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The Transit Network Review Report is here!

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Back in February, we asked you, our riders and neighbours to weigh in on some proposed new bus routes in Silver Valley, Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek communities as well as changes to the 159 and 169 in Port Coquitlam–South Coquitlam.

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Links and Tidbits – April 28, 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.

»   A peek into the past as Rome’s latest subway dig unearths ancient artifacts.

»   Check out some of these rents near busy NYC subway hubs. Can anyone say STICKER SHOCK?!

»   Public transit = the great equalizer, connecting people from all walks of life!

»  Major #TBT for the TTC when the Yonge Line opened in 1954!

»   Meet the innovative musician who makes every second count on NYC’s subway.

»   Toronto gets comic-fied with a special nod to the TTC!

»  Good samaritans to the rescue on transit.

»  Being nosy on the subway was no problem for James “Smelly” Kelly.

»   Need some tips to make your commute more enjoable? Here are 11 ways to boost your transit ride.

»   Naomi Watts just cruising around on New York’s transit system. Snapping pics people snapping pics of her!

»   A first (to my knowledge!) as Berlin declares subway stations as historic monuments!

»   The Weeknd is paying homage to his hometown of Toronto in a new video with his co-star, the TTC subway!

»  Suprise – Subway rave! Would this ^^ delight or deter you?

»  What does it mean to rely on public transit? Read these people’s stories.

»  Who owns transit data? Most transit agencies have open source data but Germany chooses not to do this. Where do you stand?

»  10-year-old goes from selling napkins in Cairo subway to launchin his own art exhibition.

Subway1-778x1024»  Subway seat urinal or urinal subway seat? Art. It’s subjective!

»  What beautiful Moscow subway car art. These are reproductions of 78 notable Russian artists’ works showcased on their public transit.

»  Finally, please enjoy these awesome “slow-tv” GIFS of NYC subway from 1905-1980s.

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

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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 Buzz: New Westminster

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Attention New Westers! …. New Westminsterians? Sappers?

Well, let’s just say if you live, work or take transit in and around New Westminster, this Bus Route Buzz is for you!

As a reminder, many of our Spring Service Changes bus improvements are made possible by the 10-Year Vision and part of a three-year roll out of bus expansion to reduce crowding, improve service frequency and capacity issues as well as expanding routes into underserviced areas. You can view upcoming changes to the bus network as a part of this plan here.

For seasonal Service Changes that happen four times a year, click here.

We heard you!

153 Braid Station/Coquitlam Central Station

  • We’re adding more service during peak periods to reduce crowding and pass ups.
  • Service every 12-14 minutes from 6-9 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m.

410 22nd Street Station/Railway

We’re increasing service to better meet the needs of our riders! Many will experience shorter wait times for buses and between transfer connections, as well as  less crowding on buses and reduced pass ups.

  • Weekday AM peak improvements:
    • We’ve added additional service from 6-9 a.m.
  • Weekday PM peak improvements:
    • We’ve added additional service from 2:30-7 p.m.
  • Saturday improvements:
    • We’ve added additional service from 1:30-4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
  • Sunday improvements:
    • We’ve added additional service from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Community Shuttles

C3 Quayside/Victoria Hill

  • Extended service on weekdays and weekends to run every 20 minutes from 9 p.m. to midnight.

C4 New Westminster Station/Uptown

  • Extended service on weekdays and weekends to run every 30 minutes from 9 p.m. to midnight.

C9 New Westminster Station/Lougheed Station

Effective April 3, 2017

  • The C9 New Westminster Station/Lougheed Station now permanently travels through the Fraserview neighbourhood via Cumberland and Richmond streets.

For all the route and frequency changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.
Have a question for #DenisThePlanner? Use the hashtag on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Surrey Central buses are on the move!

Surrey Central Construction

Calling all Surrey Central bus loop users!

Starting Monday, April 10, Bay 12 will temporarily close for construction of a new entrance at Surrey Central Station. As a result, the 502, C71 and C73 will change pick up and drop off locations.

