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10-Year Vision Spotlight – Northeast Sector, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

10-Year Vision Spotlight

This post is part of our 10-Year Vision Spotlight series, breaking down the nitty gritty of what’s planned in Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision! 

Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision continues to bring more transit and transportation improvements to our region. It will not only improve mobility for residents, but also make progress towards the broader social, economic, and environmental goals of our region’s long-term strategies.

In this post, we’re breaking down all of the improvements coming to the Northeast Sector, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as part of Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision which we’re seeking public input on until May 11!

In March, we announced how we’re preparing to roll out four new B-Line bus routes by the end of 2019! This is great news for the Northeast Sector as the proposed Lougheed Highway B-Line will run from Coquitlam Central Station to Haney Place. Extended hours of service and reduced wait times are also to come with Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision.

On the rail side, you may have heard, 80 new SkyTrain cars will be available for service in Metro Vancouver by 2020 (28 of which are arriving early!).

Northeast Sector (Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody)

North East Sector Improvements

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

In addition to the new B-Line and other bus service expansions and improvements, we’re also making changes to West Coast Express. Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision funded the purchase of two new locomotives and refurbishment of 6 locomotives
for the West Coast Express. Phase Two plans for expanded capacity in Phase Three of the vision.

Maple ridge and pitt meadows

Public engagement on Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision is now underway until May 11! Visit tenyearvision.translink.ca to learn more and have your say.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – May 8

There’s no denying that you were on track with this week’s #MyTransLink challenge. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region, we asked for your West Coast Express shots and once again you delivered. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

 

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On your marks, get set, BMO!

BMO Vancouver Marathon

It’s road race season once again here in Metro Vancouver, with the BMO Vancouver Marathon  taking place this Sunday, May 6th.

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10-Year Vision Spotlight – Upgrading the existing rail network

10-Year Vision Spotlight

You may have heard, BIG things are coming for Metro Vancouver transit as part of Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision! In fact, there are so many big things coming that over the next week and a half, we’ll be breaking down the nitty gritty of what’s to come in our new series: 10-Year Vision Spotlight. 

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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Marc Ramos

Photo of The Buzzer Illustrator Marc Ramos

Pick up the latest print edition of The Buzzer and you’ll have seen the creative work of Marc Ramos a Filipino artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s animation program. Marc’s illustration sets the stage for our Tap to Pay campaign, as well as packages up valuable information on Spring Service Changes and updates to Metrotown Station.

We asked Marc a few questions to learn a little more about him as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

Currently, I’m working in the animation industry as a 2D Layout Artist at Atomic Cartoons. I was fortunate to get a job in this industry right after graduation. I like playing basketball, playing the drums and guitar, photography and film making and drawing of course! And I also really like cats and dogs.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

Whether I’m working on something or am thinking of working on something, music, especially ambient music, helps me visualize and feel inspired to create.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy drawing funny characters, but lately I’ve been interested in illustrating through storyboards, as we call them, documenting some of the interesting things that happen in my daily life.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

This illustration represents a first person view inside the SkyTrain with a number of passengers riding comfortably on it. If you’ve seen my Instagram profile, I do a lot of sketching inside the SkyTrain and that was the driving force for this illustration. I wanted it to look like it was drawn by me while on the SkyTrain.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I use my graphics tablet at home a lot these days, but whenever I get the chance to draw on the train, it’s either a fine tip pen, a broad tip pen, a ballpoint pen or a pencil.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

The projects I am most proud of would be the animation projects I did when I was in my second year of animation school. Homework may not sound nice to some, but I really did enjoy doing those.

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Besides my daily life documentation through storyboards, I’m making video montages at the moment using my smartphone. Most of what I’ve captured so far has been the nice views on the skytrain between Edmonds and New Westminster station and on the Fraser River. Hopefully, I get good enough at making these videos so I can proudly post them on my Instagram later on.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

Hands down the Skytrain. You can’t really go wrong with the views.

Do you have any fun plans for Spring?

To be honest, I don’t really have definite “fun” plans for the Spring just yet. I plan on getting more fit. I guess we can call that a fun plan?

Thanks so much Marc for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life as an artist! We look forward to seeing your video montages and all other creative work in the future!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – May 1

Welcome back to another week of #MyTransLink, our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region. This week, snap happy commuters and transit fans were on the right track, taking us for a ride on the Millennium Line! Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

#moodycentrestation #mytranslink #skytrain

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Metro Vancouver leads Canada and the U.S. in transit ridership growth

Transit Ridership

Temperatures in Metro Vancouver are on the rise, and so is public transit ridership!

That’s right—in 2017, Metro Vancouver saw more public transit ridership growth than any urban area with a population of more than one million people in Canada and the US, according stats from the American Public Transit Association (APTA).

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#MyTransLink – April 24

DOO DOO DOO, this is an Expo Line train to…. #MyTransLink! This week, our fun photo series was looking for your shots of Metro Vancouver’s first SkyTrain line, the Expo Line. Each week, we showcase your best shots of transit life in and around our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

Lace up your runners for the 34th annual Vancouver Sun Run

2018 Vancouver Sun Run

On Sunday, April 22, an estimated 40,000+ will lace up their runners and join Canada’s biggest start line for the 34th annual Vancouver Sun Run. To help start your Sun Run on the right foot, we’re adding service to help get you to the event.

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#MyTransLink – April 17

Arguably one of the cooler and more non-traditional modes of public transportation, this week we were checking out your SeaBus perspective! Welcome back to #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best stills in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

#seabus #seabusterminal #lonsdalequayseabusterminal #emptyseabus #focus

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The April 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Welcome spring—and welcome to 2018’s first print edition of The BuzzerApril print edition of The Buzzer

This issue is dedicated in part to our annual Spring Service Changes, which include popular seasonal changes and a big change to community shuttle routes!

Stay tuned for upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at everything Spring Service Changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, April 23, 2018.

In this issue, we also go full steam ahead with a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, take a look at the all new Metrotown Station, and remind you to tap your card, not your wallet!

As always, catch our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick up your copy today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF from our website.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

TransLink leads the charge launching new electric-battery bus trial

At TransLink, sustainability is very important to us and we are always exploring innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions while providing efficient travel for our customers. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver and BC Hydro to bring four fast-charging electric-battery buses to the region starting in 2019.

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Make sail – construction progresses on TransLink’s newest SeaBus

As part of the Mayors’ Council’s Ten-Year Vision, TransLink’s delivering a new SeaBus, scheduled for delivery early next year! This means more frequent service will be coming between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay with sailings every 10 minutes during rush hour.

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#MyTransLink – April 10

We asked and once again you provided! This week we were looking for your Canada Line photos and your point of view did not disappoint! If you’re new here, #MyTransLink is our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

Sunny Sea Island Sundays ☀️ #weekending #skytrain #canadaline #mytranslink #yvr

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#MyTransLink – April 3

The blooming of the Sakura (cherry blossom tree) is a welcome sign that Spring has sprung! In fact, Vancouver has a whole Cherry Blossom Festival taking place from April 3 – 29, 2018, which celebrates the reawakening in our community of all that makes us alive and human. This edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in our region, challenged you to capture the many cherry blossom trees around Metro Vancouver! Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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