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Vancouver - Translink - Skytrain, West Coast Express, et.

Postby bdawe » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:27 pm

The "Evergreen Extension", connecting Lougheed Town Centre station with Port Moody & Coquitlam is set to open on december 2 at noon (http://www.translink.ca/en/Plans-and-Pr ... oCi4vw_wcB)

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This 11 kilometer extension will once again mean that Vancouver posses the world's longest driverless automated railway in the world, taking back that record from Dubai. The extension is expected to see about 70,000 riders per day, and cost C$1.4 billion, including several kilometers of tunneling and viaducts. Also involved were service pattern changes to the rest of the Expo and Millenium Lines, so that Millenium Line trains no longer run through to waterfront from Lougheed, and service between Columbia and Lougheed (through Production Way) has been restructured as a branch of the Expo Line
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Re: Vancouver - Translink - Skytrain, West Coast Express, et

Postby AgentSkelly » Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:47 am

I like how it changed from the Evergreen LINE to Evergreen Extension and they just changed the train routing.

While I was in town a few weeks ago, I was watching them test the line; however it was annoying that at Lougheed Town Centre, the northernmost platform is discharge only as they were emptying out inbound Millenium Line trains and sending the testing trains out from there.

And is the West Coast Express still operated by CPR or did they pick a new operator in 2013?
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Re: Vancouver - Translink - Skytrain, West Coast Express, et

Postby bdawe » Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:08 pm

The West Coast Express is operated by Bombardier

With respect to the Evergreen Extension, part of that comes from the fact that the Tri-Cities bigwigs became attached to the evergreen name, and so the mildly confusing 'extension' signage will be on everything for now.
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Re: Vancouver - Translink - Skytrain, West Coast Express, et

Postby AgentSkelly » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:23 pm

Ah, well that's good...for a while it sounded like TransLink was going to have dead communter trains for a minute!

Yeah, I saw everywhere it previous said "Evergreen LINE" now has a sticker over it says "Evergreen EXTENSION" with a few lapses here and there.
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Re: Vancouver - Translink - Skytrain, West Coast Express, et

Postby bdawe » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:40 am

AND THEY"RE OFF!

I had a chance to ride the Evergreen Line end-to-end. The stations are nice, seem to have a fairly standard design. The extension is unique for the amount parking bundled, whereas formerly the Skytrain had seen relatively little bundled parking, which has helped build strong TOD and strong ridership.

The gap between Burquitlam Station and Moody Centre is very long. I do wonder if there will be any infill station along there in the future.

I would note that the Breweries of Port Moody are made much more accessible to the region now, and on Friday night they were fairly uniformly at capacity, though given that Port Moody beer is weirdly $1.50/$2 more expensive than similar operations in Vancouver, this might not be as good as it seems.
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Re: Vancouver - Translink - Skytrain, West Coast Express, et

Postby AgentSkelly » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:13 am

Wasn't there a few fill-in stations planned? I thought I rememeber seeing it. However, I wonder if some of that parking will give way once that "City of Lougheed" complex comes up.
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