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New permanent C9 routing starts April 3!

New C9 Route

New C9 Route

On April 3, 2017, the C9 New Westminster Station/Lougheed Station will now permanently travel through the Fraserview neighbourhood in New Westminster via Cumberland and Richmond streets.

Construction of a new bus-only turning light by the City of New Westminster is complete and, as a result, the C9 will be able to make a fancy left-hand turn onto East Columbia Street.

Travelling to New Westminster or Lougheed Stations?

Make your way to any in-service bus stop on Cumberland Street (bus stop #60079, 60166, or 60167).

C9 bus stops

Bus stops

Did you know?

Permanent changes to the C9 are being implemented as a result of the 2015 Transit Network Review.

TransLink consulted the public and as a result, we received more than 12,000 completed surveys and hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls.

Thank you to residents and those who participated in the 2015 Transit Network Review.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Join us on March 30, 2017 for the next TransLink Open Board Meeting

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All of TransLink’s board meetings are open to the general public.

Interested in knowing the ins and outs of how TransLink works?

Plan on attending our March meeting and get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate,  responsibilities, budget and more!

The meeting for this quarter takes place on Thursday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TransLink Head Office in New Westminster.

You can apply to speak at the meeting and find the agenda at translink.ca/boardmeetings.

Can’t make the meeting in person? No problem!
You can always watch our live streams on Periscope and Facebook.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Stadium–Chinatown Station hosts Capture Photography Festival exhibit

Capture Photography Festival installation
You may have noticed some work at the third track at Stadium–Chinatown Station the past few days and now, you’ll see a lovely new art installation in this space!

What is art? Are we art? Is art, art? – Lisa Turtle

What’s going on?

TransLink is teaming up with the Capture Photography Festival running from April 1 to 28 and installing a public art piece on our SkyTrain system.

Public art is a key element to creating a welcoming environment, encourages community connections and encourages gathering places which help reduce crime and vandalism.

This temporary installation is called Precession of the Feminine by Alinka Echeverría and will be available for all to enjoy at Stadium–Chinatown for the next year.

A little more about the art

ALINKA ECHEVERRÍA, PRECESSION OF THE FEMININE, 2015

With her combined training in photography and social anthropology, Alinka Echeverría weaves critical questions of visual representation through her work. Precession of the Feminine (2015), which is part of a larger series of works entitled Nicephora, was created while she was completing the BMW Residency at the French Musée Nicéphore Niépce, named after the inventor of photography.

Inspired by Nicéphore’s biography, and the histories of ceramics and photography, Echeverría fuses blown-up images of women from the museum’s archive with ceramic vases in three-dimensional digital simulations.

Using the form of the vase as a metaphor for our understanding of the feminine, the artist invites us to see that which is invisible with our bare eyes – the underlying photographic and printing techniques behind the image itself.  The medium is the message (Marshall McLuhan 1972) and in this series the vase is the vessel through which to reflect on this fragile construction of the female image.

In this way, the works subtly reveal how economic and cultural power are linked to photography as an artistic and documentary medium, and have been carried forward through largely invisible codes and techniques, thus becoming normalized and entering our collective unconsciousness.

A precession is a change in an object’s orientation or rotation around an axis. In this work, Echeverría aims to present the precession of representations of femininity. Echeverría quietly questions the perception of photography as a marker of truth, while examining more broadly the way that codes and symbols of femininity are constructed and understood.

Keep your eyes peeled today for the installed exhibit at Stadium–Chinatown Station!

Author: Adrienne Coling

World Water Day 2017

Today is World Water Day 2017!

This annual event is about taking action to tackle the world’s water crisis and this year’s theme is wastewater (aka as the water that runs down the drain and we aren’t actively using) and how we can utilize this resource.

At CMBC, water conservation and using wastewater is an important part of our operations.
DID YOU KNOW?!?
Starting in 2016, CMBC has committed to reduce bus washing by at least 50% each summer between June and the end of September!A bus in the car wash at Surrey Transit Centre.
Plus! Anytime Metro Vancouver introduces Stage 2 water restrictions, CMBC will voluntary stop all bus washing, except in special circumstances.
 
