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Experience your own ‘art on transit’ Jane’s Walk

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The festivities and walking tours associated with the worldwide Jane’s Walk are over for another year, but that doesn’t mean we should stop discovering our communities!

With that in mind, we’d like to share the walk and talk that TransLink’s Debra Rolfe lead during the festival.

Below is a step-by-step guide to art found on and around the Expo Line with a few stops in Vancouver and New Westminster.

Enjoy!

Stadium–Chinatown

Alinka Echeverría’s Precession of the Feminine

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Located on the unused platform at the station, and visible from the main platform or from eastbound trains, temporary project 2017-18

This artwork is part of the Capture Photography Festival, a non-profit annual festival devoted to exhibiting local and international photography. Alinka Echeverría’s Precession of the Feminine is a series of three-dimensional simulations of ceramic vases fused with archival photographs of women and presented against vibrantly coloured backdrops. Echeverría shows her viewers the process behind the creation of these images in order to invite them to look at the unconscious beliefs we bring to viewing photographs, particularly of women. Within the transit context, this project demonstrates one of the goals of TransLink’s public art program to surprise and delight customers, with the layers of meaning in this artwork manifesting differently whether customers pass through the station only once or whether they pass through the station daily.

Main Street–Science World

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky’s Watch Seller

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Artwork is on the plaza outside the Thornton Park entrance to the east stationhouse, permanent project installed 2015

The Watch Seller is a bronze sculpture of a watch seller that functions like a deconstructed public clock. Covered in 720 watch faces, the Watch Seller has every possible minute of a 12-hour analogue clock visible on his figure. He is always out of time, but he also always shows the correct time. These aspects of the artwork reference the shared history of train travel and standardized time, which were invented together in the 19th century. Indeed, standardized time was once called ‘railway time’ and public clocks are a ubiquitous feature of old railway stations. Set at the pedestrian level right outside the station entrance and across Thornton Park from Pacific Central Station, the Watch Seller is the size of a real person. It invites interaction and engagement with the station and the history of rail travel.

Commercial–Broadway

Richard Tetrault Cole Bazin, Karen Chan, Emily Gray, Rachel Stableford and Jerry Whitehead mural

Intersections mural on Broadway and inside the south stationhouse, temporary project 2015-18

This series of murals was commissioned in order to improve the experience of the station during renovation and reduce graffiti on the construction hoardings. It was a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program. Due to the complex nature of the construction process at this station and the expectation that we would have to move the construction hoarding around over time, we asked the artists to create a series of small murals that could be displayed together or separately. Although the artists all worked together and worked with a shared theme and colour palate, they each led on a 12×8 foot section of the mural. The mural’s name and the motif of the SkyTrain windows repeating throughout remind us of the nature of Commercial-Broadway Station as a place of meeting and of departure.

Joyce–Collingwood

Kim Villagante and aly de la cruz yip’s Home mural

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Found on Vanness Avenue, outside the east station house, temporary project 2016-17

This project was a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program and the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The artists worked with youth who are newcomers to Canada, including Syrian refugee youth, to develop designs related to the concept of home. Individual children produced drawings that the artists then integrated into the overall design. The word ‘home’ in blue, like a river, binds the entire mural together.

New Westminster Station

Sean Alward’s New Westminster Glass Mural

Located along the staircase leading to the westbound platform, permanent project installed 2016

The mural at New Westminster Station is a collage of archival photographs of New Westminster and elsewhere in BC overlaid with brightly coloured shapes. The flow of images in the artwork references the nearby Fraser River and, as the artist has described it, ‘the simple paradox that [the river] is an ever-changing yet constant presence’. The artwork examines the history of New Westminster and British Columbia as one in which ‘nature’ is transformed into ‘resources’ and how an economy, political power and culture develops from that process. It also brings a beautiful stream of multi-coloured light and images into the station, whereas before the view from this staircase was of the concrete wall next door.

