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TransLink hosts Iceland, Shanghai and more delegations from around the world!

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TransLink’s Chris Chan speaking with delegates from the Shanghai Transportation Commission

Every year many delegations from around the globe visit TransLink because of our international reputation for delivering quality transit services and transit-oriented communities.

What’s a transit-oriented community? I’m so glad you asked!

Basically, the term refers to creating communities within a region that, because of their design, opens up opportunities for people to drive less and therefore bike, walk and take transit more.

These communities mean utilizing higher-density, mixed-use and pedestrian friendly development within walking distance of frequent transit stops and stations.

Just two weeks ago we had the Shanghai Transportation Commission Delegation visiting as they studied multi-modal integration and transit-oriented communities.

Last week mayors from around Reykjavik in Iceland were on a worldwide trip, with a stop here in Metro Vancouver, to visit transit agencies and see what they could take back home to their own cities – including rapid transit like our dear SkyTrain.

These visitors are nothing new for TransLink. In fact, we host many delegations from around the globe each year.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2015 alone, we had 16 delegations from eight different countries!

  • Peoples Republic of China: China Southern Railway; Huangzhou Metro; Shenyang Metro and China Development Research Foundation
  • Canada: Senior Funding Partners; City of Calgary and Western Canada Engineering Competition
  • New Zealand: Council on Infrastructure Development; Auckland Transport
  • USA: UCLA Transportation Planning School, Stanford University
  • Netherlands: Academy for Urban Development, NHTV Breda – University of Applied Sciences
  • Australia; New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  • Finland; Tekes – the Finish Funding Agency for Innovation
  • Norway: Oslo Traffic Management Centre

TransLink continues to open its bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express doors to visitors who want to learn more about how we plan and run our system.

Plus, we get to meet some pretty amazing people from some pretty amazing places!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit Driver Appreciation Day is March 18th, 2016

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On March 18, give your bus operator a big thank you! (logo courtesy of transitdriverday.org)

Do you have a favourite transit operator that goes out of their way to make your commute just that much better?

I know I do and I’ve heard so many stories and have seen countless posts on our social media channels about wanting to thank operators for all that they do.

Take a look at just few of the tweets we have received about our great bus operators:

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Well, now it’s your ‘official’ chance!

This Friday, March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day!

This day of recognition falls on this specific date because it marks the debut of bus service in Paris in 1662! (Albeit the buses were carriages drawn by horses.)

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Download your thank you card at transitdriverday.org

This day is set aside to recognize those great operators out there who get you to and from work, school and everywhere you need to go on transit systems all around the world.

Here at home in Metro Vancouver, that means the dedicated drivers at CMBC.

Showing your thanks is simple! You can give them a smile, say thank you when you get ON the bus (to switch it up) or even download and print out transit-themed thank you cards to give out to your favourite operator.

To show your appreciation online, like TDAD on Facebook and share #tdad with your family and friends to use on Twitter and Instagram!

You can also submit an official commendation so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – September 11, 2015

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Phoenix voters approve $31.7B transportation plan.

Envy no more: Edmonton transit cops get bikes.

Arkansas Metro transit system gets name change, new look.

Cheap bus passes for university students on agenda at Regina City Hall.

Codiac Transpo proposes more bus routes for Riverview, New Brunswick.

Downtown transit hub proposal to be unveiled next week.

The world could save save trillions with buses and bikes.

How Johannesburg’s public bus system saved South Africa 890 million.

Bombardier turned down Chinese bid for its rail unit report.

Denmark shuts rail link as Europe wrangles over refugees.

Rail ridership meets expectations with a little help.

Federal Liberals pledge $2.1 billion for Surrey light rail.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – August 27, 2015

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GO Transit adds train trips to Brampton and bolsters bus service to Pearson airport.

Reports of NYC subway assaults soar in the last year.

Grand River Transit miss the mark 20 per cent of the time.

Central Subway dig in San Francisco leaves some downtown shop owners buried.

Downtown Vancouver bus route changes contingent on Robson Street plaza.

