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Join us for TransLink’s Annual General Meeting and Open Board Meeting on June 19, 2019

Join us in-person and online on June 19 at 9 a.m. for our Annual General Meeting!

Join us on June 19, 9 a.m., at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design in Richmond for our Annual General Meeting (AGM)! You can also watch the livestream on Periscope and Facebook.

You’ll hear from speakers about TransLink’s unprecedented year in 2018 and commitments for 2019, including an update on Transport 2050 — our largest public engagement ever.

We welcome questions from everyone at our AGM, so bring them and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Ask away in the comments if you’re watching the livestream. Any questions that we aren’t able to get to will be getting back to you a.s.a.p.

June’s Open Board Meeting will follow at 10 a.m. after a brief break.

Details:

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 9 a.m.
What: Annual General Meeting and Quarterly Open Board Meeting
Where: Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond, BC (near Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station)

Bike to Work Week is May 27 to June 2!

Bike to Work Week this spring is May 27 to June 2!

Bike to Work Week this spring is May 27 to June 2!

Step up and bike to work, school and everywhere in between during HUB Cycling’s Bike to Work Week, May 27 to June 2! Read more »

TransLink’s four battery-electric buses are here!

All four buses for our battery-electric bus pilot are now here!

The two Nova Bus LFSe buses and two New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses are undergoing pre-delivery inspection at the manufacturer’s facilities.

Once they’re accepted by TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company, they’ll undergo additional testing, and fareboxes and radio equipment will be installed before entering service this summer.

The 2.5-year pilot will put battery-electric buses on route 100, traveling along Marine Drive through Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. Read more »

Take part in Transport 2050: shape the future of how we move and live

Metro Vancouver is one of the most livable regions in the world, thanks to its history of delivering on transportation plans. Over the past 30 years, improvements to transit, roads, and walking and cycling have created more options for getting around. These improvements have also supported the economy by promoting the efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods.

As we continue to address the region’s most pressing issues, we need to prepare for what the future may bring. The region is facing real challenges today, such as rising unaffordability, congestion, and crowding on transit.

Today, we’re launching the first phase of public engagement for our 30-year regional transportation strategy, Transport 2050.

Transport 2050 will be a blueprint for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver, setting out the region’s transportation vision, strategies and priorities between now and 2050.

Shape the future of how we move — and live — at transport2050.ca. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #Transport2050. 

#TransLinkTomorrow: how can micromobility support a livable region?

On April 25, we held our latest talk as part of TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series. We welcomed industry, academia and policymakers for a talk on shared micro-mobility. Shared micro-mobility refers to any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users.

Thank you to everyone who attended! Missed it? Watch the archived Periscope livestream above.

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Take transit to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place on Sunday, May 5. (Photo: BMO Vancouver Marathon)

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place this Sunday, May 5 and we want you to take transit to get there!

We’ll be operating shuttle buses from our SkyTrain stations to get you there. They will operate from Scott Road, Brentwood Town Centre, Patterson and Lougheed Town Centre stations, and Lonsdale Quay. Buses will arrive in time for the start of the half and full marathons.

To secure your spot, sign up for the shuttle buses at bmovanmarathon.ca/shuttle (space permitting). Registration closes on Wednesday, May 1 at 11:30 p.m. Sign-up may also be available at the expo on May 3 and 4 if space permits.

There will also be a number of bus reroutes in place due to road closures. Service on the following bus routes will be modified: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 33, 41, 49, 68, 70, 84, 99, 210, 211, 240 and 246.

SkyTrain will operate regular Sunday/holiday service.

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.

Friday fun poll: push or pull to request a stop?

A customer uses a push strip to request a stop onboard a bus in Boston. (Photo: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

Part of the bus-riding experiencing is requesting a stop.

On our buses, there are two ways to do this: pulling the cord that runs along the windows or pressing the “Stop” button on the poles in the aisle.

If you’ve been to other cities like Boston, you might have used a push strip to request a stop on a bus.

Everyone has a favourite, and we’re curious — what do you prefer? Vote in our poll below.

If you’ve used a push strip before, do you prefer it over the pull chord and button? Let us know in the comments section!

What's your preferred way to request a stop on a bus?

  • Pull the cord (48%, 61 Votes)
  • Press the button (48%, 61 Votes)
  • Push the strip (5%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 128

17 transit things that were totally normal in 1999

A lot can change in 20 years, including these 17 transit things that were totally normal in 1999. Take a trip down memory lane and remember these iconic moments in Metro Vancouver’s transit history.

Carrying a coin purse around to pay for your transit fare

Now you can tap your Compass Card or contactless credit card and be on your way!

Nervous Spongebob Squarepants GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

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TransLink 20: the secret Mark II SkyTrain cars

When TransLink took over transit in 1999, the Millennium Line was announced by the provincial government and about to break ground. Construction began in October 1999 and the new line opened in 2002.

As part of the project, SkyTrain added 60 Mark II cars to the fleet to the new line and to meet booming ridership. The Mark II cars were the next generation that followed the original Mark I cars that arrived when the Expo Line opened in 1985.

