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#MyTransLink – December 12

Tap, shoot, ride… Not always in that order, but without fail Metro Vancouverites capture arguably the best photos on and around the region’s transit system. #MyTransLink is back this week and you can see a sampling of our favourites below.

Happy 32nd birthday, SkyTrain!

SkyTrain bursts through a banner on its very first day in service: Dec 11, 1985!

It’s birthday time, again!

Thirty-two years ago today, Premier Bill Bennett proudly announced the opening of SkyTrain, forever changing the face of transit for Metro Vancouver! Rides were free for the first eight days while SkyTrain staff worked out any glitches on the system.

According to the Vancouver Sun newspaper, on opening day there were “bands, balloons, political speeches and a crowd of admiring fans” as vehicle 049 smashed through “five colourful banners stretched across the tracks and glided to a halt at Waterfront Station” (“Bands, Balloons, Fans and Glitter,” Vancouver Sun, Final Edition, Wednesday, December 11, 1985).

Nearly a month later, SkyTrain would mark its official launch with the start of regular service on January 3rd, 1986.

Let’s look at some of our major milestones of the last 32 years:

  • 1986: SkyTrain opens for regular revenue service between Vancouver and New Westminster
  • 1989–1994: Three Expo Line expansion projects are built adding service to Surrey with King George as the terminus station
  • 2002: Millennium Line officially opens operating along the Expo Line to New Westminster Station and adding new service between Columbia and Commercial-Broadway
  • 2006: Millennium Line service is extended to its current terminus station, VCC-Clark
  • 2009: Canada Line opens, connecting downtown Vancouver with Richmond and the Vancouver international airport
  • 2016: Millennium Line Evergreen Extension opens connecting the Tri-Cities to the existing SkyTrain system, regional bus network, and West Coast Express

Happy Birthday, SkyTrain!

Photo: Rob Chew/Bob Webster

Photo: Rob Chew/Bob Webster

The 1985 SkyTrain system map

You’re invited to TransLink’s Open Board Meeting – December 14, 2017

December Open Board Meeting

TransLink’s board meetings are open to the general public, you’re invited to attend next week. If you have an interest in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works, this is the meeting for you.

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Ride the West Coast Express Santa Train on Dec. 9 and 16!

All aboard the West Coast Express Santa Train! It runs on Dec. 9 and 16, benefiting your community toy bureau!

The West Coast Express Santa Trains are back for its 22nd year, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all of your friends on Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community!

What makes the Santa Trains special is you get a free ticket to ride the West Coast Express in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation (worth about the same as a WCE pass) for your community toy bureau. It’s a great way to give to those in need in your community, and have a fun-filled day at the same time!

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9 and 16, and stops at all West Coast Express stations along the way, arriving at Waterfront Station at 11:15 a.m. Once in Vancouver, you can enjoy a day of holiday sights and sounds before returning home from Waterfront Station at 4 p.m.

Make sure you stop by the West Coast Express North Pole Station (at Waterfront Station), beginning at 2:45 p.m., for holiday activities and a photo op with Santa! As well, our friends at Dairyland will provide a taste of egg nog while you wait for your trip home. So bring your camera and your Christmas cheer, and we’ll see you there!

Shop the pop-up December 6 – 8, 2017

pop-up shop

TransLink recently launched an online store selling a wide variety of apparel, home goods, accessories and more.  For now, this is a virtual store with no brick and mortar location, however to help Metro Vancouverites kick off their holiday shopping, we will be hosting a pop-up shop from today, Wednesday, December 6 to Friday, December 8, 2017 at Gilmore Station on the Millennium Line. So pop on by any time between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day to touch, feel, and try some of our new and amazing transit inspired merch!

Can’t make it to the pop-up shop? Shop online anytime at translinkstore.ca.

Do you have a favourite piece of merch?

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – December 5

Another week, another round of amazing shots in and around Metro Vancouver. #MyTransLink delivers once again. Check out the collection of our favourites.

The Bike Parkade at Joyce–Collingwood Station is now open!

The Bike Parkade at Joyce–Collingwood Station is now open!

Exciting news for our customers that start their journey by cycling. A Bike Parkade is now open at Joyce–Collingwood Station, so come park your bike with us!

There are spots for 50 bikes inside the Bike Parkade and there’s additional (unsecured) capacity outside. Use of the parkades only costs $1 per day per use, up to $8 per month! That means after eight uses, it’s free for the rest of the month.

Never used our Bike Parkades before? It’s super easy. If you haven’t already, register your Compass Card at compasscard.ca, and go to the bottom of the “My Cards” tab under “My Programs,” to enroll.

At the station, tap your Compass Card to gain access to the Bike Parkade and don’t forget to bring a lock to secure your bike to the rack.

Learn more about our Bike Parkades at translink.ca/bikeparkade.

