John Calimente works as a transportation planner, supporting great mass transit, cycling, walking, transit integrated communities, and multimodal urban life. Follow TheTransitFan on Twitter.

Riding the Amtrak Cascades to Portland for Railvolution

My October 16th trip to Portland for the Railvolution conference was going to be my last chance to ride the Amtrak Cascades train... Read More

Trolley buses return to Granville Street

After years of construction, hordes of Olympic visitors, and a number of chainsawed trees, Vancouver’s beloved trolley buses... Read More

Trolley buses return to Granville Street

After years of construction, hordes of Olympic visitors, and a number of chainsawed trees, Vancouver’s beloved trolley buses... Read More

Does Vancouver still need one way streets?

Like many cities in North America in the latter half of the 20th century, Vancouver converted a number of its streets to one way... Read More

The Canada Line – One year, 36 Million Boardings

Has it been only a year since the Canada Line opened? Indeed, it was just last August that this major infrastructure project was... Read More

Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland: A comparison of real estate and economic strength

Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver are three cities linked geographically, climatically, and culturally. It often seems that we have... Read More

Freeways, funding, and a flawed 1962 rail plan for Vancouver

This week we look at another transit plan for Vancouver in the context of the freeway debates of the 1960s. Created by the British... Read More

Transit flies high post-Olympics

Well I spoke too soon! At the end of my last column I said “…life has returned to ‘normal’ in the... Read More

Vancouver Becomes a Transit City for 17 Days

It was a cool experiment, and perhaps North America’s largest traffic trial ever. Take one auto-oriented-but-making-progress... Read More

Operating the Olympic Streetcar Line

Vancouver’s Olympic Line streetcar drivers may have had years of experience driving heritage streetcars and city buses, but a... Read More