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New electric bus rolls on Vancouver streets beginning May 15, 2017

You read that right! On Monday, May 15, 2017, a three-month test of an electric battery-powered bus will begin!

The bus, provided by BYD Canada at no cost to TransLink, uses slow-charge technology to provide enough power to drive approximately 250 kilometres on a single charge!

This trial is just one of the environmentally friendly bus technology tests TransLink plans to launch as part of our commitment to helping the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The bus will snuggle in for its nightly charge at the Vancouver Transit Centre where our electric trolley fleet is based.

During the trial, we will be able to test the bus on our system, take a look at its performance according to the bus operators and maintenance crews as well as the satisfaction of the customers in order to determine our next steps with this technology.

DID YOU KNOW??

Almost half of TransLink’s fleet of 1,386 buses is comprised of cleaner-technology buses including 262 electric trolleys, 116 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and 252 hybrid diesel buses.

BYD battery-electric bus fast facts!

  • Three hours charge time.
  • Battery designed to power bus for one-million kilometers before it needs replacing.
  • Highly efficient and powerful AC in-wheel hub motors provide instant torque to perform in all driving conditions.
  • Battery can also serve as a mobile generator.

Excited about this e-bus? We are too and we’re just getting started! TransLink is developing a Low-Carbon Fleet Strategy and we will be launching a second electric bus trial next year.

We’ll be sure to share all the details right here on the Buzzer blog.

WHERE CAN YOU CATCH THE BUS?

The BYD bus will be on various routes in Vancouver. On Monday, May 15th it will running on the #33 route. Other routes it may service over the next three months are the #25, #41 and #84. We’re going to try to get more specifics on the routes and will post that info right here on the blog.

Check out our Instagram story from today’s demonstration!

Read the media release about this bus trial here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

All BMO runners to their marks this Sunday!

Photo by Chris Morris

Photo by Chris Morris

The BMO Marathon will take place this Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Don’t worry if you’re not a marathon master because there is a time and pace for everyone with a half marathon, 8KM, relay, 2.5 KM walk and kids run, too!

Given the picturesque city, ocean and mountain views, this race is one of the most popular destination runs in the world and that means a lot-o-people will be funnelling into our fair region this weekend.

To help runners, volunteers and cheering sections alike get to the starting line, TransLink is increasing Canada Line service and providing shuttles to the race!

Canada Line will operate on its regular Sunday schedule while offering increased train frequency until 8:15 a.m. First trains depart Waterfront Station at 4:48 a.m. and Richmond Brighouse at 5:02 a.m.

Expo and Millennium Lines and SeaBus will operate normally. West Coast Express will not run.

Your easiest route to the prepping area of the race will be to head to Oakridge–41st Station and walk down to Queen Elizabeth Park on Midlothian Avenue near Hillcrest Community Centre.

Cycling to the race? TravelSmart is sponsoring BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer secure, temporary bike storage, free of charge. The valet is located at the finish line at Pender Street, west of Burrard Street, and is open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

Due to the race route, the following bus routes will be modified:

2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C20, and 23.

Happy running!!

For transit service information including bus re-routes during race,
sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca,
follow @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

From Rails to Rubber: A look back at the region’s transition from streetcars to buses

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April 20, 1955 Print Buzzer

Today marks the 62nd year since the last streetcar ride in Vancouver! We’re definitely a bus region nowadays whether they be conventional diesel, hybrids or trolleybuses, but it wasn’t always that way.

Metro Vancouver used to have interurban rail and urban streetcars connecting and moving the Lower Mainland until April 24, 1955 when we said goodbye to Vancouver streetcars with a fitting send-off at the PNE.

To know where you are, is to know where you’ve been. So, let’s take a quick look at the major milestones that transitioned our region from rails to rubber!

Transit Timeline

1889 – Laying Vancouver’s streetcar rails

laying tracks

Constructing streetcar tracks on Powell St.

1890 – First electric streetcar in Vancouver

The beginning of transit in Metro Vancouver

The beginning of transit in Metro Vancouver

First streetcars quick facts!

  • 4 wheeled
  • open sides and front
  • Bench seating
  • Ran at 6 m.p.h
  • Originally made to be horse-drawn

Two lines:

1. Down Westminster Avenue (now Main St) from 1st Ave to Powell.
2. Along Powell and Cordova from Campbell Ave to Granville St.

