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TransLink raises $1.5 million by selling carbon credits

One of the compressed natural gas buses in the Coast Mountain Bus Company fleet.

TransLink has sold its first set of carbon credits under British Columbia’s low-carbon fuel program. By doing so, we earned $1.5 million that will be invested into improving service for our customers! Read more »

#MyTransLink – November 21

An amazing thing about Metro Vancouver at this time of year is we can experience nearly every season in the span of a day… or a week even! As we enter in to late fall, your photos once again capture the stunning region that we live in for this edition of #MyTransLink.

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Take Transit Home. TransLink launches first ever merchandise store with a giveaway!

TransLink Store Bus Blind Coffee Mug

You’ve asked, and we’ve delivered!

Starting today, Metro Vancouverites, transit enthusiasts, and tourists alike can take transit home… Literally!

To say we’re excited about the launch of our online merchandise store, Translinkstore.ca, would be an understatement. For some time customers have been asking, begging and pleading for the opportunity to get their hands on TransLink swag, and we’re thrilled to give both locals and visitors the chance to show off their love of our Metro Vancouver transit system with transportation themed apparel, home decor, accessories, and more!   Read more »

Draft report for Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan is in!

Click here to read the draft report!

Hey Richmond, Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Phase 2 consultation this spring on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP). The draft report recommendations for Phase 2 are in and ready for your review! We want to know what you think from now until December 1, 2017 December 10, 2017.

During consultation, which included an online survey and in-person engagement activities, we heard concerns about the proposed changes to routes such as the 602 and 480.

That’s why we made modifications to all of the proposals that had significant-to-moderate concern expressed. In fact, after reading through all of your comments, we even found ways to make some of the proposals which received strong support even better!

Visit translink.ca/swatp to read the Phase 2 draft report and the recommendations. Have a look through and let us know what you think by emailing swatp@translink.ca, leaving feedback by visiting translink.ca/feedback or calling 604.953.3333.

What is the Southwest Area Transport Plan?

The Southwest Area Transport Plan establishes a blueprint for the transit and transportation needs in Richmond, South Delta, the Tsawwassen First Nation and important connections to North Delta.

What’s next?

We’ve been working closely with our partners in Richmond, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation and look forward to their endorsement of the SWATP. The final plan will be available in early 2018.

As well, recommendations that include changes to the transit network would likely undergo additional public engagement when they are being considered for implementation.

Our planners chat with residents at Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market during Phase 2 Southwest Area Transport Plan consultation this past spring.

For future notifications around the Southwest Area Transport Plan, sign up for our eNewsletter or head to the TransLink website for more information.

Get involved! Let’s talk transit fares and how distance-based fares could work

Since 1984, the way we determine fares—including our zone structure and fare products—haven’t significantly changed.

With the introduction of the Compass system, we now have the ability to redesign our fare system so it works better for more people.

That’s why in 2016, we launched the Transit Fare Review, a comprehensive four-phase review to take a fresh look at how we price transit in Metro Vancouver.

Through the first two phases, we heard from our customers that the current zone-based fare system doesn’t work well and they’d like to see a system that prices fares more closely to distances travelled.

We want to hear from you in Phase 3 on how distanced-based fares could work as part of the Phase 3 Transit Fare Review survey, which is open until December 8. We’ve narrowed the options: by kilometre on rapid transit with a flat fare on bus, or by kilometre across the entire transit system.

We also heard strong support from customers in the previous phases for a system that’s affordable for frequent riders. So, we’re also asking for input on fare products that would provide benefits for frequent users, such as a prepaid pass or paying-as-you-go with a fare cap.

As well, we’d like to know if there’s support for expanding our customer discounts, since many people have told us they want to share their thoughts for how to improve discounts to customers.

But before you take the survey, make sure you watch the videos and read the discussion guide at translink.ca/farereview to help you understand the options before you take the Phase 3 Transit Fare Review survey.

We want everyone to understand the options, their trade-offs and how they could affect prices for some trips as any changes we make to the fare structure will mean fares for some trips will go up, others will go down, and some trips will cost about the same.

A brief history of transit fares in Metro Vancouver

From one flat fare for all trips to over 100 fares to choose from, our transit system has tried it all in its 127-year history.

Since 1958, we’ve had five major iterations: 100 fare options in 1958, two fare options in 1965, “the common area” in 1976, one flat fare in 1981, “three zones-plus” in 1984, and our current three-zone system. Scroll through the slideshow below to learn more!

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Want to learn more even more?! Check out this Buzzer blog post from 2016.

Get involved at translink.ca/farereview! Have questions? Email farereview@translink.ca.

TransLink launches double-decker bus pilot project

We’re super stoked to let our readers know that today we officially launched a pilot project to test two double-decker buses on long-distance commuter routes!

The double-decker buses, supplied at no charge by British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, seat 80-86 passenger, up to 83 per cent more seating than the older highway coaches, and have double the overall capacity.

It’s all part of our commitment to exploring new options to better meet customers’ needs and the region’s transportation goals. Read more »

Happy Birthday Pattullo Bridge

Pattullo Bridge 1937

Eighty years ago today, on November 15, 1937, Premier “Duff” Pattullo’s namesake bridge opened to traffic crossing the Fraser River. Built in just a year, the Pattullo Bridge replaced the old two-deck bridge, known today as the New Westminster Rail Bridge.

The Pattullo Bridge was originally tolled at 25¢ per crossing, but was removed in 1952.

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TransLink secures $200 million in tenth bond issue

We have some great news—we successfully launched our tenth bond issue in November!

This brings in $200 million to help finance capital projects as outlined in the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

Did you know? TransLink is Canada’s only transportation agency to raise funds directly through Canadian debt capital markets. Since 2010, TransLink has raised $1.53 billion through bonds!

