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#Transport2050: Modo CEO Patrick Nangle sees shared, autonomous and electric vehicles on the horizon

Patrick Nangle, Modo CEO

We’ve asked thought leaders to share their vision for the future of transportation. What do you see? Shape the future of how we move and live. Visit transport2050.ca.

By Patrick Nangle, CEO, Modo

Decongested! That’s my vision for the future of transportation in our region: great public transit complemented by the availability of tens of thousands of shared vehicles that are electric and autonomous. It’s the path to affordable, convenient, inclusive and sustainable transportation.

We live in one of the best places in the world. So attractive in fact that we expect to welcome up to a million new residents over the next two decades. That could add more than 600,000 cars to the 1.6 million already in the region. Metro Vancouver could be overwhelmed by that surge in the vehicle population. If we think traffic congestion, parking availability and pollution is already bad, we haven’t seen anything yet. Read more »

Fall Service Changes set to take your commute to the next level

Our busiest week of the year for commuters is the first week of September. That’s why we’re having one of our largest service increases to date! It’s the first time we’ve ever increased all three of our modes at once!

We do quarterly service changes to accommodate the needs of our customers. This time around, we’re rolling out more bus, more SkyTrain and more SeaBus service starting September 3.

By the numbers:

  • 24 new SkyTrain cars (six trains)
  • 40,000 more annual bus hours
  • 50 per cent more SeaBus capacity

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PNE Fair: Tour the new RapidBus and learn about the routes

RapidBus is the evolution of our B-Line service.

It’s delivering faster travel times (up to 20 per cent faster than local bus service!), more reliable service and new customer amenities, starting in January 2020 to five corridors in Metro Vancouver — Marine Drive, Hastings Street, Lougheed Highway, 41st Avenue and King George Boulevard.

See this evolution in-person at the PNE Fair as part of our Transport 2050 Expo that’s showcasing the past, present and future of transportation in Metro Vancouver!

Tour the new RapidBus, which will be used exclusively on these five routes and see new bus stop posts with real-time transit information. Learn about the five new RapidBus routes launching soon and the seven additional RapidBus routes planned as part of the 10-Year Vision. Read more »

PNE Fair: More transit service to get you there!

Grey Cup at Empire Stadium in 1966

Trolleybuses line up along Hastings Street, near Empire Stadium, ready to carry spectators home after the Grey Cup in 1966. (Photo: Angus McIntyre)

Whether it’s sports games, concerts or a night out — no matter the event — we’re here to get you where you need to be and back home again.

Throughout the year we boost transit service to events such as the Celebration of Light, Canada Day celebrations, Vancouver Marathon, and even the Jay-Z and Beyonce concert at BC Place.

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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.

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The first new Canada Line train arrives and new escalator opens!

Exciting things are happening for SkyTrain’s Canada Line!

We’re adding 24 SkyTrain cars, or 12 trains, so we can increase Canada Line service by 30 per cent for our customers. We’re also installing new escalators at Waterfront, Vancouver City Centre and Yaletown–Roundhouse stations to help with increased customer demand and passenger flow throughout the stations. Read more »

#Transport2050: urban planner Larry Beasley on Vancouverism

Vancouver’s world-renowned for its mixed-use developments, a robust public transit system and green space preservation.

Now it’s been captured in a new book called Vancouverism by Larry Beasley, a TransLink board member and urban planner. He details the city’s transformation from Expo 86 all the way to 2010 when Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics.

“In that period, this city transformed from a very traditional North American city — car oriented, very much homogenized in its culture — to a real trendsetter in the world, a world city,” says Larry.

As Vancouver’s former chief planner, Larry gives readers the inside scoop on what they were trying to achieve and how a good public transit system plays a role in Vancouverism.

“If you don’t have a good transit system, you really can’t cluster people so easily. If you don’t cluster people, you don’t have a very good transit system. You find you have to choreograph both of these things together in order to get to an optimal city,” he says.

As we develop Transport 2050, a new shared regional strategy that will help navigate the next 30 years of transportation in Metro Vancouver, it’s important for us to look back while looking ahead. Read more »

#Transport2050: A vision for transit-connected, electric public bike sharing by Mobi’s Mia Kohout

Mia Kohout

We’ve asked thought leaders to share their vision for the future of transportation. What do you see? Shape the future of how we move and live. Visit transport2050.ca.

By Mia Kohout, General Manager, Mobi by Shaw Go and Director, HOPR UBC

Imagining the future requires first looking to the past and contemplating the evolution in transportation cycles (pun intended). In the late 19th century bicycles were the primary form of transportation in most North American cities, before cars became the dominant mode.

The first bicycle sharing program launched in Amsterdam in 1965 to counter pollution. When the first shared bikes were released on the city streets for anyone to use many of them were stolen or damaged, and the program was quickly shut down and considered a failure. It would take another 50 years before technology allowed public bike share to become more widespread. Now, there are an estimated 1,000,000 shared bicycles around the world. Read more »

Bike the Night on September 7 — Vancouver’s only on-street and car-free night ride!

The 4th annual Bike the Night is Saturday, September 7. (Photo: HUB Cycling)

We’ve partnered with our friends at HUB Cycling to bring you the biggest party on two wheels… the 4th annual Bike the Night!

On Saturday, September 7, 10 kilometres of streets in downtown Vancouver, including the Burrard Street Bridge, will be opened up exclusively for cyclist participants. Tunes and pop-up dance parties included!

