12 p.m. The extension opened for the first public trips!
12-7 p.m. The community celebration is being held at all of the six new SkyTrain station on the Evergreen Extension.
There’s a lot more fun to be had today and tomorrow on the extension like live performances, a photo book, SkyTrain cut outs, Transit Police with their dogs, a community outreach bus, TRAMS buses, food trucks, and Lego displace of one of the Lafarge Lake-Douglas station that is out of this world!
We might be getting snow soon in Metro Vancouver sometime soon. Here are some transit travel tips that can help make your ride more comfortable for you and your fellow commuters.
Know before you go. If there’s snow or ice ensure you plan ahead with Trip Planner or m.translink.ca on your mobile device, and make sure to allow yourself extra commuting time.
Sign up for transit alerts so you’ll be the first to know if there are changes in the transit schedule.
Follow our customer information team on Twitter (@translink), Facebook (TransLink) and save their number (604) 953-3333 on your mobile device.
Snowy floors can become slippery floors. Where possible, kick the snow from your shoes before getting on the your chosen mode of transit. Use handrails and please be courteous to other passengers and don’t put your feet up on open seats.
While your ride will be climate controlled, we can’t control the temperature outside of our vehicles. Make sure that you’re dressed warmly for your trip to and from your stop.
Please remember that transit is a popular choice on snowy days, therefore you may see more people out than usual. Always use your common transit sense to ensure a comfortable ride for everyone.
We’re doing our part too! Here’s what we do on our end to ensure service runs smoothly during inclement weather:
Winter weather forecasting means more staff, buses and SkyTrains can be quickly deployed to keep riders moving.
Slow and steady
During adverse weather, operators are instructed to drive slower and with added caution to keep riders safe. Additionally, operators have a snow/ice switch which gives the bus tires better traction in the snow.
Play it safe
If a street is not plowed, operators may refrain from pulling into bus stops to avoid getting stuck. In these cases, operators will stop in an area that is safe and accessible for riders.
Trolley de-icer trucks will deploy spraying the entire trolley overhead system if there is a forecast risk of frost or ice. SkyTrain power rail and collector shoes on the trains will be de-iced as well as de-icing stations will be set up in covered areas and tunnels to prevent ice and snow compacts on the trains. Measures are also taken to make sure switches are protected from freezing.
During times of overnight snow, SkyTrain will run throughout the night to keep tracks clear.
If needed, articulated buses will be replaced by traditional buses as they’re more agile in and better equipped to handle hills or on streets that have poor conditions.
Canada Line trains are equipped with new breaking modes for train cars, similar to the ABS systems you find on some vehicles.
What are your tried and true snowy weather commuting tips?
Evergreen means go on December 2 and that is cause for some major celebrating!
Come out to Coquitlam Central Station on the Evergreen Extension this Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a huge community celebration!
TransLink, along with our partners and local community groups are hosting a day of family-friendly fun.
“I am immensely proud of the project team, our partners and all our staff across the enterprise who have worked tirelessly to see this project through. We now have the longest, driverless, automated rapid-transit system in the world. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on opening day. Come experience the new Evergreen Extension first-hand.”
– Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO
There will be lots activities including: a LEGO-building station, ukulele lessons and kids’ craft as well as a stage at Coquitlam Central Station hosting a variety of talented community music groups to entertain all ages.
There are even whispers that the big guy in red might stop by in the early evening at Coquitlam Central Station!
We’re so thankful for the community partners who will be there supporting this great day. Look out for these organizations during the celebrations:
It looks like the majority of people like to have some alone time on transit.
It’s always interesting to take examine our transit behaviour. Let’s get down to the results!
Taking the top spot, people who like to keep to themselves with 54 votes (36%), in second are those who don’t have a secret transit friend but want one with 34 votes (23%)!
Following the leaders are those who see their transit friends but don’t interact garnering 23 votes (15%), a quick nod to riders who acknowledge familiar faces who weighed in with 20 votes (13%), those who chat occasionally with their transit buddies totaled 13 votes (9%) and the chatty Cathy’s who love to liven up a commute rounded out the poll with 6 votes (4%).