1891 – Interurban tram line opens connecting New Westminster and Vancouver
1905 – Construction of North Vancouver tracks
1922 – Rebuilding of doors on streetcars when the rule-of-the-road switch from left to right.
1923 – First BCER bus on Grandview Highway route

first bcer bus 1923
1927 – Two-car “trains” were introduced on major routes

Two-car streetcar "trains" ran on main Vancouver routes from 1927 to the late 1940s

Two-car streetcar “trains” ran on main Vancouver routes from 1927 to the late 1940s

1945 to 1955 – Streetcar rails removed

rail removal

Removing streetcar tracks on Broadway near Cambie

1946 – Streetcars start to be replaced with buses
April 22, 1955, 3:30 am – The last official revenue streetcar went out of service
April 22, 1955 – Last streetcar route replaced with trolley bus
April 24, 1955 –
Last streetcar (free!) ride and No. 53 display at the PNE
1958 – The end of interurban service

“If the next 65 years are anything like the last, there will be lots to keep us busy – whether it’s streetcars or helicopters!”

– The Buzzer, April 20, 1955

Although the vehicles have changed, the impact of public transit and transportation continue to mould our present and future!

Thanks for coming along for the ride down the tracks of our transit history.

Have a hankering to see a streetcar today? Just head to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown to see the No. 53 or cruise by East Broadway at the Kingsway and….. tada a lovely little streetcar replica!

No 21 Mount Pleasant

A nod to transit years gone by

You can also view the special Rails to Rubber 1955 edition of the Buzzer and read more about our streetcar past here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Get involved! Take the International Bus Benchmarking Group survey, April 24–May 21, 2017

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TransLink is a part of the International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG) that measures bus performance from larger transit agencies across the globe.

Each year, we ask our riders to participate in a survey through IBBG that helps us look at best practices, customer satisfaction, performance measurements. Your feedback is extremely important so that we can use to make our bus service better than ever!

Being a part of this group also gives members the unique opportunity to learn from other bus companies to improve performance.

Members of the International Bus Benchmarking:

The survey will be available from April 24 until May 21, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

Check out a short interview with IBBG!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus route changes start Monday!

Customer Alert generic busMonday is a busy day! In addition to Spring Service Changes going into effect on April 24, we also have a number of other bus changes that will affect your travel.

609 construction detour

Starting April 24, the 609 Tsawwassen First Nation/South Delta Exchange bus route will be temporarily detoured for water main replacement work.

As part of the new route, the 609 will travel via 56 Street to and from South Delta Exchange. The detour is expected to be in effect until October 2017.

What’s my new route?

  • Travelling from Tsawwassen Drive at Falcon Way? You’ll now travel via Tsawwassen Drive, Hwy 17 (temporarily until Blue Heron Drive is completed), Salish Sea Drive, Canoe Pass Way, 52 St, Hwy 17, 56 Street to the terminus at South Delta Exchange
  • Travelling from South Delta Exchange via 56 Street? You’ll now travel via 12 Ave, 53a St, 16 Ave, 56 St, Hwy 17, 52 St, Canoe Pass Way, Salish Sea Drive, Hwy 17 (temporarily until Blue Heron Drive is completed), Tsawwassen Drive to the terminus at Falcon Drive
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609 detour

For more information about the water main project, visit the Metro Vancouver website.

New bus stop location for the 2 Macdonald/Downtown

Attention 2 Macdonald/Downtown bus users!

We are adding a new bus stop at Burrard and Dunsmuir streets (stop #58099) to help reduce crowding.

On April 24, the 2 Macdonald will pick up and drop off at this new stop. The 22 Downtown will provide drop offs only at this location.

The 2 Macdonald will no longer stop in front of Burrard SkyTrain Station (stop #50043).

Know before you go! Use Trip Planner to map your new route and head to translink.ca/servicechanges for the full list of Spring Service Changes.

new burrard bus stops

Burrard Station bus stop changes

Have questions?
Call Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Surrey Vaisakhi Day Parade 2017

The Sikh communities in the region are gathering to celebrate Vaisakhi, marking of the birth of the Sikh faith, the creation of the Khalsa and celebrating the beginning of the spring Punjabi harvest.

Vancouver’s celebrations took place last weekend. Next up is Surrey with one of the largest Vaisakhi celebrations outside India boasting over 350,000 festival-goers in 2016!

This means from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on this coming Saturday, April 22 many buses in the area will need to be rerouted to allow for the parade route and crowds.

The parade will begin at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar at 9 a.m. and finish around 6 p.m. at the same location.

parade route 2017Detours

323 Surrey Central: Regular route to 76 Ave at 132 St, then via 132 St, 78 Ave, King George, 88 Ave, 128 St, regular route.

323 Newton Exchange: Regular route to 128 St at 88 Ave, then via 88 Ave, King George, 78 Ave, 132 St, 76 Ave, regular route.

324 Surrey Central: Regular route to 132 St & 78 Ave, then via 78 Ave, King George, 88 Ave, 132 St, regular route.

324 Newton Exchange: Regular route to 132 St & 88 Ave, then via 88 Ave, King George, 78 Ave, 132 St, regular route.

329 Surrey Central: From Scottsdale Exchange via 74 Ave, Scott Rd, regular route.

329 Scottsdale: Regular route to Scott Rd & 84 Ave, then continue Scott Rd, 74 Ave, into Scottsdale Exchange.

All detours with maps can be found at translink.ca/alerts.
Find more information on the Vaisakhi parade and festivities here.

