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Get involved in the environmental and socio-economic reviews for both rapid transit projects

Today, we are launching the Environmental and Socio-Economic Review process for both the Vancouver and Surrey rapid transit projects.

To get involved, please review the technical summaries for each project. Next, fill out the online surveys until November 6 for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT projects.

What’s the goal of the environmental and socio-economic review? Glad you asked! It’s part of our planning and engineering work for both projects. The review process will:

  • Describe the existing conditions and identify potential effects of the project;
  • Study those effects and evaluate how much impact they will have;
  • Identify mitigation measures, or actions to avoid or reduce potentially negative effects; and
  • Develop construction and operations requirements that the project contractors will have to meet.

We’re asking residents to provide feedback in one or more of the follow areas: socio-economics, archaeological and heritage resources, noise and vibration, air quality and greenhouse gases, contaminated sites, electric and magnetic field effects, and general or other comments.

Your feedback will help inform what we study now, in order to better understand project effects from construction or operations. It will help us in refining both projects’ designs to support a final funding request to the provincial government and to support development of construction and operating performance requirements in delivering the projects.

The Environmental and Socio-Economic Review’s findings will be published in early 2018. We’ll also be back in 2018 with another opportunity to get involved. A summary of what we have heard so far is available on our Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT project websites.

Check out one of the winning I Love Transit Camp entries!

I Love Transit 2017

This Thursday, October 19, I Love Transit Camp is in session!

A class of Grade 4 and 5 students from Pebble Hill Elementary School in Delta will get a unique opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of TransLink’s operating facilities. They will visit the Coast Mountain Bus Company bus depot at Burnaby Transit Centre and SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre where they’ll visit control and the maintenance yard.

Have I got you excited? Want to join us on camp? Make sure you follow @TransLinkBC on Instagram and check out our Story this Thursday. Don’t miss out! Stories disappear after 24 hours.

To win their way to I Love Transit Camp, the students wowed our judges with their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We’ve kept their winning entry under wraps—until now! Read more »

Record growth continues as ridership numbers follow trend

2017 is proving to be a record year for ridership in Metro Vancouver with over 306 million boardings system-wide. Our latest Compass data is in and it shows ridership numbers higher than ever before proving locals and visitors alike are choosing public transit as their mode of transportation. As of the end of September, 2017, monthly Boardings and Journeys are up +5.2% and +5.4% year-over-year, respectively. Average Weekday Boardings are up +6.9% and Average Weekday Journeys are up +7.0% year-over-year.

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On this day in Buzzer blog history: October 16, 2009

Old Mr Buzzer

We dove way back into the archives for today’s On this day post.

Let’s take a look back at October 16, 2009. The Buzzer Blog was in it’s first few years of publication, and we shared this gem of a riddle/photo puzzle that was originally published in the print Buzzer in, get this, 1937! 

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TransLink invests in 51 new road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects

Did you know TransLink is responsible for more than transit? Mhmm! This year, we’re committing nearly $65 million in the Major Road Network (MRN) to fund road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in municipalities across Metro Vancouver.

Fifty-one capital projects across the region will receive a portion of $23 million in funding this year. It’s all part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision that will improve transportation infrastructure for people whether they drive, bike, walk or take transit. The projects include:

  • West Keith Road multi-use and cycling path in North Vancouver;
  • roadway widening, streetlights and new bike lanes in Delta;
  • separated bike lanes along 100 Avenue in Surrey; and
  • the Willingdon Linear Park: a new park and multi-use path on Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby.

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TransLink wins 2017 APTA AdWheel Award

APTA Adwheel Award 2017

Congrats are in order as TransLink once again wins an APTA AdWheel award in the category of Best Marketing and Communications to Increase Ridership or Sales for our 2016 Evergreen Means GO Campaign!

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New “low-floor” community shuttles a first for TransLink

Five “low-floor” community shuttles are now in service in the North Shore as part of a pilot.

We’re making transit more accessible for our customers!

West Vancouver Blue Bus is currently piloting five “low-floor” community shuttles on North Shore routes, including the C12 Lions Bay/Caulfield and the 251 Queens/Park Royal.

These shuttles, which seats 20 people and includes space for four standees and two wheelchairs, are a first at TransLink.

The low floor and ramp makes it easier for all customers, including those with mobility challenges, to board the bus. This is whether they have walkers, strollers or scooters, or simply someone with a stroller or two-wheeled shopping cart. Read more »

I Love Transit: 2017 I Love Transit Camp Winner announcement!

I Love Transit 2017

Another successful I Love Transit Week has come to a close and we’re pleased to announce the winners, that’s right… WINNERS of I Love Transit Camp! We received so many amazing entries for I Love Transit Camp that we couldn’t pick just one!