Now you’ve got the tools and the information for your own mini-tour of art on transit. Print this out or save it to your phone, grab your Compass Card and get exploring!

Author: Adrienne Coling

#MyTransLink – May 16, 2017

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

Bridges, buses, trains, tracks, trolley wires. These things may seem ordinary to some but are utterly inspiring to others!

Looking at someone’s photograph gives the viewer a unique glimpse into the person behind the lens and how they see the world and their subject matter.

We have some amazing and creative transit photographers in our region and we’re sharing more of their work in this edition of #MyTransLink!

This time around we’ve got poetry, we’ve got bridges, we’ve got artist renderings and more!

SkyTrain Samba 💃🏻🕺

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Love this one. #poetryintransit #vancouver #commute #myTranslink #getoffmylawn

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A big thank you to our new (and returning) #MyTransLink photographers! Get snapping on and around transit and you could be featured on our social channels, too!

Author: Adrienne Coling

More station upgrade progress at Joyce–Collingwood!

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View from east station house down Vanness Avenue

Joyce–Collingwood Station is looking more refreshed by the day as work continues on upgrading our fourth busiest Expo Line station outside of downtown Vancouver.

These upgrades seek to improve safety and security for riders as well as accessibility to the station.

Completed work

  • Escalator installation work is complete.
  • Timber ceiling installation in the new east stationhouse is now complete.
  • New lighting on the platform improves safety and security.
  • Bus shelter footings are now installed. Look for two new bus shelters at the station later this summer!
  • Newly installed glass panels improve visibility on the platform.

What’s next?

  • Elevator testing and commissioning
  • Public art installation
  • Ceiling panel installation on the platform
  • Installation of glass walls for the east stationhouse
  • Bike Parkade work is ongoing and when complete, customers can access the parkade using their Compass Card.

Thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to the Joyce–Collingwood Station and stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project.

Get in touch!

Customer Information: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Overnight Station Upgrade Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

For more information on this project visit translink.ca/joyce.
For up-to-date construction info, visit translink.ca/ontrack.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

New electric bus rolls on Vancouver streets beginning May 15, 2017

You read that right! On Monday, May 15, 2017, a three-month test of an electric battery-powered bus will begin!

The bus, provided by BYD Canada at no cost to TransLink, uses slow-charge technology to provide enough power to drive approximately 250 kilometres on a single charge!

This trial is just one of the environmentally friendly bus technology tests TransLink plans to launch as part of our commitment to helping the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The bus will snuggle in for its nightly charge at the Vancouver Transit Centre where our electric trolley fleet is based.

During the trial, we will be able to test the bus on our system, take a look at its performance according to the bus operators and maintenance crews as well as the satisfaction of the customers in order to determine our next steps with this technology.

DID YOU KNOW??

Almost half of TransLink’s fleet of 1,386 buses is comprised of cleaner-technology buses including 262 electric trolleys, 116 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and 252 hybrid diesel buses.

BYD battery-electric bus fast facts!

  • Three hours charge time.
  • Battery designed to power bus for one-million kilometers before it needs replacing.
  • Highly efficient and powerful AC in-wheel hub motors provide instant torque to perform in all driving conditions.
  • Battery can also serve as a mobile generator.

Excited about this e-bus? We are too and we’re just getting started! TransLink is developing a Low-Carbon Fleet Strategy and we will be launching a second electric bus trial next year.

We’ll be sure to share all the details right here on the Buzzer blog.

WHERE CAN YOU CATCH THE BUS?

The BYD bus will be on various routes in Vancouver. On Monday, May 15th it will running on the #33 route. Other routes it may service over the next three months are the #25, #41 and #84. We’re going to try to get more specifics on the routes and will post that info right here on the blog.

Check out our Instagram story from today’s demonstration!

Read the media release about this bus trial here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

(Video) SeaBus extends 15 minute sailings until 9 p.m. every day!

