SkyTrain route rejig possible
Jeff Nagel on unnamed consultants’ idea for reconfiguring SkyTrain if the Evergreen line is built.
The image, by the way, is not the one Jeff used – this better quality one I got from fellow flickrite Paul Hillsdon.
The idea is to run trains through from Coquitlam to VCC so that there is no need to change at Lougheed Mall. The existing Millennium Line service would be cut back to a low volume shuttle service between Columbia and Lougheed freeing up a lot of capacity for Expo Line service to Surrey. A new short turn service on the Expo Line could also be added to run between Waterfront and Metrotown, which is the section which has the highest demand.
The August study indicated the configuration could save TransLink $20 to $100 million by reducing the number of extra SkyTrain cars that would have to be bought to achieve desired service levels.
Which may appeal to the current Translink management – though as usual Ken Hardie is doing his best to be non-committal. If there is a cash crunch – because the Mayor’s have yet to approve a new funding source – then there may be little option. Of course my preference would be to have more SkyTrain cars and more service. Because everywhere I have been that has been shown to be the most effective way of getting people to switch modes from driving to riding transit. But that is not – it seems – Translink’s main objective any longer.
And while I am taking images from Paul’s flickr stream here is a shot of the new SkyTrain cars in the new, standardized Translink livery. (Although that is where I found it, apparently it originates with the Buzzer blog.) The Darth Vader tendency at Translink wins again. Their preference for all new vehicles is “paint it black”.