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#MyTransLink – October 10

Hello again! Welcome back to this early fall edition of #MyTransLink. Our bi-weekly reader-curated series that features your shots from in and around transit in Metro Vancouver.

This week captures a little bit of everything including some stunning shots of fall descending on our beautiful region. Have a look at what made the cut!

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:25‬ ‭

A post shared by Jeriel Rocacurva (@jerielrocacurva) on

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9 and 99 bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station temporarily relocated

Bus stop changes at Commercial–Broadway from February 29 until summer 2016

Bus stop changes at Commercial–Broadway starting on Monday, October 9 and until further notice

We’re installing a permanent queuing system and bus shelter for the 99 B-Line stop as part of the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades!

To accommodate construction, the bus stops for the 9 and 99 will temporarily relocate along Broadway. The stop for 9 UBC will move to the other side of Commercial Drive, near Scotiabank, and 99 B-Line (UBC) passengers will board in front of the station entrance.

We thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station!

Construction update

Over the September 30 and October 1 weekend, crews successfully lifted into place the steel frame for the new overhead walkway at Commercial–Broadway Station. This is an important milestone in the station upgrade. Watch the time lapse:

More information about the Commercial–Broadway Station upgrades and project benefits can be found at translink.ca/commercialbroadway.

I Love Transit: 2017 Pop-Up Wrap Up!

I Love Transit 2017

You asked for it, and we answered!

Yesterday, with our friends at TravelSmart, Transit Museum Society (TRAMS), and Mobi, we hosted a pop-up event celebrating I Love Transit at the EasyPark lot on the corner of Cambie and Georgia Street in Vancouver. The sun was shining bringing transit enthusiasts young and old out to play some games, win some prizes and learn all about transit in our community outreach vehicle.

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Holiday Service for Thanksgiving 2017

Gobble, Gobble!

Monday, October 9 is Thanksgiving day. If you’re planning to take transit to your turkey (or tofurkey in my case), remember that we will be operating on a holiday schedule.

Here’s what you need to know about upcoming holiday service:

  • BusSkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express will not operate.
  • The Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Holiday fares will be in effect, which means you can travel across all zones on a one-zone fare all day long!

Grab all the details on our website translink.ca/holidayservice.

Know before you go!

Use our handy Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. The information here is subject to change. For the latest and most up-to-date information, bookmark translink.ca on your mobile device so you can know on the go!

Regular weekday schedules for all modes return on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

For the latest transit information, follow us on twitter at @TransLink or contact our Customer Information by phone at 604.953.3333

Author: Sarah Kertcher

New Joyce–Collingwood east stationhouse is now open!

The east stationhouse at Joyce–Collingwood Station is now open!

Exciting news for SkyTrain passengers who use Joyce–Collingwood Station! Construction has finished at the east stationhouse and its now open to the public. 

Key features of the upgraded stationhouse: 

  • New elevator, as well as new up and down escalators (only one escalator previously)
  • Improved station design with better lighting and visibility
  • Glass panels replace mesh screens to improve visibility and help control platform noise
  • New commercial retail unit — coming soon!
  • Bike parkade — coming soon!
  • Better integration with the community for easier connections

We thank our customers and neighbours for their patience as we made these much-needed improvements to Joyce-Collingwood Station. The upgrades improve passenger capacity, accessibility, safety and security, and the overall customer experience.

The art!

If you happen to be in the area, it’s worth a pop-in at Joyce–Collingwood just to see the artwork. The stained glass panel was created by Vancouver artist Renée Van Halm and is made up of 10 pieces of glass. You’ll see the panel adds a healthy dose of colour to the station! 

 

To learn more about the Joyce–Collingwood Station Upgrades, visit translink.ca/joyce.

I Love Transit 2017: Electric buses—exploring the transit industry’s next frontier with our customers

I Love Transit 2017

The new fast-charge battery-electric bus operating in Seattle.

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. For the first time this year, we have a theme: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Battery-electric buses are poised to be the next big leap in technology for the transit industry, so we decided to ask a planner to explain what it means for us! 

David Cooper

By David Cooper, senior planner, TransLink

One of the exciting technology advances in the public transit world is the deployment of battery-electric buses.

As we are seeing a transition in the auto industry from the internal combustion engine to electricity, transit agencies including TransLink are exploring the suitability of adopting this technology for our future bus fleet. Read more »

I Love Transit 2017: Kids share their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver

I Love Transit 2017

Thank you teachers and students for your amazing response for our  I Love Transit Camp contest! For the first time, we had a theme for I Love Transit: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

We received entries from a range of grades and throughout the Metro Vancouver region, sharing their vision for a chance to win their way to I Love Transit Camp!

Our judges are busy reviewing all the entries, so stay tuned for the name of the winning class! We’ll be announcing the winner early next week on the Buzzer blog. In the meantime, we’d like to share a few of the entries we received! Read more »