The world’s first irct C railway, a high-speed railway linking the U.S. and Canada, will open to the public on April 10.
It will connect downtown Vancouver with the northern reaches of the Rockies.
IrctC will be a $1.5 billion project that will also have stations at the Fraser River and the Fraser Valley.
It includes high-capacity trains, which are more than 50 times the capacity of current trains.
In the U, the project is being built by the Southern California Regional Transit Authority, which operates the world’s largest rail system.
IrntC will run up and down the Fraser, Fraser Valley, Fraser River, and Fraser River Valley in both directions.
It’s being funded by the U of B, the Canadian Federal Transportation Agency, and a group of private investors.
The railway is one of a growing number of high-tech projects being built in the U., but the project has been in the planning stages for a long time.
In February 2016, the UB Transportation Centre, a non-profit group working with local communities to build and sustain sustainable transport systems, asked the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to consider building an irct.
“We were looking for something that would be sustainable for the region, and we wanted something that could be a real part of our urban landscape,” said Kristin A. Brown, the associate director of the UBC Transportation Centre.
She noted that it will also be built with a mix of federal and provincial funding, which is something the transportation authority has never done before.
The Federal Transit Agency, in partnership with the U-T Transportation Centre and other partners, announced a $4.7 million grant to help pay for the project, and it is also the subject of a bid process.
But what is irct?
In its application to the FTA, Irntc describes itself as a “high-speed rapid transit (HRT) service that will connect communities across the region and serve all users in the region at one seamless location.”
IrntCs riders will use a train to travel up and over the Fraser and Fraser Valley and will be able to use a “super rapid transit” (SRT) service to travel across the Rockies and along the Canadian Rockies.
IrntC is the first railway to operate under the Irnts, a partnership between the federal government and local communities that aims to improve access to transportation.
“The vision for Irntcs is to create a network that is a true high-density urban transportation system that connects our communities to the rest of the world,” IrntCo executive director Steve L. Miller said in a statement.
According to the application, the railway will be powered by a hybrid electric locomotive and will use new technology to make the trains faster and more efficient.
It also claims that the railway is more environmentally friendly than conventional railroads.
The railway will include stations at: Downtown Vancouver: Vancouver Central Station (near the airport) and Downtown South Granville Station (a few blocks north of the airport).
Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Granville are both located near the UBS Center.
Downtown South Vancouver and South Granvilvville are also both located on Burrard Street.
Downtown Vancouver is one block north of Burrard and one block south of the Canadian Museum of History.
Downtown GranVILLE Station is located in the downtown core.
Fraser Valley: Fraser Valley Station (at the Fraser river) and the city of Vancouver (south of Burrards) are both within a few blocks of each other.
Fraser River Station is about 10 minutes north of Downtown Granvilville Station.
Fraser-Crestview Station (on the Fraser valley) is about 15 minutes east of Downtown Fraser-Vancouver Station.
North Vancouver: North Vancouver Station is the closest station to the Fraser.
Fraser Canyon Station is adjacent to the city’s waterfront.
North Granville: North GranVILLE is an adjacent station to North Vancouver.
North Ridgeview Station is a station to East Granville.
East Granvilvillas East Granvale Station is on the city-owned waterfront and is located north of North Granvilva.
East Vancouver: East Vancouver Station (just east of the Fraser) and South Vancouver Station are both near the Fraser near Burrard.
North Shore Station (North Vancouver) is also nearby.
West Vancouver: West Vancouver Station has a terminal just north of West Granville and is about 1.5 hours north of East Granvillas.
West Granvilvinas West Granvillavas West Ridgeview station is just south of West Vancouver.
Richmond: Richmond Station (south-west of Downtown Vancouver) and North Granvale are adjacent to Richmond.
Richmond Station is close to the UESB Centre, which will be the venue for the inauguration of the Ircts in April.
Richmond Valley: Richmond Valley Station is one kilometre from Downtown Granvillacoes Richmond Station.
Richmond-South Granville is a few kilometres west of Downtown Richmond Station