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re:place Magazine

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re:place magazine is a site you should add to your bookamarks/favourites/blogroll Go have a look especially at the Transit fan pages – and to whet your appetite here is a neat time lapse video of the Expo Line I got there

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Written by Stephen Rees

March 10, 2008 at 10:25 am

Posted in Transportation

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  1. Seeing that video makes me wish the Canada Line was not being buried. For the Canada Line, all those great views and natural light are to be replaced with grey concrete and fluorescent lights. sigh.


    March 10, 2008 at 11:26 am

  2. Well, the bits from Cambie at Marine onwards will be open.

    And of course despite lots of experience elsewhere, no one in Vancouver could be persuaded that you could run light rail on the median of Cambie and keep the trees. Or even, heaven forbid, utilize the existing railway tracks on Arbutus. Not that either option was actually seriously considered this go around.

    Stephen Rees

    March 10, 2008 at 11:41 am

  3. If they had run the tracks at grade in the median, what would they have done at cross streets like 49th? Underpasses?

    I am talking here of ALRT. I guess ALRT would be impossible to have at grade without an exclusive right of way?


    March 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm

  4. Actually signal priority at grade would have probably worked, but knowing the people involved there would have been a lot of pressure for grade separation. That was certainly the case when I was working on LRT for Broadway

    ALRT is simply unnecessary. If you happened to have a grade separated right of way already, as was the case in London Docklands, then fine. But the savings in labour costs from driverless operation are quickly swallowed up in having to have more security staff.

    Skytrain, of course, has to be grade separated because of the LIM rail

    Stephen Rees

    March 10, 2008 at 8:44 pm

  5. One bright side, being buried underground should render cell phones mute.


    March 11, 2008 at 11:47 am

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