lot of stuff (I agree with you). However, we can't do anything about it other than replacing them? So in the mean time, let's just allow bikes during night periods on the bus.
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thats not the point though. having a bike freindly transit system is important for people considering even taking their bike out for the day. what if you live at the top of a gigantic hill? what if you get a flat, or your chain starts skipping? many people also use the bus to get around physical barriers, to make the trip easier and faster, and to ensure that you dont get completely exhausted before a long day at work or school.
i know i'm just making a joke

its a huge oversight what has happenned - quite funny really
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Old Posted Jan 7, 2008, 12:07 AM
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Just spent the last few hours (Gotta love weekends ) reading the following document.

http://www.translink.bc.ca/files/pro...7-0087-RFP.pdf

We knew Main st station was getting redone, and we have seen the renders, so nothing new it that aspect, but it makes for an interesting read as there is lots of info on there, lots like we'll see escalators and an elevator at both entrances. and alot of other upgrades besides just the glass panels. The RFS is due Jan 21/08 and construction is expected to be started by the summer and completed by Oct/09.
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Old Posted Jan 7, 2008, 12:39 AM
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For the person that had asked about the new seabus well it will look like the current ones. Here's the data. if you scroll down to the drawings section you can download the files. Amazing how much info is available to the general public.

http://www.translink.bc.ca/About_Tra...ls/Q7-0083.asp
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Old Posted Jan 7, 2008, 5:30 AM
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I'm against the expansion of the ferry fleet, actually. Yes, there are long line-ups during summer weekends, but so what?

This is another transportation "improvement" along the lines of the Gateway project. It will make getting on and off the island less of a hassle, thus increasing the number of car trips back and forth and (inevitably) the amount of lower mainland sprawl that will spread to the island.

Already the east coast of Vancouver Island from Victoria up to Qualicum Beach is being developed at an alarming rate. By increasing ferry capacity they're going to speed that up, all for the sake of what exactly? The economy of the island would probably be just as well off without the added population - as a tourist destination and resort economy rather than a suburban junkland filled with auto dealerships and fast food (see: Parksville, Nanaimo, Duncan, etc.) Further population growth on the island should be discouraged...it's natural beauty is one of B.C.'s biggest tourism assets.

Am I the only one who feels this way?
I disagree. Spread them out onto the Island. Don't further concentrate all that bad stuff onto the Lower Mainland.

Anyways, an idea long overdue...

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=143860
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Old Posted Jan 7, 2008, 7:33 PM
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Thanks for the RFP link, JLousa.

Looks like the escalator placement at the east station house would prevent lengthening of the platform to the east. One of the escalators is very close to the tracks and would not allow sufficient platform space next to it.
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Old Posted Jan 18, 2008, 10:05 AM
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There are rumours that the provincial government is about to sign a contract with Cubic Transportation for the installation of fare gates onto SkyTrain.

Cubic is an American company, and was the supplier of the SkyTrain ticket machines as well as the transit bus fare boxes. It was also responsible for installing the London and New York fare gates. For more info: http://www.cubic.com/cts/
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The new ferry isn't really an 'expansion', as the early Queens have or are soon to be retired. Anyway, there's an open house in Vancouver on Sunday...
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2008, 7:17 AM
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There are reports of shootings at Granville SkyTrain Station....people are dead.
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