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.
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.
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.
Change can be hard, but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be! We’ve got everything you need to help you on your way on October 22nd, and beyond!
If you haven’t yet heard, on October 22nd, 2016 the way you ride SkyTrain may be changing. In advance of the Evergreen Extension opening later this year, the operating pattern of the SkyTrain network will be different than what you’ve become accustomed to. Arguably, the biggest change in the operating pattern will take place at Lougheed Town Centre Station and Production Way – University Station.
Is Lougheed Town Centre Station part of your commute? Our friends in wayfinding have created this visual to help you understand what to expect come October 22nd.
Are you a Production Way – University Station regular? Here’s how the upcoming October 22nd change may affect your SkyTrain commute.
Still have questions? Check out our Facebook Livestream with Ian Fisher, outlining all of the changes.
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!
“The bikes are back in town (The bikes are back in town again)…”
Because Bike to Work week starts October 24th!
Don’t worry. I won’t make any cycling puns… those can get wheely tyred. *wait for applause and uncontrollable laughter*
This is a great initiative put on by HUB to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes and win prizes!
Here’s how it works.
You register for the week (you can do that here) as either a team or a solo rider.
Next, you brag about how much fun it’s going to be and how it’s great exercise to all your friends and colleagues.
Log your trips during the official Bike to Work Week — this enters you to win some AMAZING prizes – including a trip for two to Amsterdam! You can log trips by mapping or entering your total KMs cycled.
Don’t forget to check out the Celebration Station Map to find one along your route. At these pit stops you can wheel on by for free treats, mechanical services and more prize draws.
There will also be a free outdoor Halloween Party on Friday, October 28th from 4pm-6pm at the corner of Union and Gore in Vancouver!
Some tips for the week from the experts at HUB:
1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time. Take bike routes, whenever possible.
BYD (Build your Dreams) is an all-electric bus manufacturers in North America, Europe and Asia.
They loaned CMBC a beautiful, brand new 40’ LFS electric bus to demo at a number of our depots and office locations this week.
Today, it was right here at Sapperton – TransLink’s HQ!
So, I took it upon myself to wonder down and have a look.
Some features of these buses:
Environmentally friendly, non-toxic, BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery powered. In fact, this battery at full charge will allow for about 250 km of driving and the battery lasts for 4000 charges meaning one battery can last a bus 1,000,000 kms!
Because it is 100% electric, there are zero emissions
Energy recovery and battery recharging through optimal regenerative braking which reduces brake component wear
Highly efficient and powerful AC in-wheel hub motors provide instant torque to perform in all driving conditions
Bi-directional AC charging allows full charging from 0-100% within four hours and the bus can be used as a mobile generator
Take a look at this beauty!
From the front
Interior is similar
One button start
For more specs and information on this bus, check out this brochure.
As always, TransLink’s top priority is to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. So, in preparation for the inclement weather set to hit our region over the next few days, we are taking a number of steps.
Our Emergency Management group is participating in Emergency Management BC and Environment Canada conference calls to stay apprised of the forecast and expected outcomes as well as communicating within the organization to ensure necessary preparations are made.
Tree branches falling into our trolley overhead wires can be an issue during high-wind conditions, so we are checking known risk locations to prepare.
We also sometimes face road debris, which can result in detours for our bus service. Transit Supervisors and other support staff out on the road, such as Transit Security, in order to proactively identify such problem areas and communicate them out. Once identified, we can react quickly by contacting the municipality responsible for clearing the trees or debris.
In case of high winds, SkyTrain service over the SkyBridge between New Westminster and Surrey may operate at reduced speeds.
If wind speeds exceed 100 kph, service could be temporarily suspended.
We’ve also proactively reached out to construction projects adjacent to SkyTrain to ensure items are properly secured, to prevent anything being blown onto the tracks.
Here’s what you can do to prepare yourself:
Sign up for Transit Alerts so we can let you know if there are any service issues or changes
Follow our fabulous Customer Information team @TransLink on Twitter or phone 604-953-3333.
Plan ahead with our Trip Planner and give yourself extra time on your commute
Be aware! More people than usual tend to take transit during nasty weather – common transit courtesy applies even more on days like these!
Be visible! A bus operator has a lot to be aware of in AND outside of the bus. Make yourself visible to them! Wear bright, reflective clothing and stand close to the bus stop poll.
Be patient! Traffic lights may not be working properly that could cause detours for buses, same goes for debris on routes.
