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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

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!

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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

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

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

Upgrades to the Commercial–Broadway pedestrian walkway are underway!

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We’re making major improvements to the pedestrian walkway at Commercial–Broadway Station to better connect you to Millennium Line platforms from the Expo Line.

To do this work, the pedestrian walkway to the Millennium Line trains (Platforms 1 and 2) at Commercial–Broadway Station will narrow.

Construction crews will partially demolish and reconstruct the existing walkway over the Grandview Cut.

The crossing will be narrowed through various phases. At the narrowest, the walkway will be reduced by 1.5 metres.

When construction is complete, the new pedestrian walkway to Platforms 1 and 2 will be 14 metres wide, roughly doubling the existing space for one of our busiest stations!

Details:

  • Access to the station and from the platform will not change. Customers can continue to use the stairs, escalators and elevators to access the platform.
  • The walkway narrowing will not affect SkyTrain service.
  • Hoarding has been put up along the entire length of the walkway. Additional lighting will be installed to ensure the area is well lit.

Station upgrades include:

  • New east platform serving westbound Expo Line trains.
  • New pedestrian walkway over Broadway, connecting the platform to the Millennium Line platforms and the westbound 99 B-Line stop.
  • Permanent queuing system and bus shelter for the 99 B-Line stop.
  • Widening of the walkway that provides access to the north station platforms (Platforms 1 and 2).
  • Two new elevators and four escalators (two going up and two going down from the platforms).
  • Expanded Broadway concourse.
  • Widened Broadway entrances to the Broadway Station.
  • New retail spaces in Broadway Station.
  • Replacement of mesh panels with glazed panels at platform level.
  • New lighting design to respond to specific conditions in the station.
  • New bike storage room that will accommodate 70+ bikes.

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Crews will work around the clock to minimize the impact of this construction but passengers should allow for extra travel time – especially during peak periods – until the walkway work is completed.

For more information on this project, call 604.953.3333
or visit translink.ca/commercialbroadway.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Construction work continues on the SkyTrain system

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Commercial–Broadway Station by Dana Lu.

**UPDATE** Due to weather conditions, the work at Commercial–Broadway Station was delayed. The pedestrian walkway to the Millennium Line trains (platforms 1 and 2) at Commercial–Broadway will narrow starting this Sunday, February 19th.

We are working hard to ensure our system meets the needs of our customers. You may have seen, or heard, crews at Stadium-Chinatown and Commercial-Broadway stations working over the last few days and weeks.

Stadium–Chinatown sign installation

You’ve told us that you wanted more signage on the system and we are working away to make this happen. We’ve installed new signage at virtually every platform at Expo and Millennium Line stations.

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What fencing and signage will look after completion

Right now, construction crews are installing a new fence to mount new directional signs at Stadium–Chinatown Station.

To ensure our customers know where to go when they are on the train, we’re installing trackside rails and fences to mount large signs.

If you’ve been on the Evergreen Extension, you’ll see similar fencing and signs installed between platforms.

These signs are essential so customers can see what station they are arriving at and the route of the train. This work will continue on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of approximately 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. over the next couple of weeks.

Residents in the area may hear nighttime noise as this work can only be completed when trains are not running. If we did this work during the day, this would mean we couldn’t provide service to Stadium–Chinatown Station.

We recognize that this work has an impact on residents who live near the station and we thank everyone for their patience while we make these improvements.

Upgrades continue at Commercial–Broadway Station

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Beginning in early February, the pedestrian walkway to the Millennium Line trains (platforms 1 and 2) at Commercial–Broadway Station will narrow.

Construction crews will partially demolish and reconstruct the existing pedestrian walkway over the Grandview Cut.

The crossing will be narrowed through various phases. At the narrowest, the walkway will be reduced to just over four metres wide. When construction is complete, the new pedestrian walkway to platforms 1 and 2 will be 14 metres wide!

Details:

  • Access to the station and from the platform will not change. Customers can continue to use the stairs, escalators and elevators to access the platform.
  • The walkway narrowing will not affect SkyTrain service.
  • Hoarding will be put up along the entire length of the walkway. Additional lighting will be installed to ensure the area is well lit.
  • Please allow for extra travel time when connecting through Commercial-Broadway Station. Customers should expect some additional crowding at the station during peak times.