The SeaBus is coming up on its 40th birthday in June but riders have an early reason to celebrate!

Starting May 19, taking the SeaBus to and from the North Shore is going to be even easier.

We are increasing service as part of the continued roll out of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

The added service means 15 minute sailings will start earlier on weekends and run every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. every day!

“The SeaBus is a fast and convenient service to and from the North Shore and we’re excited to announce it will be even more convenient with 15-minute service throughout the day and into the evening. At most times of the day, passengers won’t have to wait more than 15 minutes for the next sailing. This is just one of the ways we continue to deliver on Phase One of the 10-Year Vision to reduce wait times and offer customers more flexibility.”

– Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO

SeaBus service increases include:

  • 15-minute sailings starting at 6 a.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. on Sundays and most holidays.
  • 15-minute service will also extend later into the evening. Enjoy peak-hour service for departures until 9:02 p.m. from Lonsdale Quay and 9:16 p.m. from Waterfront Station every day.

What is the Frequent Transit Network?

The Frequent Transit Network (FTN) refers to convenient, reliable and easy to use transit services that are frequent enough that they do not need to refer to a schedule. Other TransLink services that are part of the FTN include the Expo, Millennium and Canada lines and B-Line bus service.

SeaBus fast facts!

  • In 2016, there were 5.9 million boardings
    • Average boardings from Monday – Friday: 17,600
    • Average boardings on Saturdays: 15,000
    • Average boardings on Sundays and holidays: 11,400
  • 100 million boardings since TransLink came into being in 1999
  • SeaBus opened for service in 1977
  • Another SeaBus will be put into service in 2019 as part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision

Over the next two years, TransLink will continue rolling out Phase One of the 10-Year Vision with a region-wide expansion of transit services and road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

Want to learn more?
Visit tenyearvision.translink.ca and read the media release here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Retrofitting our facilities to increase energy efficiency

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Richmond Transit Centre

Psst! Hey conservation wonks. You’re going to want to read this.

TransLink is constantly looking at how we can lower our carbon footprint, utilize green technologies and increase our energy efficiency in order to be more sustainable in our ever-changing industry and planet.

In 2015, an energy study was completed at Richmond Transit Centre. This study identified opportunities for CMBC to reduce electrical and natural gas use through mechanical, control and lighting measures at this bus depot. And that study has resulted in some significant changes.

What was changed

Compressor Heat Recovery → Damper redirected compressor generated heat into garage

Exhaust Fan Heat Recovery → Transfer heat to Make Up Air supply via installation of glycol loop

Workshop-to-Steam-Bay Heat Barrier → Reduce loss of heat from garage

MUA-1b/1c/4 → Shut down when garage doors are open to reduce heat loss with installation of soft start fan motors

RTU Controls → Roof Top Unit control optimization and DDC re-programming

Interior and Exterior Lights → 100% LED technology

*MUA = treats air outside which is then released into the building
*RTU = recirculates air within the building

Energy and Environmental Savings

Electrical Savings: 592,705 kWh/y (24% Savings)
Electrical Cost Savings: $64,000/y
Natural Gas Savings: 3,620 GJ/y (33% Savings)
Natural Gas cost Savings: $36,200/y
Greenhouse Gas Savings: 186 Tonnes of CO2e per year

Retrofitting our facilities

Significant energy savings are expected at RTC by implementing the recommended heat recovery systems and optimizing make-up air and exhaust controls.  Retrofitting interior and exterior lights to LED technology will result in large electrical savings of 500,000 kWh annually as lighting accounts for the highest portion of electrical consumption for the facility.

The implementation of the energy saving measures represents a 33% reduction in natural gas and 24% reduction in electricity!

Energy efficiency for the win!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Walk this way… at Metrotown Station

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Starting Monday, May 8, 2017 we’re temporarily changing the way you enter and exit Metrotown Station.

