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TransLink’s next Open Board Meeting is March 30, 2016

imageTransLink invites you to our third Open Board Meeting – the first of 2016!

Attending this meeting gives the general public a chance to see behind-the-scenes on matters relating to TransLink’s mandate and responsibilities

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, March 30th at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TransLink Head Office in New Westminster.

Click here for more information and to apply to speak at the meeting and find the agenda on our website.

You can view the Open Board Meeting in its entirety below.

Author: Adrienne Coling

New Westminster Station upgrades update

East Entrance

The new East entrance to New Westminster Station

 

After almost a year of station upgrades at New Westminster Station, we’re in the home stretch!

Escalators

West station entrance fully open with a brand new escalator

With summer 2016 just around the corner there are only a few more months until the New Westminster Station upgrades are complete.

The upgrades to the station will improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security.

Some of the benefits of this construction are the replacement elevator and escalators, improved lighting and signage, glass panels to improve station visibility from street level and better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

 

Project status update

Here are some highlights of the work that has taken place over the past few months:

  • East and west entrances opened with upgraded staircases and new escalators.
  • North and south entrances closed and upgrades began.
  • Mesh screens were replaced with new glass panels on platforms.
  • Construction fencing was removed along eastbound and westbound platforms.
  • Installation of permanent lighting in the concourse area began.

What to expect moving forward

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors.

Due to the nature of construction activity, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts, and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

SkyTrain in station

Here you can see where the mesh screens have been replaced by glass panels along the platform

Below is a summary of the short-term work that passengers and neighbours can expect:

  • A partial opening of the south entrance by mid-spring.
  • Work to continue on the installation of the new south entrance elevator.
  • Continued installation of permanent lighting in the concourse.
  • North entrance to remain closed while crews work on staircase and new escalator.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating will continue.

 

 

Thanks for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to New Westminster Station and stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project.

Got questions about the upgrades to New Westminster Station? We’re here to listen:
Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Overnight Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
For more information:
www.translink.ca/newwestminster
www.translink.ca/customerservice

Author: Jordan Keim

You are invited to our Pattullo Bridge information sessions!

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Come out to one of our Pattullo Bridge rehabilitation information sessions!

As we mentioned in February, the Pattullo Bridge is in need of repair!

ICYMI! Between April 29 and October 3, 2016, we’re repairing the Pattullo Bridge to keep it safe.

The bridge will remain open with one lane in each direction, with the exception of two nights a week and one weekend a month.

To avoid expected delays of up to 40 minutes, try using the alternatives like transit, carpooling, cycling or taking a different route.

For more information, including closure schedules and trip planning resources, visit translink.ca/pattullorehab.

You can also plan on attending one of our information sessions:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
SFU Surrey
WestStone Group Grand Hall
Messanine level
13450-102nd Avenue

Thursday, March 31, 2016
4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Douglas College
New Westminster
Concourse (atrium) level
700 Royal Avenue

You can find more information on our website.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Temporary bus stop relocation during Commercial–Broadway Station upgrades

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

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

As you’ve probably noticed, upgrades at Commercial–Broadway Station are well underway!

Upgrades will improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security at one of the busiest stations on the SkyTrain system.

What’s happening now

Construction for the new pedestrian walkway over Broadway continues.

Since January 21, 2016 crews have relocated utilities and work to build the support columns begins in early March.

These activities require lane and sidewalk closures and will impact bus stop locations for the 9 and 99 B-Line, as well as pedestrian traffic flow.

What to expect

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors. Due to the nature of the construction, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

Beginning February 29, 2016 and continuing until the summer, the westbound 9/N9 and 99 B-Line bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station will move while we build support columns for the new pedestrian walkway over Broadway.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The westbound 9/N9 bus stop will move to the other side of Commercial Drive and the 99 B-Line bus stop will move to where the 9 bus stop used to be.
  • Additional signage will be installed to help direct customers to their bus stop.
  • Temporary queuing lines will be painted onto the sidewalks to help manage lineups.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating, will continue.

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

Stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project!

Want more information?

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

Got questions? We’re here to listen:
Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Overnight Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
www.translink.ca/customerservice

Author: Jordan Keim

Metrotown Station upgrades update

Construction continues at Metrotown Station and Exchange!

We are upgrading Metrotown Station to improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security at one of the busiest stations in the SkyTrain system.

Some of the changes include new escalators, stairs and elevators to improve access for all our customers, improved bus connections and integration between buses and SkyTrain and more access to and from the platforms, just to name a few!

