Vancouver Transit in the 1950's





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Published on Jan 22, 2011

Vintage footage of the Vancouver Transit System in the 1950's
Full length DVD copies are available from me upon request.
This is part of our history and all should be able to see it.

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James 1
Toronto having the largest streetcar system in North and South America (American and Canadian cities pretty much scrapped there entire streetcar systems for busses) I can say I prefer them to busses, something about them having more history and charm to them. However as Toronto streetcar lines were mostly operating before cars started clogging up the roads. Today they are slow and not effecient as many of the lines are on very busy roads competing for the same space as cars. Better then busses? I'd say yes...would I suggest building these lines today...I'd say no. Light rail with separate tracks from the road are a much more effecient way to travel.
Cheryl Chaisson
I was born in 1953 But I still remember those old trolly buses were still around when i was ten. I grew up in the Mount Pleasant area. In fact went to Mount Pleasant school one of the oldest schools in B.C. It was a sad day when they tore it down and put a mall there.
Elaine  Evans
What a treat . So good to see this . I was very young then... Remember being on street cars. Thank you so much for sharing this .
david bilmer
yeah until the crack Hit the streets lol now we got a new vancouver so ugly compaird to this
Thank immigration for that. Anyone who says otherwise simply can't read the handwriting on the wall. And look at how people drove; hardly any tailgating and no fools leaving one or two car lengths at a stop. Also, pedestrians kept an eye out and walked when safe instead of just stepping out on the road to be hit. Somewhere along the line people got the idea in their heads that "pedestrians have the right of way." That thought makes little sense when sitting behind the wheel of my 4000 pound car.
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The past generally seems better than the future.
Laura Anne
Too many people live here now. This was when things were saner, less traffic. Obviously Vancouver city planners never planned for growth. Too bad it could not have stayed this way.
Rain Bow
It doesn't look like our drivers have improved at all! 
@3510211 Vancouver became a victim of its own success.
Studio Delta
@OldCarsAreBest I would disagree. Look at how unsafe that road is! No marked crosswalks or signal lights.
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