When complete, the station will include:

  • An additional platform for Expo Line trains, a widened crossing over the Grandview Cut and a new pedestrian walkway over Broadway.
  • New elevators and up and down escalators to improve access for customers with disabilities.

Together with the contractor, we are making every effort to minimize the impact of this construction activity. Crews will work around the clock to ensure that the upgrades are completed as quickly and safely as possible for the benefit of residents and users of the SkyTrain station.

Construction is expected to be complete by next winter.

We thank our passengers and neighbours for their patience as we make these much-needed improvements.

If you have questions or concerns about these projects,
please reach out to Customer Information by phone 604.953.333 or on Twitter.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Have your say! Millennium Line Broadway extension open houses begin January 28, 2017

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First Surrey now Broadway – the first phase of 10-Year Vision is allowing us to kick off some major (and much needed) transit projects in Metro Vancouver!

Are you looking to be a part of the planning phases of the Millennium Line’s Broadway extension? Then you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve got three drop-in open houses for you hosted by TransLink and the City of Vancouver.

Get involved!

Saturday, January 28, 2017
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Douglas Park Community Centre
801 West 22nd Avenue

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ukranian Orthodox Cathedral
154 East 10th Avenue

For more information, email broadwayextension@translink.ca.
Click here for more information on all TransLink’s rapid transit projects.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pattullo Deck inspection this weekend

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In November, the Pattullo Bridge deck was inspected after a major rehabilitation that took place this past summer.

Now, it’s time for another inspection as part of the warranty of the work carried out on the bridge.

This work requires daylight therefore the Pattullo Bridge overnight safety-lane closure on Saturday, January 21 will be extended so crews can inspect the bridge deck on Sunday, January 22.

There will be single-lane traffic in each direction from 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 until 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 22.

If you’re driving across Pattullo this weekend, you may experience traffic delays and traffic pattern changes as crews inspect each lane of the bridge.

Intermittent railing repair work will continue to be done until Spring 2017. While those crews work overnight, safety-lane closures will begin one hour earlier, running from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday each week.

TransLink will continue to regularly inspect the bridge and make necessary repairs in the future to maintain safety and functionality.

A big THANK YOU to drivers for your patience while we continue the rehabilitation work to keep the Pattullo Bridge safe for all users.

Want to learn more about Pattullo projects?
Visit translink.ca/pattullorehab and translink.ca/pattulloreplacement.

**Please note that this date is dependent on favourable weather conditions.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Have your say! Surrey LRT open houses and online survey begin January 23, 2017

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Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation means a lot of important transit projects have been given the green light, including Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit.

This is just the beginning of the Fraser Rapid Transit project that will introduce modern, street-oriented rapid transit along King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue, connecting Surrey City Centre, Newton Town Centre and Guildford Town Centre.

Now is your chance to weigh in on these connections and the overall project with an online survey and three drop-in open houses!

Open Houses:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Guildford Recreation Centre, lower lobby
15105 105 Avenue

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Surrey City Hall, atrium
13450 104 Avenue

Thursday, January 26, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Newton Cultural Centre
13530 72 Avenue

Online Survey:

Provide feedback online from January 23 until February 13 (inclusive) at translink.ca/surreylrt.

For more information, email surreylrt@translink.ca.
Click here for more information on all TransLink’s rapid transit projects.

Author: Adrienne Coling

(Video) TransLink launches Phase One of the 10-year Vision with more SkyTrain and SeaBus service

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Today is a great day because it marks the beginning of more transit for our region!

More transit means expanded region-wide bus and HandyDART services, improvements to major roads to reduce congestion and address bottlenecks plus more SkyTrain and SeaBus to reduce wait times and overcrowding.

These services will be rolled out this year as part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

“Metro Vancouver’s public transportation system is finally turning a corner after nearly a decade without significant region-wide investment in transit services,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “With completion of the Evergreen Extension in December, and this week’s launch of the first transit enhancements included in the 10-Year Vision, Metro Vancouver is starting to see the long-overdue transportation improvements that will get our region moving again.”

