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Category: 10-Year Vision

Make sail – construction progresses on TransLink’s newest SeaBus

As part of the Mayors’ Council’s Ten-Year Vision, TransLink’s delivering a new SeaBus, scheduled for delivery early next year! This means more frequent service will be coming between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay with sailings every 10 minutes during rush hour.

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Have your say on the new B-Line routes and Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan, April 3 – May 31!

Next year, TransLink’s launching four new B-Line bus routes in 12 Metro Vancouver communities—that means shorter travel times, shorter waits and less crowding!

It’s part of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for better transportation in Metro Vancouver. The new B-Line routes are:

  • Fraser Highway (Surrey Central to Langley Centre)
  • Main-Marine (Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange)
  • 41st Avenue (Joyce-Collingwood to UBC)
  • Lougheed Highway (Coquitlam Central to Haney Place in Maple Ridge)

The public is invited to weigh in on proposed bus routes, local service changes, and speed and reliability measures! Visit us at a pop-up information session and take the survey from April 3 – May 31 at translink.ca/bline

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Full speed ahead for the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision

Recently, the Mayors’ Council and the Province of British Columbia announced a funding proposal for the regional share for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision – a major step forward in securing the largest investment in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver history!

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Announcing one of the largest transportation investments in Metro Vancouver history!

Kevin Desmond speaks at podium during 10-Year Vision funding announcement

Today marks another big day for transit in Metro Vancouver as the Mayors’ Council and the Province of British Columbia have agreed on a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision. This announcement marks one of the largest infrastructure investments in Metro Vancouver’s history!

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Psst…more B-Line service is coming to Metro Vancouver!

B-Line bus service offers faster travel time, direct routing and connections to key regional destinations in areas that need it most. It’s a cost-effective way to reduce congestion and overcrowding on transit.

You may have heard, 80 new SkyTrain cars will be available for service in Metro Vancouver by 2020 (28 of which are arriving early!). Now, we’re excited to announce we’re preparing to roll out four new B-Line bus routes by the end of 2019!

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Big News! SkyTrain cars are arriving ahead of schedule!

 

Today marks yet another great day for transit in Metro Vancouver as TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, along with members of the federal and provincial government, announced the early arrival of new SkyTrain cars for our system!

The deal was inked on a cold day in 2016, as part of funding provided through Phase 1 of the Mayors’ 10-year Vision. Today, the big news is that 28 additional Expo and Millennium Line SkyTrain cars will arrive by the end of 2019! That’s three years ahead of schedule!

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TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond looks at what’s ahead in 2018 on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond appeared on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition on January 10.

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond appeared on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn on January 10, looking ahead to what’s upcoming for the organization in 2018. He talks about 10-Year Vision funding to the Transit Fare Review, and everything in between.

Have a listen! Big thanks to CBC for sharing the audio with us.

Year in Review: a look at some of TransLink’s 2017 milestones

As 2017 comes to a close, The Buzzer blog’s taking a look at some of TransLink’s milestones from the year that was!

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TransLink secures $200 million in tenth bond issue

We have some great news—we successfully launched our tenth bond issue in November!

This brings in $200 million to help finance capital projects as outlined in the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

Did you know? TransLink is Canada’s only transportation agency to raise funds directly through Canadian debt capital markets. Since 2010, TransLink has raised $1.53 billion through bonds!

Funds will go towards financing our capital spending including fleet replacements and expansion for bus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express, as well as upgrades to SkyTrain stations along the Expo Line.

“Our ability to go directly to the capital markets with a solid reputation as a good investment means greater cost certainty for how we manage our debt,” says Cathy McLay, TransLink’s CFO and Executive Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services. “Investors can put their money anywhere and they choose us. This consistent demand for our bonds also helps to ensure we maintain access to capital that keeps Metro Vancouver’s road and transit network moving now and into the future.”

In September, Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reaffirmed TransLink’s AA stable credit ratings and in October, Moody’s Investors Service and Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reaffirmed TransLink’s Aa2 stable credit ratings. Credit rating reports are available at translink.ca.

Both agencies highlight TransLink’s diverse revenue streams, solid governance and management practice, and track record of finding cost efficiencies as reasons for the high credit rating.

Author: Allen Tung

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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I Love Transit 2017: #DerrickThePlanner visioning Metro Vancouver’s future

I Love Transit 2017

Derrick Swallow, an assistant transportation planner at TransLink, shares his vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver in this guest post.

