A new high definition video that puts you in the streetcar operator's seat
Today was the grand opening of the Bombardier Flexity Streetcar "Olympic Line" between the entrance of Granville Island, along southwest False Creek to the Canada Line Olympic Village station. I just happened to be on Canada Line, so I decided to hop off and take the ride early this afternoon.
The resulting high definition video shows the view from the operator's booth, riding west to east. The last minute or so a streetcar employee standing beside me chatted to a colleague about work stuff – an unavoidable bit of ambient noise, but hey, it's public transit!
A ride both ways along the route can happen in roughly 20 minutes (which includes several minutes of loading/unloading time). The cars are splendid, as we revealed in our earlier "First Look" story & video about the vehicles. The ride lives up to the promise – it's swift, smooth and without question it's the future of local transit IF the City can figure out a way to finance it.
There have been other thoughtful posts about the Flexity system, such as this slideshow from PlanningPool.com which we highly recommend. PlanningPool are just one of several new links we've added to our Urban Issues and Local Interest subject areas on our CityCaucus.com Recommended Links page.
Have a look at our video, and make the time to go ride the streetcar yourself. It's only operational for 18 hours per day until March 21st.