Monthly Archives: January 2009

Metro column: SkyTrain service still considered a winner

19 January 2009 05:24

Last week, the first of 48 new light metro cars arrived at SkyTrain’s headquarters in Burnaby. Sporting a refreshing blue-and-grey design, the SkyTrain vehicles are visually impressive.

More importantly, they have increased passenger capacity. So, their addition should be a big plus for commuters, who have made SkyTrain a popular — and at times strained — transit system.

But even as Metro Vancouver’s transit authority un-shrinkwraps and test-drives the sleek cars, a vocal chorus of SkyTrain boobirds are quick to trash this region’s choice of rapid rail. Continue reading


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TransLink’s fashion sense

Earlier this week, TransLink took delivery on the first of its 48 new SkyTrain cars. The vehicles have increased passenger capacity — a much-needed feature, given the Lower Mainland transit crunch in recent years.

But what has some transit enthusiasts turning their heads is not the functionality of the new SkyTrain cars, but rather, their fashion sense. The cars sports a blue-grey (with yellow line) look, matching the existing colour scheme for TransLink’s new fleet of buses.

It’s not just new SkyTrain cars that are sporting the team colours. The third vessel in the SeaBus fleet — set to ply the waters of Burrard Inlet later this year — will also be delivered in the blue-grey look. Ditto for the other two vessels in the SeaBus fleet, both of which will be refurbished during the next couple of years.

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Metro column: Pinning hopes on Granville makeover

12 January 2009

Love it or loathe it, Granville Street is a Vancouver original.

The downtown district for public intoxication, peep shows and post-pub pushing matches is quite the spectacle on a Friday evening — or a Saturday morning, for that matter.

But while Granville is a magnet for the young, the restless and the seekers of cheap pizza slices — it has yet to be universally embraced. Continue reading

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It lives: Construction resumes on North Vancouver waterfront

Some positive news for those following the progress of the waterfront revitalization project at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.

The $100 million mixed-use development is back in business after coming to a troubling halt this past fall — in the wake of the Wall Street meltdown and ensuing economic uncertainty. Continue reading

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Metro column: City skyline nearly as bleak as markets

January 5, 2009

The chaos on Wall Street that rocked investors and companies globally during the latter half of 2008 continues to pummel the economy in the New Year.

In Metro Vancouver, another signature of the economic boom years — so-called starchitecture — is about to take a major hit. Continue reading

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