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Bus Route Buzz – Vancouver

Bus Route Buzz

Hey Vancouver! This September, why not save some fuel and take the bus to school?! In addition to regular seasonal bus changes, we’re adding more service to reduce crowding on the 25 Brentwood Station/UBC, 49 Metrotown Station/UBC and 84 VCC-Clark Station/UBC.

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Metrotown bus stops on the move

Do you take the 49 or the 116 to or from Metrotown Station?

Good news! Starting September 4, the 49 Metrotown Station/Dunbar Loop/UBC and the 116 Edmonds Station/Metrotown Station will stop directly in front of Metrotown SkyTrain Station.

We’re introducing new eastbound stops along Central Boulevard to improve accessibility and make bus and SkyTrain transfers easier and more convenient. You’ll also notice two brand new bus shelters.

Temporary crosswalk changes

From August 30 to September 2, the south pedestrian path between the bus loop crosswalk and the centre stationhouse entrance at Metrotown will close, as we put the finishing touches on the new bus shelters for the 49 and the 116.

During this time, passengers exiting the station can travel east from the centre entrance to cross Central Boulevard at the mall parkade entrance to get to the bus loop. You can also exit the west stationhouse – where the new escalators are located – and head west to the McKay crosswalk.

Your safety is our top concern, so please – no jaywalking! Traffic flaggers and SkyTrain staff will be on site to direct you safely in and out of the station. Read more »

#MyTransLink – August 29

Hey Metro Vancouver, #MyTransLink is back! We know you’ve been waiting for our biweekly rider-curated series showcasing your in transit photos from around Metro Vancouver. Check out the latest and greatest shots captured since our last installment.

 

Bus Route Buzz: North Vancouver, White Rock and Tsawwassen

Bus Route Buzz

September means back-to-school for many in Metro Vancouver. Come September 4, as part of Fall Service Changes, and the 10-Year Vision we’re bringing increased capacity on many of the region’s most crowded routes including the 620 to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, the 240 to North Vancouver and the 351 to White Rock.

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B.C. government announces toll removals starting Sept. 1

Starting at midnight on September 1, 2017 drivers will not incur new toll charges on the Golden Ears Bridge

Today, the B.C. government announced tolls will be removed from the Port Mann Bridge and Golden Ears Bridge, starting on Friday, September 1, 2017.

What does this mean for drivers who use the Golden Ears Bridge? Starting at midnight on September 1 you will not incur new toll charges. However, tolls for trips taken prior to this date must still be paid to Quickpass or TReO, depending on which agency sends you a bill.

To find out more about how to settle your account and return your transponder, please call Quickpass at 604.460.5050, visit them in person (12167 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows), or visit translink.ca.

Bus Route Buzz: Surrey, Langley & Maple Ridge

Bus Route Buzz

Great news Clayton Heights, Morgan Creek and Silver Valley! Summer may be ending, but Fall Service Changes mean we’re sending brand new service your way beginning September 4!

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#ThanksABillion for one billion Compass taps!

It’s time to celebrate!! We are quickly approaching ONE BILLION Compass taps across the system and we want to commemorate this special occasion and to thank YOU, the Compass user, we have an exciting contest where you could win one of ten, special edition #Canada150 Compass Cards loaded with $50 in Stored Value! 

Update: Around 8:30 a.m. on August 24, 2017, a customer who boarded a bus on the 100 22nd Station/Marpole Loop tapped in on the bus’s mobile validator to record the billionth tap since the Compass system was first switched on for testing in September 2013! Read more »

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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This is why there’s a third platform at Stadium – Chinatown SkyTrain station

The third platform at Stadium-Chinatown Station, in use during the 1980s! The third track is the one on the far left of the photo.

 

A SkyTrain sitting at the third track at Stadium-Chinatown Station.

What’s the third platform at Stadium-Chinatown? Well, if you go to the regular platform to board a SkyTrain, you’ll clearly see there’s ANOTHER platform across the SkyTrain tracks and behind the fence, sitting empty. Have a look at the photo on the right to see what I mean.

 

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Links and Tidbits – August 18, 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!

