Transport Action BC

2011, November 16

Next Transport Action BC Meeting Dec 14

Filed under: Announcement — Tags: — Matthew @ 12:46 am

Meeting of Transport Action BC

Wednesday December 14, 2011
5:45pm to 7:45 pm
Firehall Library

1455 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Location of meeting. Map from http://openptmap.org

2011, November 12

LRT expansion in Surrey

Filed under: Buses, city transit, Rapid Transit, Streetcar-LRT, Studies — Tags: , — Matthew @ 11:49 am

South of Fraser Mayors want for Light Rail Transit in Surrey, and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure is listening. LRT technology is a better fit for the lower density region consisting of Surrey and Langley many believe.

TransLink is doing a comprehensive study of transit options in Surrey called the Surrey Rapid Transit Study. Phase 1 has been completed and phase 2 is underway with public meetings scheduled for early 2012.

As reported in the last Western Newsletter of Transport Action, Surrey has put together a vision of LRT on its website.

Surrey’s video on YouTube:

CBC Story – Mayors push for new transit line for Surrey and Langley  (Mobile version)

Portland LRV

An example of a low floor light rail vehicle in Portland, OR

2011, November 4

Canada’s HSR Study “Industry”

Filed under: high speed rail, Uncategorized — Tags: , — Rick @ 9:39 pm

Canada’s latest High Speed Rail Study  – The EcoTrain – was spoofed by the CBC’s, Rick Mercer . He skewers Canada’s penchant for producing HSR studies, as opposed to actually building an HSR system. According to Mercer, Canada has become the “world leader” in HSR reports, which can be judged by the quality of their paper stock and binding style. Unfortunately, there is more than a grain of truth in Mercer’s commentary. Even with the latest HSR study, there doesn’t seem to be much chance of Canada joining the growing list of countries actually building and operating HSR systems.

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