Friday, August 12, 2011

Photo: Totally West Coast (Express)

Though I've been in New Westminster for nearly a year, so far I've never had a reason, much less an opportunity, to ride the West Coast Express - however, I understand that this is fairly common for people who have spent much of their lives in Vancouver or the immediately surrounding cities. I wouldn't mind trying it out sometime, if only to see the manner in which the West Coast Express distinguishes itself from GO Transit, Metrolink, Coaster, Agence métropolitaine de transport, and all the other commuter rail networks that use Bombardier Bi-Levels - the Cappuccino Car. It hosts a small coffee shop that sells coffee, cappuccino, snacks, juice, and so on while the train is in transit.

Surprisingly, Seattle's Sounder commuter rail doesn't appear to have an equivalent to this. But it's a reminder that sometimes, a regional stereotype has a basis in fact.

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