What you need to know:

**Update May 11, 2017**

  • Stop move: The 502 Langley Centre/Surrey Central Station will move to Bay 6 (stop #55714) Bay 9.
  • Stop move: The 503 Aldergrove/Surrey Central Station will move to Bay 6
  • New stop: The C71 Surrey Central/Scott Road Station and the C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station will move to a new drop off and pick up location at Bay 15 (stop #60153) in front of SFU on 102nd Avenue, or board at Bay 5A.
  • Stop move: The C71 and C73 will pick up SkyTrain passengers connecting to the bus at Bay 14 (stop #61787).

Surrey Central Construction

You can learn more about the Surrey Central Station upgrades on our website.

Not sure where to go? We’re here to help!
Look for signage at the bus exchange, tweet us @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

The Transit Network Review is back and we want to hear from you!

Transit Network Review

The Transit Network Review is part of an ongoing process where TransLink takes a look at the transit network to identify service changes that will better meet the needs of customers and increase ridership.

With the 10-Year Vision in full swing, providing service improvements across the network in the coming months and years, we have an opportunity to deliver on more and better services for our riders, across Metro Vancouver.

The last review was in 2015 where we went out to the public for extensive consultation resulting in 12,000 completed surveys leading to 85 service changes.

The majority of these changes were implemented when the Evergreen Extension opened in December 2016.

Now, we’re back again looking at different service areas – Silver Valley, Clayton Heights, Morgan Creek communities, as well as Port Coquitlam-South Coquitlam.

Focus for the 2017 Review:

  • Delivering Service in new areas
    • Proposed transit network changes that will provide new service to areas that do not currently have service, or have limited service, including:
      • Proposed new 733 Bryant/Haney Place/Pt Haney Station
      • Proposed new 741 Anderson Creek/Haney Place/Pt Haney Station
      • Proposed new 372 Clayton Heights/Langley Centre
      • C53 Cranley/White Rock Centre
      • 354 White Rock South/ White Rock Centre/Bridgeport Station
  • Improving existing routes to better connect to key destinations
    • Develop options to improve the 159 and 169 routes.

Get involved!

You can get involved two ways: complete the online survey or attend one of our open houses.

The survey will run from February 14, 2017 until March 6, 2017.

You can find more information about the Transit Network Review at translink.ca/networkreview.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Better bus connections are coming for West Coast Express riders!

Attention all West Coast Express riders!

Some of the bus schedules that connect to the West Coast Express were changed on December 19 as part of our regular service changes.

Since that time, you’ve reached out by phone, email, Twitter and other channels to tell us that the changes to some routes made for tight connections between bus and West Coast Express.

We are listening and we’re making changes to reflect the feedback!

Starting Monday, January 30, 2017 the schedules of the following routes will change:

171 Fremont trips departing Coquitlam Central Station weekdays at 6:57 a.m. and 7:27 a.m. will now leave 2 minutes earlier at 6:55 a.m. and 3 minutes earlier at 7:24 a.m.

171 Coquitlam Central Station trips departing Fremont and Dominion weekdays at 7:20 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. will now leave 2 minutes earlier at 7:18 a.m. and 7:48 a.m.

172 Riverside trips departing Coquitlam Central Station weekdays at 6:54 a.m. and 7:24 a.m. will now leave 2 minutes earlier at 6:52 a.m. and 7:22 a.m.

172 Coquitlam Central Station trips departing Dominion and Fremont weekdays at 7:10 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. will now leave 2 minutes earlier at 7:08 a.m. and 3 minutes earlier at 7:37 a.m.

180 Moody Centre Station trips departing from Lougheed Station weekdays between 6:18 a.m. until 8:05 a.m. will now leave 2 minutes earlier.

180 Lougheed Station trips departing from Moody Centre Station weekdays between 5:42 a.m. until 7:32 a.m. will now leave 2 minutes earlier.

182 Moody Centre Station/Belcarra All weekday trip times have been adjusted to better reflect conditions and to connect with the West Coast Express.

184 Moody Centre Station trip departing from Panorama at Lansdowne weekdays at 6:20 a.m. will now leave 5 minutes earlier at 6:15 a.m.