Funds will go towards financing our capital spending including fleet replacements and expansion for bus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express, as well as upgrades to SkyTrain stations along the Expo Line.

“Our ability to go directly to the capital markets with a solid reputation as a good investment means greater cost certainty for how we manage our debt,” says Cathy McLay, TransLink’s CFO and Executive Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services. “Investors can put their money anywhere and they choose us. This consistent demand for our bonds also helps to ensure we maintain access to capital that keeps Metro Vancouver’s road and transit network moving now and into the future.”

In September, Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reaffirmed TransLink’s AA stable credit ratings and in October, Moody’s Investors Service and Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reaffirmed TransLink’s Aa2 stable credit ratings. Credit rating reports are available at translink.ca.

Both agencies highlight TransLink’s diverse revenue streams, solid governance and management practice, and track record of finding cost efficiencies as reasons for the high credit rating.

Author: Allen Tung

Upcoming Pattullo Bridge Lane Closures

Heading back to New West after a wonderful family day.

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On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 the Pattullo Bridge turns 80 years old! Much like an annual physical, we undertake ongoing inspections to ensure the bridge remains safe until its replacement is completed in 2023. We will be closing two lanes of the bridge each night from November 13 – 16, and then again on November 20 to allow a snooper truck to inspect the underside of the bridge deck. Read more »

Ahoy mateys! Construction begins for Metro Vancouver’s newest SeaBus

New SeaBus

Last week we shared this little gem with you on Facebook and Instagram and asked you to guess what it was. Your answers were amazing!

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Q&A: talking research and analytics at TransLink

Maria Su is TransLink’s Director of Research and Analytics

TransLink has a unique mandate as Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority.

Not only are we responsible for managing and operating the regional transportation network, which includes transit, major roads, bridges, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, TransLink is responsible for planning strategically for the future.

What does that mean? TransLink is responsible for the Regional Transportation Strategy—or RTS for short! The RTS sets the course for how to accommodate the growing and changing demand on the transportation system over the next 30 years.

So, how does TransLink go about accomplishing such a seemingly herculean task?  I mean, after all, the future isn’t here yet. No, unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball that allows us to see into the future. Much of the work relies on data and insights from the research and analytics that our planners undertake.

The Buzzer blog decided to chat with Maria Su, Director of Research and Analytics at TransLink, to find out more! Read more »

#MyTransLink – November 7

Colour changing leaves and misty morning fog are just a few of the signs that fall has graced our picturesque cities. With Metro Vancouver transit spanning from land to sea to sky, our riders – and passersby continue to capture beautiful moments from around the region for this edition of #MyTransLink.

Renfrew Station. #yvr #vancouver #eastvan #translink #mytranslink #millenniumline

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Road construction in Langley detours the C62

Road construction will close Glover Road from Highway 10 to Labonte Avenue in Langley, Nov. 8–9. The C62 will be detoured.

Township of Langley and CP Rail road construction will close Glover Road from Highway 10 to Labonte Avenue in Langley this Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9.

During the affected days, detours will be in place for the C62 Walnut Grove/Langley Centre bus route:

  • For service between Langley Centre and Trinity Western University (TWU): The northbound C62 leaving from Langley Centre will follow its regular route until Highway 10, then detour to TWU via Highway 10, 232nd Street, Rawlison Crescent then southbound on Glover to TWU. Buses will terminate on Glover at Trinity Western University, and then return to Langley Centre along the same detour route as close to schedule as possible.
  • For service between Carvolth Exchange and Trinity Western University: A special shuttle service will operate using the regular C62 route from TWU.

Customers should plan ahead and allow for extra travel time. Significant delays are expected for the C62 on these two days, so expect that the service won’t run exactly as regularily scheduled.

Those who are travelling between Langley Centre and TWU should plan for an extra 10 to 20 minutes of travel. While customers that will need to transfer between the C62 and the special shuttle service between TWU and Carvolth Exchange, should plan for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

C62 Construction Detour Map

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Remembrance Day 2017

Remembrance Day 2017

We Remember.

In honour of Remembrance Day, TransLink and its operating companies will once again provide free transit to our many heroes – including Armed Forces, police, fire, ambulance & Coast Guard on Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Links and Tidbits – November 3, 2017

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!

»  Metro in Los Angeles has rolled out a new transit etiquette campaign called, “Metro Manners” featuring YouTube star Anna Akana as Super Kind taking on Rude Dude on transit.

»  Volkswagen’s iconic 1960s Microbus is making a return! The car company will relaunch a modern electric version based on the I.D. Buzz concept in 2022.

»  Here’s London’s experience running the Night Tube.

»  Quick-thinking passengers and tram operators on the BART system in San Francisco helped save the life of a person in crisis who went onto the trackway.

»  The public announcements onboard Sound Transit trains are now public record.

»  An exciting development in the battery-electric bus industry! A bus has set world record by driving over 1,000 miles on one charge!

»  How much do you need to earn to live by a TTC station? Here’s the answer.

»  The UK is rolling out smart card payment its commuter rains, bringing an end to paper tickets by the end of 2018.

»  Can wind power the world’s mass transit?  All of the Netherlands’ electric trains are running on pure, renewable wind energy.

»  Your face could be your ticket in the London Underground of the future.

»  Could the guideway near Stadium–Chinatown Station be finding its way onto a silver screen near you?!

»  MTA is planning to ban alcohol advertisements onboard buses and subways in New York.

»  Speaking of New York, they’re going to be rolling out contactless payment on their system and “clever” pricing could be coming as part of it.

»  India’s taking the lead in the transportation sector. Here’s five reasons why according to this author.

»  And finally over in Pittsburgh, they’re testing out red bus lanes in their downtown.