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ronthecivil last won the day on August 14 2014

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  1. Glad the chaos was avoided. You only need a two hour shutdown at one station due to a jumper or some vandal tossing something on the tracks to see how important the skytrain is. What needs to happen is that enough switches or whatever is needed to run the train 24/7, 365 days a year, as an essential service, is a short term goal. This could be done along with a project (not cheap I know) to increase the length of the station. Heck, some bypass tracks should be put in to allow for express service. The existing skytrain is so busy this days that some serious thought needs to be put in to expand it's capacity.
  2. Man, it's going to suck that instead of using Braid station to get downtown, I just take the 153 or 156 into Port Moody, and then take the 160 into town. Or just take the 99B from Laughead station. Ooops, none of those routes existing anymore due to the skytrain. (Well maybe the 160 does? But how to get to it?) These 700 or so people going on strike, how many of them actually operate the computer controlled train? Is it that big a deal to just open the gates, have management run the train, and keep it moving? if many of the people are security, how is this not an essential service? For me the only downside is not drinking at Canucks games. But for much of the lower mainland, it's basically saying they can't get to work or school. For many, there's absolutely no alternative. The buses there's work arounds, but not the skytrain. You don't need to legislate a contract, but legislate them back to work. Suspend pay for both parties in the meantime if you want to put the pressure on.
  3. Smart money? I suppose it's why most people loose money in the stock market. If stock prices are low, of course you should sell! It's not going anywhere! The world has enough oil already, and we have made the full transition to green energy! Of course, all that oil is used for energy. You don't need it to say make a road, or plastics, or lubricants for your electric car. So clearly you divest at a moment when the price is low. 'cuz it's going to zero right? In the bright side, don't have to hear about all the big bucks big oil is making these days!
  4. I sure hope you don't use it for anything (you must cycle or walk or skytrain everywhere) and make sure you are all electric for everything else right? If not blood is on your hands too!
  5. Why the hell would you put in a sales tax if it just resulted in more positive income that would be taken away by equalization? That's the problem with equilization. It's a disincentive to balance budgets or reign in spending.
  6. When you go to the single game tickets under the "tickets" page, it just goes to a page touting four game packs. No matter where I click, it just goes back to that. Don't matter if it's Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. You might have trouble selling tickets if the only option is to bulk buy......
  7. China can't beat the US financially, that's for sure. If they keep their game up of blocking shipments and stuff, the US can just default on the TRILLIONS of dollars they owe China, stop buying their stuff, etc. China will have the economic prospects of North Korea if they keep it up....
  8. Wow, didn't expect that! I just wonder how much it costs. I don't think they have any easy job. And like EVERYONE in Vancouver there's no way the pay matches the cost of living. But I just wonder how much it's going to cost us, you know, for like budgeting reasons.
  9. It's why the won the election! That's why! Democracy is pretty annoying eh!
  10. If translink say gave the drivers what they want, it would eat up all of the proposed bus expansion money. So you would have exactly the same service as now five years from now. So enjoy your passups and late busses..... Of course, the union isn't going to cave on this one. So get ready for a couple months of no service. Sucks for me 'cuz it means no beer at Canucks games. Mind you, that will at least save me money and might loose a few pounds. If the skytrain people go on strike in solidarity? Hoo boy, that's going to cause problems. That said, the trains drive themselves, so I don't see why they can't keep running. Just open the fare gates and see what happens.
  11. So here's how this works. Originally it was to have full length (80 m?) platforms, a double track at the end (not a single track) and it was supposed to even have one more station (can't remember exactly where, but it's the good ol' "future station" now). So you come up with a preliminary design. Slightly better than a line on a map. You come up with a cost per kilometer based on that line depending if it's elevated, tunneled, etc and you add in big ticket items like stations etc. and you come up with a preliminary cost estimate. Try as you may to put a contingency on it, if it's too high, the politicians and public won't buy it. So you get pressured to keep the price more "realistic". Now the price is more or less set in stone. You put it out to bid. Low and behold the bids come in higher. People scream that costs are out of control, and who knows where they are going. But you still want to build something. So you value engineer it. Those underground stations are big an expensive. Day one only has 60 m platforms required! Why make the stations so big? That's a big cost savings! Why double track the end, it's only the end station. You don't need capacity more than that. Save some money there too. Heck, if you can cut out the station with the lowest projected ridership, and perhaps it's put in as part of a future development, why, you can just "defer" building that station! Voila, your back on track, back within the budget, and project proceeds! Woo hoo, you finally got the Canada line built! That's why. P.S. Be happy I didn't win. I actually designed an at grade option through Vancouver. It was cool though, I dodged all the big trees!
  12. All the conservative party needs to do it be ACTUALLY fiscally conservative AND socially centrist. Tell people that want to ban abortions or keep people in the closet etc. that they lost that war, move on. Fighting the fight just puts the lefties in control! With the way the liberals are moving to the left, with the even lefter Greens and NDP and Bloc, a move like that? You win by default.
  13. Well, if they want to do that, put a terminal downtown, and connect into the Canada line at the other end. There's options for new crossing for sure, they should do a multiple account evaluations and use science and a business case if they want to do it. But let's not get off topic. The BC NDP are more fiscally conservative than the federals ones. It's a rare breed, but there are fiscally conservative left wingers. Derrick Corrigan was a good example....
  14. The existing tunnel is to high in the river, which limits the draft of ships, limiting the size of vessels that can navigate the river. It would never be allowed to be built now, it's almost impossible to get a NAV Canada exception on a river that is otherwise navigable. The existing tunnel is more or less grandfathered. Any alterations would have to eliminate that barrier. Not to mention the millions of cubic meters of salt (and whatever else has been dumped in the Fraser over the last century) contaminated material to dispose of as part of the construction. Why would you give an environmental green light on that when there's already an option in place that has neither of those impacts? If 10 lanes is too much, build 8, or 6 (which really is just the status quo in the busy direction). See why tunnel = dumb?