185 Lansdowne trip departing Coquitlam Central Station weekdays at 6:05 a.m. will now leave 5 minutes earlier at 6:00 a.m.

In some cases the bus will arrive earlier than it does today so be sure to check Trip Planner or Bus Schedules for specific route schedules.

Thank you to those who have let us know about these issues! If you continue to have connection problems, let us know by calling 604-953-3333 or by filling out our Customer Feedback Form.

For more details on the schedule changes, visit our Alerts Page.
Have bus route or transit planning questions for #DenisThePlanner? Comment below!

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

Meet #Denistheplanner!

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Meet Denis. Denis the planner.

Haaaaaaaaave you met Denis?

Denis has been with TransLink for three and half years and in the planning department for the past two and half.

When the Evergreen Extension opened, that meant a lot of bus route changes and Denis offered to help us explain a little more about some of the route modifications to our riders who reached out on Twitter.

These responses have been so successful that Denis has agreed to be our “go-to” planning guru across our social channels!

With Denis’ help, this will allow us to delve deeper into service changes and explain more about specific routes and modifications to service.

Not only does Denis help plan things like your favourite bus route, he’s also a transit fan, transit rider as well as a cycling enthusiast. Let’s get to know “Denis the Planner” a little better!

Why did you choose planning as a career?

I originally got into planning because I was concerned about big issues like climate change, preserving farmland, and health. Buuuuttt also I love maps and I love cities. Planning allows me to address those big societal issues AND spend my time working with maps and cities. It’s great!

What drew you to transit planning in particular?

I want to make transit (and walking and cycling) attractive to more people for all of the big reasons mentioned above. This would be a really straightforward job if we had the ability to just put buses everywhere. But, since we can’t just put buses everywhere, we have to have conversations about where those buses should go. And these are really interesting, challenging conversations!

What’s the best part of your job?

The most exciting part is early in the planning process when we get to have blue-sky conversations about different designs for the transit network. It’s a cross between art and science because you need to be creative, but your ideas also have to be based on real data!

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Saying no! I love transit and I want everyone to have great transit access! Until someone invents a money tree, it’s not going to be possible to run a bus to everyone’s doorstep. A big part of my job is explaining the tough transit trade-offs, and that we’re trying to provide the best possible service to the region with the resources we have.

What are your favourite modes transportation besides transit?

I don’t own a car but I recently got an electric bike and I love it! I feel like I can go anywhere on it! Hills are no match for me now.

Why did you want to be #Denistheplanner and personally respond to people’s concerns about service changes?

I’m excited to tell the story of transit. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I want to help people know more about that stuff! We’ve always answered tweets and messages; but videos are just more fun, and so hopefully more people will see them!

What do you hope to achieve by being able to directly respond to our riders?

I would love to convert everyone into a transit nerd. If we get more people thinking about transit, hopefully that will mean more public participation, and ultimately better transit!

Check out Denis talking about bus integration for Evergreen!

Stay tuned to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for future #DenisthePlanner responses.

Although we appreciate and value all of your feedback, Denis will not be able to respond to everyone.

Do you have a planning question for Denis?
Comment below or use the hashtag #DenisthePlanner on social media to reach out!
You can also email us with the subject “Denis the Planner” to thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: West Coast Express TrainBus – 701

Bus Route Buzz
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With the opening of the Evergreen Extension, many TrainBus riders will now be able to have faster connection to downtown Vancouver via SkyTrain and the 701.

TrainBus riders will receive more flexibility in travel options with SkyTrains departing every three to four minutes during peak periods.

701

Starting December 19, the 701 will extend to Mission, however it will not stop at Port Coquitlam or Port Haney Stations.

On January 3, the TrainBus will be discontinued.

Travelling to Port Coquitlam Station? Take the 159 or 160 from SkyTrain.

How about Port Haney Station? Take the C43, C46, C47 or C48.

Heading to Mission? Take the 701 Coquitlam Central Station/Mission City Station. You’ll have access to select 701 trips that are now extended from Haney Place to Mission.

