Light rail to augment expanding network

first_imgINTRO: Preliminary engineering has started for two light rail lines in Vancouver, British Columbia, to augment existing mini-metro and commuter rail routes. Construction is due to get under way in 1999, with the first low-floor cars running by 2005. William D Middleton reportsA 33 km light rail network will be added to the automated mini-metro and commuter rail routes serving the city of Vancouver under a C$2bn 10-year rail development plan adopted by BC Transit. Part of a 25-year strategy to strengthen public transport services in a region of rapid urban growth, the plan envisages most riders reaching the stations by foot or feeder bus, rather than car.Canada’s principal West Coast city is unique among North American urban centres of its size. While others suffered the disruption of urban freeway construction and the social and economic changes that followed, Vancouver held the road builders off at the city line.This decision to avoid the typical North American over-dependence on the private car for urban mobility has been backed up by a strong commitment to public transport and an emphasis on regional land use planning which supports its use. Vancouver is one of the most heavily public transport-oriented cities of its size on the continent, preserving the region’s prized quality of life, and helping to develop exceptionally strong and vibrant urban centres.For many years Vancouver relied on a network of buses and trolleybuses, together with the SeaBus ferry linking the city centre to North Vancouver across Burrard Inlet. But rapid population growth throughout the Greater Vancouver region requires higher-capacity rail solutions to ensure a high quality of public transport for the future. In the 30 years from 1961 the region’s population doubled from 800000 to 1.6 million; now approaching 2 million, the total is expected to reach 3 million by 2021.Automated metro firstVancouver began a shift to rail transport in the mid-1980s with the development of the fully-automated SkyTrain mini-metro, using UTDC (now Bombardier) advanced light rapid transit technology. An initial 21.4 km segment with 15 stations opened between Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster in January 1986. Subsequent extensions completed between 1989 and 1994 expanded the line to 28.9 km and 20 stations, crossing the Fraser River to Surrey on a 616m cable-stayed bridge. Most of SkyTrain is on viaduct, although 1.6 km runs under the city centre in a former railway tunnel. The low profile of the ALRT vehicles permitted one track to be stacked above the other in the single-track bore. The line is normally operated in a fully automatic driverless mode, with radio-equipped roving attendants free to patrol trains and stations, conduct revenue inspection, assist passengers and respond to problems.The initial fleet of 114 Mk I ALRT vehicles was later expanded to 150, and another 20 are to be added over the next five years. These 12.7m long lightweight cars each carry 75 passengers, and run in married pairs. Powered by underslung linear motors, they have steerable trucks. Seltrac automatic train control was supplied by Alcatel Canada. Trains run at a normal maximum speed of 80 km/h, at a base frequency of 5min, with peak headways averaging 2 min 30 sec.SkyTrain has proved a resounding success, with ridership growing by more than 80% from 21.4 million passenger journeys in its first full year of operation to almost 39.2 million in the 1995-96 financial year. The benefits of automation have become more apparent as ridership has grown, as vehicle and staff productivity have increased and unit costs have fallen. Between 1987-88 and 1995-96 the average operating cost per passenger dropped by 25%, from C$1.22 to C$0.92.West Coast ExpressVancouver’s second foray into urban rail services was the development of a 64 km commuter rail route running east into the Fraser River valley to serve a region suffering from severe highway congestion. Operating over the Canadian Pacific Railway main line between Vancouver and Mission, West Coast Express serves eight stations. The city terminus at Waterfront station provides connections with local bus services, SkyTrain and the SeaBus.The commuter trains began running in November 1995, just 18 months after the British Columbia government reached an agreement with CPR to develop the service. Five 3200hp General Motors F59PHI locomotives and 28 Bombardier 148-seat bi-level coaches operate in push-pull configurations. A barrier-free fare collection system is used, with ticket vending machines that accept cash, debit or credit cards, or stored-value smart cards. West Coast Express was established by BC Transit as a separate operating company, but virtually all operations and maintenance services are provided under contract.Five inbound trains run during the weekday morning peak period, and the same number head out again in the evening. Extra trains are operated for sports events at General Motors Place, and on Sundays during the summer months. Amenities such as work tables and computer hook-ups, bicycle storage and an on-train cappuccino coffee service have helped to make the service appealing to affluent suburban commuters. Last September West Coast Express began offering on-train college courses conducted by Capilano College.Commuter rail ridership has grown by 30% since its first month, to a current level of about 6500 passengers on a typical week day. Of these, three-quarters have been attracted