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King George Station Bike Parkade is now open!

Our new bike parkade!

Our new bike parkade!

 

For those of you that have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Bike Parkade at King George Station — today is the day!

That’s right, it has now become even easier for cyclists to take transit!

For a $1 a day up to a maximum of $8 a month (plus a one-time $8 registration fee) you can now park at one of the 70 new bike lockers at King George Station.

These additional parking spaces are accessible by key card and double the capacity of the existing facility.

The way it works is that you pay a $1 a day, but if you park your bike eight days in a single calendar month, you won’t be charged again until the following month!

So, you may be asking, how do I get my hands on one of these coveted spots?

Well, first you need to register and here’s how you do it:

  • Head to www.translink.ca/bikeparkade and follow the link to the registration site.
  • Fill out the online registration, provide ongoing payment information and then pay the registration fee.
  • Finally, check the mail! Your very own access card will be mailed to you within the next five business days.

The King George Bike Parkade is the second of its kind on our system (first one opened in 2014 at Main St.-Science World Station) and over the next few years, we are expecting to replace even more bike lockers at some of our busiest stations and bus loops!

Improving cyclists’ connections to the transit network and encouraging people to hop on their bikes is pretty exciting.

By making cycling safer and easier we are one step closer to reaching Metro Vancouver’s goal to reduce single-occupancy car use and increase trips made by foot, bike and transit!

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.

Links and Tidbits – July 3, 2015

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us.

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»   The Chow Bus is on the move in Tennessee to fight child hunger!

»   Just try and escape the internet! Google Sidewalk makes plans to fit bus stops with WIFI hubs.

»   Subway etiquette breaches are ranked. How is gross kissing only at 54?

»   Build it and they will…blog about it? Our buses have entered the world of Minecraft!

»   I have to agree, technically this is still manspreading.

»   The amount of transit money lost per trip in major U.S. cities has been charted. Looks like everyone is losing!

»   “It’s got its feet on the seats, but I’ll allow it because of that sweet hat.” Apparently, if you are a stylish goat you can break all the rules.

»   How many ways can the Metro ‘M’ be designed? CityLab counted 77 super hero-esque logos!

»   Personalized mass transit? There’s an app for that.

»   Virtual reality transit etiquette at its best or at its worst? You decide.

»   Music to my ears! Former LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy is working on a Subway Symphony.

»   Contortionists give us a look at extreme transit etiquette. Kinda looks like it hurts, no?

»   Who wants to get inked on this old TriMet Bus tattoo parlour? Anyone?

»   What do you get when you cross a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table? Meet the ‘fifth mode of transportation’.

»   I dig these smooth transit moves. Watch subway dancers bring the NYC sound to the underground!

»   Stick it to them! Sexist and misogynistic NYC subway ads get sticker bombed.

»   Off the cuff travel planning takes on new meaning with subway bracelets. You’ll never be lost again!

»   Hop, skip, Skedaddle to Crane beach (and take me with you).

»   It seems suffering for your art is still a thing: transit travel acts as a muse for NYC art show PLATFORM.

»   Love may conquer all, but paint helps too! A scary subway in England is transformed by artists into a tunnel of love.

»   Here’s 21 reasons why Canadian public transportation isn’t so bad. Our system makes a cameo in 13 and 20!

»   It looks like waiting for the bus just got a bit more fun in Gloucester as Zumba makes its way to the platform!

»   Here are five things to know about Toronto’s love affair with subway tokens and some cool old photos of the fare system. Check out that old paper transfer design!

 

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The results of Metro Vancouver’s Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

Elections BC announced the results of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite today.

The results were that voters were not in favour of the 0.5% sales tax increase to fund transit expansion and increased service in the region.

While the outcome isn’t what we hoped for, we respect the decision of voters.

We will be live streaming a press conference with interim CEO Doug Allen on Periscope for Twitter (@TransLinkBC) at 12pm today from Waterfront station. Tune in and join the conversation.

