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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 Evergreen Extension to the Millennium Line 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

Knight Street Bridge Inspection

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Heads up to all late Knight Street Bridge users! From Nov. 1 to 5 10 15/16 and Dec. 5 to 7 the Knight Street Bridge will undergo inspections to ensure a state of good repair. The bridge will remain open during the inspection however some lane closures will be required between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m on the following days (Please note dates and times have been updated, and all work is tentative due to being dependent on weather):

**UPDATE NOVEMBER 17:

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    – One night, slow/curb lane closure northbound over the length of the north brance structure and Marine Drive Overpass
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    – One night, slow/curb lane closure northbound 230 metres of the south branch structure
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
    – One night, slow/curb lane closure northbound 230 metres of the south branch structure

November 1st and 2nd – single lane closure southbound (completed)

November 3rd and 4thsingle lane closure northbound slow/curb lane closure southbound over the length of the south branch structure (tentative)

December 5th to 7th – Two nights, slow/curb lane closure for entire corridor length (all three sections) each night between 10 PM and 5AM.

Update:

Snooper Truck Inspection on Marine Drive Overpass, Knight Street Bridge North Branch and South Branch (Dec 12-14 between 10pm-5am)

Monday, Dec 12  – Knight Street Corridor Southbound Slow lane closure

Tuesday, Dec 13  – Knight Street Corridor Northbound Slow lane closure

Wednesday, Dec 14 – Knight Street Corridor Southbound Slow lane closure

Thursday, Dec 15 – Knight Street Corridor Northbound Slow lane closure

 

Motorists can expect minor delays during the lane closures, so if you`re driving, make sure to watch out for the closure and remember to obey all posted signs and instructions. We thank everyone for their patience while we do this important work.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Driving the conversation on automated vehicles

Courtesy of General Motors

Courtesy of General Motors

Vehicle automation is developing at a rapid pace. As a transportation authority, TransLink wants to be ready for new technologies hitting the region’s roadways and to position Metro Vancouver to harness the potential benefits.

To that end, TransLink kicked off the Future of Driving Project in September 2015, hosting a series of discussions with local government staff on how we should leverage automated vehicles and new mobility services in a way that best supports the region’s goals of a healthy economy, people, and environment through compact urban growth and more sustainable transportation choices.

New technologies can be rolled out, used, combined and adopted by the public in countless different ways that are impossible to predict. As a way to handle this uncertainty, the group developed four possible scenarios: Status Quo, Motor City, Uncoordinated Mobility, and Coordinated Mobility.

Our discussions considered how we should begin to plan for the advent of automated vehicles under each of these possible scenarios, including:

  • how we forecast travel demand and infrastructure needs,
  • how we manage and price parking and road usage,
  • how we integrate new mobility services into the current transportation system, and
  • how we design our streets and public spaces.

The result of these discussions is Future of Driving, a report that maps out a path forward for the region. Recommendations include:

  1. Updating transportation policies and regulations to promote shared automated vehicles in support of regional objectives to reduce driving and increase walking, cycling and transit use.
  2. Proactively position TransLink to navigate rapid change while maintaining the resiliency of transportation operations and improving the customer experience; and
  3. Collaborating with partners in government, academia and industry to create a social innovation lab that will test innovative ideas to harness the positive benefits from new vehicle technologies and new mobility services.

Author: Megan Johnston

Pattullo Bridge set to reopen one month ahead of schedule!

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The Pattullo Rehabilitation Project began in May 2016.

Now, a month early, we are ready to open the bridge fully to four lanes on August 29, 2016.

For safety reasons, the bridge will still have the regular schedule of overnight lane closures that occurred before the rehab work began with one lane open in each direction.

To prepare the bridge for the full, four lane opening, the following closures are necessary:

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 to 5 a.m. Thursday, August 25
  • 8 p.m. Thursday August 25 to 5 a.m. Friday, August 26
  • 8 p.m. Friday, August 26 to 5 a.m. Monday August 29 (full weekend closure)

Crews will continue working below the deck into the fall. However, this work does not require immediate lane or bridge closures.

If closures are needed, the public will be notified well in advance.

The closure originally scheduled for September 30 to October 3, 2016 will not be occurring.

