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TransLink approves $150 million fleet expansion

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Translink Press Release

You are part of the solution

Photo by Jason Vanderhill

Good. No carping. No “too little, too late”. Just well done. The CBC had a very brief bit on its web site as there has been no evening news yet. (What is the matter with this place? It’s not like the Canucks are even in the play offs)

And this is expansion, not replacements

• 20 zero-emission, articulated electric trolleys, scheduled to be delivered by mid-2009 and to be used on Vancouver’s busy Fraser Street;

• 11 articulated diesel-electric buses to be used as spares in order to ensure service reliability, with delivery scheduled for December 2009. Articulated buses are 60 feet in length compared to the standard 40-foot vehicles used;

• 72 standard, 40-foot diesel-electric hybrids, which burn 20 per cent cleaner than the new ‘clean diesel’ or compressed natural gas buses. They will be delivered by May 2010 and will improve service in the South of Fraser area, provide additional capacity for Vancity U-Pass ridership, support increased SeaBus frequency and improve service in the metropolitan core; and

• 14 new SkyTrain cars for the Expo Line. These cars will be in service by February 2010.

New Trolleybus on Arbutus

Written by Stephen Rees

April 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

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  1. anyone up for deep fried CARP or is that crap? time for a reality check! yea its a great announcement —but I detected a bit of federal feet kissing! but what I did not see was any money for evergreen line!—ubc line—-or anything —you know why ,because thats it!—the canada line is the last sky-train type project for bc libs–canada line will run yearly operating deficit—goverments have had a decade to figure out a evergreen line route–2008 and we have nothing,no route!- no plan –no money-no funding– and what little money translink has, its spending on busses-and trolleys–which is fine– it is not easy to have priorities!—- olympics we need 2.5 billion for security and miscelaneous—gateway bridge, sfpr ,port expansion another 4.5billion —thats this goverments priority!—-sorry to bring bad news, but campbell (the gargler ) is corrupt —-and his house of cards is collasping—bc rail trial starts monday—john les will have to resign permanently –basi and virk are gonna sell out campbell! ken dobell scams will be exposed –exminister fraser will be going down on briberary charges–campbells ICBC ceo(freind ) will go down for stealing many cars for himself! campbell gonna get punked—- anyways with canada slumping –bc slumping –and campbell on the run there will be NO money for sky-train signed………………………………………… in the hand is worth two in the bush

    grant g

    April 11, 2008 at 7:31 pm

  2. A note on SkyTrain cars: The Mark 1’s are quickly getting ‘long in the tooth’ and are now about 22 years old. How much life is left in them, is anyone’s guess. The Toronto’s Scarborough Line SkyTrain cars suffered fatigue and had to have expensive repairs some years ago.

    Age will soon catch up to these cars, which means TransLink will have to replace the 110+ Mk.1 fleet within the next 10 or so years. With automatic (driverless) train operation, vehicles must be at 100%, as small failures, especially electrical failures, in ageing wiring and signalling equipment, will stop the train because the computer can’t think ahead of the problem. A good example is in winter, when it snows; ice and snow build up on the anti-intrusion grills at stations, setting off alarms, stopping SkyTrain service, with embarrassing results. With LRT, small problems can be dealt with by the drivers, with no delay in service.

    Malcolm J.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:57 pm

  3. Good notes, Malcolm, thanks.

    This is an impressive suite!

    I followed up on a 24 Hours article by reading TransLink’s April improvements… I was hoping this time around that their “significant improvements” would actually deliver for Cloverdale. In a sense, yes, but not for anyone headed from here to the SkyTrain directly. If they would only extend that 320 route through Cloverdale, it would be AMAZING service! I fear that by the time something happens for Cloverdale, I will have moved on. In the meantime, a replacement lightbulb at Surrey Central would be nice…

    Erika Rathje

    April 11, 2008 at 11:17 pm

  4. thank…GOD…on the fraser street articulated trolleys.

    it’s about time, huh?


    April 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm

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