 

Evergreen Extension Anniversary: a year ago today it opened

With the cutting of the ribbon, the Evergreen Extension opened on December 2, 2016!

Whew! Has it been a year already? It sure has. The Evergreen Extension opened to the public at 12 p.m. on December 2, 2016 for revenue service. With that, the SkyTrain became one of the longest, automated driverless rapid transit systems in the world!

On this occasion, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane on the Buzzer blog! Read more »

Evergreen Extension Anniversary: Evergreen sparks tremendous growth in transit use

Pssst…have you heard?! The Evergreen Extension celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday, December. 2!

Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay and Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart joined TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond and BC Rapid Transit Company President and General Manager Vivienne King to mark this milestone at Moody Centre Station on Friday, Dec. 1.

The 11-kilometre, six-station Evergreen Extension opened to the public December 2, 2016.

It’s been a year that has seen tremendous growth in transit use in the Tri-Cities. Residents have embraced rapid transit as a fast, convenient way to travel within their communities and beyond to the rest of the region.

Transit use in the Northeast Sector (Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra) has taken off in a stunning way as Evergreen has become a central fixture in the lives of Tri-Cities residents.

Average weekday transit ridership in the Northeast Sector in September and October of this year is more than 25 per cent higher than the same months in 2016. On weekends, transit ridership in the Tri-Cities is up by more than 50 per cent!

Evergreen Stats

34,000 – Average weekday boardings (13 per cent increase from early 2017)

36,900 – Boardings on Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Busiest single day)

23,000 – Boardings on typical summer Saturday

8.6 million – Boardings Dec. 2, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2017

51 per cent – percentage of transit journeys in Tri-Cities that begin on Evergreen.

Ridership on Evergreen is expected to grow significantly in coming years, as development near the stations continues at a rapid pace.

Currently, there is $3.8 billion in development or under construction directly adjacent to the Evergreen Extension between Lougheed and Lafarge Lake-Douglas stations, including 7.1 million square feet of residential comprising approximately 9,800 future units of housing.

Thanks to improvements coming as part of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision, the reach of rapid transit will grow in the coming years when the Broadway Extension provides a one-seat ride along the Millennium Line between Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam and Arbutus Street in Vancouver.

Read Transit Police Constable Jenny Chung’s blog post on making friends on the Evergreen Extension. She’s the Neighbourhood Police Officer (NPO) for the area.

Bus shelter for the 99 B-Line coming to Commercial-Broadway Station!

A rendering of what the completed bus shelter for the 99 B-Line will look like at Commercial–Broadway Station.

As part of the ongoing upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station, a large, bus shelter to serve the 99 B-Line will begin construction next week and continue into the new year. The bus shelter will provide weather protection to approximately 160 passengers standing in the queue – a welcome addition on those notoriously rainy Vancouver days!

The bus stop at Commercial-Broadway for the 99 B-Line is the busiest on the entire transit network, and serves as one of the most important transit interchanges in the region. The 99 B-Line attracts more riders than any other bus corridor in Canada or the United States with more than 17 million annual boardings, and Commercial-Broadway Station is the busiest SkyTrain station in the system.

This project was made possible in partnership with the federal government through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

Author: Terence Chu

Ho-Ho-Hold on to your Compass Cards, Rudolph is comin’ to town!

Reindeer Bus

That’s right, the Reindeer Bus (aka: 9543) has saddled up and is ready to spread some holiday cheer throughout the region. The Reindeer Bus operates out of Vancouver Transit Centre (VTC), so expect to see it on Vancouver streets as soon as tomorrow!

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Pay for parking at Park and Ride lots on-the-go using the TransLink Park&Go app

The TransLink Park&Go app is available today from the iOS App Store and Google Play!

Hey Park and Ride customers! The new TransLink Park&Go app launches today for easy and convenient parking payment at our nine Park and Ride lots.

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#MyTransLink – November 28

Do not adjust your calendars! #MyTransLink is back again this week!

We started this little social media series back in January 2017, with the hopes of sharing reader-curated photos, captured by our riders, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts, every few weeks . We never could have imagined that in under a year, our hashtag would be used 1,741 times and counting!

That’s a lot of photos you guys!

So going forward, we will be running #MyTransLink weekly until the photos run out (don’t let that happen)! So without further ado, here’s what you’ve captured since last week!

6 tips for travelling on transit this winter

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Earlier this month, we told you about what SkyTrain, bus and HandyDART are doing to prepare for winter. We’re back to share with our customers six helpful tips for travelling on transit this winter, including in snowy and icy conditions!

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I Love Transit Camp 2017: fun-filled (and educational!) days at TransLink’s facilities

I Love Transit Week’s theme this year was Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

We wanted teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. So we challenged them to come up with their own vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver to enter for a chance to attend I Love Transit Camp, a unique opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of TransLink’s operating facilities. Read more »