Skytrain Crosses the River

by Lawrence H. Bush, (M.ASCE), Principal; Bush, Bohlman & Partners, Vancouver, BC,
M. S. Kahlil,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 3, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


The cable stayed bridge that will carry Vancouver's light rail line across the Fraser River is the world's longest such bridge built solely for mass transit. The bridge will carry two automated guideways for Skytrain, the British Columbia Transit Corporation's Advanced Light Rapid Transit. The design for the bridge included analysis of wind and earthquake hazards as well as in-service loads predicted for the completed structure. Design features, such as the diamond shaped towers, the prestressed concrete deck, and the balanced, cantilever method of construction are described.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Cable stayed bridges | Railroad bridges | Automated transit systems | Automated people movers | High-rise buildings | Cables | Rail transportation | British Columbia | Canada

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