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Bridgeport Station bus bays are on the move!

Bridgeport Station bus passengers can expect a change in where they catch their bus starting December 22, 2017. 

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The December 2017 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Happy holidays! The December 2017 print Buzzer is now on the system.

This season’s issue is dedicated in part to Winter Service Changes as well as tips for winter transit travel to keep you on the go!

Make sure to watch out for our upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at our seasonal service changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, December 18, 2017.

In this issue we introduce all-door boarding to the 95 and 96 B-Line buses and remind you how you can take transit home!

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Coquitlam Central Station bus bays are on the move!

Heads up Coquitlam Central Station bus users, come October 30, 2017, your bus bay may be moving to make catching your bus a little easier. If you catch a bus at Bay 1, 2, or 4, or ride any of the following bus routes: 153, 171, 172, 173, 174, 185, 186, 187 or 189, on October 30, 2017 you’ll be tapping in from a different bay.

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I Love Transit 2017: Electric buses—exploring the transit industry’s next frontier with our customers

I Love Transit 2017

The new fast-charge battery-electric bus operating in Seattle.

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. For the first time this year, we have a theme: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Battery-electric buses are poised to be the next big leap in technology for the transit industry, so we decided to ask a planner to explain what it means for us! 

David Cooper

By David Cooper, senior planner, TransLink

One of the exciting technology advances in the public transit world is the deployment of battery-electric buses.

As we are seeing a transition in the auto industry from the internal combustion engine to electricity, transit agencies including TransLink are exploring the suitability of adopting this technology for our future bus fleet. Read more »

New community shuttle buses arrive for Bowen Island

The first of three brand-new community shuttles for Bowen Island entered service this week.

Hey Bowen Island! Exciting news—the first of three brand-new community shuttles has arrived.

Vehicle number 17549 entered service this past Wednesday on the C10 Bluewater and C11 Eagle Cliff routes after First Transit operators and management received a thorough operating orientation.

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The September 2017 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system!

Fall is upon us! This means kids are gearing up to back-to-school, fall service changes are coming (make sure to follow our Bus Route Buzz series to get full details!) and of course, the September edition of the Buzzer is now on the system!

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UBC Exchange bus stops are moving September 4!

UBC Bus Stop Move

Riders of the 99 B-Line and the 49 Metrotown Station this announcement is for you! The bays for both routes will be moved to improve customer queuing. These changes will take effect on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Where can you find your bus as of September 4?

The bays will be switched to their new location at the UBC Exchange as follows:

  • Bay 4 (61935) – 99 B-Line
  • Bay 5 (61979) – 49 Metrotown Station

UBC Bus Stop Moves

For up-to-date transit service information including bus stop changes, sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts,
follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Author: Christina Jakopin

The Buzz is Back! Fall Service Changes begin September 4

Bus Route Buzz

While the vast majority of Metro Vancouver continues to enjoy the final months of summer sun, sand and surf, we’re working hard behind the scenes to prepare for fall service changes at TransLink. With back-to-school upon us, we’re focused on improving service to post-secondary schools including UBC, SFU, BCIT and Capilano University. We’re also bringing more frequent connections to SkyTrain to help move you quicker and more efficiently through the region.

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2016 Transit Service Performance Review: what are the top five routes in your area?

Last week, TransLink released the 2016 Transit Service Performance Review, a comprehensive look at ridership and service productivity for bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express.

We know there’s tons of information in there to wade through so we’re back this week to share with you a couple more tidbits about boardings from the report!

What is a boarding?  A boarding is considered each time a passenger enters a fare paid zone using Compass fare media or any other proof of payment.

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New electric bus rolls on Vancouver streets beginning May 15, 2017

You read that right! On Monday, May 15, 2017, a three-month test of an electric battery-powered bus will begin!

The bus, provided by BYD Canada at no cost to TransLink, uses slow-charge technology to provide enough power to drive approximately 250 kilometres on a single charge!

This trial is just one of the environmentally friendly bus technology tests TransLink plans to launch as part of our commitment to helping the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The bus will snuggle in for its nightly charge at the Vancouver Transit Centre where our electric trolley fleet is based.

During the trial, we will be able to test the bus on our system, take a look at its performance according to the bus operators and maintenance crews as well as the satisfaction of the customers in order to determine our next steps with this technology.

DID YOU KNOW??

Almost half of TransLink’s fleet of 1,386 buses is comprised of cleaner-technology buses including 262 electric trolleys, 116 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and 252 hybrid diesel buses.

BYD battery-electric bus fast facts!

  • Three hours charge time.
  • Battery designed to power bus for one-million kilometers before it needs replacing.
  • Highly efficient and powerful AC in-wheel hub motors provide instant torque to perform in all driving conditions.
  • Battery can also serve as a mobile generator.

