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I think it's behind either plexiglass or bulletproof glass with a graffiti shield over it (hence, the shine throughout the tv and case). Two thirds of the screen you can see is a big ad, one third is Global BC News Updates (weather, news, etc.), then the bottom is a message from TransLink...

I guess we will be seeing more and more of these soon...

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I got news regarding from TransLink Listens... Information regarding LCD Displays are bolded:

January 29, 2007

Dear TransLink Advisor,

Your Feedback

Thank you for your advice about SkyTrain service during the extreme weather of November 25 to December 1, 2006. While you told us that you recognize the serious challenges of the weather, combined with a dramatic increase in ridership, you also told us about improvements needed to the SkyTrain speaker system and how, when, where and what information you need.

Thank you also for your feedback on the increased potential for teleworking in Greater Vancouver. Teleworking is a growing trend, which appears poised to grow further and faster with increased gas prices, environmental concerns, the aging of the workforce, the increased cost of office space, and the need to maintain essential services in times of natural or other disaster.

Reports of both the SkyTrain Extreme Weather and Telework studies are posted in the TransLink Listens Members' Library. To access the Members' Library, CLICK HERE.

You asked for it..

Here's what we plan to do with the results:


TransLink will be exploring the possibility of working with one or two partners on a telework demonstration project that will track the value and the challenges of implementing Telework programs. Further information on this can be obtained from TransLink's Transportation Demand Management Department, which manages car-share and employer pass programs.


SkyTrain has already implemented some of your recommendations.

Service Delivery:

A new service schedule will be implemented during periods of severe weather. This will see SkyTrain maximizing the number of longer trains (four-car and six-car units) in service.

Additional SkyTrain Attendants will be used at the busier stations.

Additional Maintenance personnel will be positioned on the system to respond quicker to train mechanical issues.

Increased Transit Police presence will be requested at the busier stations particularly during peak hour.

During periods of continued snowfall, out-of-service trains are operated during the overnight hours to prevent snow accumulations in the track areas, ensuring that service can operate without problems the following morning.

Safety and Security:

On January 18, 2007, SkyTrain introduced the latest digital technology to monitor conditions live in SkyTrain Stations. Although SkyTrain was always able to monitor conditions live, it can now retain and recover images for longer periods. In addition, the introduction of a new Transit Police force has improved safety and security of SkyTrain riders.


The entire communications strategy at SkyTrain is currently under review and revision. Announcements will be better scripted and more frequent; automated announcements will be expanded where applicable; professional voice training and communications skills will be explored.

Large LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens were introduced January 22, 2007, at SkyTrain stations at Waterfront and Metrotown, and SeaBus south terminal. In addition to news and weather, these LCD screens will have up-to-the minute transit conditions displayed, so that riders always know the status of the system and alternate transportation routes. Plans are to expand LCD to other SkyTrain stations and transit exchanges and on-board transit vehicles.

During period of abnormal operations, information will be provided to media contacts well prior to the start of service and will continue to be provided on an hourly basis.

Budgets are currently being prepared for upgrading the speaker systems in all SkyTrain station. It is anticipated that all stations will be upgraded over the next 12-months.

Additional SkyTrain Cars:

An order was placed in November 2006 for 34 new SkyTrain Mark II cars. These trains will be delivered and will enter service in 2009. Due to dramatically increasing ridership however, we expect that customers will take full advantage of these new vehicles as soon as they are in service.

Upcoming Studies

Watch for an upcoming test of the i-MOVE total transportation website, where drivers, cyclists, transit users, car/vanpoolers --- anyone who moves around Greater Vancouver and beyond --- can use a point-and-click system to indicate where they are on a map, and where they want to go. i-MOVE will tell them everything they want to know about real-time travel conditions, and connections to the Ferry and Airport, and Washington State --- including showing camcorder pictures of road conditions in key locations.

You as TransLink's on-line advisors will be asked to test the site before it goes live, in the spring.

Once again, thanks for your great feedback!

And tell your friends about TransLink's On-Line Advisory Panel!

Yours sincerely,

TransLink Listens


I don't think the screens are actually that big...

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GREATER VANCOUVER - Coast Mountain Bus Co. pulled at least 39 new trolley buses off the road Tuesday because of problems with their power steering, TransLink said.

A TransLink representative said the problem appears to be a software glitch affecting the buses' sophisticated electronics that should be quick and easy to repair.

In the meantime, bus riders on trolley routes may find themselves waiting longer than usual for the next bus.

Many of the New Flyer buses, which were delivered late last year, have problems when they pass couplings in the overhead wires, especially at intersections.

There is a brief moment when the trolleys lose contact with one section of the coupling before they make contact with the next section.

"They go on battery power for that one brief moment," said TransLink's Drew Snider.

"What's happening with the new buses, it's been discovered, is that the power steering sometimes hardens up" after the momentary loss of power, making the buses difficult to steer, Snider said.

"It's under warranty," he added. "New Flyer has sent somebody out here who's going to be in town tonight [Tuesday]and then [this] morning they'll be getting to work on getting this fixed."

