Halloween Time in Portland’s (The World’s?) Smallest Park

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Remembering Old Streetcar Running, From 2009

One of the reasons tracks make a great roadbed instead of tarmac surfaces. They're permeable and water runs off, that's just for starters.

One of the reasons tracks make a great roadbed instead of tarmac surfaces. They’re permeable and water runs off, that’s just for starters.

Looking south toward the South Waterfront area, before the streetcar tracks were relocated into the roadway as they are now.

Looking south toward the South Waterfront area, before the streetcar tracks were relocated into the roadway as they are now.

Streetcar coming up from South Waterfront. All single track running at 30mph.

Streetcar coming up from South Waterfront. All single track running at 30mph.

 

 

Vancouver Cycling, Translink Trolley Buses

Biking near Stanley Park, I stopped for a break and took a few shots of the beach on the south side of downtown. Surlac leans to on the metal contraption, or artwork, or whatever it may be called.

Near Stanley Park.

Near Stanley Park.

After this I grabbed some noodles, home made and totally awesome. While there I also had a tea while sitting outside, Surlac in the distance.

Outside for some noodles.

Outside for some noodles.

Next up I rode up on the Brurrard Bridge and got a shot of the shipping in the waterway.

Overlooking the shipping in the bay.

Overlooking the shipping in the bay.

A little further along I found a giant bird!!

A giant bird!

A giant bird!

Stopping on the Viaduct to get some pictures.

On the Viaduct, in the protected bikeway.

On the Viaduct, in the protected bikeway.

note, I am in the bikeway, where I’ve stopped and have set my bike in the picture. I’m stepping over into the pedestrian sidewalk on the bridge, and the cars go way over there beyond the concrete barriers. A TRULY separated bikeway. Vancouver might not have the bike culture in Portland, but it absolutely is working toward being as world class as Amsterdam is! It’s truly impressive what they’ve done in a mere 2-3 years! Vancouver is one of my favorite cities to visit in North America hands down.

Looking into the city from my first stop on the Viaduct I took a few shots, here’s one of the one’s that turned out pretty good. Completely unedited.

Translink Skytrain heading into downtown.

Translink Skytrain heading into downtown.

…and then another…

Translink Skytrains Passing...

Translink Skytrains Passing…

…and looking the complete other way I saw two cyclists riding up with the Skytrain heading toward us in the background.

Skytrain & Cyclists on the Viaduct.

Skytrain & Cyclists on the Viaduct.

Last but not least, one of the venerable trolley buses of Translink.

A Translink Trolley Bus!

A Translink Trolley Bus!

For more of the images from this collection check out “I Bike About” and “Monday in Vancouver“. That’s my tour for now. Enjoy!

Vancouver Translink

A few shots from my recent trip to Vancouver.

Skytrain Station. One inbound, one outbound, and one in queue. Click for full size image.

Skytrain Station. One inbound, one outbound, and one in queue. Click for full size image.

A lone cyclist along the viaduct.

A lone cyclist. Click for full size image.

A lone cyclist. Click for full size image.

In Denver, Finding Amtrak…

Today is Friday, the last day of the engineering meetup I came to Denver for, but the first day of city, coffee, transit explorations and finding my egress point from Denver, Amtrak. Currently Amtrak isn’t using Denver’s grand Union Station because it is being worked on and renovated for multiple rail lines, transit connections and other things as Denver’s upcoming intermodal hub. The station is without doubt absolutely beautiful. Here’s a photo of it with the Oxford Hotel sign in the forefront, my residence while staying in Denver this week.

Union Station, Denver

Union Station, Denver (Click for the large image)

I made a short video of my expedition to find the Amtrak Station.

Finding Amtrak in Denver from Adron Hall on Vimeo.

Stay tune, I’ll have more videos, photos and information on Denver real soon. It’s a beautiful city with a lot of upcoming potential. The downtown is booming, even when it’s freezing. Overall I’ve been impressed. You’ll be hearing more about Denver here on the Transit Sleuth real soon.

San Francisco Trip in Photos, A Little MUNI, PCC and Trolley Buses

San Francisco from Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

A Corner Store

A Corner Store

…and now for a few transit shots.

MUNI Light Rail / Streetcar

MUNI Light Rail / Streetcar

Passengers Departing & Arriving for Caltrain

Passengers Departing & Arriving for Caltrain

Coming and Going on the T Third Line

Coming and Going on the T Third Line

Classic PCC

Classic PCC

Route #49 Trolley Bus

Route #49 Trolley Bus

Route #49 Trolley Bus

#49s Stacked Up

#49s Stacked Up

#49 Inbound

#49 Inbound

…and ending with one final city shot.

San Francisco from Bernal Heights

San Francisco from Bernal Heights