ALERT! : More info
Translink Buzzer Blog

Category: Planning for the Future

TransLink launches double-decker bus pilot project

We’re super stoked to let our readers know that today we officially launched a pilot project to test two double-decker buses on long-distance commuter routes!

The double-decker buses, supplied at no charge by British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, seat 80-86 passenger, up to 83 per cent more seating than the older highway coaches, and have double the overall capacity.

It’s all part of our commitment to exploring new options to better meet customers’ needs and the region’s transportation goals. Read more »

Q&A: talking research and analytics at TransLink

Maria Su is TransLink’s Director of Research and Analytics

TransLink has a unique mandate as Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority.

Not only are we responsible for managing and operating the regional transportation network, which includes transit, major roads, bridges, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, TransLink is responsible for planning strategically for the future.

What does that mean? TransLink is responsible for the Regional Transportation Strategy—or RTS for short! The RTS sets the course for how to accommodate the growing and changing demand on the transportation system over the next 30 years.

So, how does TransLink go about accomplishing such a seemingly herculean task?  I mean, after all, the future isn’t here yet. No, unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball that allows us to see into the future. Much of the work relies on data and insights from the research and analytics that our planners undertake.

The Buzzer blog decided to chat with Maria Su, Director of Research and Analytics at TransLink, to find out more! Read more »

Get involved in the environmental and socio-economic reviews for both rapid transit projects

Today, we are launching the Environmental and Socio-Economic Review process for both the Vancouver and Surrey rapid transit projects.

To get involved, please review the technical summaries for each project. Next, fill out the online surveys until November 6 for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT projects.

What’s the goal of the environmental and socio-economic review? Glad you asked! It’s part of our planning and engineering work for both projects. The review process will:

  • Describe the existing conditions and identify potential effects of the project;
  • Study those effects and evaluate how much impact they will have;
  • Identify mitigation measures, or actions to avoid or reduce potentially negative effects; and
  • Develop construction and operations requirements that the project contractors will have to meet.

We’re asking residents to provide feedback in one or more of the follow areas: socio-economics, archaeological and heritage resources, noise and vibration, air quality and greenhouse gases, contaminated sites, electric and magnetic field effects, and general or other comments.

Your feedback will help inform what we study now, in order to better understand project effects from construction or operations. It will help us in refining both projects’ designs to support a final funding request to the provincial government and to support development of construction and operating performance requirements in delivering the projects.

The Environmental and Socio-Economic Review’s findings will be published in early 2018. We’ll also be back in 2018 with another opportunity to get involved. A summary of what we have heard so far is available on our Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT project websites.

9 and 99 bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station temporarily relocated

Bus stop changes at Commercial–Broadway from February 29 until summer 2016

Bus stop changes at Commercial–Broadway starting on Monday, October 9 and until further notice

We’re installing a permanent queuing system and bus shelter for the 99 B-Line stop as part of the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades!

To accommodate construction, the bus stops for the 9 and 99 will temporarily relocate along Broadway. The stop for 9 UBC will move to the other side of Commercial Drive, near Scotiabank, and 99 B-Line (UBC) passengers will board in front of the station entrance.

We thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station!

Construction update

Over the September 30 and October 1 weekend, crews successfully lifted into place the steel frame for the new overhead walkway at Commercial–Broadway Station. This is an important milestone in the station upgrade. Watch the time lapse:

More information about the Commercial–Broadway Station upgrades and project benefits can be found at translink.ca/commercialbroadway.

New Joyce–Collingwood east stationhouse is now open!

The east stationhouse at Joyce–Collingwood Station is now open!

Exciting news for SkyTrain passengers who use Joyce–Collingwood Station! Construction has finished at the east stationhouse and its now open to the public. 

Key features of the upgraded stationhouse: 

  • New elevator, as well as new up and down escalators (only one escalator previously)
  • Improved station design with better lighting and visibility
  • Glass panels replace mesh screens to improve visibility and help control platform noise
  • New commercial retail unit — coming soon!
  • Bike parkade — coming soon!
  • Better integration with the community for easier connections

We thank our customers and neighbours for their patience as we made these much-needed improvements to Joyce-Collingwood Station. The upgrades improve passenger capacity, accessibility, safety and security, and the overall customer experience.

The art!

