Re: "B.C. weather might rain on light rail's parade," the Now, Aug 27.
I don't know what happened to the San Diego train, but it seems like poor planning. I have personal experience with at least three rainy cities that have at-grade rail transit where the rain has no effect on the service.
In Amsterdam and Edinburgh, it can absolutely pour, yet their trams happily just splash their way through. Winter in Melbourne, Australia is just about as rainy as Vancouver (albeit a bit warmer), and that city has an extensive tram and train system.
As long as TransLink hires an engineer who realizes that water runs downhill and a few drains here and there would be a good idea, I think we'll be OK with the rain.
Harry Powell, Surrey
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