Here is a statement from Doug Allen.

Today, Elections BC reported that 61.68% of voters rejected a 0.5% PST increase to fund the transportation improvements outlined in the Mayors’ Plan.

We are disappointed, but we respect the decision of voters and the fact that a majority do not support the proposed tax as the way to meet the transportation needs of a growing population.

The Premier decided to hold a plebiscite on funding to meet the transportation needs of Metro Vancouver.

And the Mayors responded by creating a well thought-out investment plan for better transit and transportation.

They did a great job of explaining the plan to citizens and defending the need for a tax in order to fund it.

The people of this region were asked to make a two-part decision: 1) Does the 10-year plan make sense; and 2) is the half-a-percent sales tax warranted?

In talking to hundreds of people over the course of the plebiscite, what we heard — especially from the younger generation — was support for:

  • More public transit
  • The good service we provide
  • The plan put forward by the Mayors

But convincing people to vote for a tax increase is a tough sell, even when it will pay for much-needed transit and transportation improvements.

Our region expects to welcome over one million new residents over the next 30 years. A “no” vote doesn’t change the fact that our current transportation system will be challenged by this growth.

With no new funding, we will have no capacity to expand the transit system or provide increased service. Costs and customer demand will rise at a time when funding is essentially frozen. As a result, current service levels may be affected and we could face tough decisions in the weeks and months ahead.

Respected independent experts and analysts repeatedly point to TransLink’s record of cost efficiency and sound financial management. We will continue to earn that reputation by cutting costs and maximizing revenue opportunities wherever we can.

The need for funding has not gone away and we expect that the search for an acceptable source of regional funding will continue.

In the months ahead, we will work with the Province, the Mayors’ Council, our customers and the public to find a way to fund much-needed transit for our rapidly growing region.

Our commitment to running a safe and reliable transit and transportation system remains as strong as ever.

Although it ended with a no outcome, the plebiscite started a good debate across the region on the importance of transit. That debate will continue.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Sincerely,

Doug Allen

Interim CEO, TransLink

You can view the press conference from noon today at Waterfront station here:

A day in the life of Metro Vancouver transit

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A streetcar in North Vancouver sets out for its first ride, 1906

A streetcar sets out for its first ride, 1906

A lot has changed over the last 125 years in this region and transit has changed right along with it!

Take a look at some of the Buzzer’s posts about our history.

Say hello to The Conductorettes! A group of 180 women from 1943 to 1975 blazing the trail in the industry as the first female operators.

Hop on the SkyTrain to the past for some memorabilia and collectables.

See how the interurban trams mapped transit for the entire region! (Psst. An interurban is like a street car only bigger and more powerful.)

And where are we now? Let’s find out! Watch a day in the life of our operating companies and some of the great staff that keep us moving year after year.

Stay tuned for more awesome 125 celebration posts on the Buzzer blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Have something you want to share? Comment below, email us or join in the celebration on social media with the hashtag #transit125

A recap of TransLink’s 2014 AGM

TransLink AGM 2014!

TransLink AGM 2014 took place at the Anvil Centre June 26.

In case you weren’t able to attend our annual general meeting for 2014 last week, fear not!

Here is a a video of the event including employee speakers, presentations and questions from attendees.

 

Let transit get you to your Canada Day events!

Flag in Vanier Park, Vancouver - Courtesy of I am I.A.M.

Flag in Vanier Park, Vancouver – Courtesy of I am I.A.M.

Canada Day is upon us and we want to help you enjoy all of the great celebrations our region has to offer.

Take a look at some of the bigger events and how to get there on transit!

Surrey is celebrating in style this Canada Day!

It’s a great (and free!) day of family fun for all ages – music, face painting, the works!

You’ll find midway games and rides, an expanded kids play area, over 100 exhibitors, live entertainment and a fireworks show in the evening.

My advice? Get there early because they are expecting more than 100,000 people to attend!

