The SkyTrain is a two-line urban mass transit system in Metro
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It uses Bombardier's Advanced
Rapid Transit technology, with fully automated trains running
principally on elevated tracks. There have been no derailments or
collisions in its history. It uses the same linear induction
motor-driven trains as the Scarborough RT line in Toronto, the Kelana
Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Detroit's People Mover, and the
AirTrain JFK in New York City. SkyTrain is operated by British Columbia
Rapid Transit Company under contract from TransLink, a regional
government transportation agency. It operates on a proof-of-payment
fare system and is policed by the South Coast British Columbia
Transportation Authority Police Service. SkyTrain Attendants are
present to provide first aid, directions, customer service and inspect
fares, and they monitor train faults and drive the trains when
necessary. SkyTrain's 49.5 km (30.8 mi) of track make it the longest
automated light rapid transit system in the world. It also uses the
longest mass transit-only bridge, the SkyBridge, to cross the Fraser
River. There are 33 stations in the system, which carries more than
160,000 to 180,000 people every day on the two lines.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Charles II was crowned King of England, Ireland, and Scotland at
Irish mathematician and physicist William Rowan Hamilton presented his
Theory of Systems of Rays.
Gdynia was inaugurated as a Polish seaport on the coast of Gdańsk Bay,
a southwestern bay of the Baltic Sea.
Batting against Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron of
the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his then-record 755 home runs in
Major League Baseball.
Dressed in his 1940s-vintage general's uniform, President Charles de
Gaulle delivered a televised speech calling on the military personnel
and civilians of France to oppose the Algiers putsch, a coup d'état
attempt against him.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. A small cave.
2. An artificial cavern-like retreat
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We all were sea-swallow'd, though some cast again:
And by that destiny, to perform an act
Whereof what's past is
prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.