Excited about this e-bus? We are too and we’re just getting started! TransLink is developing a Low-Carbon Fleet Strategy and we will be launching a second electric bus trial next year.

We’ll be sure to share all the details right here on the Buzzer blog.

WHERE CAN YOU CATCH THE BUS?

The BYD bus will be on various routes in Vancouver. On Monday, May 15th it will running on the #33 route. Other routes it may service over the next three months are the #25, #41 and #84. We’re going to try to get more specifics on the routes and will post that info right here on the blog.

Check out our Instagram story from today’s demonstration!

Read the media release about this bus trial here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

From Rails to Rubber: A look back at the region’s transition from streetcars to buses

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April 20, 1955 Print Buzzer

Today marks the 62nd year since the last streetcar ride in Vancouver! We’re definitely a bus region nowadays whether they be conventional diesel, hybrids or trolleybuses, but it wasn’t always that way.

Metro Vancouver used to have interurban rail and urban streetcars connecting and moving the Lower Mainland until April 24, 1955 when we said goodbye to Vancouver streetcars with a fitting send-off at the PNE.

To know where you are, is to know where you’ve been. So, let’s take a quick look at the major milestones that transitioned our region from rails to rubber!

Transit Timeline

1889 – Laying Vancouver’s streetcar rails

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Constructing streetcar tracks on Powell St.

1890 – First electric streetcar in Vancouver

The beginning of transit in Metro Vancouver

The beginning of transit in Metro Vancouver

First streetcars quick facts!

  • 4 wheeled
  • open sides and front
  • Bench seating
  • Ran at 6 m.p.h
  • Originally made to be horse-drawn

Two lines:

1. Down Westminster Avenue (now Main St) from 1st Ave to Powell.
2. Along Powell and Cordova from Campbell Ave to Granville St.

1891 – Interurban tram line opens connecting New Westminster and Vancouver
1905 – Construction of North Vancouver tracks
1922 – Rebuilding of doors on streetcars when the rule-of-the-road switch from left to right.
1923 – First BCER bus on Grandview Highway route

first bcer bus 1923
1927 – Two-car “trains” were introduced on major routes

Two-car streetcar "trains" ran on main Vancouver routes from 1927 to the late 1940s

Two-car streetcar “trains” ran on main Vancouver routes from 1927 to the late 1940s

1945 to 1955 – Streetcar rails removed

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Removing streetcar tracks on Broadway near Cambie

1946 – Streetcars start to be replaced with buses
April 22, 1955, 3:30 am – The last official revenue streetcar went out of service
April 22, 1955 – Last streetcar route replaced with trolley bus
April 24, 1955 –
Last streetcar (free!) ride and No. 53 display at the PNE
1958 – The end of interurban service

“If the next 65 years are anything like the last, there will be lots to keep us busy – whether it’s streetcars or helicopters!”

– The Buzzer, April 20, 1955

Although the vehicles have changed, the impact of public transit and transportation continue to mould our present and future!

Thanks for coming along for the ride down the tracks of our transit history.

Have a hankering to see a streetcar today? Just head to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown to see the No. 53 or cruise by East Broadway at the Kingsway and….. tada a lovely little streetcar replica!

No 21 Mount Pleasant

A nod to transit years gone by

You can also view the special Rails to Rubber 1955 edition of the Buzzer and read more about our streetcar past here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus route changes start Monday!

Customer Alert generic busMonday is a busy day! In addition to Spring Service Changes going into effect on April 24, we also have a number of other bus changes that will affect your travel.

609 construction detour

Starting April 24, the 609 Tsawwassen First Nation/South Delta Exchange bus route will be temporarily detoured for water main replacement work.

As part of the new route, the 609 will travel via 56 Street to and from South Delta Exchange. The detour is expected to be in effect until October 2017.

What’s my new route?

  • Travelling from Tsawwassen Drive at Falcon Way? You’ll now travel via Tsawwassen Drive, Hwy 17 (temporarily until Blue Heron Drive is completed), Salish Sea Drive, Canoe Pass Way, 52 St, Hwy 17, 56 Street to the terminus at South Delta Exchange
  • Travelling from South Delta Exchange via 56 Street? You’ll now travel via 12 Ave, 53a St, 16 Ave, 56 St, Hwy 17, 52 St, Canoe Pass Way, Salish Sea Drive, Hwy 17 (temporarily until Blue Heron Drive is completed), Tsawwassen Drive to the terminus at Falcon Drive
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609 detour

For more information about the water main project, visit the Metro Vancouver website.

New bus stop location for the 2 Macdonald/Downtown

Attention 2 Macdonald/Downtown bus users!

We are adding a new bus stop at Burrard and Dunsmuir streets (stop #58099) to help reduce crowding.