Project status update

Here are some highlights of the work that has taken place over the past few months:

  • Demolition of the station continued.
  • Hoop trusses were constructed and installed to provide structural support for the platform’s roof.
  • Construction of three new elevator shafts in the Centre Stationhouse continued, which included:
    • Fabrication of steel structural elevator shafts.
    • Partial demolition of platform roof, creating holes for installation of the new elevator shafts.
  • Installation of new elevator shafts.
    • Shafts were lifted by crane over the guideway and lowered in through the holes in the roof and platform.

During the weeks of January 17 and 24, you may have noticed that SkyTrain single tracked between 9 p.m. and end of service from Sunday to Thursday.

This was necessary to ensure crews could safely install the elevator shafts and hoop trusses over the tracks without trains running below.

Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures of that complex work:

What to expect

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors. Due to the nature of construction activity, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts, and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

Below is a summary of the short-term work that passengers and neighbours can expect:

  • Continued construction of three new elevator shafts in the Centre Stationhouse, which are expected to be open towards the end of 2016.
    • Until then, the HandyDART and Community shuttles will continue to operate.
    • The HandyDART shuttle operates between the Metrotown and Patterson Station HandyDART stops for passengers with disabilities.
    • Passengers travelling with strollers can take a Community Shuttle to Metrotown Station from Patterson or Royal Oak stations.
  • Installation of a temporary staircase from the west side of the platform down to street level, allowing the existing emergency exit to be demolished in preparation for the new west stationhouse.
  • Demolition work at the station will continue.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating will continue.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these important upgrades to Metrotown Station.

Be sure to stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project!

Got questions?

We’re here to listen!
Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Overnight Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

For more information visit www.translink.ca/metrotown or www.translink.ca/customerservice

Author: Jennifer Morland

Pattullo Bridge rehabilitation begins April 29, 2016

The Pattullo Bridge

The Pattullo Bridge

The Pattullo Bridge is in need of some TLC!

This is one of the oldest bridges in the region and comprehensive rehabilitation work is needed to maintain road safety and bridge functionality.

Work will begin on April 29, 2016 and continue until October 3, 2016.

This necessary construction will help to extend the life of the bridge until a new one can be built to replace it.

What to expect

Between April 29 and Oct. 3, 2016 drivers can expect the following:

  • The bridge will be closed from the evening of April 29 (8 p.m.) to the morning of May 2 (5 a.m.) to allow crews to set up for construction work. The bridge will also close from the evening of Sept. 30 (8 p.m.) to the morning of Oct. 3 (5 a.m.) for crews to remove equipment.
  • From May 2 to Sept. 30, the bridge will remain open with one lane in each direction.
  • Truck access will be maintained
  • The bridge will be closed to all traffic two nights a week and one weekend a month. Be sure to read our closure schedule (navigate to the closure schedule tab) for details about upcoming closures.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge, even during evening and weekend closures.
  • Minor vehicle incidents on the bridge will cause significant delays and potentially a full bridge closure.

How to prepare

The Pattullo Bridge is one of the busiest crossings in Metro Vancouver and increased congestion and delays are expected in the area during construction.

Travel times are dependent on the street and time of day. Drivers taking the Pattullo Bridge should plan an extra 20 to 40 minutes of travel time in the morning peak period and 10 to 30 minutes in the afternoon peak period.

Pattullo Bridge users should start planning ahead and thinking of alternatives which may be faster, such as:
Transit
• Using other crossings
• Traveling outside of peak periods
Carpooling
Cycling

Six additional parking locations near New Westminster Station, Scott Road Station and Surrey Central Station have been identified, in addition to existing Park and Ride lots, to make it easier for drivers to connect to transit. Additional service hours have also been added to the 101, 104, 128, 155, 340 and the 410 bus routes.

What we are doing

Work will focus on essential deck repairs to address some sections of the bridge with concrete degradation that occurs over time. Crews will:

  • mill off the asphalt surfacing from the deck;
  • remove all deck concrete down to the top layer of rebar;
  • repair concrete delamination (deterioration of concrete), clean or replace rebar; and
  • repave the whole deck area with a concrete overlay.

Please plan ahead and expect delays during this process.

We thank you and appreciate your patience while we do this important work.

For more information and travel resources visit www.translink.ca/pattullorehab.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TransLink gets a new CEO!

Kevin Desmond

**Update – see videos below and at the bottom of the post**
We will be streaming live via Periscope with our new CEO Be sure to follow us at 11am. You can view the video now!

You can find the media release here

TransLink is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Desmond as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Kevin Desmond comes to us from King County Metro Transit where he is the General Manager.

That’s just a stone’s throw over the border!

