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PNE Fair: Take a trip down memory lane at TransLink’s #Transport2050 Expo

Transit has shaped the region for more than 129 years.

The interurban streetcar arrived to New Westminster in 1890 before expanding to neighbouring Vancouver, Steveston, Kerrisdale and Chilliwack. The interurban became the trolleybus network in the mid-20th century.

And in 1977, transit moved into the water with the SeaBus, a ferry service connecting downtown Vancouver and the North Shore using the Burrard Inlet. We soared into the skies in 1985 with SkyTrain, ushering in a new era of development in Metro Vancouver.

This 129-year history of transit in Metro Vancouver will be on display as part of the Transport 2050 Expo at the PNE Fair, August 17 – September 2 (closed Mondays except Labour Day).

The expo is bringing you the past, present and future of transportation in Metro Vancouver!

Take a tour through the all-new museum bus from the Transit Museum Society, which has been revamped for the Transport 2050 Expo. Check out transit artifacts, memorabilia and a timeline of transit in Metro Vancouver from 1890 to now.

Up-and-coming transit vehicles will also be on display at the Transport 2050 Expo, along with:

  • A 3D “MicroCity” animated model of Metro Vancouver that shows how the region – and how we get around – has changed over generations
  • An immersive virtual reality experience will take you through a voyage through the region of the future, giving a peak at some new transportation technologies.
  • The latest in electric and shared transportation at our partner exhibits.

For the inside scoop on the Transport 2050 Expo at the PNE Fair, keep checking back the rest of the week and the #Transport2050 hashtag on social media.

Don’t forget! We’re boosting transit service to make it easier for you to get to the PNE Fair. It’s also 2-for-1 adult admission on the Fridays with your Compass Card, Ticket or Wristband.


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