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#7741 Mike K.

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 05:51 AM

15-years late, but hey, now that transit popularity is through the roof...
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#7742 On the Level

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 10:19 AM


A “rapid-bus” system that could send buses along certain routes every nine minutes is being studied by B.C. Transit.


The system would be faster, more frequent and more reliable than what exists now, said Matthew Boyd, B.C. Transit’s director of corporate and strategic planning.




Isn't "Rapid" and "Bus" an oxymoron?  


Given we are in a pandemic where transportation needs are lower, only a politician would promote spending money on empty buses driving around aimlessly.  Not only is this economically ludicrous, how does this help the climate emergency?

#7743 Cats4Hire

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 10:30 AM

Why is everyone acting like something that's been in every BC Transit future planning report for the last decade is going to suddenly be implemented amid a pandemic?

They "started looking at" all the local area planning areas at least 2013 and only 3 have been completed (https://www.bctransi...a-transit-plans)

How many times have they "started looking at" the rail stuff? Or improving service in the Westshore? If any rapid bus service is implemented before everything is back to normal I will be shocked.
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Posted 30 June 2020 - 10:42 AM

^ Because of cost and the fact that revenue that pays for bus service is going to tank.  


The last "Victoria Region Transit System Overview" I reviewed was a couple of years ago where they admitted that bus passes recovered only 3% of operating costs.  The don't factor in capital costs and don't consider bus lanes and other infrastructure as any cost, capital or otherwise.  No-one really knows how much they spend and on what.


I would love to see an apple for apple comparison of Rail and Bus costs.....it would be an eye opener.

#7745 splashflash

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:58 AM

The E&N corridor rail operating costs could be worse than buses in the bus lanes. Labour costs drive up transit operating costs; a low frequency, light ridership rail line would have high, high-cost maintenance of dedicated rails, unlike sharing of rails as is the case for the West Coast Express CP line. The trains would be short, despite their low frequency, and wage rates would likely be high than bus drivers'.

High operating costs would piggyback on outlandish capital costs as shown by the recent E&N report. The cost for new rider would be worse for rail than ferries to the West Shore or bus lanes. The January update to the CRD was presented with this info as a high level report.


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