To accommodate the widening of the west walkway adjacent to the bus loop, the walkway will temporarily close.

There will be no access between the west crosswalk onto Central Boulevard to the main station entrance during the time of work.

The walkway is expected to reopen on Friday evening on May 12 2017.

We’ll be starting week-long construction on the walkway that when complete will be three metres wide — double the width of the existing walkway – allowing for safer customer access to and from Metrotown Station.

Follow the leader

Look for our friendly neighbourhood traffic flaggers to help guide you on your way!

We’ll also have additional staff near the bus loop and the station to ensure you can easily make connections to where you need to go.

The walkway closure will not affect SkyTrain or bus service.

 Have questions?
Learn more about Metrotown Station upgrades at translink.ca/metrotown.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Running Rail work resumes May 22, 2017

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**UPDATE May 8** – Work has been postponed until May 22, 2017. Continue to check translink.ca/alerts for the latest updates.

The Running Rail Replacement Project continues with work that started on Sunday, April 30.

Fun fact!

As part of this project we have already replaced 6851 rail pads, and expect to install a total of almost 7000 rail pads by the end of the project.

May 7 to May 9 May 22 to May 24

Single tracking – when trains travel on the same track in alternating directions – will happen at Royal Oak and Edmonds stations from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service.

  • Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront and King George stations, with additional trains until midnight between Waterfront and Metrotown
  • Expo service to Sapperton, Braid, Lougheed Town Centre and Production Way–University will be replaced with trains operating between New Westminster and VCC–Clark. Passengers from other stations on the Expo Line can change trains to this service at Commercial – Broadway, New Westminster and Columbia stations.
  • Expo Line passengers should allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time.
  • Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

Learn more about the 2017 Running Rail project

Know before you go!
For more information on what this means for your commute, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Find details on the Rail Replacement Project at translink.ca/rail replacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Join us for a Jane’s Walk and explore art on transit!

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I’ve had a tumultuous past with Jane’s Walk.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Jane Jacobs was an incredible woman who sparked a worldwide movement!

Unfortunately, my last Jane’s walk got a bit soggy.

But! I’ve put the pond behind me and I’m so excited to participate in this year’s festivities!

What is a Jane’s Walk?

The international festival is inspired by urbanist and author Jane Jacobs who believed in walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned by and for the people.

(She also would have been 101 years old TODAY!)JJ

The walks are free, citizen-led tours to get people telling stories about their communities, exploring their cities and connecting with neighbours.

Although Jacobs was not trained as a planner, she wrote one of the most influential books on city planning, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

This year TransLink’s own Debra Rolfe will be leading a walk!

Debra is a planner specializing in public art in TransLink’s Facility Design Team. With a background in art history, urban design and transportation planning, she brings a multi-disciplinary approach to art on transit.

So, it’s only fitting that her walk and talk entitled “Getting Where You Want to Go, Beautifully” is exploring the art found on and around transit.

Walk details

Where: Stadium-Chinatown Station, outside the Lost Property Office (look for the Jane’s Walk sign!)
When: Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Walk Route:

  • Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station Concourse level
    Outside Lost Property Office
  • Main Street-Science World SkyTrain Station
    Outside East Station House
  • Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station|
    By 99 B-Line Queue
  • Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station
    Outside East Station House

**Please bring your Compass Card loaded with valid fare or a one-zone Compass Ticket.**

If you’re an art lover, a transit fan or both, you won’t want to miss this!

Interested in other Jane’s Walks in our area? Head to janeswalk.org/canada/vancouver.
Don’t miss out on the social fun, follow @JanesWalk on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun Poll results: School takes the top destination for our first transit trips

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Looks like the number one first transit trip destination for 25 per cent of voters (85 votes) was off to school!

Which doesn’t surprise me. Public transit in urban settings can often take the place of a “big yellow school bus” for many children!

Let’s see how the other destinations fared in our little poll.

Coming in second was shopping grabbing 16 per cent (14 votes)! Like, obvi.

ROBIN SPARKLES
Entertainment (movies, concerts and such) came in third place with 15 per cent (13 votes). In fourth place is the road to nowhere. Literally! 12 per cent of voters (10 votes) said their first transit trip was just for fun and had no destination.

Next in the voting hierarchy comes trips to see family or friends with eight per cent (seven votes), seven per cent (six votes) of you headed home and the same number of people voted for transiting to an appointment or meeting.

“Other” garnered six per cent (5 votes) and some great stories!

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Sporting event trips got two per cent (two votes) GO SPORTS!! And bringing up the rear is heading to work with only one per cent (one vote).

Other Buzzer readers and Facebook followers commented that they genuinely couldn’t remember where their first transit trip took them because they were just wee little ones.

Thanks to everyone for voting!

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

Author: Adrienne Coling

All BMO runners to their marks this Sunday!

Photo by Chris Morris

Photo by Chris Morris

The BMO Marathon will take place this Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Don’t worry if you’re not a marathon master because there is a time and pace for everyone with a half marathon, 8KM, relay, 2.5 KM walk and kids run, too!

Given the picturesque city, ocean and mountain views, this race is one of the most popular destination runs in the world and that means a lot-o-people will be funnelling into our fair region this weekend.

To help runners, volunteers and cheering sections alike get to the starting line, TransLink is increasing Canada Line service and providing shuttles to the race!

Canada Line will operate on its regular Sunday schedule while offering increased train frequency until 8:15 a.m. First trains depart Waterfront Station at 4:48 a.m. and Richmond Brighouse at 5:02 a.m.

Expo and Millennium Lines and SeaBus will operate normally. West Coast Express will not run.

Your easiest route to the prepping area of the race will be to head to Oakridge–41st Station and walk down to Queen Elizabeth Park on Midlothian Avenue near Hillcrest Community Centre.

Cycling to the race? TravelSmart is sponsoring BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer secure, temporary bike storage, free of charge. The valet is located at the finish line at Pender Street, west of Burrard Street, and is open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

Due to the race route, the following bus routes will be modified:

2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C20, and 23.

Happy running!!

For transit service information including bus re-routes during race,
sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca,
follow @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

HandyDART booking window is being expanded May 1, 2017

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We are so happy to announce that TransLink is implementing the first of a series of recommendations to improve HandyDART service.

Beginning May 1, 2017, the next-day booking window will be extended by four hours!

This means that our customers can request a next-day HandyDART trip until 4 p.m. creating more flexibility in our custom transit service.

Why the change?

In June 2016, the TransLink Board committed to review the policies and delivery model for HandyDART. This review involved extensive engagement with stakeholders, research on peer agencies in other Canadian cities and industry best practices.

Based on the findings from the Custom Transit Service Delivery Review, a number of recommendations designed to improve customer experience, the availability of trips and improve the service delivery model were presented to and accepted by the board in March 2017.

What’s next?

We are moving to implement these recommendations as soon as possible to deliver on our promises to HandyDART customers in 2017 and beyond.

Quick Facts

  • TransLink is adding 85,500 HandyDART trips in 2017 as part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-year Vision.
  • 171,000 HandyDART trips will be added over the next three years – a 15 per cent increase in service!

Click here to read the entire Customer Transit Service Delivery Review.

Author: Adrienne Coling

#MyTransLink – April 25, 2017

Ok transit shutterbugs, it’s that time again!

It’s time to feature some of the latest, awesome pics in our social photo series #MyTransLink!

#288 #🌈 #translink #skytrain #citylights #vancouver #scienceworld #nightphotography #mytranslink

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Sea Bus

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SkyTrain. #TheTraveller #Vancouver #TransLink #Canada #Sky #Train #mytranslink

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Keep those Instagram #MyTransLink posts coming. Get snapping on your commute and you could be featured on our social channels, too!

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