This route schedule has more arrivals and departures from Mission than the TrainBus.

Well, that’s all for now, folks! If you’d like to know more, check out the rest of the series including the live stream! Thanks for joining us for Bus Route Buzz and the Winter 2016 Service Changes.

Know before you go ! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Still have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

The December 2016 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Happy holidays! bordered The December 2016 print Buzzer is now on the system.

Much of this issue is dedicated to Winter Service Changes.

This sheet change is especially important because of the newly opened Evergreen Extension.

Be sure to check out Bus Route Buzz for more information about changes to service around the Tri-Cities.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, December 19, 2016.

Also in this issue we introduce our beautiful new SkyTrain extension!!

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

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

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: New service – 191 Coquitlam Central Station/Princeton

Bus Route Buzz
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Great news for Burke Mountain residents!

Introducing the 191 that will provide service to the Burke Mountain neighbourhood, connecting residents to the Evergreen Extension and West Coast Express.

191 Coquitlam Central Station/Princeton

The new service will operate with two-way service Coquitlam Central Station, Johnson Street, Glen Drive, Pinetree Way, David Avenue, completing a counter-clockwise one-way loop in Burke Mountain along David Avenue, Princeton Avenue and Coast Meridian Road.

Service will be provided seven days a week with trips every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and slightly later start times on weekends.

Lots more information on bus integration and service changes watch our Facebook Live with Denis the planner!

For the final Bus Route Buzz post, we will be looking at the West Coast Express TrainBus. Stay tuned!

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: Anmore and Belcarra – C26

Bus Route Buzz
Explaining the changes for Anmore and Belcarra and the C26 is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

182 Moody Centre Station/Buntzen Lake

1 – The C26 has a new name! It will now be part of the 182 service.

2 – This route provides all day service through Heritage Mountain via Ravine Drive.

3Two new trips per day have been added to improve connections to other services.

All trips are routed via Ravine Drive.

Well, that was easy!

New route for Burke Mountain next time on Bus Route Buzz!

Want more info on Service Changes? Watch our Facebook Live with Denis the Planner!

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: Port Moody and north Coquitlam – 178/C25/C26/C27/C28/C29/C30

Bus Route Buzz
178 C25 C26 C27 C28 C29 C30 map
Community Shuttles in the Tri-Cities, they are a’changin’ – bringing new route names and new routes to Port Moody and north Coquitlam.

A rose by any other name… let’s take a look!

New Routes:

New route list

  • 179 Coquitlam Central Station/Buntzen Lake and 182 Moody Centre Station/Belcarra take the place of the C26.
  • 183 Moody Centre Station/Coquitlam Central Station and 185 Coquitlam Central Station/Landsdowne will provide service to areas previously served by the C27.
  • 184 Moody Centre Station/Noons Creek and 186 Coquitlam Central Station/Hampton Park will be the new name of the C28.
  • 187 Coquitlam Central Station/Parkway (previously C29)
  • 189 Coquitlam CEntral Station/Lafarge Park (previously C30)

The 178 Port Moody Station/Coquitlam Station route is discontinued.

Be sure to check out our next Bus Route Buzz installment as we look at Anmore and Belcarra service.

Lots more information about bus service changes in our Facebook live stream with Denis the Planner. Check it out!

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: 169 Braid Station/Coquitlam Central Station

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Oh my gosh, we’re back again!

For this edition of Bus Route Buzz, let’s look at route 169.

169 Braid Station/Coquitlam Central Station

With the Evergreen Extension open, customers who travel between Coquitlam and Braid Stations can now use SkyTrain!

To accommodate new building construction on Holly Drive and on Orchard Drive, the 169 will continue on a detour routing southbound until late 2019.

The 169 will reroute all northbound and southdbound trips via Riverview Hospital groups via Holly Drive, with service operating every 30 minutes.

Short and sweet!

Next time on Bus Route Buzz,  get ready for some more NEW routes in Port Moody and North Coquitlam!

As always, you can learn more about bus changes on our Facebook live stream with Denis the Planner!

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling