I received an email from Greg Pettipas with a document that he continues to work on called “Restore the POWER of Streetcars NOW”. The document contains information about the history of streetcars, interurbans, and rapid transit in Metro Vancouver and other parts of BC. It mostly lists in chronological order major transit events in Metro Vancouver. It also highlights the rise of the auto. For me the most interesting part of the document is how Metro Vancouver’s cost-effective light rail plan of the 1970’s turned into the costly SkyTrain system of today. It also includes ridership stats since 1989 and technical information on our current rapid transit system.
You can download the document from our archive.