Skytrain (Translink), Vancouver

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    ... just another rapid transit system, baby

    by stodmyk Written May 17, 2003
    Waterfront Station is underground, thank the gods.

    Vancouver's rapid transit system was first constructed for 1986, when we hosted a World Exposition -- cleverly called, "Expo 86."

    Hey, our city is beautiful, we don't NEED to be original.

    Anyway, we now have forever, the largely above-ground concrete monstrosity known as SkyTrain. It's convenient -- trains run every four minutes or so -- but they should have built a subway instead of marring our gorgeous landscape above ground.

    All our buses congregate around the SkyTrain stops, and several huge malls (not to mention the new hockey arena) were built for easy SkyTrain access. The train goes from downtown to Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and, eventually, to Coquitlam and Richmond. Bus connections get you everywhere else.

    Prices can be confusing for newcomers. The service area for buses, SkyTrain and the SeaBus (I'll explain THAT in another tip) is rather large -- geographically the largest transit service area in Canada -- and so it's divided up into several zones.

    If you travel within one zone, you pay $2.00 for adult fare. For each additional zone you travel into or through, add $1. Don't worry, the max is $4. This fare is good for all travel on bus, SkyTrain or SeaBus for about 90 minutes -- including round trip if you're fast enough.

    Schedules and maps are available at libraries and online. Watch out, the last train leaves at 1 am -- Translink is a public transportation company, but not socially conscious -- they'd rather you drove home drunk than let you train home after the bar.

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    The Skytrain

    by duanestorey Written Apr 12, 2003

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    Follow the signs to the skytrain station

    Although Vancouver doesn't have an underground subway system, it does have an above ground metro system called the Skytrain. The skytrain runs from the waterfront, all the way to the suburb of Surrey. There is also a new line that will take you into Burnaby. Tickets are cheap, and it's relatively fast.

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    The Transit system

    by canadacutey Written Apr 8, 2003

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    Vancouvers transit system is somewhat in the dark ages compared to other metropolitan cities.This continues to be a major issue come election time and is discussed or argued always among the local politicians.We have what we call a skytrain system, connecting surrey to north vancouver, it is an elevated train so to speak.All communities along the way, have a skytrain station, and connecting buses all the way along.Many people do rely on transit to get around, but with the nuisance of it, so many people continue to use their own transportation.Myself included.A day pass for all transit(buses/skytrain/seabus) is $8 for an adult,a nd just a 2.5hr 3 zone pass is $2, depending on what time of day.

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    Sky Train SkyTrain runs along...

    by Jun_Oh Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Sky Train SkyTrain runs along a scenic 28 kilometer track from Vancouver to Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey in just 39 minutes. There are currently 20 stations along the route. Four downtown stations are underground and marked at street level. The other 16 are elevated and visible from the street. SkyTrain links with a network of buses at many stations and with SeaBus at Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. Daily service is provided every three to five minutes.

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    Plane, Train, Car, Boat

    by kenHuocj Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Skytrain,thje expo line, the millenium line and two other new ones, that includes a link from airport to city ?? and when ??
    ===car, boat ,plus plus

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