We will continue to monitor the weather and get the word out to all customers if there are any service impacts. Until then, stay safe, stay dry and happy transiting!
The extension to the Millennium SkyTrain Line is going to connect the Metro Vancouver region like never before.
That was my biggest takeaway from tagging along on a quick tour for elected officials of a couple of soon-to-be-opened new stations on the SkyTrain system yesterday morning.
Amidst construction crews still busily buildings the six new stations and (along with Lougheed Town Centre) that make up the Evergreen Extension of the M-Line, I was able to take the odd photo and ask those along for the ride what they thought of it all.
The stations have a similar feel to some of the SkyTrain stations that have either recently been renovated or are in the midst of a facelift like Main Street-Science World and Metrotown respectively. They’re open in terms of their layout, have a lot of glass and include some beautiful public art that gives each stop on the line its own feel.
The Millennium Line will have a lot more bends than it does today and the longest tunnel in our system when it opens before Christmas this year!
“We’ve been waiting a long time. This will change our community,” Richard Stewart, Mayor of the City of Coquitlam told me. What the extension will do to improve livability, not only for the Tri-Cities, but for the region itself, is what many of the officials told me.
What struck me the most about the extension is how much more of the region this extension will give riders access to. Having lived in Vancouver for a number of years, I’ve only had glimpses of Coquitlam and the surrounding areas as I’ve driven to specific locations. With this extension, I know I’ll be exploring all that this section of the region has to offer since it’s simply a SkyTrain trip away.
As the final touches are put on the extension and we gear up for the SkyTrain pattern change (happening Oct 22nd) in advance of the opening, you’ll want to get yourself acquainted with how you too may make the trip to the Coquitlam area and beyond. With this new addition to the SkyTrain line, it’s not so far away.
Burquitlam Station – inside
Burquitlam Station – inside
Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station
Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station
Public Art – outside Lafarge Lake-Douglas
Public Art – inside Lafarge Lake-Douglas
Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO and Vivienne King, President of BCRTC
Ron McKinnon, Federal MP for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam (left with red tie); Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink (middle wearing pins on lapels); and Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam (Right, red coat).
From October 11 to 31, 2016, TransLink is inviting Metro Vancouver residents to provide feedback on the approximately $2 billion plan that would increase transit services and improve roads, cycling, and walking infrastructure across the entire region.
Phase One details
Increase bus service by 10% across the region, starting in early 2017, including five new B-Line express routes
Purchase 50 new SkyTrain cars for the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines, plus five new West Coast Express cars and a new SeaBus
Increase SkyTrain service in early 2017, by providing more service during mid-day and early evening hours
Improve the region’s major road network
Improve and expand walking and cycling infrastructure across the region;
Improve access to transit stations and stops
Continue planning and design work for the Broadway subway and Surrey light rail
Continue investing in system maintenance and performance.
The Phase One Plan would be paid for through a fair and balanced funding formula – leveraging an initial federal contribution of $370 Million, a provincial government contribution of $246 Million and a regional contribution of $1.3 Billion.
The regional funding would be raised through a number of existing and new sources including modest increases to transit fares and Metro Vancouver residential and business property taxes.
There are a number of ways for you to get involved including online at tenyearvision.translink.ca or by attending one of five scheduled Open Houses.
Open House schedule
Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(North Vancouver City Library, 120 14th St W, North Vancouver)
Tuesday, October 18, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(Act Art Centre Lobby, 11944 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge )
Wednesday, October 19, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce St, Vancouver)
Thursday, October 20, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Ave, Surrey)
Monday, October 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond)
After the public consultation period and consideration by TransLink’s Board of Directors and the Mayors’ Council in November 2016, if the Phase One Plan is approved, region-wide transit system improvements will begin in early 2017.
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.
Mayor of Reykjavik being interviewed by CBC
The Icelandic delegation
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!
Want to check out the new outlet mall in Tsawwassen? We’ve made changes to the 609 to get you there!
Starting Monday, October 3, the 609 Tsawwassen First Nation/South Delta Exchange will now reroute via Canoe Pass Way, Salish Sea Drive, and continue on Highway 17 to Tsawwassen Drive to provide direct access to Tsawwassen Mills.
Be sure to visit translink.ca/tripplannerahead of the mall opening to plan your trip. There are a number of stops to get you close to the mall, with a short walk to the mall entrance.
Travel tip: Travelling to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal? Continue to take the 620 – an express route for ferry passengers.
Know before you go!
Find your next two buses by texting the bus stop number and bus route to 33333, Tweet us or visit Trip Planner.