A Mark II train undergoing testing at SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre in the early 2000s. (Photo: John Wollenzin)

But did you know – the first bit of work designing the next generation of SkyTrain cars began about a decade earlier?

A mock-up of what a Mark II could look like was developed by BC Transit in 1991. It was displayed at the PNE and Scott Road Station to gauge the public’s reaction and test seating configurations.

Built from wood by a movie production company – oddly at Celtic Shipyards in south Vancouver, it was only half a car and had mirrors at the end to make the interior look larger.

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TransLink 20: Enter to win a New Look bus model, t-shirt, keychain and more!

Three of the new products that just launched in the TransLink Store!

Twenty-years ago this month, TransLink began operating with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world. Throughout this week and the rest of the month, we’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary!

Anniversaries are a time to celebrate where we’ve come from, but also how we’ve changed and where we’re headed. That’s why we threw it back to 1999 for the latest line of merchandise in the TransLink Store! We added a 1999 New Look bus model, t-shirt and keychain.

As a thank you for choosing us to get around and allowing us to serve the region over the past 20 years, we’re giving away THREE TransLink Store prize packs with the new merch!  Read more »

TransLink 20: our names through the years

A staffer scrapes off the BC Transit logo from a a bus in preparation for TransLink’s launch.

Nearly 130 years ago, on June 25, 1890, transit burst onto the scene in Metro Vancouver with the interurban streetcar.

Over the years, myriad companies – both private and public – have operated transit in the region.

Between 1890 and 1962, transit was operated privately; first by Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company, and later BC Electric Railway Company (BCER).

The BCER was sold to the provincial government and BC Hydro took over transit. Later came the Metro Transit Operating Company and BC Transit.

Finally, in April 1999, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority began operation with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world. Our mandate expanded to include roads.  Read more »

New Look bus model among new transit merchandise launching

The GM New Look bus, which operated in Metro Vancouver until the early 2000s, is now available as a model from
the TransLink Store!

 

Take your childhood bus home!

For TransLink’s 20th anniversary, we’re throwing it back with an all new line of retro products in the TransLink Store.

The featured product is GM’s iconic New Look “fishbowl” bus which rolled through Metro Vancouver streets from the 1970s until the early 2000s. In fact, locals can still spot, and even charter this bus thanks to the Transit Museum Society of B.C. (TRAMS).

It’s gone from the streets, but not from our hearts.

This bus model is also available as a keychain and a t-shirt!

Head on over to the TransLink Store to grab yours today!

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Celebrate TransLink’s 20th anniversary with us!

An employee installs the TransLink logo on the side of this bus after scraping off the BC Transit logo.

An employee installs the TransLink logo on the side of this bus after scraping off the BC Transit logo.

Twenty-years ago this month (April 1 to be exact!), TransLink began operating with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world.

We’re inviting you to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us!

As a thank you for choosing us to get around and allowing us to serve the region over the past 20 years, we’ll be hosting four pop-up photo booths throughout April.

  • Friday, April 5 at Waterfront Station, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

  • Saturday, April 13 at Party for the Planet, Surrey Civic Plaza near Surrey Central Station, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

  • Wednesday, April 17 at Metrotown Station, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

  • Thursday, April 25 at Lougheed Town Centre Station, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

It’s a rare opportunity to snag a FREE photo with the “Vancouver icons” background, so bring your friends and strike your best pose.

On The Buzzer blog, look out for stories that celebrate our shared transit history starting on Monday. We’ll have a contest for your chance to win a TransLink Store prize pack. Finally, we have new merchandise that pays homage to the ’90s.

Transportation shaped Metro Vancouver’s past. Together, we’ll shape the future of how we move and live.

Lol isn’t it funny that TransLink’s birthday lands on April 1 — April Fools’ Day?!

I mean, a little bit, I guess…if that’s the kind of humour that floats your boat? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

April marks the start of the fiscal year. That’s why we have some good company when it comes to April 1 birthdays!

Apple celebrates its birthday on this day, so does the Wrigley candy company and Gmail. And fun fact — Nunvaut was created on April 1, 1999 too!

 

New express buses improve accessibility on long-haul, suburban routes

All 23 Nova Bus LFS Suburban buses for our suburban routes are now in service!

All 23 new suburban buses built by Nova Bus are now in service!

This is an exciting development as it marks the first step in renewing and expanding our long-haul, suburban bus fleet and bringing low-floor buses to our suburban routes, which are currently “high floor.” Since 1996, we’ve been transitioning our entire fleet to the more-accessible low-floor buses. Suburban buses are the last group to transition. Read more »

Have your say in the Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan, April 2–18!

People who live, work, play, or travel through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are invited to have their say in the next phase of the Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan!

You may remember last year we reached out to find out from you what are some of the issues and opportunities for improving transit and transportation in the area.

And the results are in! We’ve analyzed your input and developed a range of potential strategies and actions aimed at improving transit, strengthening regional cycling connections and making walking to transit safer and more enjoyable.

But first, we need your feedback to help prioritize and refine the potential strategies for improving transit, walking, and cycling.

So don’t wait, have your say in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows ATP! Help shape transportation in your community by taking the survey from April 2 to 18 at translink.ca/mrpm.