These changes yield BIG water savings! At Burnaby Transit Centre alone, suspending bus washing translates to saving up to 35,000 litres of water each day!

At all transit centres, we use recycled or “wastewater” for the wash and fresh water is used only for the final rinse.

These water recycling systems reduce the amount of water required to wash each bus by about 75 per cent!

Want to learn more about World Water Day?
Visit WorldWaterDay.org or join the movement on Facebook.
 Author: Adrienne Coling

Metrotown Station elevator is open for business on March 24, 2017!

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Yes, you read that right. The first two of three brand new elevators will go into service at noon on March 24, 2017.

And hey, these aren’t just any old elevators! These two new speedy elevators are glass (and shiny!) which means you can see them coming and going. They will replace the single elevator that was at the station. Once the remaining elevator completes testing, commissioning and inspecting, it will also open. All elevators are expected to be open by May.

In addition to new elevators, the existing Compass readers will be replaced with permanent Compass fare gates.

This is a huge milestone for the station! The new central stationhouse will fully open, providing customers with a new permanent set of stairs (goodbye temporary staircase!), two more Compass Vending Machines, two elevators and a new entrance and exit out of the station.

With these upgrades, customers on the platform can take the elevator, new stairs or the emergency exit stairs on the west side of the station to access Central Boulevard.

Please note:

  • The Community Shuttle for passengers travelling with strollers will run until March 24 end of service. The HandyDART shuttle will run until March 31, an additional week after the first two elevators open.
  • Customers requiring the use of an elevator are advised to use the wider accessible pathway from the station by using the east crosswalk at the mall parkade entrance.
  • Remember to tap in and out at the fare gates to ensure you are charged the correct fare.
  • Please note that there is currently no escalator access at the station, only stairs and elevators. Four new escalators (two up and two down) will open at the west stationhouse in the summer.
  • We understand everyone will be excited to ride the new elevators! However, please be courteous and remember that there are customers who require the use of elevators and they will be getting used to the new station entrance and layout.

Not sure where to go? No problem! Our friendly Transit Security officers and SkyTrain attendants will all be on hand to help direct customers get where they need to go.

Visit our website for more information on the upgrades at Metrotown Station.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

The March 2017 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Happy mid-March Break! The March 2017 edition of the print Buzzer is now on the system.Bordered

Much of this issue is dedicated to Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation.

We also included what expanded transit services mean to riders just like you with our #MoreTransitMeans Instagram frame photo series.

Wondering what to do with an unregistered new or semi-used Compass Card? Donate it to the United Way with our new partnership #Everypasshelps. The card deposit and any Stored Value on the unregistered card will be donated to the United Way to help those in our region.

As always, we have our old favourites – Coming Events, Contest Corner and Back Issues.

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

What Wednesdays are here! Help us find the cool, weird and wonderful things on and around transit

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Did anyone else see that? Wait, are those raccoons at my bus stop? Is that a panda taking SkyTrain?

Yes, anything that makes you say, “What?!?” We want to know about it.

Welcome to a new series on the Buzzer blog and our social channels that will bring a little more fun to hump day – What Wednesday!

As commuters, we often see some weird and wonderful moments on transit and since so many of us have smartphones, so, let’s share these wacky snapshots. Why? Because who doesn’t want to see a giant fish with a laptop bag buying a transit ticket?!

A few guidelines:

  • Please respect people’s privacy and try not to capture faces or any personal identification.
  • Be kind. This is a fun series – no trolling allowed!
  • Be safe! No hopping onto the guideway or running to the front of the bus to grab the shot.
  • Use the hashtag #TLWhatWednesday on Instagram and we’ll choose one lucky photog to be featured on our social channels each week!

Check out TransLink’s Instagram channel to see our first post!

Now, go out there and find us some whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?????

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit Network Review – Thank you for participating!

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Open House in Port Coquitlam

More than 1,600 people responded to our latest survey regarding Transit Network Review!

