I will play and lets put aside the cost for a moment. Consider the right of way belongs to CP and they are dual carriage way for freight. How would you lay a feasible route to put a purpose built high speed tracks that goes from Mission to Downtown Vancouver while keeping the freight lines intact? especially along Barnet highway? Keep in mind, rail needs a good 10m clearance left and right, low gradient, and a substantial base / fill to lay down the track (especially important on the soft flat areas along Lougheed pass Maple Ridge, which will require piling and prone to flooding).
Having involved with a few plots of land near the CP yard in Pitt Meadows, there is just no more freaking space left! CP has been stuck along those stretch wanting to buy people out but the land they haven't yet bought is ALR.
WCE schedule is a joke because NDP screwed up the negotiation, they sent policy people with no negotiation training to deal with CN's team of lawyers. Hilarity for CN and sadness for WCE ensued, I think it is in place for another 5 years or something?
Seeing West Coast Express going high speed is as realistic nyan cat.
Chances are Skytrain will get to Mission before that would happen.
Originally Posted by falcon
WC Express is a bit of a joke. The only reason it's packed is because it's the only option. They need to take those trains and put them on purpose built tracks that can go faster than 30kph through the city. My sister has taken it for the last year and while she doesn't mind it she says it crawls compared to the trains we both used in similar areas in Europe. There are too many road crossings. The trains are quite nice though..