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Pics from the Report - of course these likely bear little resemblance to the fnal product:

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Vancouver Streetcar Update Report - Sept 22, 2006.

Nice big 65 page report.

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/200610...cuments/pe5.pdf

Here's the opening parts:

TO: Standing Committee on Planning and Environment

FROM: General Manager of Engineering Services and the Director of Current

Planning

SUBJECT: Downtown Streetcar Project Update

RECOMMENDATION

A. THAT Council reaffirm the Vancouver Transit Strategy and that extending rapid

transit along the Central Broadway corridor remains a City priority.

B. THAT Council reiterate its support for a Downtown Streetcar as a key element

in helping the City achieve its environmental, transportation and liveability

objectives as part of the Vancouver Transit Strategy, Downtown Transportation

Plan, Community Climate Change Action Plan, and False Creek South and

Southeast False Creek Official Development Plans.

C. THAT Council authorize the General Manager of Engineering Services to

continue to seek Senior Government funding for the Downtown Streetcar

project including cost-sharing opportunities with other potential funding

partners.

D. THAT Council direct staff to continue the Downtown Streetcar project as

follows:

i. Undertake a public process to receive broader input into the findings of

the current Downtown Streetcar project update;

ii. Complete more detailed design for the section from Granville Island to

Science World, including a maintenance facility, with funding of

$300,000 to be provided from the 2005 Engineering Streets Budget for

the Downtown Streetcar, and staff to pursue a commitment from CMHC

Granville Island regarding a $65,000 contribution towards this study;

iii. Report back to Council on the more detailed design and funding and

implementation options for the section from Granville Island to Science

World, including a maintenance facility; and

iv. Continue to work with TransLink on how to integrate the Downtown

Streetcar with the regional transit system and transportation plans.

GENERAL MANAGER'S COMMENTS

The General Manager of Engineering Services and the Director of Current Planning recommend

approval of A through D. The Downtown Streetcar is a key element of the Vancouver’s

Transit Strategy and a cornerstone of supporting Southeast False Creek as a transit-oriented

development. Given the immediate timing of construction of both Southeast False Creek

streets and the Olympic Village Canada Line station, it is important to finalize more detailed

design that accommodates the future streetcar while minimising construction costs and

neighbourhood impacts.

CITY MANAGER'S COMMENTS

In considering the recommendations in this report, Council should consider carefully the

potential capital costs that will be necessary to bring the system to the kind of operation

contemplated. Currently, the Downtown Historic Railway system is a single-track system on

which volunteers operate two heritage streetcars on weekends from Granville Island to

Science World. The Downtown Streetcar is a full transit system, including a double-tracked

operation in a semi-dedicated right of way using modern equipment with the service

integrated with the regional transit system.

To complete Phase 1 (Granville Island to Waterfront Station) will require an investment of

$100 million for which no secure outside funding sources have been identified. The

consultants indicated that the system as proposed will generate sufficient revenue to cover

the operating costs but will have net operating revenues of just $1.2 to $1.6 million per year,

sufficient to support capital financing of just $15 to $20 million if financed over 20 years.

Even with a city contribution from transportation related DCLs of $30 million, it will be

necessary to identify additional funding partners for up to 50% of the anticipated cost for the

full Phase 1 from Granville Island to Waterfront or up to 20% for the Phase 0 from Granville

Island to Science World. Finally, the success of the system - ridership and financial - will

depend on integration with the regional transit system and to date, there is no commitment

from Translink on this integration.

These comments are meant to put the expectations created by work related to the Downtown

Streetcar system in some context. Undertaking additional work as recommended in the

report will move understanding of the project forward, however, it will take committed

funding partners to move the system to the next stage of development, even if that is

restricted to the current Granville Island to Science World right of way.

The City Manager RECOMMENDS that Council approve this additional work, but in doing so,

cautions that the Downtown Streetcar project as envisioned will not likely be easily or quickly

realized.

COUNCIL POLICY

Since 1995, Council has consistently supported preserving rail corridors and the demonstration

electric rail transit service along the south side of False Creek, with the potential of providing

regular service linking the employment, residential and activity nodes in the Downtown core.

In 1997, Council approved the Vancouver Transportation Plan that supported the use of transit

in meeting our transportation growth needs, including providing special transit rights-of-way,

and preserving rail corridors for transit and greenway purposes.

In 1999, Council approved specific alignments and phasing for a Downtown Streetcar system

and consideration of streetcar corridors to coincide with planning projects located along the

routes. Council also authorized the General Manager of Engineering Services to seek Senior

Government funding for the streetcar project from Granville Island to Waterfront Station.

In 2002, Council approved both the Downtown Transportation Plan and the Vancouver Transit

Strategy recommending implementation of the Downtown Streetcar network with possible

extensions to the False Creek Flats, Vanier Park, and along the Arbutus Corridor.

In 2003, Council approved proceeding with further planning for the Downtown Streetcar

including applying for matching funds from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

In 2004, Council approved undertaking the Downtown Streetcar Market Research Study,

Streetcar Benchmarking Study, and Design, Layout, and Ridership Study.

In 2005, Council approved the Official Development Plan for Southeast False Creek including

providing space for double-track segregated streetcar operation on 1st Avenue.

In 2005, Council approved the Community Climate Change Action Plan, including program

initiatives focused on promoting alternative transportation and expanding transit service.

SUMMARY

The purpose of this report is to report back as directed by Council with a project update on

the Downtown Streetcar. The results of four separate reports are presented:

o a benchmarking report on streetcar systems

o a tourist and recreational market research study

o a design and layout study (for Phase 1, Granville Island to Waterfront Station)

o a comparative review of streetcars and local buses

The project update streetcar studies and related ridership, revenue, and cost estimate

updates have been a valuable exercise. Council, staff, and the public will now have a much

better understanding of the Downtown Streetcar initiative in providing Vancouver with more

sustainable transportation modes.

Modern, high density and transit-oriented cities require a wide range of transit services to

respond to the full range of transit demand. Each transit mode provides a different level of

service and capacity. The Vancouver Transit Strategy emphasises the need for the City to

pursue a network of transit services over the long term. Extending rapid transit to serve

Central Broadway remains a City priority for transit expansion [Recommendation A].

Experiences in other cities have shown that streetcars provide a high level of service and can

be extremely popular with residents, commuters and tourists alike. Streetcar systems in some

European cities are the dominant transit service. Examples in North America include

streetcars in cities such as San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma, New Orleans, and Toronto.

The Downtown Streetcar initiative is a key element of the City’s continuing transition to a

transit-oriented city. The intent is that seamless connections to existing transit services will

be provided with integrated fares, thereby enhancing the overall regional transit network.

The Downtown Streetcar will be a fully accessible service that provides a level of service and

capacity in between that of local bus and regional scale rail transit (i.e. SkyTrain, Canada

Line, or Evergreen Line).

Also consistent with the Vancouver Transit Strategy as well as the Downtown Transportation

Plan, Community Climate Change Action Plan, and False Creek South and Southeast False

Creek Official Development Plans, the Downtown Streetcar is a key element in helping the

City achieve its environmental, transportation and liveability objectives [Recommendation B].

While to date the city continues to take the lead role in the Downtown Streetcar project, its

longer term capital costs are expected to need multiple funding sources and partners. Senior

levels of government and available funding programs should be investigated as potential

funding sources [Recommendation C].

The project update has identified a strategic opportunity to stage the implementation of the

Downtown Streetcar in more manageable components beginning with a Phase “0” section

from Granville Island to Science World. The capital cost estimate for Phase 0 is less than

$60M including a start-up maintenance facility.

The Phase 0 section produces the highest ridership for the Downtown Streetcar as it would

serve Granville Island with over 10 million visitors a year and provide a direct connection to

two regional rapid transit lines, both the Canada Line and Expo Line. Streetcar travel times

between Science World and Granville Island would be less than 10 minutes and would be

highly reliable as the entire Phase 0 alignment is in dedicated rights-of-way. It would provide

SEFC residents with quality transit service that will help reduce transportation related GHG

emissions and vehicle-kms by 25% to 50%.

The report outlines many compelling reasons to begin more detailed design for the Downtown

Streetcar system for the Phase 0 section including the complete reconstruction of 1st Avenue

as part of SEFC, the construction of the Olympic Village station for the Canada Line, and

Granville Island’s keen interest in the Downtown Streetcar as an important high-capacity

transit solution needed for their visitors, patrons, students, and employees.

This report seeks Council approval for next steps to be taken for the Downtown Streetcar

project including undertaking a public process [Recommendation D (i)] and completing and

reporting back on more detailed design. The cost for more detailed design cost for Phase 0 is

estimated to be $365,000 of which Granville Island is expected to contribute $65,000

[Recommendation D (ii)]. Staff will report back on the more detailed design for Phase 0 and

possible funding and implementation options [Recommendation D (iii)]. Staff will also

continue to work with TransLink on how to integrate the Downtown Streetcar with the

regional transit system and transportation plans

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The renderings look kinda ugly... I want Vancouver to hire Via Architecture for the structures. (they have made the 98 B-Line Shelters)

The 'trains' look ugly too. I hope they have good designs. The evergeen line ones look nice, although I'm totally against a LRT for Burnaby - Coquitlam.

Oh I forgot to add, do you think they will have Time Display Systems (i.e, 98 B-Line)

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The renderings look kinda ugly... I want Vancouver to hire Via Architecture for the structures. (they have made the 98 B-Line Shelters)

The 'trains' look ugly too. I hope they have good designs. The evergeen line ones look nice, although I'm totally against a LRT for Burnaby - Coquitlam.

Oh I forgot to add, do you think they will have Time Display Systems (i.e, 98 B-Line)

These are conceptual renderings, not actual design renderings. The purpose is to show the location of the station and the impact it will have on the streetscape, all very preliminary.