This is an easy one to get to. Take the Expo Line to Surrey Central station, hop on the 320 to Langley Centre at Cloverdale park and you’re there!

Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
When: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Feeling fishy? The Steveston Community Centre is hosting the 70th Annual Salmon Festival!

You can check out the parade with more than 100 floats, marching bands, celebrities and other personalities who will wind their way down Moncton Street beginning at 10 a.m.

But the real star of the day will be the annual ultimate salmon barbecue — nearly 550 kilograms of BBQ salmon!

Other activities like a vintage car show, craft and food fair, Japanese cultural show and children’s festival will be running throughout the fair grounds including local performers.

Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m., main event begins at 10 a.m.

TransLink is providing a special event shuttle service on Wednesday, transporting passengers from Richmond’s Bridgeport Station to Lord Byng Elementary School in Steveston.

  • Shuttles start at 9 a.m. from Bridgeport Station to Steveston, with return shuttles starting in the afternoon, with the last shuttle leaving at approximately 4:30 p.m. Shuttles may continue later if the demand is great.
  • Lord Byng Elementary School (1 Road and Georgia Street) will be the shuttle’s temporary terminus, with a short walk to the festival site. The terminus may move to 1 Road and Steveston Highway if the area is heavily congested.
  • Additional shuttle service will back up regular service routes (C93, 401, 410) to ensure all customers can get where they’re going on Wednesday. Regular bus routes for the Steveston area will terminate at 1 Road and Steveston Highway due to congestion.
  • The shuttle are three articulated buses that are expected to run approximately every 20 minutes, leaving Bay 3 at Bridgeport Station.
  • The cost is a regular one-zone fare.

If you’re looking for crowds and Canada Day craziness, look no further!It's firework time again!

Canada Day at Canada Place is back for its 28th year.

This is a huge all day event including  live music and dance performances with popular acts and interactive activity zones featuring food carts, street hockey, an armed forces display, Salty’s Fun Zone and a circus show.

After all of that, you can check out the Canada Day Parade at 7:00 p.m. and the Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Where: Canada Place, Vancouver
When: 10 a.m. to end of Fireworks

To accommodate Canada Day festivities across the region, there will be extended service on SkyTrain, SeaBus and Canada line.

There will also be increased frequency or minor detours on some routes, including multiple routes in downtown Vancouver and the 135, 160, 209, 210, 211, 240, 246, 250, 250A, 257, 320, C43 and C47.

For other events, take a look at this great list from VanCity Buzz.

Know before you go! Use our Trip Planner to help you on your way to Canada Day fun!

International Bus Benchmarking Group looks at CMBC!

Did you know that CMBC is a member of the International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG)?

Joining 14 other bus organizations from cities around the world such Paris, Barcelona and Dublin, being an IBBG member helps us understand how our bus performance and operations stack up globally.

As a part of the group we are given an inside look at global industry trends that help us ensure we have the best practices in place in Metro Vancouver. To check out what IBBG is all about you can watch this informational video (note: the video is six years old, so a little dated) or visit their website. 

This morning we were lucky enough to attend a presentation led by the Associate Director of the Bus Benchmarking, Mark Trompet. Sharing data collected from bus organizations worldwide, Mark gave us an overview of key performance indicators measured by IBBG and how Metro Vancouver’s bus network compares to other systems.

Catching up with Mark, we did a quick interview about his work at IBBG and CMBC’s performance. Enjoy!

Happy 148th, Canada!

We hope you all enjoy Canada Day!

We hope you all enjoy Canada Day!

Ohhhhhhhhhhh Canada we stand on guard for theeeeeeeeeeeee!!

I do love a good anthem.

Canada Day is this Wednesday, July 1st and there will be tons of activities happening all over the region.

Know before you go! Check out the holiday service schedule for detours and extended service.

Heading downtown Vancouver to see the fireworks at Canada Place?

Avoid those crazy long lines and pre-purchase return tickets for the SkyTrain!