New Azur metro trains begin daytime testing in Montreal.

Council greenlights electric buses for St. Albert, Alberta.

British parliament candidate proposes women-only subway trains.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News— August 21, 2015

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Go Hillsborough puts one-cent transportation sales tax back in play.

D.C. students will be riding Metro for free this year.

NJ Transit Bus Terminal Tombstone Mystery Solved.

Edmonton Transit’s ‘Cool Bus’ Video is Hippest Ad for the Bus Ever.

Edmonton Transit Campaign Uses Blunt Posters To Fight Harassment.

Mayor hires transit expert to oversee rail project.

New proposal rule to create Public Transportation Safety Program.

GO Transit to boost train, bus service in September.

Pressure on Access Transit grows in Saskatoon.

 If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Transit in the News – July 17, 2015

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Management shakeup to TransLink only the beginning of changes.

New Jersey transit approves increasing fares an average of 9%.

Wind Mobile expands wireless service in TTC subway stations.

Jamaican Urban Transit Company adjusts bus schedule to facilitate police travel.

Guelph Transit lockout one year ago this month still fresh for bus drivers.

Bus map disclosure reveals massive overhaul planned for Sydney.

The U.S. House of representatives passes five-month transportation funding extension.

Ottawa transit riders raise a stink about overflowing garbage at bus stops.

Five visions of the future for Preston’s bus station unveiled.

Columbus light rail talk turns to the idea of a subway.

Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance aims for global public transport ticket system.

Indianapolis encourages less parking, more mass transit and car sharing.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – July 10, 2015

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London Underground strike causes travel chaos for commuters.

Public Transit in Hampton Roads a long way from alleviating congestion woes

Hating your transit agency may not make it better.

Londoners share photos of chaos caused by Underground tube strike.

Brampton puts off decision on $386 million light rail project.

Northern Rail workers strike called off after RMT hit with legal threat.

Fans find a way to Wimbledon despite London rail strike.

Ottawa Council endorses $3B plan for light rail expansion.

North East state capitals to be connected with rail network by 2020: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Residents question how new light rail lines will change neighbourhood density.

VIA Rail Canada renews Cultural Access Pass program.

TransLink extends Bowen Island bus contract.

Wheelchair or Pram? Which deserves space on the bus?

Water bus to resume service after 3 year break in Winnipeg.

Bus AC proposed as Edmonton heats up.

Dedicated lanes for BEST buses in city soon.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – July 3, 2015

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Voters say no to new Metro Vancouver tax, transit improvements

Putco cancels bus services to three municipalities in Gauteng, South Africa.

London will soon have its first all-electric double-decker bus.

City of North Vancouver continues fight for bus depot.

Get ready for the MTA’s $2 Billion subway station.

Road and Transport Authority in Dubai to build solar-powered bus shelters.

Electric bus maker Proterra rides on with $55 Million.

Calgary cancels its smart card system for transit.

Grants to cut emissions, encourage public transit.

Urban transit systems struggle to maintain core service amid calls to meet growth by expanding

Transit authority in Rochester, NY to increase public transit in busy area.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – June 26, 2015

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Fort Erie bus ridership flatlined.

NYC subway stations’ cleanliness criticized in audit.

Valley Line LRT construction to alter Edmonton bus routes.

Bus rides to be safer as Delhi Transport Corporation gets 2K home guards.

Tennessee city spares mass transit.

Transit and Public sector cuts leave African Americans worse off.

Relief coming for TTC riders on overcrowded Yonge subway line but it might not last: Metrolinx report.

Hernando County, Florida gets a gas tax hike to pay for public transit and road improvements.

Rochester public transit to demo electric bus.

Postmedia wins Toronto transit distribution bid to replace Metro with 24Hrs.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News — June 20, 2015

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Free transit announced for Pan Am Games ticket holders in Toronto.

Mum’s copper coins refused by First Bus.

Hamilton looks at building gondalas as part of public transit.

Preliminary public transportation for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released.

Weeks of disruption for Edinburgh-Glasgow rail users.