Snider said TransLink hopes to have the buses repaired within a day or two, and is looking for other buses that can plug the gaps in service.

TransLink has few spare buses on hand because it hasn't been able to afford to buy enough to keep up with demand.

"We're working on that," Snider said. "We've basically retired a lot of the old trolleys, and the ones that are retired are not fit for service.

"We still have some older trolleys that can go into service, we're trying to pull some diesels in, we're just seeing where we can get some extra resources for this afternoon's rush hour. Right now we don't know, exactly."

Jim Houlahan, a bus driver's union leader, later said Coast Mountain told him 49 buses were eventually taken out of service.

Houlahan, vice-president of CAW Local 111, said Coast Mountain intended to take out only problem buses, but learned Tuesday morning there were many more incidents with the power steering than initially estimated.

Houlahan said the last generation of New Flyer trolley buses had an analogous problem that turned out to be quite serious.

"We would have the electronic brake kick out" after the trolleys passed a coupling. "That electrical change in the bus was causing a malfunction in the logic box that would kick out the electronic-dynamic brakes.

"That took us years to sort out and it was particularly scary because then you were only left with air brakes halfway through a stop, and the electronic brake was intended to do about 80 per cent of your braking," Houlahan said.

He said he hopes TransLink's optimism about a quick fix is well-founded.

"I'm hoping they can fix it in a day or two," he said. "Do I think that's likely or realistic based on my experience? No."

The problem buses were driven to the old Oakridge transit centre, which is still being used for maintenance and pre-delivery checks of newly arrived buses.


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The trolley buses pulled out of service Tuesday make up nearly a quarter of the new buses TransLink is receiving last year and this year. Some are replacing older buses and some are additions to the fleet.

The new vehicles include:

- 50 compressed natural gas buses.

- 57 diesel buses.

- 53 trolley buses.

- 12 community shuttles.

- 40 HandyDART vehicles.

Source: TransLink

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February 05, 2007

Digital Video Network Enhances Commuter Information

Digital screens now in operation at SkyTrain stations and the Waterfront Station SeaBus terminal will provide timely information for TransLink customers, as well as new opportunities for advertisers to present their messages.

TransLink’s Digital Commuter Network has been installed at Metrotown and Waterfront SkyTrain Stations as well as the Waterfront SeaBus terminal. The multi-screen display shows weather information, news and sports headlines from Global TV, and a variety of commercial messages.

As well, the DCN provides transit information, including late-breaking service alerts, which customers can use to plan their trips.

The DCN is part of the multi-million-dollar contract TransLink signed in 2005 with Lamar Advertising. Under the 15-year deal, TransLink will receive guaranteed advertising revenues exceeding $135 million. The structure of the contract also allows for additional revenue to be earned under a revenue sharing formula. In the first year of the contract TransLink received a revenue share bonus of over $1 million in addition to the $5.5 million minimum guarantee payment.

Plans for expanding the DCN network include installation along the rest of the SkyTrain line before the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Source: http://www.translink.bc.ca/About_TransLink...ews02050701.asp


February 05, 2007

Work Continues on New Trolley Power Steering Issue

A representative from New Flyer and technicians from Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) continue their work to identify and deal with the power steering issue, which has caused the new trolley buses to be removed from service. They are using electronic diagnostic devices and road tests to try to determine what is causing the occasional temporary loss of power steering.

In order to help bridge the gap, TransLink has arranged to borrow some buses from BC Transit.

With those buses and some creative re-scheduling by Coast Mountain planners, it appears from the daily service reports that the impact on transit customers is being minimized as much as possible. Nonetheless, we are grateful to our customers for their patience and to the media for helping convey this message.

So far, it appears that the issue with the trolleys is not an unusual situation with new, unique and complex equipment. The old trolley fleet had its own issues, so did the new CNG buses and the old and new SkyTrain cars. The remedy needed by the new trolleys is covered by warranty.

As a ‘sidebar’ note, Coast Mountain reports it delivered 99.3% of its scheduled service in 2006, and that a shortage of bus operators has led to more cancelled runs than a shortage of vehicles. CMBC is actively recruiting for up to 1,000 more operators to make up for retirements and service expansion.

More details are available at: http://www.coastmountainbus.com/careers/tr...ator_applicants.

Source: http://www.translink.bc.ca/About_TransLink...ews02050702.asp

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I hate to be NIMBY but, the idea of a sky train through port moody would destroy its quaintness. Port Moody is a small sea side municpality (mind you getting larger all the time) with lots of single detached homes. The route that would be taken passes by many of the homes, A sky train would surley take away many views, increase noise, and be one more place for vandalism. Values of homes would be depreaciated and to be honest i dont want a big old elevated train dominating my small suburb just like most residents.

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The route that would be taken passes by many of the homes, A sky train would surley take away many views, increase noise, and be one more place for vandalism. Values of homes would be depreaciated and to be honest i dont want a big old elevated train dominating my small suburb just like most residents.

You're an ideal NIMBY.

There is nothing special about Port Moody. If everybody said their neighbourhood was this "beautiful, quaint, small suburb" we'd have nothing built.