Customers can buy tickets at Vancouver City Centre, Granville, Burrard and Waterfront stations.

Portable fareboxes only accept exact cash fare and tickets are valid until the end of service.

Perhaps you’re more of a Granville Island Canada Day celebrator. If you’re planning to ride your bike there, prepare to feel pampered!

BEST’S Bicycle Valet will be providing cyclists FREE, secure temporary bike storage from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

You can check out more details here.

Wherever you celebrate this great land of ours, let us help you get there!

Plan your route with our Trip Planner or call Customer Information at 604.953.3333.

Remember! On holidays you only need a one-zone fare for the entire system!

Today marks 125 years of transit in the region!

buzzer_banner_125_yearsWhen you think about what can happen in 125 years, it boggles the mind!

Now, think about how far transit and transportation has come since its humble, yet forward-thinking beginning.

We can’t truly understand where we are or where we’re going without taking a look at where we’ve been! So, let’s do that!

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The interuban streetcar on Columbia St. circa 1900

New Westminster, the oldest municipality in the province, started construction on a streetcar in 1890.

It was then called an interurban and used electric rails above ground to connect residents from city to city.

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A BCE bus in 1948 waits for school children to cross the road

For 60 years, this mode of transit dominated the region until buses came around!

Diesel and trolleybuses were used and allowed residents to venture around their neighbourhoods and even further out.

Times changed again when we saw our SeaBus come into action and eventually our elevated rapid transit system, the SkyTrain.

Public transit has really shaped the way this region has grown and will continue to grow!

Take a look at some of these great photos throughout our transit journey.

In 1990, there was a special edition of the print Buzzer released documenting the centennial of transit in the region.

Check out some of the excerpts:

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Keep your eyes open on the Buzzer along with our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages throughout the summer for lots of fun events celebrating our transit history! Also, make sure you don’t miss the free vintage bus ride on Sunday!

 

TransLink 2014 AGM

From Left to Right (Doug Allen, Interim CEO; Barry Forbes, Board Vice-Chair; Cathy McLay,  CFO  and Executive Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Services; Sandra Hentzen Executive Vice President, Human Resources; Angus MacIntrye, Retired Bus Operator

From Left to Right (Doug Allen, Interim CEO; Barry Forbes, TransLink Board Vice-Chair; Don Rose, TransLink Board Member; Sandra Hentzen, Executive Vice President, Human Resources; Angus McIntyre, Retired Bus Operator;  Cathy McLay, CFO and Executive Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Services; Robin Chakrabarti, Board Member

It was a beautiful morning at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster as VP of Communications and Customer Engagement, Colleen Brennan, welcomed all guests to our annual general meeting .

The meeting was open to the public and discussed how we did last year both operationally and financially, where we are now and where we’re going as a transit system heading into the future.

TransLink’s achievements in efficiency and sustainability were presented by CFO Cathy McClay.

Take a look at some of the highlights Cathy shared:

  • The 2014 Budget included over $64 million in cost efficiencies and revenue improvements, of which we exceeded by over $5 million.
  • We also achieved slightly over $38 million in one-time savings from contributions from developers and improved buying practices.
  • Since 2012, we’ve realized about $240 million in cost savings
  • Since 2010, we’ve kept expenditures below the rate of inflation, with only 1.2 per cent compounded annual growth
  • TransLink plays a leadership role in sustainability.
  • Our anti-idling program for buses has saved 567 thousand litres of fuel, accounting for a savings of $750k last year alone.
  • We also decreased energy consumption across our facilities by 2.3 per cent compared to 2013.

Interim CEO Doug Allen spoke about how TransLink is continuing to implement recommendations from the MacNeil report of 2014 to better serve our customers across the region.

He also talked about our very successful and necessary HandyDART program.

This past year, we have expanded the use of taxis to get more people with mobility challenges where they need to go resulting in a 60 per cent reduction in trip denials for HandyDART service.

We delivered more than one million trips on HandyDART vehicles and 74,361 trips by taxi.