This family-friendly event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Sunset Beach with a festival featuring music, food trucks, free snacks and tune-ups, games and tons of giveaways and prizes. Then families and slow riders hit the road at 7:45 p.m., and all others at 8 p.m. for a ride around False Creek back to Sunset Beach. Read more »

#Transport2050 Update: What we’re hearing, plus join us for a ride into the future

Could a scramble intersection be in your neighbourhood’s future? It’s just one idea submitted by a user. (Photo Credit: Joshua Meyer)

We asked you to help us create a strategy for the future of transportation and those of you who live and work in Metro Vancouver have stepped up in a big way!

After three months of engagement, you’ve shared your values, transportation priorities, and ideas for the future – so far over 16,000 surveys and 1,600 ideas have been submitted! Read more »

#TransLinkTomorrow: one app to plan, book and pay for all transportation

David Zipper, a mobility-as-a-service expert, was one of the speakers at the latest talk in TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series, held on July 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

The future could look very different from today.

Climate change, new technologies, and a shifting global economy are creating new opportunities and challenges that we need to consider.

One such new technology is mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) — the idea that consumers in the near-future will – through a single web interface like a smartphone app – be able to plan, book, and pay for a journey that may include segments on transit, ferry, car share, bike share, taxi and rental car.

What will it take to realize mobility-as-a-service in Metro Vancouver?

That’s the question we put to MaaS experts David Zipper and Catherine Kargas at the latest talk in TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series, held on July 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

A panel discussion followed with Zipper, Kargas and SFU economics professor Hendrik Wolff, moderated by movmi CEO Sandra Philips. Read more »

Take transit to the Vancouver Pride Parade this Sunday (CONTEST)

TransLink, its family of companies and their employees are proud to march in the 2019 Vancouver Pride Parade and be your ride to this year’s festivities.

We hope you’ll join us whether its on transit or in the parade — look for us in our PrideBus! Read more »

Ride into the future with TransLink and Transport 2050 at the PNE Fair this summer! 

For over a century, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) has showcased the best of Vancouver to the rest of Canada and the world at its annual summer fair.

This summer, from August 17 – September 2 (closed Monday, August 19 and 26), TransLink will be on site at the PNE Fair, bringing you the past, present, and future of transportation to Metro Vancouver!

Join us at the Transport 2050 Expo, featuring a 3D “MicroCity” animated model of Metro Vancouver and an immersive virtual reality experience. Check out the Transport 2050 Engagement Bus and take our survey for a chance to win tickets to that night’s show.

Our Transport 2050 Expo will also feature a TransLink Store pop-up shop and fun, interactive exhibits and displays from our partners.

Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog and TransLink’s social media channels in the coming weeks for more details and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look before it opens.

Take transit to the PNE

The PNE Fair’s main entrance is located at the corner of Renfrew Street and Hastings Street in Vancouver, near bus stops for the 14 16, 95 B-Line, 210 and 211.

As always, in addition to the usual service in the area, we’ll be adding extra service to take you to and from the PNE. Look out for the special buses departing from Phibbs Exchange, 29th Avenue Station and Renfrew Station:

  • The 16 PNE special runs between the Expo Line’s 29th Avenue Station, the Millennium Line’s Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra service provides an additional 4-5 buses per hour between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The 210 PNE special runs between Phibbs Exchange and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra provides an additional 2 buses per hour between 10 a.m. and midnight.

Double up your savings with Fair Fridays

Let’s take transit to the PNE Fair and save! Show your Compass Card and other Compass fare products at the PNE Fair Gate on Fridays, August 23 and 30 to receive a 2-for-1 admission for adults (14-64 years of age) and seniors (65+ years of age).

TransLink awarded Transit System of the Year

TransLink has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

TransLink has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Read this open letter to our customers from our CEO, Kevin Desmond! 

To our valued customers:

It is with great pride and humility that I share with you the news that TransLink has been awarded the prestigious American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award for 2019. While the award recognizes the work that has been done to improve our organization’s customer service, on-time performance, and efficiency – the real recognition should go to you, TransLink’s customers.

It hasn’t always been an easy path forward. Four years ago, public confidence in the organization was at an all-time low, and you asked us to do better. To the credit of our employees, and with the support of our customers, board of directors and policy-makers, we stepped up and took on these challenges. Because of you we brought in a new culture of public accountability, holding ourselves accountable for our actions, finances, and commitments. This was a major milestone for us as we shifted our focus to the Customer Experience, ensuring customers are at the heart of every decision TransLink makes.

Today, I’m writing on behalf of all of us at TransLink to express our deepest appreciation for sticking with us and encouraging us to do better each and every day. Read more »

Refresh of 22nd Street Station bus exchange now complete!

We’ve some good news!

Upgrades to the bus exchange at 22nd Street Station are now complete. Let’s talk about just how cool the station is because let’s be honest, it’s often overlooked amongst the architectural marvels of our vast transit network!

One of the older transit hubs in the region, the elevated 22nd Street Station was built in 1985 as part of the original version of the Expo Line. Located on a hill above the Queensborough Bridge interchange, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Fraser River and Mount Baker from the SkyTrain platform.

But, it’s what lies below the SkyTrain station that matters most: an eight-bay bus loop that was constructed along with the original station. This is what gives the exchange its true value to our transit network.

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