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TransLink once again named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2017!

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We’re thrilled to share that TransLink (also known as South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) has been named a top employer in BC for the third year in a row!

In addition to taking this title for the last three consecutive years, TransLink made the list of Forbes Magazine’s “Canada’s Best Employers” this year.

With nearly 7,000 employees across the enterprise, it’s clear that our employees love where they work and take pride in delivering top-notch service across our entire system, every single day.

It’s an honour to have been named again this year among so many other amazing BC employers.

About British Columbia’s Top Employers

Now in its 12th year, BC’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

This special designation recognizes the British Columbia employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Read the press release announcing the 2017 winners.

About Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine compiles annually a list of companies across Canada and ranks a list of Canada’s Best Employers.

This year, the TransLink enterprise ranked #202! Check out what other employers made the list.

For more information on BC’s Top Employers, visit the BC Top Employers website.
Information about Forbes Magazine ranking can be found on the Forbes Magazine website.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

CMBC to the rescue — literally!

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A Transit bus, a Shelter bus, an Ambulance? Oh My!

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to operating a transit bus, and last night was no exception. Late last night, CMBC was contacted by BC Ambulance Service requesting assistance with the transportation of patients from a British Airways flight that had made an emergency landing at YVR. The flight was en route to London from San Francisco when the cabin was overcome by fumes.

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CMBC staff jumped in to action providing vehicles and support staff to oversee our side of the operation. Three coaches were directed to the aircraft (two were used and one was on standby) where 25 non-critical patients were loaded aboard and transported to Vancouver General, Richmond, and Delta hospitals.

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Ten CMBC employees were directly involved with this incident and have been commended for their professionalism and dedication in this time of need.

CMBC scrambles bus a number of times a year for those in need and our staff takes great pride in being able to help.

Author: Sarah Kercher

Graham Construction and Engineering LP wins award for Main Street Station Renovations

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By now, you must have seen the gorgeous (and necessary!) upgrades at Main Street–Science World Station.

Big, beautiful windows that also aid in safety because of the higher visibility. Better lighting, benches, painting, escalators, elevators… the list goes on and on.

This is one of our busiest stations in downtown Vancouver and we couldn’t be happier with the results of this upgrade work for customers who use this station daily.

More good news! On October 5, the renovations for this station received the 2016 Awards of Excellence GOLD in the General Trade Award category – won by Graham Construction and Engineering LP – at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) annual awards of excellence.

“Through these awards we shine a light on the dedication and professionalism that our
members bring to their projects – the complex, state-of-the-art infrastructure that we citizens use every day.”

– Fiona Famulak, President of the VRCA.

The judge’s comments highlighted the Skytrain moving 20,000 passengers a day in the middle of the construction site, appeasing neighbours, the City and traffic control was a continual challenge for the contractor, suppliers and trades.

As a part of our continued goal of excellent customer service, Graham Construction staff was trained to be able to handle customer queries on the job site.

Congratulations to Graham Construction and Engineering LP and all the TransLink staff that worked on this project!

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

TransLink’s family of companies and unions raise over $275,000 for a second year in a row

United Way of the Lower Mainland

Photo: (Left to right) David Black (MoveUP – COPE local 378), Kathy Pereira (CMBC), Brenda Aynsley (United Way), Cathy McLay (TransLink) and Kevin Desmond (TransLink).

Thanks again to the hard work and dedication of employees in the TransLink family, for the second year in a row, our donation to United Way of the Lower Mainland exceeded $275,000!

“I am extremely proud of the commitment employees across the TransLink enterprise display to our United Way campaigns each year. We have been strong supporters of United Way for many years because they have the ability to help the people who live in the communities we serve,” said Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, Translink.

Employees from TransLink, B.C. Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company, Transit Police, MoveUP (COPE local 378), CUPE 4500, CUPE 7000, Unifor 111, and Unifor 2200 contributed their time and generously donated to support United Way’s programs and services.

“United Way works with over 150 community partners and builds strong relationships with government and social services to deliver programs, help people understand issues and create change. These are initiatives our union and members support,” added David Black, President, MoveUP (COPE local 378).

For more information on how contributions to United Way are helping make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, visit United Way of the Lower Mainland online.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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— August 14, 2015

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Washington Metro boosts video surveillance on buses to fight assaults on drivers.

Quick thinking MBTA worker hailed as hero for using bus to slow car with unconscious driver.

Dump truck crashes and dangles from 1-80 bridge over NJ transit Line.

New transit world coming with Compass Card.

Entrepreneurs want to build transit pods to ease traffic .

Amazon looks to mass transit for package pickup.

Halifax transit bus to become a weekly mobile food market.

Calgary transit worker rescues escaped lovebird.

Trip times a deterrent to public transit.

Federal administration seeks new mass transit safety role.

MGM National Harbour changes stance on transit; will allow Metro buses on site.

GO Transit Delays: Daystarter Traffic.

Calgary Transit riders sweltering in hot Ctrain cars pumping in heat during heat wave.

 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 – August 7, 2015

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LRT rider takes Calgary transit to task for its handling of police incident.

A win for Pittsburg public transit.

Uber and public transit are trying to get along.

Public transit fleet: to own or to lease?

Transit and infrastructure cash make mayors federal wish list.

Bay area’s disjointed public transit network inspires a call for harmony.

Victorian government on track to deliver weekend 24 hour public transport to Melburnians.

Voters in Kalamazoo Saginaw back public transit taxes.

New service helps plan trip on public transit in the midstate.

Coming soon to America: one fare card for all transit.

Lack of public transit cited in dreamer license case.

Southwest light rail hits another budget snag.

High-speed rail line to Rochester on slow track.

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Author: Laura Tennant

Transit in the News — July 31

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Vix awarded AU$27m contract to build Malaysia transit ticketing system.

As an MP Chow was a passionate advocate for public transit.

Regional Transit Authority asks for public input at Rochester forum.

Atlanta Bus Journal calculates how much you could save by taking public transit in Atlanta.

Before buses Ohio’s public transit consisted of electric trains: Vintage Photos.

MARTA: misbehavior private concert on public transit.

Dubai Metro: mass transit done right.

Transportation amendment would help Iowa public transit advocates say.

Feds add financial fuel to future of Calgary’s public transit.

Grants to cut emissions encourage public transit.

Metrolinx rail bridge plan angers Davenport residents.

State under pressure to put rail services up for tender.

Milton fire crews battle blazes along CN rail line.

Bombardier denies report of rail merger with Siemens.

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Author: Laura Tennant

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