Bonus number 6: the readers’ suggestion

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My recent post listing five ideas to improve the Skytrain [mbv] has been getting some good feedback. A few readers chimmed in with a suggestion that I had considered before, but did not come to mind when I was writing the post. The Skytrain shuts down before the bars close in Vancouver. So add the following to my list of suggestions to imrpove the Skytrain, and thank our readers for bringing it up.

6) drivers not wanted: drinking and driving remains a problem and the fact that one of the major methods of public transportation shuts down prior to the closing of the city’s bars makes no sense. For two hours after 1 am, when the Skytrain closes now, riding the Skytrain should be free of charge and run on only a slightly reduced schedual. This can be paid for out of the millions of dollars in profit the train has made this year and by being better at making sure people buy tickets during the day.

Thanks to Sean Orr and Matt Simpson of Beyond Robson [br] for the suggestion.

2 Comments so far

  1. anonymous (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    The Copenhagen Metro is very similar in scale to the Canada Line (length of trains & platforms (though theirs have screen doors), number of trains, two branches with similar distances).

    Of interest, Copenhagen’s mini-metro charges double the regular fare between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. Children under 12 are free (max 2/adult); large dogs are allowed but count as older children requiring a ticket, and bikes require an extra ticket.)

    Excerpt from the Copenhagen Metro website.

    To take the Metro, you use the same tickets as for other trains and buses in metropolitan Copenhagen. A Metro ride costs one clip on a multi-ride ticket (2 zones) or a single ride two-zone ticket. Both types of ticket are valid for one hour.


    A single-ride ticket costs DKK 19 while a two-zone multi-ride ticket with ten clips (rides) costs DKK 120. Children under the age of twelve travel free when accompanied by an adult – there is, however, a maximum of two children per adult. Children’s two-zone tickets cost DKK 9.50 An extra night fee applies between 1 am and 5 am.

    You can purchase Metro tickets from the Metro ticket machines located in all Metro stations. Here you’ll also find special tickets for dogs and bicycles. If you already have a valid Copenhagen Card, you can ride the Metro as much as you like at no extra charge.


    You are allowed to bring small dogs on the Metro, other trains and buses if they are carried in bags. You must purchase child tickets for larger dogs if they are brought on the Metro.


    Children under 12 years can travel for free in buses, the Metro and other trains in the metropolitan area, if they are accompanied by an adult.

    The limit is two non-paying children per adult.

    Tickets validity

    Tickets / stamped ten-trip cards for 2 and 3 zones are valid for one hour.
    Tickets / stamped ten-trip cards for 4, 5 and 6 zones are valid for 1.5 hours.
    Tickets / stamped ten-trip cards for all zones are valid for 2 hours.

    Night fares

    Night fares: Ticket tariffs are doubled if you board the Metro between 1 and 5 a.m. If you use a ten trip card you’ll need to punch twice during nighttime.

  2. anonymous (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    Forgot to mention – it only runs overnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
    Otherwise hours are 5 am to 12 midnight.

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