Everyone in attendance was able to hear some stories from wonderful employees across TransLink and its operating companies.

Mechanical engineer with BCRTC, Matt Doyle works behind the scenes to make sure SkyTrain is running smoothly.

“I enjoy going to work because I provide a necessary public service and I know it makes a difference – to thousands of people – every day.” – Matt

Sabrina Lau Texier, “plan-gineer” (planner in the engineering department) extraordinaire told us her story of why she does the work she does.

“I choose to work in transit because I believe very strongly in what this organization is trying to do – both at work, and outside the office.” – Sabrina

Desiree Gill has been a bus operator out of Vancouver Transit Centre with CMBC for 6 years and she loves her job, working in the heart of Vancouver.

“There is no better way to start the day than seeing the ocean and city skyline while driving over the Granville Street or Burrard Street Bridges, just as the sun’s coming up.” – Desiree

 

 

Looking for even more information about how TransLink fared in 2014? Check out our latest Annual Report and Statutory Report.

A celebration of 125 years of transit… with a vintage trolley bus!

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vintage trolley bus

This summer, you’re invited to join our celebration of 125 years of public transit in BC!

And wow, do we ever have a lot to to celebrate!

Transit in the region has come a long way since the first streetcars rumbled through Vancouver’s core in 1890.

Just look at how our system has expanded over the years to meet the growing population.

Following our initial trolley bus and rubber-tired bus fleets of early days, when the SeaBus hit the scene in 1977 our system began carrying more passengers to the North Shore.

Then the SkyTrain cruised in a few years later for EXPO 86 with The Millennium Line following hot on its heels in 2002.

And then the Canada Line infrastructure further grew our system for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Now, the Evergreen Line is set to expand our transportation network even further to the east.

So, all in all, it has been a busy 125 years!

In honour of this special anniversary we have a few things up our sleeves to mark the occasion…including free rides on a vintage trolley bus!

This Sunday, an old 1954 Canadian Car-Brill  trolley bus (originally acquired by BC Electric Railway
Company) will be brought out of retirement to give passengers a free ride to designated downtown stops.

Sunday’s vintage trolley bus route! The bus is running from 11am to 3pm, picking up and dropping off at stops marked on the map.

Running from 11am to 3pm, the old trolley will tour on a 30 minute schedule from these stops:

  • Southbound from Victory Square -
    Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410
  • Burrard Station – Burrard St at Melville St, stop #50043
  • Burrard St at Robson St, stop #50045
  • Davie St at Howe St, stop #50011
  • Seymour St at Pender St, stop #61519
  • Waterfront Station – Cordova St at Richards St

A couple of TRAMS BC volunteers will also be on board, so if you have questions about the trolley or just want to chat about transit history, these guys got you covered.

Please note, the trolley is not accessible for passengers with disabilities.

Over the upcoming weeks we will continue to celebrate 125 years of transit, so stay tuned for special interviews, archival photos and more!

Transit in the News – June 26, 2015

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share?
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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.

You Keep Us Moving – Derek

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No idling here!

As the Director of Safety, Environment & Emergency Management at Coast Mountain Bus Company, Derek knows the environment is important.

He is constantly working at making our system greener every day!

In fact, our system is one of the most environmentally friendly transit systems in North America!

He works to maximize efficiency and minimize the environmental impact and because of you, he can do this.

You keep us moving. Thank you!

Join in the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #YouMoveUs.

Read more at translink.ca/youmoveus.

You Keep Us Moving — Marisa

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Marisa is a puzzle solver. She is a Senior Manager for System Planning.

Her job is to look at all 1,800 square kilometres of our system and see how the pieces of transit and the community fit together to form the bigger picture. Her team works to make the decisions of where to put what and why across the system for all modes of transit and how that will develop in the future.

For Marisa, it’s all about making change in the communities and their futures.

You keep us moving. Thank you!

Join in the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #YouMoveUs.

Read more at translink.ca/youmoveus.