»  What’s behind the resurgence of streetcars in the US? This is the reason why.

»  Walk on Metro Vancouver! Check out this Vancouverites tips on creating a walkability challenge!

»  Manspreading goes global, but is this transit etiquette faux paux just for men?

»  In June, TransLink and the Mayors’ Council launched the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission. It looks like New York City is looking into trying congestion pricing.

»  For some musicians, riding in a tour bus means they’ve made it. But what’s the cost of a tour bus rental?

»  A 15-year-old boy took over the Twitter account for Southern Rail in the UK: “It was total chaos, and people loved it.

»  That talk about building a bullet train between Vancouver and Seattle seems to be gaining traction as a feasibility study is underway.

»  Check it out! China just built the world’s longest elevated cycle path.

»  Using volunteers, Germany is testing out new facial recognition technology at its main railway station in Berlin to increase safety.

»  See this: a treasure trove of great transit branding! Someone drew out the public transportation fleets in different cities.

»  These “x-ray” maps show you what the subway stations in New York actually look like!

»  Graphic designer Petr Novak shrunk and simplified 220 metro and light rail systems (including Vancouver!) into mini maps.

»  Check out this newsletter article from the Renfrew–Collingwood Community News on how the Evergreen Extension connects history from Renfrew–Collingwood to Port Moody.

»  Gondolas are gaining popularity in the United States as alternative transportation. There’s at least three gondola proposals in New York.

»  According to CBC’s Don Pittis, urban parking is dying a slow death in Canadian cities.

»  These pillars for an abandoned monorail project in South Jakarta, Indonesia are coming down.

Author: Allen Tung

Going to the Fair at the PNE? Transit will get you there, starting August 19

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Celebrate summer at the legendary Fair at the PNE! Featuring special Canada 150 shows and entertainment, rides and food that will remind you of your childhood and new attractions and shows here for this year only. Open August 19 — September 4 (closed August 21 and 28).

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#MyTransLink – August 15

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
— Edward Steichen

After a brief hiatus, #MyTransLink is back! If you’re new here, welcome to our biweekly rider-curated series showcasing photos in transit from around Metro Vancouver. Here are some of the great shots captured since our last installment.

Why not enjoy the sunset while taking a ride on #mytranslink 🚝🌇

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Author: Sarah Kertcher

Fun poll results: Your favourite summer spots to visit with transit

The results are in! We asked you what your favourite summer spot is to visit with transit and with 27 per cent of votes, Stanley Park is your favourite summer spot!

Coming in second and not too far behind with 20 per cent of votes is “Other”. Granville Island and New Westminster River Market both tied for third place with 14 per cent of votes each.

If you answered other, where do you love to go with transit in the summer? Summer isn’t over yet so comment below and let us know!

Following the top three summer destinations are White Pine Beach and Lonsdale Quay, each with eight per cent of votes, Queen Elizabeth Park with four per cent of votes, and Kitsilano Beach and Capilano Suspension Bridge coming in with three per cent of votes.

Thanks to everyone for voting!

If you have an idea for a poll, comment below or email thebuzzer@translink.ca!

Author: Christina Jakopin

Q&A: In conversation with a transit planner—TransLink and transit in Canada

Prior to joining TransLink as a senior planner, David Cooper worked for Calgary Transit and the City of Toronto, where he supported the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway expansion projects.

Owing to TransLink’s international reputation as a progressive company in the transportation industry, our positions attract talent from across Canada and the world. Perhaps most notably, our CEO came from Seattle!

TransLink is regarded as one of the most innovative transportation companies in the world. We are unique in that we are the first North American transportation authority—and only one in Canada—to be multimodal. TransLink is responsible for the planning, financing and managing of all public transit in addition to major regional roads and bridges, transportation demand-management strategies and programs, and supporting the region’s growth strategy and regional economic development.

It was this unique challenge that spurred transit planner David Cooper to pack up and move to the Vancouver to join TransLink earlier this year as a senior planner in TransLink’s system planning department.

He came to us from Toronto where he was a senior transportation planner with the city, and prior to that, he worked for Calgary Transit.

