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  • Vancouver SkyTrain

    A general thread for Vancouver's SkyTrain.

    To get things started, for those not familiar with the system, you can check out my new videos on YouTube

    Here's a playlist that will play all videos of the Expo Line automatically:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...wC3q3okm26bGOB

    And here's the first video as a taste:


    Any feedback is appreciated

  • #2
    SKYTRAIN

    Fast
    Efficient
    Economical
    Elevated
    Completed on time
    Connected toTOD's


    Everything Edmonton's Metro line and all future lines are not.
    Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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    • #3
      I saw a modern dance production at the Expanse Festival (back when it was held at the Roxy) that featured a greened monochrome of a similar video of the Skytrain journey as a backdrop. Not sure which stations it featured, but by the end I was somehow able to confirm that it was indeed Vancouver. Might well have been better than the dance.
      Let's make Edmonton better.

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      • #4
        One big problem with skytrain is that once computer is down , there is no movement till computer is up and running
        Edmonton Rocks Rocks Rocks

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        • #5
          ^True, a computer they boot with a floppy disk.

          I've also read that the automaton didn't really generate any savings. You have tighter more expensive engineering requirements, yes you get less drivers but countering that you need more security.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jagators63 View Post
            One big problem with skytrain is that once computer is down , there is no movement till computer is up and running
            Reality Check

            Meanwhile the Metro line signaling system is still not working correctly after 2 years past the due date. At least Skytrain works and if it is down for 15 minutes, people freak.
            Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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            • #7
              Vancouver SkyTrain

              I always think comparisons between Edmonton and much larger cities are really a bit silly. Vancouver is twice as big population wise as Edmonton, hemmed in by mountains, the ocean and an agricultural reserve and now seems to be a haven for Chinese investors who have driven home prices higher than the SkyTrain.

              It is a beautiful city, but also young working people are now fleeing because they can never afford to buy a home there.

              Yes, there is more TOD there - but all development there is denser because the cost of land and severe constraints on expansion. There is some more dense development happening in the older neighbourhoods of Edmonton, but there is also still a lot of resistance to it.

              We shouldn't fall for the grass is greener there type of thinking - Vancouver has a lot of nice things, but it also has different challenges and problems than we do.

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              • #8
                ^edmontons ridership is about a quarter sky train, and the length is about a third (won't be far behind when valley line is complete, although I expect sky train will keep growing). Given population difference, seems pretty good to me.

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                • #9
                  Is sky train not a provincial endeavour?

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                  • #10
                    Isn't all of transit in BC?

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                    • #11
                      ^In the Vancouver Metro Area municipalities have been given the power to institute a regional gas tax. This gas tax forms a fund that helps to pay for transit related projects of a regional scale.

                      A regional gas tax is one of the primary things I would like to see enabled in the new Municipal Government Act this spring. It could be managed by an organization like the new growth management boards that will replace/evolve out of the CRB and CRP. The funds raised could be used for roads, transit, or other projects of a regional scale (e.g. LRT to St. Albert, regional bus, interchanges, water/wastewater system sharing, etc).

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                      • #12
                        http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...511997?cmp=rss

                        It looks like a private developer is going to be building a new Skytrain stop. Very interesting proposal. Wish we would see things like this in Edmonton.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jaerdo View Post
                          http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...511997?cmp=rss

                          It looks like a private developer is going to be building a new Skytrain stop. Very interesting proposal. Wish we would see things like this in Edmonton.
                          It's hard to see the economics of that working in Edmonton anytime soon. TOD/Infill have enough challenges here just building around the supplied infrastructure. Imagine Century Park if Procura would have included the transit centre costs as well to pass along to potential customers. The site would still be a crater.

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                          • #14
                            I've finished uploading the Millennium Line.

                            Here's a playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...AQQsW38pEIjguF

                            And the first video:

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                            • #15
                              Not as great as my first two playlists (in terms of quality), but here's the Canada Line. I'm hoping to get back out to Vancouver to film the Evergreen Line this fall.

                              Here's a link to the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...oQbxSRNtnhzMgO

                              And the first video:

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