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Transit-friendly skiing and snowboarding places near Vancouver

Grouse Mountain

Vancouver and snow might not be the best of friends, but you can call them long-lost friends. They meet occasionally and everyone is pleasantly surprised. Until snow bids adieu and heads to its favourite friends on the North Shore.

So, what do Vancouverites do when they want some snow? They head to the mountains that offer breathtaking views – and of course, there’s snow!

Skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and snowtubing are just some of the activities you can do on snow. The local ski mountains – Cypress, Grouse, and Mt Seymour (from west to east) – attract Vancouverites every winter, urging them to strap on their skis, snowboards, and snowshoes. Some of these also have ice rinks!

The best part – these are all accessible by transit! So, without further ado, The Buzzer blog has some fun ideas!

Note: Resort/activity timings, and prices may be subject to change. Check official websites for exact details. 

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Best breakfast in Metro Vancouver near transit

breakfast spots in Metro Vancouver near transit

The Buzzer blog lists some spots that serve delicious and hearty breakfast

Warm buttery pancakes, steaming hot cups, a cheesy and creamy omelette – you get the gist! Today, on The Buzzer blog, we’re talking breakfast, baby!

And now that it’s a bit chilly, weekends (and even weekday mornings) are best spent eating a wholesome and healthy breakfast to your heart’s content!

Hungry yet? We are too, so let’s get this one rollin’, shall we?

Note: Restaurant timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details. 

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TransLink partners with Evo, Mobi, and Modo to improve connectivity in the region

Modo carsharing

With more options of shared mobility, you can conveniently travel in the region.

Getting around Metro Vancouver just got easier!

We are excited to say we are partnering with with Evo Car Share, Modo Co-operative, and Mobi by Shaw Go bike share to help make multimodal travel easier, more convenient and more seamless for residents in Metro Vancouver.

The partnership will assess and explore how TransLink and the three local companies can provide customers the convenience of bundled mobility services.

Parking spaces around our transit system are often reserved for shared bikes and cars and thousands of customers use these services as a first-mile last-mile connectivity option.

Last year – TransLink, through its Open Innovation Call – invited individuals, entrepreneurs, academics, and industry insiders to present their ideas on the future of mobility in the region. A total of 90 submissions were evaluated against a specified set of criteria and the successful proponents selected by an internal panel.

TransLink’s New Mobility Forum brought together these partners. Leaders in government, industry, and academia met and discussed how we regulate, manage, and deliver transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Speakers included David Zipper, Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund; TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond; Jonathan Cote, Mayor of New Westminster & Chair, Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, and others (see photos!).

Discussions on government perspectives on New Mobility, ride-hailing, Mobility as a Service, and governing the smart city attempted to take a deeper look at how we continue to deliver on our services to keep millions of customers moving.

We regularly receive feedback from customers about more options to get around the region. With this partnership, we can explore more options to help you get where you want!

Metro Vancouver boasts of a great network of shared mobility options and this is yet another milestone in that connectivity puzzle. The aim of this partnership is to increase access to multiple modes of active and sustainable transportation.

TransLink New Mobility Forum

Keynote speaker David Zipper

One of the key aspects of improving livability in the region is to reduce the number of private vehicles on our roads. With more shared mobility options, you can conveniently travel in the region. In June 2017, we partnered with Modo Co-operative. Currently, seven Metro Vancouver transit stations in five cities now have a combined ten carshare parking spots with more expected! In February 2018, we partnered with Evo Car Share to bring carsharing services to our customers.

The Open Innovation Call is a part of the larger New Mobility initiative which examines broader transportation trends to better understand evolving consumer demands and travel patterns. Seamless mobility was identified as a priority in the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision and funding towards advancing this objective has been earmarked under the Phase 1 Investment Plan.

Stay tuned for announcements about what this exciting partnership will mean to you!

Authors: Manjit Gill & Tanushree Pillai

Stunning new art-wrapped buses – coming to a bus loop near you!

Vancouver-based artist Diyan Achjadi is a known name in the local art scene. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to a West-Javanese father and an English-Canadian mother, Diyan grew up moving between Jakarta, Hong Kong, London, and Washington DC.

Diyan’s work will now be adding a vivid visual experience to your commute!

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That’s a wrap on I Love Transit Camp 2018!

Remember I Love Transit 2018? We still do. The end of 2018 was a busy one, so we never got to tell you about I Love Transit Camp 2018! Last year was special because we had two winning classes – that’s right!

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Year in Review: a look at some of TransLink’s 2018 milestones

As 2018 ends, The Buzzer blog takes a look at some of TransLink’s milestones from the year that was!

Improving the customer experience was a big focus for us this year.

We made paying for transit even more easier with the roll-out of Tap to Pay. For customers without Compass Cards such as tourists, this feature means no more ticket line-ups, digging for exact change, or worrying about pre-calculating zones — just tap your Visa or Mastercard contactless credit card or mobile wallet, and be on your way. In less than two months of its launch, Tap to Pay hit a milestone with more than one million taps. Read more »

New bus shelters and more coming to Nanaimo Bus Exchange!

Nanaimo Bus Exchange rendering

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 and conclude in late 2019

Exciting news for those of you who access the Nanaimo Bus Exchange on your daily commute!

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Free Wi-Fi on the entire Metro Vancouver transit system!

You heard it here first!

TransLink and Shaw Communications Inc. are teaming up to deliver free Wi-Fi for transit customers across Metro Vancouver.