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You're an ideal NIMBY.

There is nothing special about Port Moody. If everybody said their neighbourhood was this "beautiful, quaint, small suburb" we'd have nothing built.

I beg to differ as a municiplity with a population below 75,000 Port Moody is either the third or fourth most livable community in the world according to an international body in 2003, and is also the best planned municipality in the world with a population below 75,000.

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Ottawa announces $1 billion in funding for Toronto-area transit

Meagan Fitzpatrick

CanWest News Service

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Transit in the Toronto area is getting a boost in federal funding of nearly $1 billion.

CREDIT: CNS File Photo

Transit in the Toronto area is getting a boost in federal funding of nearly $1 billion.

Click here to find out more!

Canada’s biggest city got close to a $1 billion-dollar boost for its transit system on Tuesday with the announcement of federal funds to expand Toronto’s subway system and improve transit in the city’s surrounding municipalities.

“Today we are setting a course of action to cut the commute, clear the air and drive growth in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at an event in Toronto to make the announcement. Flaherty, who is also the minister responsible for the Toronto region, was joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty.

The prime minister said traffic congestion has become one of the top issues in the GTA.

“Bumper to bumper traffic also saps some of the strength from the GTA’s economy. According to the Toronto Board of Trade for instance, congestion is responsible for $2 billion a year in lost productivity,”

said Harper. “This represents a huge loss for the city, the province and indeed, for the country.”

Even more important is the damage done to the environment by the highways crammed with cars and trucks emitting greenhouse gases, said Harper.

The money will help expand Toronto’s existing Spadina subway line including the addition of a long-awaited stop at York University, and money will also fund transit infrastructure development in Mississauga, Brampton, and the York and Durham regions around Toronto.

The federal funds of up to $962 million will be added to the money committed by the municipalities and province for the transit projects.

“Working together, Ottawa and Queen’s Park are going to make public transit more accessible and efficient, improve traffic flow and reduce the growth of pollutants and greenhouse gases pumped into the air,” Harper said.

Ontario is also getting $586 million as part of the federal government’s ecoTrust program to support clean-energy related projects, the prime minister announced. One of those projects is a plan to build transmission lines from Manitoba to Ontario to use clean hydro power from that province instead of Ontario’s coal-fired generating stations.

The transit funding announcement comes a day after the Federation of Canadian Municipalities called on Ottawa to create a national public transportation strategy so that cities would have predictable and long-term funding.

© CanWest News Service 2007

Source: http://www.canada.com/globaltv/ontario/sto...8d4&k=27159

Where's Vancouver now? Hope they didn't forget about us. We need more funding (maybe fund for the M-Line before 2010 XD XD XD XD XD LOL)!!!!!!

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^ well, we've got our fair share for now with transit. LOL Toronto really needs this money.

Though we may be asking more for the $400 million Evergreen Line shortfall OR the line may go towards the direction of P3, and interestingly enough, SNC Lavalin is interested in the Evergreen Line....the same company that is designing, building, and operating the Canada Line for 35 years and funding $700 million of the project. They have their transportation headquarters in Vancouver.

Regarding the UBC M-Line expansion, construction wouldn't happen until probably 2013 at the earliest.

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Call me ignorant, but what is 'the line may go towards P3'? Interesting, SNC Lavin?

In P3 projects like the Canada Line and the Golden Ears Bridge, private companies generally help finance, design and operate the projects under long-term contracts. SNC-Lavalin is contributing $300 million (plus $400 million in overruns) for the Canada Line, is responsible for all construction overruns, and will be operating the line for the next 35-years to recoup and profit from its $700 million investment into the Canada Line. The company is also building, designing, and maintaining the Sea-to-Sky highway for the next 20 years (i think)....however, they are not providing any funding for it (the project is completely publicly funded).

SNC-Lavalin helped design our two existing SkyTrain lines. They are a Quebec based company, but their transportation headquarters are located in Vancouver. They have expressed their interest in any private-public contract with the Evergreen Line.

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Speaking of P3s and BC as a whole, Premier Campbell was at the Golden area to open a new TransCanada Highway bridge there. It is 3-phase overall $1-Billion-plus project that will make that part of the national highway between the town of Golden and the BC-Alberta provincial border more safe for travelers and big cargo trucks alike. Phases 1 and 2 are now complete, with the most ambitious Phase 3 to come.

Kicking Horse Canyon road work completed

Vancouver Sun

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2007

A massive bridge along the Trans-Canada Highway in Kicking Horse Canyon opened today, ahead of schedule.

The bridge was built to improve safety and ease traffic congestion along what was once one of the most accident prone sections of the national highway.

The new Park Bridge spans a gap of 405 metres and five of its piers tower as high as 90-metres above ground, the provincial government stated in a written release.

Construction to rebuild the approaches to the bridge and realignment of more than five kilometres of the new four-lane highway east of Golden have also been completed.

Phase 2 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project cost the federal and provincial governments $130 million.

Article made, courtesy of the Calgary Herald.

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