Archive for the ‘Bus’ category

Community Transit debuts ‘Swift’ line

November 26, 2009

By SCOTT GUTIERREZ
SEATTLEPI.COM

Swift buses will operate on a 17-mile corridor in Snohomish County between Everett Station and the Aurora Village Transit Center in Shoreline, primarily along Highway 99. (Community Transit photo)

When Community Transit’s new Swift Bus Rapid Transit service debuts this weekend, it will be the first Bus Rapid Transit line in Washington state and at 17 miles, one of the longest in the country.

“More than 18,000 people have come out to check out the buses. There has been a lot of buzz,” said Martin Munguia, a spokesman for Community Transit in Snohomish County.

So why do they call it “Swift?” During weekdays, Swift buses will run every 10 minutes from 12 stations between Everett and Shoreline along the State Route 99 corridor, each one to two miles apart.

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Alternatives to Broadway Corridor SkyTrain

November 16, 2009

beyondrobson.com

Posted by Jake Tobin Garrett

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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.

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New buses cancelled

November 10, 2009

Peace Arch News

By Hannah Sutherland

Two new buses connecting White Rock with Langley and Guildford have been cancelled.

The 531 – which would have run directly between White Rock Centre and Langley – and the 399 B Line – which would have run from White Rock Centre to Newton Centre, Surrey Central and then Guildford – were introduced to Peninsula residents last May during an information session hosted by Coast Mountain Bus Company at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

The 531 was scheduled to begin service in December, while the 399 B Line was to be launched next March, after the 2010 Olympics.

“Anything to do with expansion is pretty much out the window right now,” TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider said Monday.

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– Rapid transit options mulled

November 4, 2009

ED. Another city rejects heavy rail (SkyTrain) technology

Victoria News

By Erin Cardone

Rather than planes, trains and automobiles, B.C. Transit will be weighing the pros and cons of trams, trains and buses.

After pinning down the preferred route of a rapid transit system linking the West Shore to downtown last week, the next step is to decide which technology will use the route.

“The detailed design of the (transit) alignment will be based on the technology we include,” said Joanna Morton, spokesperson for B.C. Transit.

Morton said B.C. Transit will host open houses and public input sessions, but no dates have been announced.

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– Symposium urges bus rapid transit as a solution to transit needs

October 17, 2009

By Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound

Bus rapid transit is the wave of the future

Hartford, CT – In an effort to broaden support for moving forward with bus rapid transit (BRT) in Connecticut, the CEO of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority, Joe Calabrese, gave the keynote address at a Bus Rapid Transit Symposium held at the legislative office building today.

Joined by policymakers, planners, transit experts, environmental groups, and the public, Calabrese spoke on the success of Cleveland’s HealthLine, a bus rapid transit system that has exceeded ridership expectations and spurred nearly $4 billion in development along Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue.

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– Traffic routes closed for 2010 party

October 15, 2009

Vancouver Sun

By Kelly Sinoski

2010sign2VANCOUVER – Vancouver will face one of its most ambitious tests during the 2010 Olympic Games as it attempts to move Super-Bowl-sized crowds around already-congested city streets and into the mountains in the dead of winter over 17 days.

To deal with the crush, Vanoc partners revealed this week they plan to close nine major routes in and out of the downtown core, convert 32 city blocks into pedestrian-only corridors, develop 170 Olympic bus lanes and increase the fleet of buses and SkyTrain to get more people using transit.

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– Ballard’s Fuel Cell Module Powers The First BC Transit Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Bus

October 6, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) congratulates BC Transit, the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and its consortium partners on the introduction of the first bus in BC Transit’s fleet of 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses. Representatives from Ballard were on site as Premier Gordon Campbell unveiled “Bus 1” on Friday, October 3, 2009 in Vancouver. BC Transit’s fleet will become the largest single deployment of zero-emission fuel cell buses worldwide and it is powered by Ballard’s heavy-duty fuel cell module, the FCvelocity(TM)-HD6.

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