Well, I waited in line for the 1pm opening of the Canada Line today in Richmond. I decided to post up a photo documentary of my trip from Langley to the Canada Line in Richmond, ending in Downtown Vancouver.
There was much celebration including a speech from the Mayor of Richmond, Malcolm Brodie, about how Richmond is all about transit and not the auto. Also interesting was to see the lion dance at the official opening and the Richmond Centre station.
I would like to point out one major issue that I see with the Canada Line in the future: system expansion. The theoretical maximum capacity for the Canada Line on the Richmond section is 8,000 people per hour per direction. Right now the Expo Line’s theoretical maximum capacity is 9,600 to 11,600 people per hour per direction on the Surrey section. Because of short platforms, upgrading the Canada Line will prove to be pricy. Also, the Canada Line configuration at Richmond Centre is single track, I would image that any expansion would require rebuilding the Richmond Centre station.
Anyway, it was a great day to see the new Canada Line.