Remember the passenger information displays being installed at 29 Main Street bus stops this summer?
Well, as of last Friday, the displays are all working! So now you can see arrival times for the next buses at those stops. (Above is a video of the displays in action — they’re very tricky to capture in plain photographs.)
These displays are all part of the Main Street Urban Showcase Project, an innovative transportation improvement program launched in 2004. It’s jointly funded by Transport Canada (through the Urban Transportation Showcase Program), TransLink and the City of Vancouver.
The Main Street project is made up of many smaller improvements in urban design (like bus and pedestrian bulges) and new transit technology (like these displays), plus a new fleet of larger buses (the new articulated trolleys on the #3 route). This postcard has a nice summary of the project work.
These improvements work together to build more efficient traffic flows, and make Main Street more welcoming for pedestrians, drivers, and transit riders—in turn serving the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Look out soon for the last piece of the Main Street project: it’s a transit signal priority system, letting on-bus technology ‘talk’ to traffic signals to help keep the buses on time. (It’s explained quite well here, and I’ll have more when the project gets underway.)
And here’s a few more photos of the other Main Street project works, while we’re at it!