We realize the impact of the Pattullo construction work on commuters, goods movers and local residents and businesses.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary construction period.

Completed work

Despite some rainy West Coast weather in June, crews were able to get more done in a shorter period of time by scheduling additional weekend and overnight closures and reducing the number of concrete pours.

In total, crews repaired 1,180 square metres of bridge deck with 67 full-depth repairs.

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

The focus of the work was on these essential deck repairs to address the concrete delamination on parts of the 79-year-old bridge.

These repairs are designed to extend the life of the bridge with minimum maintenance and keep the Pattullo operational while a replacement bridge is designed and built.

TransLink will continually inspect the bridge and make any needed repairs in the future to maintain safety and functionality.

Interested in what’s happening with the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project?
Visit translink.ca/pattulloreplacement.

Author: Jennifer Morland

New Pattullo Bridge consultations – get involved!

It's time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

It’s time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

Hello Buzzer readers!

Just a quick reminder that starting this Monday, June 13, 2016 TransLink is reaching out to you, the public, for your input on the Pattullo Bridge replacement.

There are both public open houses as well as small group meetings you can attend to learn more and have your voice heard!

Public open houses

These are drop-in sessions and no RSVP or registration is required.

Community Date Time Location
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 5 to 8 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Saturday, June 18 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 5 to 8 p.m. Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Surrey Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bridgeview Elementary School
12834 115A Avenue Surrey

Small group meetings

If you’d like to attend one of our small group meetings, please register by emailing pattulloreplacement@translink.ca because space is limited!

Community Date Time Location
New Westminster Tuesday, June 14 1 to 3 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Thursday, June 16 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Monday, June 20 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Surrey City Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey
Surrey Tuesday, June 21 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster

You can also find these events listed in our calendar.

For more information on the replacement project and informations sessions, visit translink.ca/pattulloreplacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Connections to the NEW Pattullo Bridge consultations

It's time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

It’s time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

Hi Buzzer readers. While we rehabilitate the 78-year-old Pattullo Bridge, TransLink is working hard on the NEW Pattullo Bridge!

We’re consulting with the public on proposed bridge connections in New Westminister and Surrey, June 13 – July 11, 2016

Learn more and have your say

First, you’ll want to check the translink.ca/pattulloreplacement page for the most comprehensive and up-to-date info. Below are two ways you can get involved plucked from that page:

Provide feedback online by going to translink.ca/pattulloreplacement and contact us via email.

Surrey – open houses
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5-8 p.m. Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey

Saturday, June 25, 2016 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bridgeview Elementary School – 12834 115A Avenue Surrey

New Westminster – open houses
Saturday, June 18 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall – 318 Keary Street, New Westminster

Wednesday, June 22 5-8 p.m. Inn at the Quay – 900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

A bit of history

In their June 2014 “Regional Transportation Investments – a Vision for Metro Vancouver”, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation identified that the Pattullo Bridge replacement will be a

“new, four-lane bridge, primarily funded by user pricing. The replacement bridge will be designed in a manner so as not to foreclose the consideration to six lanes, subject to all-party agreement and Mayors’ Council approval.”

TransLink has initiated the planning and project development for the replacement bridge, including beginning environmental studies and seeking public input on community connections.

While funding for a new bridge is not yet in place, TransLink is working with senior government partners and the Mayors’ Council to secure the necessary funding for this critical project.

Pattullo, the Buzzer turns 100 and more in our second Facebook Live

Last Thursday I sat down with TransLink spokesperson Jennifer Morland for our second Facebook Live. If you missed it, here it is.

We’re planning on doing live broadcasts more often. Do you have a topic or location you’d like to suggest for a future broadcast? Let us know and we’ll try our best to make them as interesting, informative and as fun as possible. Enjoy!

TransLink commits more than $48 million to road and cycling projects

TransLink contributes to the annual upkeep and maintenance of all 600 km of the MRN.

TransLink contributes to the annual upkeep and maintenance of all 600 km of the MRN.

As you may or may not know, TransLink is much more than transit!

Did you know that TransLink is funding more than $48 million in major road and cycling projects across Metro Vancouver’s municipalities in 2016?

That’s right!

