Archive for the ‘BRT’ category

Alternatives to Broadway Corridor SkyTrain

November 16, 2009

Posted by Jake Tobin Garrett


Image by Graham_Ballantyne from the BR Flickr Pool

On October 23, 2009 several mayors voted to increase funding for Translink to $130m in order to keep services running at the same level we are experiencing now (as opposed to a cut back to 1970s levels–ouch). Unfortunately, this plan falls short of the increase in funding Translink needed for expansion, and so expansion has effectively been shelved for the moment.


– Is it time to replan the Evergreen Line?

September 30, 2009

Rail for the Valley

Both the provincial and federal government want TransLink to build SkyTrain on the Evergreen Line and it is clearly evident that the decision to build with SkyTrain is purely political to keep Ontario and Quebec jobs secure in Bombardier owned plants. With the ongoing propaganda campaign of the SkyTrain lobby, combined with the complete ignorance of Transportation Ministers, both provincial and federal on the subject of regional transit, TransLink persists in planning for unworkable and unfordable light-metro. Despite clear indications that after the huge investment in SkyTrain and RAV light-metro (SkyTrain was too expensive for the Canada Line) TransLink’s ridership share has only risen with population increase. There has not been a modal shift from car to transit. Yet, TransLink and provincial and federal governments still want to squander billions of dollars more on SkyTrain and light-metro, in the vain hope they will get different results on the next metro line they build.


– $16 million for Lougheed Highway bus lanes

September 30, 2009

Maple Ridge News

By Phil Melnychuk

The bundle of cash announced by senior governments Friday included a whopping $16 million for a 2.2-kilometre RapidBus lane from Golden Ears Bridge to Harris Road.

Now, if only they had the buses to put on it.

Pitt Meadows Mayor Don MacLean appreciates the money, but admits it came as a surprise and raises a few questions.

“I’m just a little confused. It seems once again the government is not speaking with TransLink in putting together these plans.”

MacLean said there’s still no money to complete the Evergreen SkyTrain line, which will run in Coquiltam. If the Evergreen line is ever built, a future extension could run to Port Coquitlam and allow a future connection with a RapidBus from Pitt Meadows.


– Transit torment

September 23, 2009

ED.  And just to confirm that incompetence is apparent  in other provinces

Metro – Calgary


City may axe Quarry Park hub to speed Rapid line

City transit planners may slash a major hub on its southeast Bus Rapid Transit line to quell angry riders whose commute times have soared.

Three weeks after implementing what the city touted as a speedier transit alternative for long-suffering southeast commuters, administration is now considering going back to the drawing board to address concerns over increased travel times.

And that may include the city axing one of the route’s 12 stops — the Quarry Park hub — in an effort to reduce how long it takes for the high capacity shuttles to get downtown.

“We’ve looked at bypassing Quarry Park and that could probably save about four minutes and may provide some relief,” said Neil McKendrick, the city’s manager of transit planning, who admits his office has been inundated by calls from vexed riders — some spending up to an extra 40 minutes on their commute.

“We’re trying to do our best to improve travel times and we may have to make some changes.”

Quarry Park is a major industrial and residential development that when completed will have as many as 9,000 workers and 2,000 homes.

Southeast Ald. Ric McIver said he’s also been getting an earful from transit users and has been demanding administration come up with solutions to the problem.

“There is big-time unhappiness and I consider this an extremely high priority,” he said.

“Who wants to give up an extra 40 minutes a day?”

McKendrick said the primary cause of increased transit times is because express buses no longer use Deerfoot Trail as the primary artery to the downtown core.

– Reimer predicts Mayor’s committee will shun diesel buses

September 22, 2009

Posted by Daniel

For those who were wondering if Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Greenest City Action Team was taking a long time on the “action” part, we can now confirm it is. That’s because we obtained a copy of an email Vision Councillor Andrea Reimer sent to an undisclosed recipient whereby she bemoans the fact the “action” committee is taking a long time to get moving. As we near the one year anniversary of Robertson’s victory, there have been few tangible results from GCAT, other than to plant a costly symbolic community garden on the front lawn of City Hall.

Although GCAT hasn’t finalized their report to council, last May Reimer was pretty confident that one recommendation to ban diesel buses on all trolley routes in Vancouver would make it onto the shortlist. Here is what Reimer said in her email:

Was at Greenest City Action Team meeting today where banning diesel buses on all trolley routes was a topic of discussion and seems quite likely to make it into the final report. Having the weight of the full Greenest City Action Team membership behind the recommendation will help alot moving forward with a potential Translink negotiation.

New York city opts for BUS rapid transit

September 9, 2009
Bus Rapid Transit Phase II

Click to watch video by transit commissioner

New York City Transit and NYCDOT are looking for ways to continue to dramatically improve transit service through a comprehensive Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network across New York City — complete with links to subways, ferries, and major destinations. NYCT and DOT invite the public to take part in interactive workshops that will lay the groundwork for the next phase of a BRT program for New York City. Given the magnitude of the MTA’s current fiscal constraints, it is even more imperative that we work together to expand this high performance bus service – an approach that will allow for cost savings realized from improving bus speeds, attracting more customers, and providing more efficient bus operations.