Cooper recently sat down with The Buzzer blog to chat about working for TransLink and transit planning in Canada:

What drew you to Vancouver to work for TransLink?

I call the System Planning group the place where ideas come true at TransLink. We are advancing a vast range of projects that will forever transform our transit system.  We are advancing new fleet technologies, expanding our service, and adding new rail service.  In the transit world, you name it—we are probably doing it. Who wouldn’t want to work for an organization that is open to new ideas and is moving ahead projects that will make Metro Vancouver an even better place to live!

“Who wouldn’t want to work for an organization that is open to new ideas and is moving ahead projects that will make Metro Vancouver an even better place to live!”

—David Cooper on working for TransLink

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TransLink is responsible for more than just transit?!

Cycling isn’t just one of the healthiest ways to travel, but it’s also a pollution-free mode of transport. Did you know that cycling 10km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions a year?!

You may or may not know that TransLink is responsible for much more than just transit. Our cycling program is vast and varied, covering everything from regional cycling initiatives to end-of-trip facilities and we’re committed to addressing many of the transportation challenges that Metro Vancouver faces today.

Our multimodal mandate

We’re responsible for providing cycling options in the region and connecting cycling to the wider transportation system of Metro Vancouver while supporting over 107,000 bike trips daily! Our long-term transportation strategy, TransLink 2040 sets goals for the kind of transportation future we want. Within the next 30 years, one of the goals is that most trips in Metro Vancouver will be made by transit, walking and cycling.

If we can reduce the distances driven in the region by 33 per cent by designing our communities and transportation systems to encourage half of our trips to be by walking, cycling or transit, everyone will benefit! This will reduce congestion, make travel more reliable, protect our climate by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and by make roads safer.

Bicycle transportation system

Bikeway network

Did you know that there are multi-use paths that make biking to and from destinations easier, safer and more accessible?

  • The BC Parkway– A 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.
  • The Central Valley Greenway– A 24-kilometre route for cycling, jogging, walking, wheelchairs, skateboarding and blading that connect Vancouver with Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycling Bridge – The important link connecting the cycling routes of Richmond and Vancouver

Bike racks

Every single vehicle in our bus fleet has racks for your bike. That’s right. You don’t have to leave your bike at home ever again! Check out this Buzzer blog post with a detailed video on how to take your bike on the bus and then test out your skills at our bike rack demo in North Vancouver or on your next transit trip!

Transit tip! Exit from the front door and let the driver know that you need to remove your bike.

Bike Parkades

Currently, our two bike parkades are located at Main Street-Science World Station and King George Station with more parkades en route soon. Bike Parkades are well-lit, indoor bicycle parking facilities where users can lock up their bike for the day. They provide secure and convenient access seven days a week to customers who enroll through their Compass Card.

Bike Parkades cost only one dollar a day, with fees capped at eight dollars a month. Check out our how-to video below! Register online for access by visiting www.translink.ca/bikeparkade.

FYI: In the next two years four more Bike Parkades will be opening at King Edward, Joyce, Commercial-Broadway and Metrotown stations!

Partners

Our TravelSmart team works with a variety of corporate and government partners to ensure that Metro Vancouverites are aware of smarter travel options.

TravelSmart partners with the following organizations to deliver our programs throughout the region:

Some of our awesome bike partners

HUB focuses on showing people that cycling is an attractive and healthy choice for everyone. Their annual spring and fall Bike to Work weeks celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. We also partner with HUB on their different programs such as their Bike Host orientation program and their Bike to Shop Days.

BEST provides bike valet services at events in Metro Vancouver such as Khatsalano Fest, Celebration of Light, Vancouver Whitecaps home games and the Gastown Grand Prix. The Bike Valet operates at many events that TransLink supports and this year they expect to park 30,000 bicycles at events across the Metro Vancouver region!

Mark your calendar and be part of the change and help make Metro Vancouver a happier, healthier place to live, work and play! This year’s fall Bike to Work week will take place from October 23 to 27, 2017.

Wondering where to bike next? Plan your trip by exploring our online cycling maps and route planning tool!

Author: Christina Jakopin