ICYMI: From February 14 to March 6, we asked the public to tell us what they think about proposed new bus routes and changes to the transit network in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek communities as well as Port Coquitlam–South Coquitlam.

Over the next few months, we’ll go through all of the online surveys and feedback and share in detail what we heard.

Stay tuned for the Transit Network Review Report in summer 2017!

Next steps

We’ll use the feedback we received to make recommendations on adjustments and implementation of the three new service areas and re-alignment of the 159/169 routes.

Depending on what we hear from the public, we expect that implementation of the proposed changes to the 159/169 would occur in summer 2017 and the new service areas in fall 2017.

Want to learn more about the Transit Network Review?
Visit translink.ca/networkreview.

Author: Angela Madaski

Surrey Central is getting an upgrade!

Rendering of the finished upgrades

Rendering of the finished upgrades

Some of the busiest stations on the Expo Line are getting much needed upgrades and that includes Surrey Central Station; the busiest station in Surrey!

This bustling transit and community hub will be upgraded to meet the needs of the fast-growing municipality as well as our overall region, bringing more accessibility and create easier commutes for riders!

New features of the station include:

  • A new north stationhouse with two new entrances at the north side of the existing station to make it easier and more convenient for people to take SkyTrain.
  • Design elements such as improved lighting and glass walls to make the station safer and more secure.
  • Three new escalators and a new elevator to improve access for customers with disabilities and make it more convenient for all customers to access the platform easily.
  • New station design for the north stationhouse to better integrate with the surrounding community.
  • 920 square metres of extra space will help improve passenger flow through the station.

Don’t worry about connecting to the library, mall, Surrey City Hall and all the amenities around the station because access is not changing!

Customers will continue to use the existing exits and entrances to the station. However, those who previously used the emergency exit on the north side of the platform will exit from the south entrances as the emergency exit will be demolished as part of this project.

Work will begin this spring and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

To stay up-to-date on the Surrey Central upgrades,
sign up for TransLink eNewsletters or visit translink.ca/surreycentral.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – March 10, 2017

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us.

»   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. PERSONAL GROOMING ON TRANSIT IS A NO GO!

»   Single and looking? Get on the subway! Maybe your soulmate is at the next stop.

»   Then perhaps celebrate Valentines Day on transit, too!

»   More love on transit for V-Day!

»   ^^Set your phasers on transit!

»   The world’s Purple Prince lives on at Union Station in NYC.

»   How much would you pay for an original Times Square subway sign? $100? $1000? How about 150K?!? (At time of publishing this blog, the sticker price had risen to $207,957.85)

»   Ever feel cramped on transit? This artist captures all-too-familiar faces of the rush hour commuter.

»   What if bike maps looked like subway maps??

»   Feeling historic? Watch this documentary on the first subway.

»   The wheels on the bus just got cool…well, cool-ER.

»   Zebra train runs through Boston to bring awareness to rare diseases.

»   ^^ Experience the NYC subway in 1949!

Dubai wants to make 25% of car trips driverless by 2030, and it’s starting with Tesla taxis

»   Stockholm, Sweden remains one of the coolest cities for subway art design!

»   Check out this awesome one-stop transit shop curated by one of our very own Buzzer blog readers!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Customer Alert: Metrotown C6 & C7 users, your final stop is changing

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Calling all C6 and C7 users!

The terminus stop (aka the final stop) at Metrotown Station will temporarily move for upgrade work at Metrotown Station.

The stop at westbound Beresford Street and Telford Avenue (stop #59544) will temporarily move to a new stop on Sussex Avenue northbound and the nearside of Beresford Street (stop #60194).

The routing of the C6 and C7 will not change.

The stop will be in a new location until the summer so upgrade work on the new east stationhouse can continue.

These upgrades allow increased capacity and provide additional opportunities to make improvements to customer safety inside the station.

When complete, the features of the new station include:

  • two new pairs of up and down escalators, three new elevators and new stairs to improve access
  • more space on the platforms to enable the system to expand for future customers
  • improved station design with better lighting and visibility
  • improved bus connections
  • new Bike Parkade

You can learn more at translink.ca/metrotown.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

#MyTransLink – March 6, 2017

Another #MyTransLink post means another chance to feature our riders’ awesome commuting and transit pictures from across our system and region!