What’s new

  • SkyTrain
    • On weekdays – peak service will end 15 minutes later in the morning and last one hour longer in the afternoon and evening rush.
    • On weekends – trains will increase to match weekday off-peak frequency meaning trains will run every 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Canada Line
    • More frequent service during weekday peak hours.
    • 11 per cent increase in passenger capacity during the busiest periods – that means an extra 3,700 passengers in each direction every weekday.
  • Bus and HandyDART
    • 10 per cent increase in bus service.
    • 15 per cent increase for HandyDART meaning 85,000 more available trips annually.
  • SeaBus
    • Doubling SeaBus Service on Sundays and holidays to sailings every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s next

In the coming weeks and months, more improvements of Phase One will be rolled out, including:

  • New or expanded transit services for neighbourhoods that currently have few – or no – transit options today;
  • Safer walking and cycling routes; and
  • Improvements to the Major Road Network.

Keep reading the Buzzer blog for how you can get involved in public consultation for some upcoming Phase Two projects including Surrey-Newton-Guilford LRT and Broadway Subway.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and Instagram to be notified and watch our live stream broadcasts of future events.

A complete list of all the changes taking place this week and the full 10-year Vision is available at tenyearvision.translink.ca.

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Author: Adrienne Coling

Meet #Denistheplanner!

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Meet Denis. Denis the planner.

Haaaaaaaaave you met Denis?

Denis has been with TransLink for three and half years and in the planning department for the past two and half.

When the Evergreen Extension opened, that meant a lot of bus route changes and Denis offered to help us explain a little more about some of the route modifications to our riders who reached out on Twitter.

These responses have been so successful that Denis has agreed to be our “go-to” planning guru across our social channels!

With Denis’ help, this will allow us to delve deeper into service changes and explain more about specific routes and modifications to service.

Not only does Denis help plan things like your favourite bus route, he’s also a transit fan, transit rider as well as a cycling enthusiast. Let’s get to know “Denis the Planner” a little better!

Why did you choose planning as a career?

I originally got into planning because I was concerned about big issues like climate change, preserving farmland, and health. Buuuuttt also I love maps and I love cities. Planning allows me to address those big societal issues AND spend my time working with maps and cities. It’s great!

What drew you to transit planning in particular?

I want to make transit (and walking and cycling) attractive to more people for all of the big reasons mentioned above. This would be a really straightforward job if we had the ability to just put buses everywhere. But, since we can’t just put buses everywhere, we have to have conversations about where those buses should go. And these are really interesting, challenging conversations!

What’s the best part of your job?

The most exciting part is early in the planning process when we get to have blue-sky conversations about different designs for the transit network. It’s a cross between art and science because you need to be creative, but your ideas also have to be based on real data!

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Saying no! I love transit and I want everyone to have great transit access! Until someone invents a money tree, it’s not going to be possible to run a bus to everyone’s doorstep. A big part of my job is explaining the tough transit trade-offs, and that we’re trying to provide the best possible service to the region with the resources we have.

What are your favourite modes transportation besides transit?

I don’t own a car but I recently got an electric bike and I love it! I feel like I can go anywhere on it! Hills are no match for me now.

Why did you want to be #Denistheplanner and personally respond to people’s concerns about service changes?

I’m excited to tell the story of transit. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I want to help people know more about that stuff! We’ve always answered tweets and messages; but videos are just more fun, and so hopefully more people will see them!

What do you hope to achieve by being able to directly respond to our riders?

I would love to convert everyone into a transit nerd. If we get more people thinking about transit, hopefully that will mean more public participation, and ultimately better transit!

Check out Denis talking about bus integration for Evergreen!

Stay tuned to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for future #DenisthePlanner responses.

Although we appreciate and value all of your feedback, Denis will not be able to respond to everyone.

Do you have a planning question for Denis?
Comment below or use the hashtag #DenisthePlanner on social media to reach out!
You can also email us with the subject “Denis the Planner” to thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Adrienne Coling

An update on Joyce–Collingwood Station upgrades

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If you are one of the thousands of riders passing through Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain Station each day, you will have noticed some features of the upgrade work have already been completed!

