Over and over again from media reporters and commentators, politicians and/or academics, we hear the term ‘rapid transit’, but are offered no definition to what rapid transit is. Is rapid transit a metro, rapid bus, light rail, or commuter rail? This begs the question: “Just what is rapid transit?”
Wikipedia defines rapid transit as:
“A rapid transit, metro, subway, underground, or elevated railway system is an electric passenger railway in an urban area with high capacity and frequency, and which is grade separated from other traffic. Rapid transit systems are typically either in underground tunnels or elevated above street level. Outside urban centres, rapid transit lines sometimes run grade separated at ground level. Some systems use different types in different areas.”
What this definition shows is that rapid transit is a metro type rail system like the proprietary SkyTrain light metro and the RAV/Canada Line heavy-rail metro systems. Thus rapid transit is definitely a metro and not LRT or light rail transit!
This is extremely important, because TransLink is just but one of many planning agencies in the region that uses the term rapid transit when it plans for a ‘rail‘ transit system, when the decision has been already made to build a metro system, prior to any sham public consultation. A good example of charade public consultation is TransLink UBC Line Rapid Transit Study Stakeholder Workshop, on 18 January in Vancouver, where TransLink has already made the decision to build with metro on Broadway, just by announcing the term ‘rapid transit’.
The TransLink ‘dog and pony show’ for SkyTrain and metro continues!
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