If you happen to be in the area, it’s worth a pop-in at Joyce–Collingwood just to see the artwork. The stained glass panel was created by Vancouver artist Renée Van Halm and is made up of 10 pieces of glass. You’ll see the panel adds a healthy dose of colour to the station! 

 

To learn more about the Joyce–Collingwood Station Upgrades, visit translink.ca/joyce.

9 and 99 bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station temporarily relocate, Sept. 15 – Oct. 1

Structural steel trusses will be installed at this location and across Broadway at Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain Station for the new pedestrian walkway.

An exciting milestone for the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades! Starting on September 15, construction begins for the new overhead pedestrian walkway across Broadway.

Read more »

Metrotown bus stops on the move

Do you take the 49 or the 116 to or from Metrotown Station?

Good news! Starting September 4, the 49 Metrotown Station/Dunbar Loop/UBC and the 116 Edmonds Station/Metrotown Station will stop directly in front of Metrotown SkyTrain Station.

We’re introducing new eastbound stops along Central Boulevard to improve accessibility and make bus and SkyTrain transfers easier and more convenient. You’ll also notice two brand new bus shelters.

Temporary crosswalk changes

From August 30 to September 2, the south pedestrian path between the bus loop crosswalk and the centre stationhouse entrance at Metrotown will close, as we put the finishing touches on the new bus shelters for the 49 and the 116.

During this time, passengers exiting the station can travel east from the centre entrance to cross Central Boulevard at the mall parkade entrance to get to the bus loop. You can also exit the west stationhouse – where the new escalators are located – and head west to the McKay crosswalk.

Your safety is our top concern, so please – no jaywalking! Traffic flaggers and SkyTrain staff will be on site to direct you safely in and out of the station. Read more »

Look: Butterfly mural at Surrey Central SkyTrain station

Chrysalis is attached above the pedestrian walkway on City Parkway.

Have you been to Surrey Central SkyTrain station recently?

We’ve just unveiled a butterfly mural on the hoarding—or temporary fence—surrounding the Surrey Central Station Upgrades construction site.

Thomas Nelles, a Surrey artist, was the winner of an open call to artist to create a temporary mural. The theme chosen to inspire artists for their concepts was “Connecting People, Connecting Places.”

Nelles’ two-part artwork is titled Chrysalis and Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged.

Chrysalis, attached above the pedestrian walkway on City Parkway, is named for the stage that a caterpillar sheds its cocoon and transforms into a butterfly.

Butterflies have long been recognized as a metaphor for transformation. Nelles uses this imagery to symbolize the Surrey’s transformation from its agricultural past to its urban present and its goals for a sustainable future.

It also refers to SkyTrain’s history and its relationship to the city’s growth. SkyTrain arrived in Surrey with Scott Road Station in 1990 and Gateway, Surrey Central and King George stations opened in 1994.

Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged on the fencing surrounding the construction site.

The butterfly concept extends to Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged where a butterfly’s wings are designed as if seen through a kaleidoscope.

The mural, which is printed on mesh fabric and attached to the fencing surrounding the construction site, encourages viewers to see through it into the construction site. Its goal is to show change in a positive way, and its multiple variations of the butterfly speak to how every individual is part of Surrey’s growth.

To learn more about the Chrysalis and Nelles, click here.

Construction update

It’s full steam ahead at Surrey Central Station! Construction crews have installed site hoarding, poured the elevator and escalator foundation, relocated underground storm, sewer, irrigation and power utilities, and excavated the new stationhouse footings. Check out the photos:

When complete, a new north stationhouse with three additional escalators, new stairs and an additional elevator will make the station more accessible and convenient for our customers. It will also connect to a reconfigured bus exchange to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

Stay tuned for more updates on the project! For more information about Surrey Central Station upgrades, visit translink.ca/surreycentral.

New escalators at Metrotown SkyTrain station are now in service!

At a height of 13 metres (43 feet), the new escalators at Metrotown Station are the second highest in the SkyTrain system, surpassed only by the escalators at Granville Station at 14 metres (46 feet).

Exciting news for our customers who use Metrotown Station: the first four of eight new escalators—two up and two down—entered service on Monday, July 24!

These escalators at the newly opened west stationhouse will significantly improve passenger flow and access for our customers who can now enter and exit the platform via two escalators, two elevators, or one of two staircases from Central Boulevard.

Compass fare gates and vending machines have been installed at the west stationhouse and are operational. Customers are reminded to continue to tap in and out.

What’s next?

