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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.

How TransLink prepares for winter

CMBC Winter Weather

While the seasonal calendar says it’s fall, Mother Nature has a sneaky way of saying otherwise. Preparations are well underway to ensure that we’re doing our best to stay one step ahead of the inclement weather.

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2017 Halloween wrap-up

2017 Halloween Wrap Up

Halloween 2017 started on a high note Friday October 27th with none other than a #SkyTrainParty hosted by Vancouver Public Space Network. This annual Halloween-themed celebration transforms SkyTrain with costume-clad commuters, tricks and treats, and even a DJ! This Halloween party is not an official TransLink event, but we love seeing creative passengers enjoying our public transit system! Check out some pictures from the fun night here:

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6 tips for staying safe on transit this Halloween from Transit Police

Halloween 2017

Happy Hallow’s Eve from all of us here at TransLink!

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids and adults alike and safety is paramount whether you’re heading out on foot, personal vehicle or via transit. The forecast is calling for a clear and dry evening of tricks and treats.

Our friends at Transit Police have six tips to help you stay safe on transit:

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On this day in Buzzer Blog history: October 30, 2009 plus a fun poll!

Old Mr Buzzer

Welcome back to On this day in Buzzer Blog history, a look back at the way things were. Today’s post takes us back to a Friday fun post where we asked if you’ve ever forgotten to buy a FareCard at month’s end — then boarded transit without valid fare?

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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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#MyTransLink – October 26

Horray! We’re back again with another eye-catching edition of #MyTransLink. It’s no surprise that our riders and community neighbours take some of the best photos of our region and transit system. We have grown to love sharing your shots across our social channels. Take a look at just a few (there were many to pick from this week) of our favourites!

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BC Parkway construction is now complete!

Exciting news in time for Bike to Work Week! Improvements to the BC Parkway are now complete, so grab your two-wheeler and go for a twirl. These improvements, made over the summer and into fall, will enhance safety and the overall experience for cyclists and pedestrians.

What is the BC Parkway?

The BC Parkway is a 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels SkyTrain’s Expo Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver. It’s an important facility for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users in the region as it makes it easy for pedestrians and cyclists to connect to all Expo Line stations and encourages multi-modal transportation.

Continual improvements to the facility help keep the parkway in good condition and increase the safety and accessibility of the path while allowing users to get around with greater ease.

Here’s a quick look at what we did:

  • Removed and re-graded three retaining walls near Gilley Avenue;
  • Removed the wood pedestrian bridge near Bonsor Avenue, raising the BC Hydro vault and re-graded the path; and
  • Replaced the wood-tie retaining wall near Patterson Station.

Before and after pictures of the work done near Patterson Station (left) and Bonsor Avenue (right)


Did you know? TransLink is responsible for more than transit.

Author: Christina Jakopin

More than 21,000 rail pads set to be replaced on SkyTrain in Surrey

Starting on October 23, we’ll begin replacing rail pads on the Expo Line between Scott Road and King George stations as part of the SkyTrain Rail Asset State of Good Repair Program.

On most Sundays through Thursdays, from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service, the Expo Line will use one track in both directions, around the area where the work is happening.

Customers are encouraged to plan for an additional 5-10 minutes for travel between Scott Road, Gateway, Surrey Central and King George stations. Please watch destination displays and listen for announcements. Know before you go by visiting

The project will replace more than 21,000 rail pads, which are attached to the concrete guideway to support the rail that the trains run on. The original Expo Line has been in service since 1986 and the rail pads in many areas were installed in 1992. These rail pads are now reaching the end of their life spans.

The work schedule is subject to change, and is weather dependent (work cannot take place in the snow) and will be adjusted to accommodate major events. Changes to regular operating patterns may also occur.

Thank you for your patience while we continue to keep the SkyTrain network safe and reliable for years to come. Rail pad replacement work is scheduled to be complete by spring 2018.

Fall Bike to Work Week is October 23 – 29

Bike to Work Week is October 23–29!

Fall is in full force here in Metro Vancouver and we’ve partnered up with our favourite cycling allies to help celebrate Fall Bike to Work Week from October 23 – 29.

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Get involved in the environmental and socio-economic reviews for both rapid transit projects

Today, we are launching the Environmental and Socio-Economic Review process for both the Vancouver and Surrey rapid transit projects.

To get involved, please review the technical summaries for each project. Next, fill out the online surveys until November 6 for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT projects.

What’s the goal of the environmental and socio-economic review? Glad you asked! It’s part of our planning and engineering work for both projects. The review process will:

  • Describe the existing conditions and identify potential effects of the project;
  • Study those effects and evaluate how much impact they will have;
  • Identify mitigation measures, or actions to avoid or reduce potentially negative effects; and
  • Develop construction and operations requirements that the project contractors will have to meet.

We’re asking residents to provide feedback in one or more of the follow areas: socio-economics, archaeological and heritage resources, noise and vibration, air quality and greenhouse gases, contaminated sites, electric and magnetic field effects, and general or other comments.

Your feedback will help inform what we study now, in order to better understand project effects from construction or operations. It will help us in refining both projects’ designs to support a final funding request to the provincial government and to support development of construction and operating performance requirements in delivering the projects.

The Environmental and Socio-Economic Review’s findings will be published in early 2018. We’ll also be back in 2018 with another opportunity to get involved. A summary of what we have heard so far is available on our Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT project websites.

Check out one of the winning I Love Transit Camp entries!

I Love Transit 2017

This Thursday, October 19, I Love Transit Camp is in session!

A class of Grade 4 and 5 students from Pebble Hill Elementary School in Delta will get a unique opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of TransLink’s operating facilities. They will visit the Coast Mountain Bus Company bus depot at Burnaby Transit Centre and SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre where they’ll visit control and the maintenance yard.

Have I got you excited? Want to join us on camp? Make sure you follow @TransLinkBC on Instagram and check out our Story this Thursday. Don’t miss out! Stories disappear after 24 hours.

To win their way to I Love Transit Camp, the students wowed our judges with their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We’ve kept their winning entry under wraps—until now! Read more »

Record growth continues as ridership numbers follow trend

2017 is proving to be a record year for ridership in Metro Vancouver with over 306 million boardings system-wide. Our latest Compass data is in and it shows ridership numbers higher than ever before proving locals and visitors alike are choosing public transit as their mode of transportation. As of the end of September, 2017, monthly Boardings and Journeys are up +5.2% and +5.4% year-over-year, respectively. Average Weekday Boardings are up +6.9% and Average Weekday Journeys are up +7.0% year-over-year.

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On this day in Buzzer blog history: October 16, 2009

Old Mr Buzzer

We dove way back into the archives for today’s On this day post.

Let’s take a look back at October 16, 2009. The Buzzer Blog was in it’s first few years of publication, and we shared this gem of a riddle/photo puzzle that was originally published in the print Buzzer in, get this, 1937! 

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TransLink invests in 51 new road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects

Did you know TransLink is responsible for more than transit? Mhmm! This year, we’re committing nearly $65 million in the Major Road Network (MRN) to fund road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in municipalities across Metro Vancouver.

Fifty-one capital projects across the region will receive a portion of $23 million in funding this year. It’s all part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision that will improve transportation infrastructure for people whether they drive, bike, walk or take transit. The projects include:

  • West Keith Road multi-use and cycling path in North Vancouver;
  • roadway widening, streetlights and new bike lanes in Delta;
  • separated bike lanes along 100 Avenue in Surrey; and
  • the Willingdon Linear Park: a new park and multi-use path on Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby.

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