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  • 4 months later...

A Project Update:

Vancouver will probably go for the Phase I from Granville Island to Waterfront Station with 6 modern light rail trains (5 will be in use, 1 extra) at a frequency of 8 minutes during peek hours. The OMC will most likely be located under the Georgia Viaduct connectin light rail at Quebec St (there are many options but this one was explained in detail). City of Vancouver has finished their bus and lrt comparative study.

Project Reports (5): http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/stre...ojectUpdate.htm

The project update streetcar studies and related ridership, revenue, and cost estimate updates have been a valuable exercise. Council, staff, and the public will now have a much better understanding of the Downtown Streetcar initiative in providing Vancouver with more sustainable transportation modes. As part of the project update, Council directed staff in October 2006 to continue the Downtown Streetcar project as follows:

A. THAT Council authorize the General Manager of Engineering Services to continue to seek Senior Government funding for the Downtown Streetcar project including cost-sharing opportunities with other potential funding partners.

B. THAT Council direct staff to continue the Downtown Streetcar project as follows:

Undertake a public process to receive broader input into the findings of the current Downtown Streetcar project update;

Complete more detailed design for the section from Granville Island to Science World, including a maintenance facility, with funding of $300,000 to be provided from the 2005 Engineering Streets Budget for the Downtown Streetcar, and staff to pursue a commitment from CMHC Granville Island regarding a $65,000 contribution towards this study;

Report back to Council on the more detailed design and funding and implementation options for the section from Granville Island to Science World, including a maintenance facility; and

Continue to work with TransLink on how to integrate the Downtown Streetcar with the regional transit system and transportation plans.

Report back to Council on innovative funding options related to measurable benefits accruing to neighbourhood residents and businesses

C. THAT Vancouver City Council request that TransLink begin planning the western extension of the Millenium Line along the Broadway Corridor in 2007 as this remains the City of Vancouver's highest transit priority.

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Phase 0 (Granville Island to Olympic Village to Science World) is planned to be done by the Olympics. Phase 1+ is planned for post 2010.

Isn't phase 0 currently operational by the Downtown Historic Railway?

Here's their website:

http://www.trams.bc.ca/

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Credits to Officedweller for reporting first on SSP:

Latest City report:

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/...uments/tt3.pdf

RECOMMENDATION

A. THAT Council approve the replacement of the single-track infrastructure

between Granville Island and the 2nd Avenue Canada Line Station to allow

continued operation of the Downtown Heritage Railway on the alignment at a

cost of $8.5 million; source of funding to be:

i. $500,000 as a funding contribution from CMHC Granville Island

ii. $4,000,000 from the Southeast False Creek Project

iii. $4,000,000 from existing Engineering Streets 2006-2008 Capital Budget;

AND THAT the funding of $0.8 million to be approved in advance of the 2008

Capital Budget, source of funding to be the 2006-2008 plebiscite approved

borrowing authority.

B. THAT Council instruct staff to seek opportunities to develop the Downtown

Streetcar Demonstration Project for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter

Games using modern streetcar equipment and infrastructure.

C. THAT Council approve up to $1.0M to safeguard the streetcar alignment during

the 1st Avenue reconstruction for modern streetcar operations including cost

sharing with Metro Vancouver for the cost premiums of relocating the regional

forcemain between Columbia Street and Quebec Street; source of funding to

be provided from the existing Engineering Streets 2006-2008 Capital Budget.

Source: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.p...mp;postcount=15

Previous Report

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/...uments/pe5.pdf

*Note below were only concepts put together, not official streetcars, stations, and detailed designs put together by the City of Vancouver*

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Granville Island Stop Rendering - Credits to Officedweller

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Main Street Science World Stop Rendering (Connections with SkyTrain) - Credits to Officedweller

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Chinatown Stop Rendering - Credits to Officedweller

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Gastown Stop Rendering - Credits to Officedweller

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Waterfront Station Rendering (Connections with SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus, and West Coast Express) - Credits to Officedweller

Global BC TV's Report

I will provide video link when they upload it.

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Tony Parsons

According to Global, there is now a change of plans with the line. Phase 0-A will be from Granville Island to Canada Line Olympic Village Station, then continue to Main Street Science World. After that, they will explore options for expansion, should there be a demand, and extend it to Stanley Park, Yaletown, etc.

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Phase 0-A Option

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Picture of the SLUT (:haha:) in Seattle

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Historic Streetcar still there

They may use the old historic streetcars for special occasions (opening of 2010 ceremonies, during olympics, weekends, etc.).

This work (above) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License

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Global TV Report:

http://canwest.a.mms.mavenapps.net/mms/rt/...ba-a490510d9fc5

Global TV Newscasts>Global BC Newshour Mar 05>17:30 (you have to wait to load and drag the viewer to 17:30, they didn't divide it into a seperate report)

Notice reporter Linda Aylesworth said something wrong when she reports about route mapping.

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