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Links and tidbits for Thu Jan 20, 2011

Bob sent along a snapshot of his collection of farecards dating back to 1990! Thanks Bob!

A roundup of interesting tidbits and links about transportation from the last few weeks or so!

If you have any items to suggest, or a photo to showcase on these posts, e-mail me at! (Seriously: photos. Send them to me!)


  • By klparrot, January 20, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Wow; I had had no idea what a mess the current plans for the new seaplane base are. An additional $12 per passenger on every flight is ridiculous. I wholeheartedly support the Harbour Hub alternative; is there any way TransLink can endorse it, as it would integrate better with the transit network?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, January 21, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    klparrot: Hmmm! I’m not certain we have an official position to endorse about the seaplane base at the moment, as it’s all still in the planning phase.

  • By Jimbo, January 24, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Two questions re: fare cards.

    1. How will the disabled, those with luggage, etc. get through the fare gates? The Translink Fare Cards and Fare Gates FAQ doesn’t mention anything:

    2. Will the new ticket vending machines on the Canada line be usable with the new fare cards? While the vending machines on the Expo and Millenium lines are fairly old the ones on the Canada line were put into service 1.5yrs ago in August 2009.

  • By ;-), January 24, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Most of the fare gates will be for those without awkward items. However one or two gates will be larger for luggage and wheelchairs. That how it’s one in Hong Kong.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, January 24, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Jimbo: Here’s what the project team tells me.

    Thanks for your questions. Here’s some information that we hope will be helpful.

    We want to make sure that everyone can access our system easily, which is why we’re planning for some of the faregates to be wide enough to accommodate luggage, strollers and wheelchairs. These faregates can be programmed to remain open longer to give commuters ample time to pass through without assistance, ensuring that passing through the faregates is convenient for all customers.

    The ticket vending machines currently in place along the Canada Line are new enough that they can be adapted to be used with electronic fare cards – this is an option we’re going to explore as we move ahead with the system design this spring, and it’s our hope that we can work with the existing Canada Line equipment as much as possible in moving ahead with the electronic fare card and faregate project.

  • By ;-), January 30, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Imagine how much space you need standing on a bus with a backpack and one of these outfits….

  • By Eugene T.S. Wong, March 27, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    It’s good that the council unanimously approved the shelters contract. I have no qualms with the contract as explained.

    Does anybody know if there are ways to get volunteers to build these things for free? Maybe a high school industrial education program?

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