Project Update

  • New roof and side panels for the east stationhouse are now installed.
  • Newly installed lighting improves visibility on the platform.
  • Steelwork framing for the new east stationhouse is underway.
  • Glass panel installation on the north side of the platform is now complete.

These upgrades will improve accessibility, safety and security at the fourth busiest Expo Line Station outside of downtown Vancouver.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this much-needed work.

Check back on the Buzzer blog for additional updates throughout the project.

Need to get in touch?
Customer Information: 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 Station Upgrade 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:
translink.ca/joyce
translink.ca/customerservice
translink.ca/ontrack.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TransLink 2016: A year in review

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Another trip around the sun. 2016 – what a year! It’s been a busy and productive 366 (leap year) days for TransLink.

Let’s take a look back at 2016 in the world of Metro Vancouver transit!

New CEO.

In the spring, we welcomed new CEO, Kevin Desmond. Kevin came to TransLink from King County Metro Transit that serves the Seattle area.

Kevin jumped in with both feet to lead the charge of a very full and important year while emphasizing our customers’ needs, transparency and excellent service.

We’re so happy to have him at the helm!

Compass.

This word was on everyone’s lips this year!

Compass Card tap outAfter a roll out that started with Upass users then West Coast Express, the general public adopted Compass with Monthly Passes at the beginning of this year.

Then, on April 4, 2016, the fare gates closed requiring riders to tap in on buses and in and out at all gates to pay their fare.

With Compass, you can travel seamlessly across the TransLink transit network with one card! Compass also allows us to gather important data on peak periods, bus route ridership and more – helping us better plan and run the transit network.

Expo ’86.

May 2nd marked the 30th anniversary of Expo ’86 – the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication held on the north shore of False Creek.

This was North America’s largest World’s Fair and a monumental event for Vancouver that left a lasting legacy – our SkyTrain system starting with none other than the Expo Line!

SkyTrain started regular service on January 3, 1986.

100 years of the Buzzer. 

Happy birthday, Buzzer! The print Buzzer hit a major milestone anniversary of 100 years!

This free, on-transit publication began on June 2, 1916 without a name. That soon changed and it has been delivering informative, fun and interesting transit and community related tidbits to the riders of the transit system ever since.

You can pick yours up on your ride or download here.

Federal funding.

PM Justin Trudeau made some lifelong transit friends when he announced more than $900 million will be invested – by the Government of Canada, British Columbia and municipalities – in public transit projects across the province.

This important funding promise allowed the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council to present Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for approval. But we’ll get to that soon enough!

LTE connectivity.

Rogers and Fido customers were treated to not one but two connectivity projects allowing riders to use their mobile devices.

In July, the Dunsmuir tunnel downtown Vancouver was connected and in November, the Edmonds tunnel followed suit!

Up next? We will continue to work with Rogers to build out wireless coverage along the Evergreen Extension, Columbia Station and tunnel and in New Westminster.

#Compass1Million.

This summer we hit one million active Compass Cards.

That means that a million riders across Metro Vancouver embraced the switch to Compass and were tap, tap, tapping their way to and from school, home, work and more!

With such great news, we had to celebrate with a fun contest to thank you for using Compass!

Mark IIIs.

These beautiful new SkyTrain cars were the hit of the summer! Especially because the A/C is just oh, so cool!

Press tourThese cars rode across country – on flatbeds – to reach out region.

Each 4-car set is fully articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), has more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage plus, they are more environmentally efficient!

Transit riders and enthusiasts eagerly awaited the first trip on August 18th and our Mark III VIPs got a front seat for the journey!

SkyTrain Wedding.

Something old, something new, something borrowed something… transit? Hey, whatever floats your SeaBus!Congratulations Nathaly and Jeff!

Jeff and Nathaly met on Canada Line and it was their dream to get married on transit.

Enter a white (naturally) Mark II SkyTrain, a full band, wedding guests and one interloping Buzzer blog writer and you’ve got a SkyTrain wedding!

It was a distinct pleasure to document this lovely couple’s big day aboard our beloved SkyTrain at Stadium–Chinatown Station.