On April 24, the 2 Macdonald will pick up and drop off at this new stop. The 22 Downtown will provide drop offs only at this location.

The 2 Macdonald will no longer stop in front of Burrard SkyTrain Station (stop #50043).

Know before you go! Use Trip Planner to map your new route and head to translink.ca/servicechanges for the full list of Spring Service Changes.

new burrard bus stops

Burrard Station bus stop changes

Have questions?
Call Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Bus stop changes at 29th Avenue Station

 

Phase one bus stop moves

Route 16 and 33 bus stops will temporarily move as of January 24.

TransLink will be upgrading the 29th Avenue Station Exchange to improve customer access, safety and security.

During this upgrade work, temporary traffic patterns and bus stop location changes will occur.

Until mid-February, the regular stops for the 16 and 33 buses will be moved outside the bus loop.

The number 16 bus bay has been relocated to north side of 29th Avenue.

The number 33 bus bay has been relocated to south side of 29th Avenue.

The upgrades for this exchange will include:

  • A new bus bay to allow all buses to pick up and drop off within the bus loop.
  • Improved lighting, glass shelters and lower profile landscaping to make the bus loop more visible and safer.
  • Three new crosswalks to improve safety and access tot he bus loop and station.
  • New bus stop ID poles with braille and tactile strips to meet accessibility standards and better direct customers.

The entire project is set to wrap up Summer 2017.

For more information about upcoming bus stop changes at this station,
call Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or visit translink.ca/alerts and click the alerts tab.

Author: Adrienne Coling

(Video) TransLink launches Phase One of the 10-year Vision with more SkyTrain and SeaBus service

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Today is a great day because it marks the beginning of more transit for our region!

More transit means expanded region-wide bus and HandyDART services, improvements to major roads to reduce congestion and address bottlenecks plus more SkyTrain and SeaBus to reduce wait times and overcrowding.

These services will be rolled out this year as part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

“Metro Vancouver’s public transportation system is finally turning a corner after nearly a decade without significant region-wide investment in transit services,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “With completion of the Evergreen Extension in December, and this week’s launch of the first transit enhancements included in the 10-Year Vision, Metro Vancouver is starting to see the long-overdue transportation improvements that will get our region moving again.”

What’s new

  • SkyTrain
    • On weekdays – peak service will end 15 minutes later in the morning and last one hour longer in the afternoon and evening rush.
    • On weekends – trains will increase to match weekday off-peak frequency meaning trains will run every 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Canada Line
    • More frequent service during weekday peak hours.
    • 11 per cent increase in passenger capacity during the busiest periods – that means an extra 3,700 passengers in each direction every weekday.
  • Bus and HandyDART
    • 10 per cent increase in bus service.
    • 15 per cent increase for HandyDART meaning 85,000 more available trips annually.
  • SeaBus
    • Doubling SeaBus Service on Sundays and holidays to sailings every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s next

In the coming weeks and months, more improvements of Phase One will be rolled out, including:

  • New or expanded transit services for neighbourhoods that currently have few – or no – transit options today;
  • Safer walking and cycling routes; and
  • Improvements to the Major Road Network.

Keep reading the Buzzer blog for how you can get involved in public consultation for some upcoming Phase Two projects including Surrey-Newton-Guilford LRT and Broadway Subway.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and Instagram to be notified and watch our live stream broadcasts of future events.

A complete list of all the changes taking place this week and the full 10-year Vision is available at tenyearvision.translink.ca.

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Author: Adrienne Coling

An important service reminder plus the Buzzer blog wishes you happy holidays!

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Yet again I have roped my colleagues into a group photo – this time, to spread some Christmas cheer to you, all of our amazing Buzzer blog readers.

We strive to bring you informative, fun and interesting transit happenings from our agency and from across the globe.

Thank you for being a part of our online community!

Just as a reminder, with Christmas drawing nigh, transit will operating slightly differently over the next few days.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule; some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedule to reflect ridership levels. Use the Trip Planner (with the date of Dec. 25) to check your route and bus times, or read the Christmas Day Schedules below.
  • SeaBus and SkyTrain will operate with a modified Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2016

  • Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule; some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedule to reflect ridership levels. Use the Trip Planner (with the date of Dec. 26) to check your route and bus times, or read the Boxing Day Schedules below.
  • SeaBus will operate regular Sunday/holiday service with extended evening trips.
  • SkyTrain will run Saturday service with extra trains running midday to accommodate shoppers.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.

**Please check the website as timings are subject to change.

Bonus! On Sunday/holiday schedules you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones on all modes!

Remember, if you’re enjoying some libations during your merry merriment, please plan ahead for a safe ride home.

The social team will be off on December 24 and back December 28.
If you have questions please tweet @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Happy holidays!

Author: Adrienne Coling