Translink has committed $9.8 million towards 16 capital improvement road and bicycle projects in 12 Metro Vancouver municipalities.

We have has also committed $38.5 million to operate, maintain and rehabilitate the regional Major Road Network (MRN).Bike infographic

The MRN is a network of more than 2,300 lane kilometres (or 600 road kilometres) of arterial roads stretching across the region that carry the bulk of the region’s commuter, transit and truck traffic.

Funds* are used by municipalities for a range of activities, from street cleaning and snow removal, maintaining streetlights, traffic signals and signs, patching potholes, and repaving.

To get the inside scoop on the MRN and other projects around the region, I spoke with one of our very own engineers, Sam Young.

What type of work do you do for TransLink?

I am a Transportation Engineer and have been with TransLink’s Infrastructure Program Management Department for about three years. We have lots of projects on the go, and I am part of a team that works closely with Metro Vancouver municipalities to fund the maintenance, operation, and upgrades to the Major Road Network, as well as upgrades to the regional cycling network. Our team also works with internal and external stakeholders to make sure that new and existing TransLink services and facilities, such as bus routes and bus exchanges, can operate safely and efficiently.

Can you tell us about how the MRN was formed?

When TransLink was formed in 1999, it became the first multi-modal transportation authority in North America responsible for not only transit within Metro Vancouver, but also cycling, roads, as well as goods movement within the region.

The MRN was born around the same time, comprising of roads across the region that were either declassified from the Province (such as Lougheed Highway and King George Highway), or uploaded from the Municipalities (such as Knight Street and Broadway). At that time, a systematic evaluation was done to assess which roads would be included as part of the MRN; but generally speaking, a Major Road would typically play a significant role in providing mobility and connectivity across our region.

If you study the MRN map closely, you’ll notice that the majority of Major Roads are important transit and goods movement corridors, link multiple municipalities and activities centers, and connect to the Provincial Highway system for travel through the region or outside the region.

What are some major projects that have been completed in years past, that readers might be able to recognize?

Some of the recently completed projects with TransLink funding include the Low Level Road Project in North Vancouver, the Powell Street Overpass Project in Vancouver, the Moody Street Overpass Upgrade Project in Port Moody, and the Fraser Highway Widening projects in Surrey and Township of Langley.

What is the benefit of these investments to each municipality?

Not many people know this, but TransLink also provides funding towards the day to day operation and maintenance of the MRN, including snow removal activities, street cleaning, pavement maintenance such as patching of potholes as well as sidewalk and bike lane maintenance.

MRN: by the numbers

  • The MRN is approximately 2,360 lane-km in length, which is long enough to stretch from Vancouver to San Diego!
  • In addition, TransLink also owns and maintains a portion of the MRN. The MRN extends through three TransLink owned bridges (Golden Ears Bridge, Knight Street Bridge, Pattullo Bridge), as well as Golden Ears Way. There are over 200,000 vehicle crossings on these TransLink bridges every day.
  • When the MRN was formed in 1999, it was only about 2,200 lane-km in length. About 30% of this original network consisted of declassified Provincial roadways. Over the years, the MRN size has increased due to additional major roads being added, road widening projects, and intersection improvement projects such as new turn lanes.
  • There are over 1,000 traffic signals on the MRN alone – the funding TransLink provides also goes towards the operation and maintenance of signals. The replacement of these signals systems occur when they reach the end of their useful lives. Same goes for street lights!

Thanks to Sam for some MRN insights!

For more information you can visit our
Roads, Bridges and Goods Movements Projects page.

Author: Jordan Keim and Adrienne Coling

*Funding is provided per kilometre of MRN within each municipality.

Trans Canada Trail run across the Golden Ears Bridge this weekend

Race day route along the Trans Canada Trail

Race day route along the Trans Canada Trail

‘Tis the season for runs, races and cycling events and this Sunday is no exception!

On Sunday, May 15 between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm, The MEC Langley run Two will follow the Trans Canada Trail across the Golden Ears Bridge, finishing in Fort Langley.

This event includes a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon.