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. Who better to ask about the future than a planner that’s helping to plan for the future!

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Weigh in on rapid transit in the Broadway Corridor!

broadway consultation photo

You’re invited to pop by an open house to learn more about the Broadway Extension and share your thoughts.

Today (June 19), we’re launching our next round of consultation, in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Back in January 2017, we launched the first phase of consultation and we heard from more than 470 people at in-person events and 4,200 people through our online survey and feedback forms. Now it’s your turn!

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TransLink on the Move: Transportation Improvements

TransLink on the Move Transportation Improvements

Today wraps up our TransLink on the Move series. Over the past five weeks we’ve shared bite sized pieces from our 2016 Annual Report – Mark III SkyTrains, Evergreen Extension Stations, Ridership numbers, Compass, and now Transportation Investment.

You’ve likely heard about The Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year-Vision. Implementing this plan was the first step towards bringing Metro Vancouver the biggest transportation expansion in nearly a decade. With $2 Billion invested in transportation services, Phase One of the plan addresses some of our biggest rider complaints and aims to both reduce overcrowding on our transit system and ease congestion on our roadways. But there’s more to Phase One than new transit services and improvements. This first phase has additional region-wide impacts to alternative travel modes like cycling and walking paths, that brings real improvements to the way Metro Vancouver residents travel.

The next 10 years promise big things for transportation in Metro Vancouver and we hope you come along for the the ride.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

(Video) SeaBus extends 15 minute sailings until 9 p.m. every day!

The SeaBus is coming up on its 40th birthday in June but riders have an early reason to celebrate!

Starting May 19, taking the SeaBus to and from the North Shore is going to be even easier.

We are increasing service as part of the continued roll out of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

The added service means 15 minute sailings will start earlier on weekends and run every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. every day!

“The SeaBus is a fast and convenient service to and from the North Shore and we’re excited to announce it will be even more convenient with 15-minute service throughout the day and into the evening. At most times of the day, passengers won’t have to wait more than 15 minutes for the next sailing. This is just one of the ways we continue to deliver on Phase One of the 10-Year Vision to reduce wait times and offer customers more flexibility.”

– Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO

SeaBus service increases include:

  • 15-minute sailings starting at 6 a.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. on Sundays and most holidays.
  • 15-minute service will also extend later into the evening. Enjoy peak-hour service for departures until 9:02 p.m. from Lonsdale Quay and 9:16 p.m. from Waterfront Station every day.

What is the Frequent Transit Network?

The Frequent Transit Network (FTN) refers to convenient, reliable and easy to use transit services that are frequent enough that they do not need to refer to a schedule. Other TransLink services that are part of the FTN include the Expo, Millennium and Canada lines and B-Line bus service.

SeaBus fast facts!

  • In 2016, there were 5.9 million boardings
    • Average boardings from Monday – Friday: 17,600
    • Average boardings on Saturdays: 15,000
    • Average boardings on Sundays and holidays: 11,400
  • 100 million boardings since TransLink came into being in 1999
  • SeaBus opened for service in 1977
  • Another SeaBus will be put into service in 2019 as part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision

Over the next two years, TransLink will continue rolling out Phase One of the 10-Year Vision with a region-wide expansion of transit services and road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

Want to learn more?
Visit tenyearvision.translink.ca and read the media release here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

HandyDART booking window is being expanded May 1, 2017

handydart
We are so happy to announce that TransLink is implementing the first of a series of recommendations to improve HandyDART service.

Beginning May 1, 2017, the next-day booking window will be extended by four hours!

This means that our customers can request a next-day HandyDART trip until 4 p.m. creating more flexibility in our custom transit service.

Why the change?

In June 2016, the TransLink Board committed to review the policies and delivery model for HandyDART. This review involved extensive engagement with stakeholders, research on peer agencies in other Canadian cities and industry best practices.

Based on the findings from the Custom Transit Service Delivery Review, a number of recommendations designed to improve customer experience, the availability of trips and improve the service delivery model were presented to and accepted by the board in March 2017.

What’s next?

We are moving to implement these recommendations as soon as possible to deliver on our promises to HandyDART customers in 2017 and beyond.

Quick Facts

  • TransLink is adding 85,500 HandyDART trips in 2017 as part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-year Vision.
  • 171,000 HandyDART trips will be added over the next three years – a 15 per cent increase in service!

Click here to read the entire Customer Transit Service Delivery Review.

Author: Adrienne Coling