Posts Tagged ‘UBC LRT’

STREETCARS: THE MISSING LINK? – September 29, 2010

September 1, 2010

For Immediate Release – Please circulate!

 Lawrence Frank, PhD, CIP, ASLA

Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation University of British Columbia

604-822-5387 ph / 604-822-1628 fx

 Bombardier Active Transportation Lab 


UBC School of Environmental Health and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning are pleased to inform you of our upcoming symposium:


September 29, 2010 (Wednesday)

 Program:  8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Reception: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver BC.


 The Olympic Line – Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar demonstration project held during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games saw urban streetcars return to Vancouver for the first time in almost half a century. The project proved extremely popular and has ignited the idea of reinvesting in streetcars as part of a broader sustainable transportation system for the City of Vancouver and the entire Metro Vancouver region.


 Streetcars: The Missing Link? brings together decisions makers, academics, and community leaders to explore, discuss and debate the potential role of streetcars as a critical link within the transportation system and the idea of bring streetcars back to Vancouver. Key topics of this symposium include:

  • Historical role of streetcars in Vancouver
  • Implementation costs
  • Streetcar impacts on urban form and mobility
  • Urban design and modal integration – lessons learned in other regions
  • New data and information from the Olympic Line demonstration project.

 DETAILED AGENDA  is available here:

 REGISTER AT:   Please register early as space is limited.

 A hosted reception will follow the program at the revolving Vistas 360 restaurant/lounge on the 20th floor of the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. Join delegates for complimentary refreshments, appetizers, and additional network opportunities while taking in a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and harbour. Information from UBC students in the Schools of Community and Regional Planning, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Health on streetcar systems and their impacts will be shared at the reception.

 WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  decision makers, municipal staff, developers, community leaders, media, academics, organizational leaders.

 This event is sponsored by the J. Armand Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation at UBC.


Lydia Ma

UBC School of Environmental Health

Phone: (604) 822-9599




Broadway merchants want light rail not SkyTrain down business corridor

June 23, 2010
Last night’s adventure!
Broadway merchants want light rail not SkyTrain down business corridor
By Tamara Baluja, The Province June 22, 2010

A coalition of merchants and residents opposed to the building of a SkyTrain line along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor rolled ahead with a meeting Tuesday to discuss alternatives.

About 120 people packed the meeting held by the Business and Residents Association for Sustainable Transportation Alternatives (BARSTA) at the St. James Community Square in Kitsilano.

Donna Dobo, a business owner who attended, is concerned that she will be “squeezed out of business” during construction.

Dobo has been operating a costume store called Just Imagine at the Broadway Avenue location for 22 years. “Business is good, but I don’t know if I could survive three to four years of construction with no foot traffic,” Dobo said. “A tunnel construction with huge craters would completely destroy us.”

Broadway merchants, such as Dobo, are concerned that SkyTrain construction like the Canada Line on Cambie Street would be detrimental to business. She, along with a contingent of like-minded merchants, would rather opt for a street-level electric system with stops to encourage passengers to use Broadway’s shops.

Several Cambie Street owners are involved in a class-action lawsuit for damages, claiming the decision to use a cut-and-cover construction method instead of a bored tunnel resulted in problems that hurt businesses. Mel Lehan, a Kitsilano resident and co-founder of BARSTA, said he remains very concerned that a “transit system will be imposed” upon them without consultation. “I think [TransLink has] already decided to build a SkyTrain,” Lehan said.

But TransLink’s Ken Hardie dismissed the notion. “I honestly don’t know where they got that idea that a SkyTrain is the front-runner,” Hardie said. “We are looking at a variety of options.”

Hardie said a complete list of options for the 12-kilometre extension between Commercial Drive and the University of B.C. will be given to city council within the next two weeks. “We’ve been doing consultations with the community in a very robust manner,” Hardie said.

Although a cost analysis will not be completed until the proposals are submitted to city council, Hardie said he hopes that the UBC and Surrey lines will be extended within the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, Jerry Dobrovolny, assistant city engineer of transportation, confirmed that council passed a motion in 2008 stating a preference for the bored-tunnel approach under Broadway or 10th avenues.

Despite the rising concern over the future of the Broadway corridor being raised, transportation economist and regional planner Stephen Rees assured the meeting’s attendees that worrying is all for naught. “TransLink can’t afford to build anything right now . . . They can’t even afford to run more lines on the already overcrowded ­Canada Line,” said Rees, a former planner with the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority.

Citing the non-existent Evergreen Line and other proposed projects, Rees advocated TransLink look at creating a regional transportation system that includes outlying, rapidly growing cities like Surrey and Langley. “It’s very scientific. It’s very interesting but it’s not real,” he said of TransLink’s proposals. “They can’t afford to build anything here any time soon.”

Cargotrams for Broadway or Chilliwack – LRT can adapt!

June 7, 2010

On 3 March 2000 the Dresden Public Transport Co. and the Volkswagen Automobile-Manufacture Dresden GmbH signed a contract for the Cargotram for the delivery of parts from the logistics center in Dresden Friedrichstadt  to a new car factory, using a tram running over the cities tram lines. The route from the logistics center to the factory runs straight through the inner city of Dresden and use of trucks would  increase in truck traffic, increasing diesel exhaust and traffic congestion.

One wonders how much truck traffic could be taken off Vancouver city streets by using a Cargotram style of delivery service on the proposed Broadway ‘rail’ transit project to UBC. Only modern LRT can be adapted by using cargotram not metro, either conventional or SkyTrain, operating elevated or in a subway.

Carogtram could be a natural for light frieght movements from Vancouver to Langley, Abbotsford, YXX, and Chilliwack.

The following is Carogtram in operation and could be a common sight on Broadway or the Fraser Valley, if light rail is built.