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Links post for Monday

Here’s a roundup of some transport-related links that you might like – so much is happening right now owing to the Olympics, plus people have sent me some interesting items!

  • By Excited streetcar driver, January 18, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    While beautiful and fun to drive, this model of Flexity is definitely a narrow European design, and when (not if) Vancouver gets it’s own we definitely should aim for a more standard North American width (similar to Toronto’s order of these same cars). It would allow full 2×2 seating, giving more seats and a more comfortable ride to passengers.

    It’s actually an issue that came up at the APTA Streetcar Sub-committee meeting I attended last fall in Seattle where we were trying to design a common standard for the modern North American streetcar. Managers from Seattle and Portland were strongly recommending using a wider width unlike what they already purchased for many reasons including creating easier “docking” of both buses and streetcars at shared platforms. Platform height standards also came in to the discussion. It was a fascinating discussion to be part of.

    And Stephen is slightly wrong in that video, the toggle he points to is the mirror deploying switch, the turn signal switch is the toggle just to the right of the one he pointed to, on the other side of the yellow door unlock button. Also in normal operation an operator wouldn’t need to select each switch, that would be automatically done when you program your route in to the computer system, the toggle is only for manually flipping a switch when short turning and such.

    The Flexity is a fantastic car, rides beautifully, great acceleration, beautiful finishing on the inside and out, and would make a great addition to Vancouver.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 18, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Idle question: why are European streetcar designs so much narrower? Is it because of the smaller street widths over there?

  • By Excited streetcar driver, January 18, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    Exactly, streets are much narrower. It’s also why the mirrors on these particular cars automatically retract when the doors close, there’s not even enough room to have those sticking out in Brussels.

  • By ;-), January 18, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    One thing I like seeing in the pictures are number of bench seats, as well as singles.

  • By zack, January 19, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    I just can’t wait to get on of these amazing streetcars, they’re so cool. But I’m wondering what will to both the line and the streetcars once the Olympics are over?

  • By ;-), January 19, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    The streetcars are going back to Europe. The line will be part of the streetcar network that circles False Creek.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 11, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    OK, I am closing this post to comments since it has been continually targeted with spam comments. If you have anything you want to add to this post, send me an e-mail.

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