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Journal Article

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policy - disability, mode - bus, mode - rail, mode - mass transit


Vancouver (Canada), Transit, Regional transportation, Rapid transit, Railroad transportation, Rail transportation, Public transit, Physically handicapped persons, People with disabilities, Motor bus transportation, Minibuses, Minibus transportation, Miniature buses, Mass transit, Local transit, Intrastate transportation, Intercity bus transportation, Heavy rail transit, Handicapped persons, Ferries, Door to door service, Disabled persons, Bus transportation


This article describes the history and operations of Vancouver's integrated transportation network which consists of diesel and trolley bus routes, the rail rapid transit system, the unique SeaBus ferry service, and a transit service for the disabled. The fully automated SkyTrain rapid transit line has a total of 15 stations and is located along a 22.4-km line. Two 400-seat catamaran SeaBus ferries provide frequent service across Burrard Inlet. By road, 649 diesel and 246 electric trolley coaches provide a grid network of routes operating at no more than 20-minute headways. A fleet of about 90 minibuses provide door-to-door service for the disabled. The high level of service and the continuing evolution of the transit system are noted. Comments are made on transit patronage, funding for transit, and on how the high level of service of the transit system has contributed to the economic development of the area.