from driving their own cars. Traffic is close to reaching the capacity of the fleet at the current level of service, and capacity constraints in the busy CPR corridor will have to be addressed before additional peak period trains or mid-day, evening and weekend services can be run.Light rail comes nextMedium-term and long-range development plans announced by the British Columbia government and BC Transit in September 1995 forecast considerable expansion of rail services within the Greater Vancouver area over the next 25 years, including up to five new lines.BC Transit’s C$2 bn, 10-year rail development plan envisages construction of a 33 km light rail network linking regional and municipal town centres. An east-west LRT route will serve the heavily-used Broadway – Lougheed corridor southeast of the city centre, and a north-south route will link Coquitlam, Port Moody and New Westminster. The LRT will interchange with both SkyTrain and West Coast Express. As with the existing rail lines, a high proportion of LRT users are expected to arrive by feeder bus or on foot from high density residential developments around the stations.The LRT is intended to operate effectively both on-street with frequent stops, as in the densely populated Broadway corridor, and at 70 or 80 km/h along dedicated rail rights-of-way or highway medians on suburban corridors. The cars are likely to be partial low-floor vehicles capable of high operating speeds, such as the Siemens SD600 recently introduced by Tri-Met in Portland, Oregon.Environmental studies and preliminary engineering for the C$1.15bn LRT programme are now beginning, and should be complete within two years. Construction will start before the end of 1999, with 27route-km scheduled to open in 2005. This covers the whole of the Broadway – Lougheed line and the northern half of the Coquitlam – New Westminster line. The Lougheed – New Westminster segment will follow in 2008. Projected daily ridership for the full system is around 100000.Paving the way for the light rail line, BC Transit has launched an express bus service aimed at boosting ridership in the Broadway -Lougheed corridor. Inaugurated in September 1996, Route 99 B-Line offers a frequent limited-stop service along the Broadway corridor from the University of British Columbia to Lougheed. During its first year of operation, 99 B-Line boosted daily ridership from 8000 to over 12000. BC Transit envisages launching a similar ’pre-LRT’ service between Coquitlam and New Westminster in 2000.A 16.1 km north-south light rail line linking Vancouver and Richmond has been under discussion for many years, and is now likely to move into construction at a later stage of the 25-year long-term development plan. BC Transit’s 10-year plan envisages the introduction of a Rapid Bus service to Richmond as a precursor to the LRT. It will run from the rail/bus/ferry interchange at Waterfront across the city centre via Granville Street and then south to Richmond. Articulated, low-floor buses will run at 5 to 10 min headways, using automatic vehicle location, traffic signal pre-emption, and bus lanes to achieve end-to-end commercial speeds close to 30 km/h. The C$75m project is due to begin this year, with services to start at the end of 1999.The 25-year plan also includes two feeder routes from the SkyTrain terminus at Surrey, which are also expected to begin as rapid bus routes in 2005-06 and then be converted to rail services. No decision has yet been taken as to whether they would be built as SkyTrain extensions or as classic light rail lines.One route would run south for 9 km along King George Highway to Newton Town Centre and the Surrey Municipal Centre at Highway 10. The other could run east for about 4 km along 104 Avenue to Guilford Town Centre, where it will serve a park-and-ride terminal connected to the Trans-Canada Highway.CAPTION: This spectacular cable-stayed bridge carries Vancouver’s SkyTrain mini-metro across the Fraser River between New Westminster and SurreyCAPTION: No decision has yet been taken as to whether the extensions beyond Surrey should use SkyTrain or light rail technologyCAPTION: Public transport patronage in Vancouver remains high because of close integration of land use planning with rail and bus servicesCAPTION: ALRT SkyTrain services currently handle almost 40 million passenger journeys a year (above), with the new West CoastExpress commuter service attracting over 6 500 passengers a day after just two years of operation (right) CAPTION: Vancouver’s Waterfront terminus provides interchange between West Coast Express, SkyTrain and SeaBus servicesLe métro léger doit compléter un réseau en expansionLes études préliminaires portant sur deux lignes de métro léger à Vancouver, Colombie britannique, pour compléter le mini-métro SkyTrain existant et les lignes ferroviaires de banlieue du West Coast Express, ont démarré. Il est prévu que les travaux de construction commencent en 1999 avec les premières voitures à plancher bas roulant d’ici 2005. Trois autres corridors doivent être développés dans le cadre d’une stratégie de 25 ans pour les transports en communStadtbahn soll expandierendes Verkehrsnetz bereichernIn Vancouver, British Columbia, haben vorbereitende Ingenieurarbeiten für zwei Stadtbahnlinien begonnen, die eine Ergänzung zu den vorhandenen SkyTrain- Kleinstadtbahn und der Pendlerzugstrecken von West Coast Express darstellen sollen. 1999 sollen die Bauarbeiten beginnen und die ersten Niederflurwagen werden bis zum Jahre 2005 in Betrieb genommen. Im Rahmen einer Massenverkehrsmittelstrategie über 25 Jahre sollen drei weitere Korridore ausgebaut werdenTrenes ligeros que expandirlast_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, South Africa vs West Indies: Dream 11 team, captain and vice captain

first_imgNew Delhi : Isn’t it ironic that when the World Cup had not started, South Africa was among the top contenders of the tournament and West Indies, who had to go through qualifying round to even take part in the mega ICC event was not even being counted. However, after 14 matches, it looks like both teams have changed their roles. And when these two teams will face each other in the 15th encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Monday, one of them will certainly hope to reverse things. West Indies suddenly posses one of the most lethal bowling attacks and likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell in the batting make them the side to be feared. South Africa, on the other hand, would look to unite itself and play up to their reputation.Above was the brief about Monday’s encounter but we are here to tell you the most suitable squad you must choose in the fantasy league Dream 11.Take a look.West Indies Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cotrell, Oshane ThomasSouth Africa Probable XI: Hashim Amla/Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi/Beuran Hendricks, Imran TahirSouth Africa vs West Indies match Dream XI teamWicket-keepers: Quinton de Kock, Shai HopeBatsmen: Faf du Plessis, Nicholas Pooran, Chris GayleAll-Rounders: Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Andile Phehlukwayo Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon CotrellCaptain: Chris GayleVice Captain: Quinton de Kock For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Argentine ‘Hooligans’ Barred from Eagles’ Match in Russia

first_imgFemi Solaja with reportsThe usual vociferous Argentine football fans that have held sway at almost every World Cup matches between the Super Eagles and the South American nation will be absent this summer when the two countries face-off in the final Group D match in Russia next month.Reason, the Argentine government yesterday confirmed that it will sign an accord with Russia aimed at preventing the country’s known more than 3, 000 hooligans who are expected to travel to this year’s World Cup from doing so.At the last edition of the tournament in Brazil, several Albeceleste fans in their thousands stormed the Estadio Beira in Porto Alegre, which was a border city between the host country and Argentina and harassed many Nigerian supporters before the 3-2 win against the African representative. Record of thefts and harassments were prevalent at every venue when the former world champions play at the tournament thus raising a major concern to both the government and the games’ world governing body FIFA.In view of this development, the new deal, which will be formally signed in the coming days, includes the names of fans banned from Argentine soccer grounds and other known members of the notorious barras bravas, the organised fan groups who have wreaked havoc at local stadiums.“A list of 400 names of Argentines who will not be able to enter stadiums was handed over and it is estimated that the definitive database will have around 3000 names,” said, the National Director of Security at Argentine football matches, Guillermo Madero.The information will be shared with airlines and Russian immigration authorities and Argentine officials say the Fan ID, which supporters get when they buy tickets to the games, will act as another barrier.Argentina will also send six law enforcement officials to Russia to help coordinate with local police and officials from the other 30 competing nations.The barras are fixtures at most top Argentine clubs and have been responsible for much of the violence that has sullied the domestic game in recent years.In addition to launching violent attacks on other fans, and sometimes even players, they control the sale of some tickets and are often involved in other illegal activities outside football.Argentine media have reported that barras from Boca Juniors met with their counterparts from Russian clubs Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg in February and officials are taking as many preventive measures as possible.“We believe that the barras will go to Russia whatever but they are not going to get into the grounds,” said Juan Manuel Lugones, the executive secretary of the agency set up to prevent violence at sports events in Buenos Aires.Some 44, 882 Argentines have bought tickets for the tournament, according to the latest FIFA figures.The South Americans will kick off their Group D campaign on June 16 in Moscow against Iceland, before facing Croatia in Nizhni Novgorod and Super Eagles of Nigeria in St Petersburg for the last group match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘You will never walk alone’ FC Basel mocks Liverpool