Kevin has been with King County since 2004, overseeing a mix of transit modes, including buses, trains, vanpools and paratransit vans, as well as leading their almost 5,000 employees.

During his time at Metro Transit, they launched light rail and streetcar service, several bus rapid transit lines, grew transit ridership by 44 per cent and rolled out the ORCA Card — much like Metro Vancouver’s Compass Card!

Prior to Metro Transit, Kevin was Vice-President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Lakewood, Washington, Chief of Operations Planning for New York City Transit and was a Deputy Director in Mayor Koch’s Transportation Office and Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

On top of all that, he is a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA Board of Directors and the first chair of APTA’s Sustainability Committee).

Talk about a transit-filled resume!

And how will he be getting to and from work, you ask?

Well, he plans to relocate his family to New Westminster where he will be able to walk, bike to work, or take a short SkyTrain ride to TransLink’s head office!

Please help us welcome our new CEO who will be joining us starting March 21, 2016.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Main Street-Science World Station upgrades are now complete!

The finishing touches are all done at Main Street-Science World Station! Much has changed. With a growing region and the introduction of Compass we needed to lengthen the stationhouse and install fare gates. While we were at it, we improved accessibility, visibility and safety and added the secure bike parkade. Check out all the details in the video, when we blogged about it last and on the TransLink website.

Main Street-Science World Station isn’t the only transit property getting a facelift. Upgrades are also underway at Joyce-Collingwood, Commercial-Broadway, Metrotown and New Westminster Station. It’s all part of the Expo Upgrade Strategy.

 

Have you seen or used the upgraded Main Street–Science World Station?
What do you think? Be sure to comment below and let us know!

 

Author: Robert Willis

Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station is about to get a makeover!

Joyce

Artist rendering of Joyce-Collingwood station

We’re about to start our much needed upgrades to Joyce-Collingwood Station.

Once complete, the upgrades will improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security at the fourth busiest Expo Line station outside of Downtown Vancouver.

Some of the changes you will see

  • New elevator and up and down escalators in the east stationhouse.
  • Improved station design with better lighting and visibility.
  • Better integration with the community for easier SkyTrain connections.

Project status

On site setup is expected to begin late this month.

During the first few weeks, equipment will be brought in and hoarding (fencing) will be installed around work areas. Construction is expected to continue until fall 2017.

What to expect as construction begins

Construction impacts include noise, traffic disruptions, and changes to SkyTrain service and station access. Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors.

Work will be focused on the east stationhouse. Ongoing information about construction impacts can be found on the Joyce-Collingwood Station Upgrades page. Please note that timelines are subject to change based on construction activity.

  • Beginning in late-January, hoarding (fencing) will be installed on the platform and outside the east stationhouse, which will affect how you can enter and exit the stationhouse. Watch for entrance/exit signs to help you get around.
  • A temporary staircase will be built in the east stationhouse in February. Once complete, you’ll only be able to exit the east stationhouse until construction is complete fall 2017. Use the west stationhouse to enter the station, and watch for signs to help you get around.
  • Single tracking of SkyTrains in the area may be required.
  • Neighbours of the station can expect varying levels of nighttime noise while trains aren’t operating. Notifications will be sent in advance of particularly noisy work.

Got questions? We’re here to help!

Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Overnight Station Upgrade Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

For more information visit: www.translink.ca/joyce or www.translink.ca/customerservice.

An update from Commercial-Broadway Station construction!

Summary of Phase 2 upgrades at Commercial-Broadway Station

Summary of Phase 2 upgrades at Commercial-Broadway Station

Construction is well underway at Commercial-Broadway Station!

Upgrades to the station will improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security at one of the busiest stations in the SkyTrain system.

Some of the changes you will see

  • An additional platform for Expo Line trains, a widened crossing over the Grandview Cut and a new walkway over Broadway to enable the system to expand for future customers as our region grows.
  • New elevators, stairs and up and down escalators to improve access and passenger flow for customers.
  • Updated design features to improve safety and security for all our customers.
  • Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

Since construction work began in April, crews have been working on the Broadway east stationhouse and within the Grandview Cut constructing the new pedestrian crossing.

Work in the Grandview Cut includes the excavation for the columns to support the new pedestrian overpass. The clearing, shoring and piling works behind the Shoppers Drug Mart is also complete and the column footing in this area will follow shortly.

Below-grade work for the new Broadway platform is complete including the south column foundation for the Broadway pedestrian overpass. Current works include the forming, rebar and concrete for the new east wall of the station.

Steel fabrication work, including the new pedestrian overpass, is being completed offsite. Structural steel installation works will begin early in 2016 for the east platform of the Broadway station.