The half marathon starts in Pitt Meadows and goes over the Golden Ears Bridge and finishes in Fort Langley. The full marathon will start in Fort Langley and head to Pitt Meadows and back. While the 5K and 10K will be an out and back on the Fort to Fort portion of the Trans Canada Trail starting and finishing in Fort Langley.

The runners will be crossing the bridge from approximately 8:30 am. to 10:30 am on the West sidewalk. Be sure to keep that in mind if you’re driving, biking or walking in the area.

You can see the route with detailed instructions here.

For start times, places, aid stations and registration information,
visit the MEC event page.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pattullo Bridge upcoming Thursday night closure

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Definitely not a shot taken from the SkyTrain.

As part of the ongoing rehabilitation project, the Pattullo Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic (the sidewalk will remain open for cyclists and pedestrians) overnight starting from 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 to 5 a.m. on Friday, May 13, weather dependent.

We encourage drivers to plan alternate routes to cross the Fraser River during this overnight closure. Transit customers planning on should plan on longer travel times on the N19 NightBus which will re-route via the Alex Fraser and Queensborough bridges.

Drivers are reminded that when the bridge is open, the speed limit is 30 km/h. This ensures the safety of workers and all users of the bridge.

The Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the region. Comprehensive deck rehabilitation work is needed to maintain road safety and bridge functionality. TransLink thanks everyone for their patience while we do this important work.

For additional information on the Pattullo Bridge, including travel resources and upcoming closures customers can:

 

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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

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:

Five Ways TransLink Funds Road and Bike Infrastructure

Did you know, that in addition to transit, TransLink funds road and cycling infrastructure improvements? Each year we operate, maintain and rehabilitate 600km of our Major Road Network in Metro Vancouver!

Committing over $47 million in road and cycling projects, we’ve dedicated $41 million of this fund to 19 municipalities across the region. This helps to keep things moving smoothly, with pothole patching, snow removal and lighting being just some of the maintenance and operation work getting done thanks to this fund.

So what about the rest of the money? Well, that $6.3 million is dedicated to help fund specific road, bridge and cycling projects across Metro Vancouver. This year, 16 projects are happening across the region.

The Burrard Street Bridge improvements, the widening of the Fraser Highway and the construction of a multi-use path in Coquitlam along the Evergreen extension are just three of the awesome projects currently underway. For more information you can also check out our news release.

So there you have it! If you transit, drive or cycle in the region then there’s a good chance we’ve invested in the infrastructure that helps you get around!

 

The Golden Ears half marathon and 10K run is happening again this weekend

Hey buzzer readers!

The Golden Ears Half and 10K is happening again!

The Golden Ears Half and 10K is happening again!

The fifth Golden Ears Bridge Half Marathon and 10K race is happening on Sunday March 15, 2015, and TransLink is very excited to be supporting it again!

Both races will go over the Golden Ears Bridge, crossing on the east side and then coming back on the west side. Traffic control measures will be in place on either end of the bridge while race is taking place, so keep that in mind if you’re driving in the area.

Proceeds from the race will go to the School Meal Program in the Langley School District and Friends in Need Food Bank in Pitt Meadows. If you want to cheer the runners on, the Half Marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 10K starts at 9:15 a.m.! Visit the Peninsula Runners site for more info.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Combined billing for Golden Ears and Port Mann Bridges is almost here!

Combined billing begins September 1!

Combined billing begins September 1!

Hi Buzzer readers!

If you use the Golden Ears and Port Mann Bridges, you’ll be happy to know that starting September 1, combined billing is available, making it easy for customers to review and pay tolls for both bridges online through their TReO account.

What you need to know:

To be eligible for combined billing and the lowest toll rates on both bridges, customers must have a TReO account with automatic payment information on file and a decal installed in their vehicle.

Outstanding Quickpass balances will not transfer to TReO, and customers should settle any outstanding Golden Ears Bridge tolls with Quickpass to avoid fees or interest charges.

Customers who prefer to receive separate invoices can contact TReO to opt out of combined billing; however, these customers will only receive the lowest Golden Ears Bridge toll rate if they have a Quickpass transponder.

What you need to do:

Register with TReO with an auto payment mechanism for combined billing and to receive the lowest toll rate on both bridges. For more information and to register with TReO, visit www.treo.ca.

Author: Jennifer Morland