Let’s see what you’ve captured this time around…

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#SeaBus #MyTransLink #CMBC #TheView @translinkbc

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Thank you to all of our latest contributors!

Want to be featured on the blog? It’s easy!
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

UBC bus exchange changes are coming March 6, 2017

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Rendering of completed bus exchange and new student residences at UBC

If you travel to or from UBC, you will probably have noticed that we’ve been doing a fair bit of construction to your bus loop (exchange).

That’s because we need to modify this area to allow for the construction of the future UBC Exchange and Gage South Student Residences.

To accommodate this work, your bus stop is changing!

As of March 6, 2017, buses will operate along Student Union Boulevard, University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall.

Passengers will now be dropped off in the newly finished part of the new bus exchange – providing upgraded shelters and lighting!

Bus stop locations as of March 6, 2017

Bus stop locations as of March 6, 2017

**Please note** Stops in the former bus exchange will be discontinued.

The rest of the new exchange, along with the new residences, will open in summer 2019.

For more information on this project visit UBC’s project page.
For full details of stop moves, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

SeaBus terminal construction continues with south terminal work

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In spring 2016, we started construction work on the north SeaBus terminal and administration building.

Work continues on the north terminal and crews will start work in early March on the south terminal.

Why are we repairing the SeaBus terminals?

Both the SeaBus terminals and administration buildings are now over 40 years old and it’s time for some necessary maintenance and rehab work.

The envelopes of all three buildings – essentially the walls and roofs – are in poor condition and are no longer working as designed. So, naturally, they need some upgrades and rehab work to keep them safe and functioning for both riders and employees.

During construction, SeaBus service will continue as normal and terminals will remain accessible. Customers can expect small detours when entering or exiting the terminals.

What’s being done?

Work is expected to begin shortly on the South Terminal and will include replacing the exterior metal cladding, roof, and windows on the south terminal.

We expect work to finish in mid-2018.

We thank you for their patience while we do this necessary maintenance work.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Temporary closure of the Commercial-Broadway south elevator

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**UPDATE** March 21, 2017

This work has finished ahead of schedule and the elevator is in service.

Upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station are well underway. The next phase of construction will start next week, with crews completing necessary upgrade work on the elevator.

From March 6 to April 3, the south elevator to platforms 3 and 4 will temporarily close for demolition and construction in the elevator machine room. Current elevator code restricts work in the machine room, while the elevator is in service.

The existing elevator on the north side of the station, and all escalators will continue to be in service.

How do I get to the other elevator?

From the platform, elevator users will have to cross the overhead walkway over Broadway and take the elevator down to the concourse level, and cross the street, if needed to access the south (Safeway) side of the station.

From street level, customers can use the north station entrance (next to Shoppers Drug Mart), tap at the fare gates and access the north station elevator.

Passengers requiring assistance can use the red emergency phone or ask for assistance from a SkyTrain attendant.

Signs are posted throughout the station and at station entrances to let customers know about this temporary change.

What work is happening?

Construction inside the machine room includes:

  • Assembly and installation of an enclosure within the machine room.
  • Partial demolition of walls and floors.
  • Installation of new elevator equipment.

When complete, the larger machine room will contain new equipment to power one additional elevator that will provide service between the new platform and the concourse.

Why are we doing this work during service hours?

Completing work when the trains aren’t running will only provide a few hours of work time.

If we complete this work for a few hours each night, it will delay overall construction at Commercial-Broadway Station. A delayed work schedule would have a significant impact on our customers.

Building an enclosure in the elevator room allows crews to work and still provide service to the elevator. The other option meant closing the elevator for six months while the construction in the machine room was complete.

We recognize that this is a major impact to our customers and we thank everyone for their patience while we improve Commercial–Broadway Station.

You can find more information about this upgrade work at translink.ca/commercialbroadway.

Author: Jessica Hewitt