Here are a few pictures of station construction:

What to expect moving forward

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors.

Due to the nature of construction activity, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts, and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

Here is a summary of the short-term work that passengers and neighbours can expect:

  • Construction of the new Grandview Cut crossing will continue and the existing overpass will be narrowed.
  • Construction of the new platform east of the existing Broadway guideway will continue. This work includes making cuts to the existing roof beam, erecting new support columns, and removing, reattaching, and in some places demolishing, overhead structures. Much of this work will happen at night due to the close proximity to the SkyTrain guideway.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating will continue.
  • Westbound 9/N9 and 99 bus stop relocations:
    • From Jan. 21 to March, the westbound 9/N9 and 99 bus stops will move temporarily while we build a new overhead walkway.
    • Bus stops will move several times with most changes happening during the day on weekends. Please follow signs to find your stop.

Thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to Commercial-Broadway Station and stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project!

Got questions? We’re here to help!

Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Overnight Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

For more information visit: www.translink.ca/commercialbroadway or www.translink.ca/customerservice.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Metrotown single tracking begins January 17, 2016

Summary of station upgrades at Metrotown Station

Summary of station upgrades at Metrotown Station

As part of the station upgrades at Metrotown station, work needs to be done to strengthen the platform.

Because of this, SkyTrain will be single tracking at this station as well as Patterson.

Work is scheduled for January 17 to January 28, Sundays through Thursdays from 9pm until the end of service.

During these times the Millennium Line will operate from VCC-Clark to Columbia only.

Please note!

Be sure to allow 12-15 minutes extra travel time on these nights.

The start of work will be delayed on special event evenings to accommodate crowds .

Passengers can stay up-to-date throughout construction by visiting translink.ca/OnTrack.

Author: Adrienne Coling

You are invited to TransLink’s Next Open Board Meeting

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Want to know more about the ins and outs of TransLink beyond the road and rails?

Then you should plan on attending our next Open Board Meeting!

This is the second open meeting and final 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors.

It takes place on Wednesday, December 9th at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TransLink Head Office in New Westminster.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: media@translink.ca.

Agenda details can be found on our website.

There will be a brief press conference immediately following the meeting led by the Board of Directors Chair and acting TransLink CEO Cathy McLay.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the live Q & A
media event broadcast on Periscope.

New Mark III SkyTrain cars embark on a cross country road trip

C2 car on trailer outside chained down
The new Mark III SkyTrain cars are heading West!

Bombardier has sent them on their journey from Ontario to our neck of the woods in Metro Vancouver.

These cars will undergo testing before being put into service on our system.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see these beauties in action!

If you spot them on their trip, use the hashtag #SpottheMarkIII to share a picture or video with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Pattullo Bridge Weekend Closure – October 2015

The Pattullo Bridge

The Pattullo Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 until 12 p.m. (noon) Sunday, Oct. 18. Emergency vehicles will still have access to cross the bridge, and the sidewalk will stay open for cyclists and pedestrians.

The closure is required for essential pothole repairs on the bridge. The closure will be well signed and drivers are asked to obey all traffic control devices on the bridge approaches.

The Pattullo Bridge is being regularly inspected to monitor the condition of the aging deck. Several potholes have been patched already with no impact to traffic, but additional repairs are needed to keep the bridge safe for drivers.

Drivers should plan alternate routes to cross the Fraser River during the weekend closure. Transit customers should plan on longer travel times on two routes:

  • The N19 NightBus will re-route via the Alex Fraser and Queensborough Bridges.
  • The #321 on Sunday morning will end at Scott Road.

More extensive deck repairs are still planned for 2016 as part of the broader rehabilitation program of the existing bridge.

For information on the Pattullo Bridge, customers can:

Take a survey and have your say on proposed transit changes

Get involved today!

Get involved today!

Starting October 13, 2015 you’re invited to take part in an online survey and provide feedback on more than 85 proposed transit changes across Metro Vancouver. We’re asking for feedback now, so we can consider your input as we plan for the future. The survey is available until November 6, 2015.

The proposed changes aim to:

  • Integrate bus service to better connect customers to the Evergreen Extension
  • Decrease travel time on busy routes
  • Extend service to areas with high commuter demand
  • Take advantage of road and infrastructure changes
  • Make our system more efficient
  • Deliver on our plans

Check out all the details on specific proposals today!

For all our savvy followers who participated in previous consultations you might recognize some of these proposed changes from the Downtown Bus Service Review, Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan, North Shore Area Transit Plan or South of Fraser Area Transit Plan.

Author: Angela Salehi