New Canada Line trains increase service for customers

Mass Transit

TransLink has announced four new Canada Line trains have begun service, with the new trains increasing customer capacity by 15 percent during peak hours and allowing for more frequency and more comfort to passengers.

“The Canada Line is an integral part of the transit system and its booming ridership reflects that,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Ridership has been strong since it opened, and regular weekday ridership has grown 25 percent since then. This increase in service and the upcoming increase later this year will provide relief to our customers who depend on the Canada Line every day.”

These are the first of 12 new trains, which are being rolled out as part of Phase One of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie’s Mayors’ 10-Year Transit Expansion Plan. Once more trains are in service later this year, there will be a total increase in capacity of approximately 35 percent compared to 2019 service levels. …

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City of Richmond, B.C., adopts Holocaust Remembrance Day

Canadian Jewish News

This week, January 27 was proclaimed Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Richmond, B.C. The proclamation was declared by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie at a packed ceremony held at the Bayit, one of the city’s Orthodox synagogues.

Mike Sachs, the past president of the Bayit, has fostered an enduring relationship with the mayor on behalf of Richmond’s Jewish community and initiated the conversation about having the city recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day some months back. “Mayor Brodie and I meet periodically throughout the year and he’s very supportive of our community and other communities in Richmond,” Sachs said, “But the catalyst for this proclamation was the pending auction of Nazi memorabilia at a local auction house in November. That brought everything to a head.” …

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Richmond proclaims day of Holocaust remembrance

Richmond News

Never again” – that is what Jewish people say when they talk about the Holocaust. They don’t ever want it repeated, either to Jews or any other cultural or ethnic group.

To this end, Jan. 27 will be officially declared Holocaust Remembrance Day in Richmond.

The proclamation was made on Wednesday evening (Jan. 22) at the Bayit, the Orthodox synagogue in Steveston, by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Michael Sachs, past-president of the Bayit Synagogue, said it’s “extremely admirable” of the city to declare the day to remember the horrors of the past, noting that education is the key to making sure an event like the Holocaust never happens again. …

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Canada Line increasing its commuter capacity by 35% by spring 2020

CTV News Vancouver

The Canada Line will increase its commuter capacity by 35 per cent by the spring, officials announced Tuesday.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie announced at Brighouse Canada Line Station that four new trains are now in service on the line that runs from downtown Vancouver through Richmond.

“Starting today, with more trains as part of Phase 2 of the mayors’ vision,” said Brodie. “There will be a 15 per cent service increase during peak hours coming to the Canada Line.”

An additional eight more trains will be added by the spring of 2020, bringing the total of new trains to 12. …

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Four new Canada Line cars roll into service in Richmond today

Richmond News

With four new Canada Line cars heading into service Tuesday, more people will be able to move between Richmond and Vancouver during peak hours.

The new cars mean there will be a 15 per cent increase — about 800 additional riders — in service during peak hours.

That number will jump to 35 per cent — another 1,200 riders — when the remaining eight cars are rolled out later this year, according to TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond.

The announcement was made by TransLink — along with Mayor Malcolm Brodie — at Brighouse Canada Line station Tuesday morning. …

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Canada Line to carry 800 more people per hour as four new trains arrive

Surrey Now-Leader

The Canada Line will carry 800 more people per peak hour following the arrival of four new trains on Tuesday.

The announcement is equal to a 15 per cent increase in peak hour service, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said.

“The aim is to take cars off the road and increase the demand for public transit,” he noted, standing at the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line station.

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said the four trains are part of a total of 12 trains, or 24 cars, that will be delivered by the end of 2020. That will lead to a 35 per cent in total peak hour service hours at a cost of $88 million. The funds will come from the public infrastructure fund, which is funded 50 per cent by the feds, 33 per cent by the province and 17 per cent by TransLink.

Snow clearing up to municipalities, says Richmond mayor

Richmond News

Despite many commuters passing through more than one municipality, even in winter weather, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he thinks it’s best for cities to look after their own snow clearing.

In an interview with CBC, former Vancouver councillor George Affleck said he believes Metro Vancouver’s major arterial routes should be taken care of at a regional level, such as through a partnership with TransLink.

But Brodie told the Richmond News that a regional approach to snow clearing may mean that areas with large hills get the most attention, which means that other areas, such as secondary roads or connector roads, which connect local streets to arterial roads, would suffer as a result.

“I think it’s a mistake to say that if we have a regional approach to snow clearing, then we have better snow clearing,” said Brodie.

“I think it’s up to each individual city to make sure that they have set their own priorities and clear the roads according to whatever priorities they have set.” …

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Fees come to Richmond city EV charging stations

Richmond News

As of March 1, fees will be charged at municipally run electric vehicle charging stations – council formally adopted the bylaw on Monday evening, which allows city staff to roll out the fees.

Furthermore, non-electrical vehicles won’t be allowed in the EV charging spaces and can be fined for parking there.

The fees are meant to encourage drivers to move their cars once they’re charged. About 30 per cent of the time electric vehicles are being left up in the charging stations is considered “idle” time, that is, the vehicle isn’t being charged.

“When visiting a city facility, we want our citizens to have access to EV charging stations while, at the same time, recognizing and respecting other users by moving their vehicle once it has been charged,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release. …

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Picasso Collection to be linked to new transit station

Vancouver Sun

The boom in residential development in Richmond’s No. 3 Road and Capstan Way area has hastened the construction of a new station on the Canada Line — good news for buyers of units in Concord Pacific Development’s new Picasso Collection at Galleria, who can look forward to the expected completion of the station just prior to the three mid-rise towers, says Grant Murray, Concord Pacific’s senior vice-president of sales. …

Making the announcement recently, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said: “This is an excellent example of how the City of Richmond works with developers and partners such as TransLink to build strong communities. Parks, trails, recreation facilities and even green spaces are often created by developers who are building higher-density communities in urban areas. Now, through a shared vision and this precedent-setting agreement, we have an important transit location as well.” …

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Richmond set to build new Canada Line station

Remi Network

The City of Richmond will be getting a new Canada Line station following the transfer of $28 million in developer-supported funds from the city to TransLink.

The Capstan Station will be built in the area of No. 3 Road and Capstan Way in Richmond, between the existing Bridgeport and Aberdeen stations. Its construction results from a 2012 agreement that would see a new station added to the Canada Line to support growing development in the area once funds were raised.

“This is an excellent example of how the City of Richmond works with developers and partners such as TransLink to build strong communities,” said City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Parks, trails, recreation facilities and even green spaces are often created by developers who are building higher density communities in urban areas. Now, through a shared vision and this precedent-setting agreement, we have an important transit location as well.” …

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