Remember! There are some people out there looking for a friendly face on transit.
I urge you to pop those ear buds out, look up and interact with someone around you. It might make you smile – or, someone else. Wouldn’t that be great?
We expect a significant increase of passengers at Metrotown Station accessing the mall for this year’s Black Friday sales.
To ensure the safety of all passengers and the public:
Always cross at designated crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs, traffic signals and directions from traffic flaggers.
Remain behind barricades at all times, and do not jaywalk or cut across the high-traffic bus loop.
Be courteous to other passengers and vehicles.
Make use of both exits at the station. The west exit only staircase is often less busy and is a quicker way to exit the platform.
We’ve added additional traffic flaggers to help pedestrians safety cross the street and more SkyTrain attendants will be at the station to help direct customers in and out of the station.
Customers who require elevator or escalator access can use one of the shuttles to connect to Metrotown Station.
The HandyDART and Community Shuttles that have been running since the elevator was taken out of service will continue to run until the new elevators are open.
The HandyDART operates approximately every 20 to 30 minutes between Metrotown and Patterson stations during the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Passengers travelling with strollers can take the Community Shuttle to Metrotown Station from Patterson or Royal Oak stations. The Community Shuttle operates daily between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. every 20 to 30 minutes.
While both shuttles are running, service will run between Metrotown and Patterson stations approximately every 15 to 20 minutes.
It was a resounding, unanimous yes vote by the Mayors’ Council during their joint meeting with the TransLink Board as they officially approved Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation.
This major milestone will allow us to deliver the improved transit service for which our customers have been so eager.
These changes will help relieve overcrowding and pass-ups on our transit system and address the excessive gridlock our commuters face.
This plan includes $2 billion in transit and road improvements for the region.
Phase One improvements in 2017, 2018, and 2019 include:
10% increase in bus service
15% increase in HandyDART service
20% increase in rail service
New or expanded transit services for neighbourhoods that currently have few or no transit options today
Safer walking and cycling routes
Reduced traffic congestion by fixing bottlenecks on major roads
We’re very excited about this milestone for the region and what it means for our customers!
Watch the Q&A period with Barry Forbes, Board Chair; Gregor Robertson, Vancouver Mayor; Linda Hepner, Surrey Mayor; and Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO.
Watch the replay of the joint TransLink and Mayors’ Council Board Meeting on Facebook or Periscope.
Full details are also available in the press release here.
Today TransLink and Rogers announced the next phase in its partnership to enhance wireless connectivity and customer experience for SkyTrain passengers.
Rogers and Fido customers will now have access to Rogers LTE wireless coverage through the Edmonds Tunnel, helping commuters stay connected across Metro Vancouver!
This next phase expands on the LTE and voice access first made available to SkyTrain customers through the Dunsmuir Tunnel in July 2016 – a significant milestone that connects passengers along one of the busiest stretches in the SkyTrain network.
“This is just one way we are working to improve the transit experience by improving cellular coverage for our customers at no cost to taxpayers. We will continue to work with Rogers to build out wireless coverage along the SkyTrain, including Evergreen, Columbia and New Westminster.”
– Guy Akester, TransLink Director of Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing
Rogers and Fido wireless customers can now surf the Internet, make and receive calls, send and receive emails and text messages, stream video and music, and more on their mobile devices while travelling on the Expo Line between 22nd Street and Edmonds stations.
On Friday we announced the official completion of New Westminster Station upgrades taking the total completed stations from two to three. This was the latest of seven key SkyTrain stations and exchanges across the transit network that TransLink is currently in the process of upgrading.
The completed upgrades at New Westminster Station include:
A new elevator and escalators to improve access for customers with disabilities
Improved lighting throughout the station
Glass panels to replace the mesh screens and improve station visibility from street level
Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system
New public art that improves the experience of riders
These upgrades mean improved passenger capacity, accessibility, safety and overall customer experience for our customers.