This is a major milestone for the station. Although both the centre and west stationhouses are now open, upgrades continue at Metrotown Station. We thank everyone for their patience while we complete this essential work.

In summer 2018, two more pairs of escalators will go into service when the rebuilt east stationhouse opens. When fully complete, the upgraded station will include:

  • Rebuilt east stationhouse and addition of new centre and west stationhouses
  • New stairs and escalators
  • Replacement of the original elevator with three new elevators accessible via a new central entry
  • An upgraded bus exchange on Central Boulevard
  • New secure parking area for bicycles

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on all the upgrades as they are completed.

Explore inside the west stationhouse

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

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Thank you for participating in the Broadway Extension and Surrey LRT consultations

Residents participate in the Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT Project open house at Surrey City Hall on June 22.

Thank you to everyone who shared their input in the recent rounds of consultation for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT projects. The online surveys are now closed and all open houses for both projects are now complete.

TransLink and the City of Vancouver held four stakeholder workshops and three public open houses, hearing from more than 900 stakeholders and members of the public. As well, more than 3,000 online surveys were completed.

To learn more about Surrey LRT project, more than 430 people came out to two stakeholder workshops and three public open houses, hosted in partnership with the City of Surrey. We also heard from about 1,800 people through online surveys.

Stay tuned for updates on the next steps for both the Broadway Extension and Surrey LRT projects! We’re compiling the feedback received, and we’ll report on what we heard and how this input will be considered as project planning continues.

More than 900 stakeholders and members of the public participated in the Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project open houses and stakeholder workshops.

Author: Allen Tung 

Thank you for participating in our Southwest Area Transport Plan

#PaulThePlanner explains some of the proposals in Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan to a pair of residents.

A big thank you to everyone who got involved and had their say on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP)! We received more than 3,200 survey responses between May 23 and June 19.  We also heard directly from people at 16 in-person events, some with more than 500 people in attendance.

While we are still going through all of the input we received, some of what we heard included lots of support for proposals that identified new bus service, including new connections from Expo Line to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, a proposed service from Ladner Exchange to Langley, and new service along Blundell Road in Richmond.  Additionally, there was support for increased frequency on existing bus services, such as the 301, 311, 388, 430 and C76.

Read more »

Pattullo Bridge weekend closure July 14 – 17

The Pattullo Bridge is celebrating its 80 birthday this year, and as part of regular maintenance and repair work to keep the bridge operational until it’s replaced, the bridge will be closed from Friday, July 14 at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 17 at 5 a.m. This closure will allow crews to repair the south side of the bridge.

Read more »

This innovative TransLink program projects to generate $1 million in revenue

Guy Akester, TransLink's Director of Real Estate Programs and Partnerships with Patti Parente, Vice-President of Real Estate for A&W Food Services Canada outside the new 24-hour A&W restaurant at Main Street–Science World Station.

Guy Akester, TransLink’s Director of Real Estate Programs and Partnerships with Patti Parente, Vice-President of Real Estate for A&W Food Services Canada outside the new 24-hour A&W restaurant at Main Street–Science World Station.

Retail is popping up at SkyTrain stations—it’s all part of TransLink’s innovative retail real estate program. This program is already generating about $500,000 per year in additional revenue, and we’re projecting, within five years, to double that figure to about $1 million annually!

How is TransLink doing this? As part of ongoing SkyTrain station upgrades along the Expo Line, TransLink is turning under-used spaces into coveted retail spaces. While revenue from the retail real estate program will not fund the system in its entirety, it is offsetting costs for our customers and providing them with added comfort and convenience.

Recently, we added our first 24-hour retailer at Main Street–Science World Station, an A&W restaurant. This creates a constant human presence at the station, which can put customers at ease and provide them with a safe place to go.

This is just the start for us. We’re continuing to explore new ways to include retail at stations as we continue upgrades along the Expo Line. One day, with technological advancements, you might even be able to pay at these retailers using your Compass Card!

Want to learn more? Check out these stories:

Author: Allen Tung

SeaBus gets a makeover! An update on rehabilitation work

SeaBus Washrooms

Have you seen SeaBus’s new look? We’re happy to announce the washrooms at SeaBus are now open!

Last October the washrooms at the north and south SeaBus terminals closed to undergo renovations, including significant accessibility improvements. Last week, we celebrated a SeaBus birthday and opened up these brand new washrooms to the public.

Read more »

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!

Read more »