Happy Vaisakhi!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: Vancouver

Psst. Have you heard the latest buzz? You know, about the buses?

For this edition of Bus Route Buzz, we’ll learn more about Vancouver routes with added service and the regular seasonal changes for the summer that are part of the Spring Service Changes.

We heard you!

23 Main Street/Beach

  • We’ve increased capacity between the West End and Yaletown to reduce overcrowding.
  • The 23 will operate every 8 minutes during the AM and PM peaks.
  • All trips will travel between the West End and Main Street -Science World Station (no short trips between Yaletown and Main Street).

Detoured route

49 Metrotown Station

Due to City of Vancouver construction along SW Marine Drive between Granville and Camuson streets, we are temporarily routing the 49.

  • Travel to the nearest in-service 49 bus stops (#51018, #50641).
  • Travel up to 41st Avenue and take either the 41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC, 43 Joyce Station/UBC or 480 UBC/Bridgeport Station.
  • This detour will continue until fall 2017.

Seasonal

9 Alma/Granville/Commercial-Broadway Station/Boundary (Seasonal)

  • Service between UBC and Broadway/Alma is discontinued and will resume in September.
  • If you’re travelling between UBC and Broadway/Alma, take the 14 Hastings/UBC or the 99 B-Line.

25 Brentwood Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • The 7:53 a.m., 7:56 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. trips arriving at Willington Ave/Canada Way are discontinued starting Monday, May 29, 2017 and will resume in September.

28 Phibbs Exchange/Joyce Station (Seasonal)

  • Service between Phibbs Exchange and Capilano University is discontinued and will resume in September.
  • If you’re travelling between Phibbs Exchange and Capilano Univeristy, take the 239 Capilano/Park Royal.

41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC (Seasonal)

  • 7:56 a.m. trip from Joyce Station discontinued until September.

 43 Joyce Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • 7:09 a.m., 7:33 a.m., 8:28, 8:39 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. trips from Joyce Station are discontinued until September.

44 UBC/Downtown (Seasonal)

  • Westbound A.M. peak trips run every 12 minutes, reduced from every 7-8 minutes.
  • Eastbound P.M. peak trips run every 15 minutes, reduced from every 12 minutes.

84 VCC-Clark Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. trips departing VCC-Clark to UBC are discontinued until September.

210 Upper Lynn Valley/Vancouver (Seasonal)

  • AM trips leaving Burrard Station operate at 6:20, 6:50, and 7:20 a.m. then every 15 minutes until 8:50 a.m. to better reflect seasonal ridership.

250A Dundarave/Vancouver

  • Increased Saturday service from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

258 UBC/West Vancouver

  • All trips will end after April 28, to coincide with the end of semester at UBC. Service will resume in September.
  • Travelling between West Vancouver and UBC? You can either take the 250 Vancouver/Dundarave or 257 Vancouver Express/Horseshoe Bay, transfer at Burrard at Georgia to catch the 44 UBC/Downtown.

480 Bridgeport Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • AM, midday, PM Service operates every 20 minutes
  • Early evening service operates every 30 minutes, reduced from 15-20 minutes.
  • Last trip to UBC Loop is at 7:50 p.m. and the last trip from Bridgeport Station is at 7:01 p.m. Regular service will resume in September.

For all the route and frequency changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.
Have a question for #DenisThePlanner? Use the hashtag on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Surrey Central buses are on the move!

Surrey Central Construction

Calling all Surrey Central bus loop users!

Starting Monday, April 10, Bay 12 will temporarily close for construction of a new entrance at Surrey Central Station. As a result, the 502, C71 and C73 will change pick up and drop off locations.

What you need to know:

**Update May 11, 2017**

  • Stop move: The 502 Langley Centre/Surrey Central Station will move to Bay 6 (stop #55714) Bay 9.
  • Stop move: The 503 Aldergrove/Surrey Central Station will move to Bay 6
  • New stop: The C71 Surrey Central/Scott Road Station and the C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station will move to a new drop off and pick up location at Bay 15 (stop #60153) in front of SFU on 102nd Avenue, or board at Bay 5A.
  • Stop move: The C71 and C73 will pick up SkyTrain passengers connecting to the bus at Bay 14 (stop #61787).

Surrey Central Construction

You can learn more about the Surrey Central Station upgrades on our website.

Not sure where to go? We’re here to help!
Look for signage at the bus exchange, tweet us @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Bus Route Buzz: Surrey/White Rock/Delta/Langley

Bus Route Buzz
Oh my gosh, we’re back again. Brothers, sisters, everybody sing. Bus Route Buzz is back… alright!!

