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Community Transit debuts ‘Swift’ line

November 26, 2009


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.


Los Angeles County chooses light rail

November 14, 2009

ED. Design of L.A. stations are superb – if only Vancouver could have hired architects with vision and imagination.

L.A. Times

By Christopher Hawthorne ARCHITECTURE CRITIC

Mariachi Plaza Station (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) This stop was designed by architect William Villalobos and artist Alejandro de la Loza.

Sunday’s opening of eight new Metro stations on a path from downtown to East L.A. lays down tracks toward an exciting future.

It’s the latest light-rail line in Los Angeles County, running six miles from downtown L.A. through Boyle Heights and into East Los Angeles. When it opens to the public on Sunday, the Gold Line will run from Pasadena to East L.A. The Eastside extension cost $898 million to build. Construction began in 2004.


– Interview: VANOC transportion manager

November 4, 2009

BC Business

Peter Severinson

Fitting thousands more travellers onto our already-strained roads 
will be one of the Olympics 
organizers’ biggest challenges 
during the upcoming Games

Irene Kerr, of all the Olympics officials, has perhaps the most thankless task. Kerr is the executive in charge of VANOC’s transportation and logistics team, overseeing a transportation system that’s expected to move a mind-blowing number of people. An estimated 5,500 athletes and Olympics officials, 12,000 media personnel and more than 50,000 workers will all need to travel between approximately 80 Olympic sites. The system will also have to handle 60,000 to 135,000 spectators each day (the population of Victoria is about 80,000, just for context), with more than 20,000 of those daily spectators shuttling between the Lower Mainland and venues at Cypress Mountain and Whistler (that’s a bit more than Whistler’s entire population).


– Creative bus stops around the world

October 23, 2009

ED. Just think what Vancouver could have if TransLink would hire some architects and designers to provide shelters that actually keep the rain off commuters. TransLink has a long way to go in understanding what customer service is all about.


– Art, bench or skateboard ramp?

September 23, 2009


photo stuart matthews

Art outside the RAV olympic station damaged by skateboarders

TransLink claims artist must cover cost of repairs (estimated at $500)

ED. The artist should in no way be responsible for the repairs of the sculpture. TransLink has the responsibility for at least its safety while on loan to the corporation. The lack of security on the RAV line is primarily the reason the damage happened in the first place.

– Poor RAV Line system signage – continued

September 22, 2009

Yet more examples…


At the Waterfront station: once you get off the train and enter the platform area you have to decide which way to exit. Looking to your left  (above) you can see signage clearly marked as the Cordova Street exit…