first_imgSwiss champions FC Basel celebrated their Champions League group-stage progression at Liverpool by taking a cheeky swipe at a host of their recent English victims.The Swiss Super League outfit drew 1-1 at Anfield to take four points from Liverpool in Group B, beat Chelsea twice in last season’s competition and dumped Tottenham out of the 2012-13 Europa League.The hat-trick of successes over three of England’s biggest club’s prompted a witty Instagram post  containing cartoon caricatures of a player from each of the London clubs carrying away a dizzied Liverpool counterpart.The sketched characters console the Liverpool player with the Anfield club’s slogan “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, but the witty jibe was met with some prickled responses on social media.Unrelenting in enjoying another famous success on English soil, Basel followed up with an image of players, including former Liverpool man Philipp Degen, celebrating wildly in the Anfield away dressing room.The 17-time Swiss champions last made the knockout stages in 2012 but failed to escape the group stages last year and will now eagerly await Monday’s draw.last_img read more

Clippers brought playoff intensity in Game 1, and Warriors matched it

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “They actually respect each other, they like each other, but they’re gonna compete against each other, and they wanted to tell each other about it.”The talk Saturday and still Sunday morning before practice at the University of San Francisco: This is the playoffs, this is what it’s supposed to be like.“You work all year to get to the playoffs, and you kind of want that atmosphere, you want that energy,” Lou Williams said.“I like to see people battle, I love that,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “K was 8 for 16 with 23 points, so pretty solid night at the office.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates They were blocked 14 times and failed often to convert on transition opportunities: “We threw the ball all over the place, we hit guys in the back of the head, we hit guys in the arms –– our own guys. We had four-on-ones, three-on-twos, three-on-ones and we kept coming up empty,” Rivers said.And there was the matter of keeping cool in the lion’s den that is Oracle Arena.You’ve just got to find a way to do it,” said veteran forward Danilo Gallinari, who Saturday drew just his 17th career technical fouls (15 in the regular season and, now, two in the postseason). “We can’t afford to have those moments because you give them a couple of free throws and the ball. They don’t need that much to get into a rhythm or to score two or three 3s in a row, so we need to do a better job of that.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Beverley’s defense might have somewhat subdued Durant, a 28.7 points per playoff game scorer, but while the 6-foot-1 guard was pestering the Warriors’ 6-9 superstar, Curry was frolicking in the backcourt and on the boards. He made history as the top playoff 3-point shooter of all time with his eight 3-pointers and grabbed a postseason career-high 15 rebounds.“We made like 10 critical mistakes on Curry,” Rivers said. “One of the things we said before the game, the last two days, ‘Make a mistake on someone else, please no mistakes on Curry.’“And we kept doing it and he kept taking advantage of it. I give them credit, he’s so smart, he took advantage. It felt like every time we made a mistake, Curry took advantage of it.“Some of those (shots) were open and they just can’t be. He came out just bare-naked open on five or six pick-and-roll plays and that can never happen, that literally can never happen. And it did, and that’s on us.”Slowing Curry might be at the top of the checklist, but it’s a long list: Beside Montrezl Harrel’s 26 points and Lou Williams’ 25, the Clippers were stifled offensively. Clippers not in contention for Sixth Man of the Year shot a combined 16 for 58 on Saturday.The Clippers also were outrebounded 53-40 in addition to collecting 17 turnovers – four fewer than the Warriors, whose 21 turnovers felt inconsequential because the Clippers failed to capitalize.Related Articles Coaches and players attributed the ejections to an abundance of caution by official Ed Malloy, insisting that otherwise they were unwarranted.“He’s a Chicago kid, grew up and played in the Chicago area, so those dudes play with a different type of grit, so I can appreciate that about Pat,” added Durant, who grinned widely during his interactions with Beverley. “I thought it was fun.”Ditto, said the Clippers’ fiery leader: “It was fun out there.”Rivers agreed: No harm, no foul.“The Pat and Durant thing I liked,” Rivers said. “It’s funny, neither one of those guys were trying to fight or anything like that, and it looked like both of them were actually enjoying it, having fun. SAN FRANCISCO – A snarling, lips-flapping, arms-flailing Patrick Beverley might not seem like anyone’s ideal guest, but after the Warriors won Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Clippers, they seemed pleased to be hosting him.It’s as if Beverley’s infectious intensity inspired them too as they embarked on a quest for a third consecutive NBA title. That’s unfortunate for the Clippers, whose composure was tested as neither calls nor shots went their way in Saturday’s 121-104 loss, when Steph Curry doused them with 38 points, one fewer than the Clippers’ entire starting lineup scored.Beverley and Durant both will enter Game 2 on Monday night at Oracle Arena with two technical fouls apiece of the seven allotted in the playoffs. Both were T’d up twice within 19 seconds and ejected with 4:41 left Saturday.“I’ve been playing against Pat Beverley since he was at Arkansas so I kind of know what he brings,” said Golden State forward Kevin Durant on Saturday night, when put up a relatively ho-hum 23 points with Beverley guarding him tightly, yapping all the while – or until both were bounced, anyway. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more