I Love Transit Week.

I love transit week is a time for enthusiasts of all ages can say loud and proud, “I LOVE TRANSIT!”

Poems, colouring contests, a special Buzzer, HTC opening tour, kids camp and more – we felt the transit love from riders of all ages at a variety of events.

Interested in participating in next year’s festivities? Keep your eyes peeled for rumblings on the Buzzer blog in spring!

Hamilton Transit Centre.

In one September weekend we said goodbye to North Vancouver Transit Centre and hello to the brand new HTC building in Richmond! HTC

Did you notice? If not, that’s a good thing! CMBC made the seamless transition from one TC to the other and got your buses on the road from their no locale A.S.A.P.

Hamilton Transit Centre has capacity for 300 forty-foot buses, including up to 80 community shuttle buses and 150 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuelled buses.

HTC performs three functions: dispatch, fuel and wash service as well as maintenance for buses servicing the Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver areas.

Pattullo.

Opened in 1937, this bridge is one of the busiest Fraser crossings in the region. So, it’s unsurprising that while we go ahead with plans to build a new bridge, this ol’ girl needs some safety upgrades in the interim.

We know the evening and weekend closures impacted a lot of drivers and we appreciate your patience as we rehabilitated the crossing to ensure its safety for all.

Repairs included:

  • milling off the asphalt surfacing from the deck
  • removing all deck concrete down to the top layer of rebar
  • repairing concrete delamination and cleaning or replacing rebar
  • repaving the deck area with a concrete overlay

Crews managed to finish early allowing for goods and people to move freely over the Pattullo Bridge once again .

CUTA.

CUTA is the Canadian Urban Transit Association and this year’s Fall Conference and Transit Show happened right here in Metro Vancouver on November 5-9.

This year’s theme was Inspiring Sustainable Change with a variety of seminars and speakers discussing today’s demands, tomorrow’s challenges and the possibilities for transit in our country and around the world.

TransLink had many speakers engaging with experts and transit enthusiasts from around the globe. Including CMBC’s Derek Stewart who spoke about the impact of climate change to transit agencies.

New Westminster upgrades.

We are upgrading SkyTrain Stations across the rapid transit network.

New Westminster was one of them. I say was because the work is done! On November 21, we officially completed and opened the overhauled station for riders to use and enjoy!

The completed upgrades at New Westminster Station include:

  • A new elevator and escalators to improve access for customers with disabilities
  • Improved lighting throughout the station
  • Glass panels to replace the mesh screens and improve station visibility from street level
  • Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system
  • New public art that improves the experience of riders

10-year vision.

Our region is growing and along with that comes greater need for public transit.640x194_buzzer_blog-01

The Mayors’ Council 10-year Vision Phase One was approved by the TransLink board and council on November 23.

Along with the federal and provincial funding promised in June, municipalities will pitch in their share with TransLink for some much needed transit upgrades and projects.

Phase One improvements in 2017, 2018, and 2019 include:

  • 10% increase in bus service
  • 15% increase in HandyDART service
  • 20% increase in rail service
  • New or expanded transit services for neighbourhoods that currently have few or no transit options today
  • Safer walking and cycling routes
  • Reduced traffic congestion by fixing bottlenecks on major roads

Metro Vancouver residents will start to see added service in the new year with much more to come in the coming months and years!

Evergreen.

Sometimes, it IS easy being green! EmeansGo

On December 2, the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension opened to great excitement despite the rainy weather!

The community celebration at Coquitlam Central Station ran all day with riders eagerly awaiting the first official ride on Evergreen.

With this extension, TransLink has the longest, automated, driverless rapid transit system in the world!

Twitter Heroes.

If you’ve ever called 604-953-3333 or tweeted @TransLink, you’ve interacted with CI (Customer Information).

This crew works tirelessly to help keep riders informed on specific routes, transit timings, disruptions, detours and all things transit related!

Started in 2010 as a pilot project, to date our followers have reached over 135,000 people and CI has sent out 295,039 tweets!

A big thank you to these awesome people who keep us moving!

Well, that about wraps it up. We can’t wait for what 2017 will hold for our region and transit!

Author: Adrienne Coling