Rail firm ‘breaks promise’ on reviving village station.

Stephen Harper promises funding for Toronto’s SmartTrack transit line.

GetMovingSEQ: Southeast’s public transit among most expensive in the world.

Metro urges attendees to ride mass transit during Special Olympics.

Expect a busy night on transit with World soccer and Shania Twain.

3.9 billion World Trade Center transit hub nears completion.

A Railway City welcome for Pan Am Games torch.

Passenger train service may be arriving in Sarnia.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Laura Tennant

Transit in the News – June 12, 2015

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Seattle Metro halts safety messages after earful from bus riders.

Feds express confidence that MTA can open Second Avenue subway in 2017.

China to supply 14 trains to Kolkata subway.

SkyTrain service trouble caused by motor failure.

Passengers in Wales thank hero driver for saving them as bus goes up in flames.

TTC subway shutdown strands thousands of commuters across Toronto.

Ballard signs $10M deal to power fleet of buses in China.

Cobb County commissioners in Atlanta support bus rapid transit referendum.

World’s most congested subway prepares to host Olympics.

Saudi Arabia chases investors for $140B public transport plan.

Pan Am Games organizers rely on HOV lanes & public transit to ease traffic woes.

Transit advocates push for new MTA subway cars.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – June 5, 2015

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Guelph councillors endorse transit after riding city buses for one month.

Bus lane cameras go into operation in Belfast.

Google Maps will show real time public transit schedules for android app.

San Francisco city officials vow to ride public transit for three weeks.

Sarnia brings back free bus rides for Clean Air Day.

Fast-charging electric bus shows promise for regular use.

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority tests out 100% electric city bus.

Washington bans political ads from public transit.

Edmonton Metro Line LRT opening postponed.

Bystanders in East London band together to lift bus off of trapped unicyclist.

Ericsson unveils connected bus stop and other public transport innovations.

Sofia, Bulgaria residents leave cars to ride subway amidst street repairs.

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If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – May 29

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All TransLink transit free last Friday because of SkyTrain shutdown.

New and expanded TTC bus routes to provide reliable overnight and weekend service.

Winnipeg Transit faces long recovery from labour dispute.

Apple Maps’ public transit directions might only support six cities at launch.

Ericsson and Volvo partner on smart public transit.

Vix eyes Malaysian public transport deal.

TTC board expected to approve bus and streetcar service improvements.

Ontario investing up to $1 Billion for light rail transit in Hamilton.

Copper wire theft causes subway headaches for thousands of commuters in NYC.

Voter turnout just shy of 45% for Transit Referendum in Metro Vancouver.

Council hears ideas on how to improve transportation within Fort St. John.

Maryland public transportation fares will soon increase.

Sioux Falls City Council discusses free summer transportation for children.

Scarborough subway route narrowed to three choices.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – May 22

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Buses cancelled as Winnipeg transit workers refuse overtime.

New Grand River Transit plan arrives this fall.

San Francisco leaders tour completed Central Subway tunnel.

China approves $40 billion of rail and subway projects to bolster economy.

Israel calls of Palestinian bus segregation plans.

‘Subway grinders’ to face felony charges under new bill.

Entertainment acts try out for New York subway spots.

St. Albert and Edmonton looking at integrated transit system.

Apple Maps is finally getting public transportation directions.

Five Delhi Metro stations to get WIFI soon.

Transit union in Manitoba says city is putting bus drivers at risk.

Metro Vancouver receives A grade for transit.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – May 15

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South Wales “Ride Me” bus advert sparks online backlash.

New bus links Montreal residents with reduced mobility and McGill University Health Centre.

Bolt bus explodes on turnpike in Massachusetts.

Karachi explores mass transit system options for region.

Public hearing set on Massachusetts transit plan.

Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation receives bids from 9 consortia for Metro III project.

Transit referendum deadline for requesting ballots today.

New Kitchener Crosstown bus starts in September.

Compass Card rolls out to TransLink’s West Coast Express service and students.

Beijing police warn flash mobs on subway may cause stampedes.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling