Streetcar of Sam’s desire on track
I am beginning to get a real dislike of the subs at the Sun. Anyway, the idea is to borrow a couple of Brussels streetcars from Bombardier and refurbish the old CP track along South False Creek currently used by TRAMS to run their heritage interurban cars at weekends. The cost is $8.5m for a 60 day demonstration. And of course the spiffy new track and passing loop will be there for the continued operation of the old cars afterwards and one day, maybe, could be part of the City’s downtown streetcar line, which has been on their wish list since long before Sam took over.For 1.8 km for Granville Island to Olympic Village Canada Line station that is a very expensive project. No doubt Malcolm will chip in with comparative details of other places that manage to do things cheaper. The tracks were, of course, never part of Vancouver’s streetcar or interurban systems – and are currently prevented by a city approved Starbucks from linking up to the Arbutus line (which is still in place on the whole). That may or may not have been a strategic decision on their part but, once the Canada Line got under way, they did speculate on local streetcars for Arbutus. Just not at the price CP wanted for the right of way. Apparently the creme de la creme would quite like a tram of their own to ride on as long as those oiks from Richmond did not get to ride through their exclusive neighborhood.
Anyway this is one of the few Olympic projects I am in favour of, and I will stay in town for long enough to snap some pics of it once they get it going.