December 31, 2015, 10:38 am
As 2015 comes to a close we thought an end of year wrap up was in order!
After all, the past 12 months had more than a handful of memorable transit moments.
From the plebiscite and transit anniversaries to the Compass Card roll-out and fare structure changes, this year had it all!
So, in no particular order, let’s take a look at some of what made 2015 a year to remember:
Transportation and Transit Plebiscite
March 16, 2015 marked the beginning of the Transportation and Transit plebiscite.
Voting packages were mailed out and voters were asked to decide if they supported the 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax (in the form of a provincial sales tax). The tax would support improvements for better transit and transportation in the region.
On July 2nd, the results were announced— Metro Vancouver voted against the 0.5% tax.
Compass Card roll-out
In 2015 more people started tapping their Compass Cards on the system than ever before.
Since then, even more customers have made the switch to Compass!
We’ve also been closing more and more faregates
across the system in order to help remind riders to tap in and out on SkyTrain, SeaBus, Canada Line and West Coast Express.
To help this transition go as smoothly as possible, we produced many Compass 101 videos
to help our riders learn the Compass basics!
Fare Structure Changes — Bus Anywhere with 1-Zone Fare
2015 also brought with it changes to our fare structure.
As of October 5th, all travel by bus became a 1-zone fare.
With the new 1-zone bus fare riders can now bus across Metro Vancouver with just a one-zone bus fare.
In November, we asked in a Buzzer blog poll how the 1-zone bus fare has changed your travel — about half of you said your commute became less expensive!
I Love Transit Week 2015
And who could forget I Love Transit Week 2015?
We took adult campers and kid campers to our transit facilities, held contests and had special blog content dedicated to transit love!
We even did a special I Love Transit print Buzzer!
If those brilliantly coloured print Buzzers aren’t a 2015 highlight, then I don’t know what is!
125 years of Transit, SkyTrain 30th Birthday and Transit Police 10th Anniversary
What a year for transit anniversaries!
First we celebrated 125 years of transit in June with vintage trolley rides, old photos of our system and special interviews with transit historians like Angus McIntyre.
The celebration continued on December 4 when Transit Police celebrated 10 years as a police service and 30 years serving the transit system!
Finally, in honour of the SkyTrain’s 30th Birthday, we threw back to more than a few hilarious 80’s videos and photos of SkyTrain’s early years.
All in all it’s been a busy year! Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments section!
Author: Laura Tennant