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Links & tidbits for October 18, 2012

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting stuff around transportation from the last week or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us!


  • By DB, October 18, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    On the TomTom data: it thinks of congestion as a measure of peak compared to off-peak. So a city where off peak times are 10min and peak times are 20min, gets 100% congestion, while a city where off peak times are 20min and peak times are 30min gets only 50% congestion. In large part, this favours big, sprawling cities where oversized freeway networks are underused for most of the day, relative to cities like Vancouver with road networks that are busier throughout the day.

    For a more articulate statement of this, see:

  • By Elfren Ordanza (VanTransitFan), October 18, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    When I saw the video of the all those dots scattering Vancouver, “I was like that’s really TransLink buses?” I was totally amazed! Looks cool. :)

  • By Chris M., October 19, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    The video is incredible! It’s also pretty cool seeing the “pulse” timing of the night buses leaving downtown at the end.

    About the “Tom-tom” study- I also read we have a road system much more resilient than highway dependent ones where one blockage means the a quarter of the population is stuck. For us, we just take parallel roads. Of course we also have reasonably reliable rapid transit for a few corridors- which makes road congestion irrelevant to total travel times for the 400,000 ish daily trips that happen on them.

  • By User, October 20, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    What an amazing video. One of the things I like the most about it is watching Phibbs Exchange. All the buses converge there at around the same time, the disperse like a bomb. Looks very neat.
    Well done to the creator of the video. I wonder what LA’s would look like, or another high-population city.

    Very cool stuff.


  • By User, October 20, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Just noticed, that after you watch the video more like this will pop up in the recommended. For those that are interested, there are ones for LA, Chicago, Toronto and other cities.


  • By Sheba, October 20, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    I saw a couple of the videos when they were posted on Twitter and wish we had a system more like Toronto’s… *sigh*

  • By Chris M., October 20, 2012 @ 9:53 pm


    REALLY? I hated toronto’s system- with their mixed traffic streetcars plagued by unreliable service and even their subway less reliable than ours. Basically none of their suburbs with comparable densities to our city proper have high frequency grids.

    So basically my observation is that factoring in density, they have much worse transit than us.

  • By Sheba, October 20, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    Those videos don’t show what type of transit it is, and the Toronto one has a nicely space grid. While that is true of Vancouver, as you move out from the city that becomes really rare. Places like Surrey are a car city because of the lack of transit.

  • By Sheba, October 20, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    I was going to say that we could learn a thing or two from LA, but it seems Burnaby already has, with new condos going up by Brentwood and Metrotown Skytrain stations. The first one at Metrotown (5 towers scheduled for Station Square) sold out on presale and they won’t even be ready for move-in for years.

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