This post takes a look at Surrey along with some highlights from White Rock, Delta and Langley.

Get ready for less crowding and more service!

We heard you!

C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station

  • We’re increasing bus service in your area to reduce wait times on the C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station.
  • Weekday afternoon peak services are increasing to run every 20 minutes.

Surrey

301 Richmond Brighouse/Newton Exchange

  • Improve weekday service to operate every 15 minutes, up from 20 minutes, from 6-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

319 Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange

  • Improve weekday service during the following times: 6-9 a.m., 3-5 p.m., 5- 9 p.m., and 9 p.m. -12 a.m.

335 Surrey Central/Newton Exchange

  • NEW LATE NIGHT SERVICE until midnight every day!!
  • Increases weekday service between Surrey Central Station and Guildford Exchange to every 8 minutes from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Increases Saturday service to every 20 minutes, up from every 30 minutes, from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Increases Sunday/holiday service to every 20 minutes, up from every 30 minutes, from 5 to 7 p.m.

311 Scottsdale/Bridgeport Station

  • Improved weekday service to operate every 15 minutes, up from every 20 minutes, from 6-7 a.m.

501 Surrey Central/Langley Centre

  • We’ve improved weekday service from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to operate every 30 minutes, up from every 60 minutes

502 Surrey Central/Langley Centre

  • Improves weekday service from 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday service runs every 12 minutes, up from every 15 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • New late night service runs every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday from midnight to 2 a.m.

555 Lougheed Station/Carvolth Exchange

  • Improved weekday service from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 8 p.m.map

White Rock

375 White Rock Centre/Guildford

  • More late evening southbound bus service from Guildford Town Centre
  • One additional bus trip on weekdays at 10:48 p.m.
  • Two additional trips on Saturdays at 9:50 p.m. and 10:50 p.m.

C50 Ocean Park/Peace Arch Hospital

  • Increased weekday service to every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C51 Ocean Park/White Rock Centre

  • Increased weekday service to every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C52 Seaside/White Rock Centre

  • Weekday service runs every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C53 Cranley/White Rock Centre

  • Weekday service runs every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For all the route and frequency changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.
Have a question for #DenisThePlanner? Use the hashtag on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz – Spring Service Changes

Bus Route Buzz

In December, we introduced Bus Route Buzz to the blog; your one-stop-shop for bus service changes.

Service Changes are here again, just like clockwork, and so is Bus Route Buzz! In this series, we will continue to provide an in-depth look at maps, schedules and route changes as well as explainer videos with our in-house planning expert, #DenisThePlanner.

We have so many exciting changes this spring to increase frequency and efficiency across our bus network, particularly in Surrey, Langley, Richmond and the Tri-Cities.

These changes, additional service and added transit areas is have been made thanks to the funding secured for the 10-Year Vision.

You may have already had heard the news, but in case you missed it, the provincial government recently announced that they are matching the federal government’s $2.2 billion transit funding commitment dollar for dollar! This funding will improve and expand transit in Metro Vancouver. You can view the press release about the announcement here.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned to Bus Route Buzz right here on the Buzzer blog for a closer look at some of the changes coming to buses starting April 24.

Have specific route questions? Tweet us or call 604.953.3333.
For a full list of service changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

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

The Transit Network Review is back and we want to hear from you!

Transit Network Review

The Transit Network Review is part of an ongoing process where TransLink takes a look at the transit network to identify service changes that will better meet the needs of customers and increase ridership.

With the 10-Year Vision in full swing, providing service improvements across the network in the coming months and years, we have an opportunity to deliver on more and better services for our riders, across Metro Vancouver.

The last review was in 2015 where we went out to the public for extensive consultation resulting in 12,000 completed surveys leading to 85 service changes.

The majority of these changes were implemented when the Evergreen Extension opened in December 2016.

Now, we’re back again looking at different service areas – Silver Valley, Clayton Heights, Morgan Creek communities, as well as Port Coquitlam-South Coquitlam.

Focus for the 2017 Review:

  • Delivering Service in new areas
    • Proposed transit network changes that will provide new service to areas that do not currently have service, or have limited service, including:
      • Proposed new 733 Bryant/Haney Place/Pt Haney Station
      • Proposed new 741 Anderson Creek/Haney Place/Pt Haney Station
      • Proposed new 372 Clayton Heights/Langley Centre
      • C53 Cranley/White Rock Centre
      • 354 White Rock South/ White Rock Centre/Bridgeport Station
  • Improving existing routes to better connect to key destinations
    • Develop options to improve the 159 and 169 routes.

Get involved!

You can get involved two ways: complete the online survey or attend one of our open houses.

The survey will run from February 14, 2017 until March 6, 2017.

You can find more information about the Transit Network Review at translink.ca/networkreview.

Author: Adrienne Coling