Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Day in the City: Vancouver

Since I have family visiting from out-of-town, I thought I would take them to the Vancouver downtown core via our Rapid Transit system – SkyTrain.

The SkyTrain is a two-line urban mass transit system in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It uses fully automated trains running mostly on elevated tracks. SkyTrain’s 49.5 km (30.8 mi) of track make it the longest automated rapid transit system in the world. It also uses the longest mass transit-only bridge, the SkyBridge, to cross the Fraser River. There are 33 stations in the system, which carries an average of more than 210,000 passengers per day on the two lines. The Expo Line was built in time for the Expo 86 World’s Fair. The Millennium Line opened in 2002, and was extended by one station in 2006. A third line, the Canada Line, is under construction, and scheduled to open by early September 2009. The Evergreen Line, which will run from Lougheed Town Centre to Coquitlam Town Centre, is in the planning stage, and is expected to be complete in 2014.

It took us roughly 45 minutes from end-to-end (Surrey to Waterfront Station). First stop was Canada Place and The Port of Vancouver where we snapped several shots of the North Shore Mountains, the glorious Lions Gate Bridge, and the harbour aircraft lifting off and landing in the Burrard Inlet.

We visited the newly constructed Vancouver Convention Center, the Vancouver Art Gallery (on Robson Street), and snapped many photos of the beautiful landmarks in between (such as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver).

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