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets and DayPasses

We’re taking you to new heights with TransLink’s 12 Days of Christmas Giftmas!

On the 9th day, we’ve collaborated with the folks at Capilano Suspension Bridge to set you up with the chance to win!

In today’s contest, you can get your hands on: a pair of tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and a pair of Compass DayPasses, so you can take transit to get there!

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Attention Delta residents! Westham Island bridge closures coming soon

Westham Island Bridge

UPDATE – January 18, 2019 –  The Bridge will be closed on the following dates this year:

There will be overnight closures from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • January 14-19
  • January 21-26
  • January 28- Feb 2
  • Feb 4-9
  • Feb 11-16

There will be intermittent daytime closures on the following days: January 28-February 2. The maximum closure duration will be one hour and the bridge will be opened to traffic for 20-minute periods between consecutive closures.

* No closures from Sunday night into Monday morning.

The Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below.

The bridge is 108 years old and requires maintenance and rehabilitation work as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program to keep it safe and reliable.

Major rehabilitation work on the bridge began this fall and will continue until spring 2019. Work involves repairing and replacing components across the entire bridge, including piles and pile caps, floor beams and stringers below the deck, deck and handrail, and the swing mechanism.

During closures, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists will be allowed to cross with an escort; the bridge will be closed to all other traffic.

 Overnight closures will be from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • December 10 – 15
  • December 17 – 22

There will be no closures from Sunday night into Monday morning and no daytime closures during December. Daytime closures will be scheduled in the new year.

From January 18 to 25, pedestrian crossing will be limited to 10-minute periods on the hour, every hour, between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Closure details, including dates of future closures, will be shared through the following channels:

There may be closures of the swing span, the details of which will be communicated regularly to ensure users of the navigational channel are aware of any restrictions.

https://twitter.com/CityofDeltaBC/status/1071170072864010240

 Why does the bridge have to be closed?

The bridge must be closed at various times throughout construction to ensure the safety of the workers and bridge users, and to accommodate construction equipment.

Is the bridge safe?

The bridge is safe for use; however, as one of the oldest bridges in the region, there are elements of it that are nearing the end of their useful lives. The upcoming rehabilitation work ensures the bridge remains safe and reliable.

We thank bridge users and nearby residents for their patience while we improve one of the oldest bridges in the region.

Make sure you check www.translink.ca/westham for up-to-date information.

Have questions? For more information, please email Westham.Island.Bridge@TransLink.ca or contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

New Mark III trains undergoing testing and commissioning

New Mark III undergoing testing

This new Mark III train is currently completing a certain number of hours in a variety of different service situations

For those of you who noticed a new arrival on the Expo Line yesterday, it’s the first of the new Mark IIIs that’s getting closer each day to entering service! You heard that right!

We’re happy to say we’re testing and commissioning the newest Mark III train. You’ll see this one 4-car train on the Expo Line during non-peak hours, but no passengers are allowed on until the testing is complete.

The train will stop at all stations and the doors will open – but they will be taped and SkyTrain Attendants will be onboard to ensure no one boards the train.

Here’s what you will see when this train stops at the station and the doors open.

New Mark III SkyTrain testing

Here’s what you will see when this train stops at the station and the doors open.

The train will be tested and commissioned during non-peak hours. It is mandatory for all new trains to undergo eight hours of testing.

As you may recall, we received the first of the new Mark IIIs in September this year. Over the next year, we will be receiving a total of 56 new Mark III SkyTrain cars that will undergo mandated testing to ensure they are safe to travel on. Out of this, 24 SkyTrain cars will arrive early next year and another 28 by the end of the same year, all for the Expo and Millennium Lines.

This is all part of the 10-Year Vision – Phase One! We’re adding 80 new SkyTrain cars on the Expo, Millennium, and Canada Lines to increase service and reduce overcrowding.

All new trains must complete a certain number of hours in a variety of different service situations and testing scenarios before they are given the green light to be used in service. We do this testing to ensure that the new trains are safe for all passengers and staff.

All new trains go through three stages of commissioning:

  • Stage 1: Involves running 80 km on Expo and Millennium Line during non-revenue hours.
  • Stage 2: Includes running the train a total of eight hours during non-peak revenue service (current stage for the new trains).
  • Stage 3: Involves running the train in full revenue service (during peak and non-peak hours) while transporting passengers.

Train 2 arrived at the SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre at Burnaby in November and is currently also undergoing testing and commissioning. Train 3 is currently being tested in Kingston, ON, while manufacturing of train 4 is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

 

As the new Mark III trains are commissioned, they will be introduced to service on all-day Expo Line runs now operated by Mark I trains.

These trains are fully-articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), have more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage, and are more environmentally efficient, and so much more!

Every 4th new Mark III train will allow us to update the Expo/Millennium service timetables, thereby increasing capacity on both the lines.

Stay tuned to know when the new trains go into service! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with service information, and to share cool transit stories with us!

Author: Tanushree Pillai

Choo-choo-choose the West Coast Express Santa train this holiday season!

West Coast Express Santa Train

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m.

The West Coast Express Santa Train is back on track again, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all your friends on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community! Read more »

Transit safety tips for children from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Transit Police

Transit Police jurisdiction is the entire transportation service region – an area crossing twenty-one municipalities and one First Nation, served by a combination of seventeen independent police forces and RCMP detachments.

As a Neighbourhood Police Officer with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, I get to attend community events and give talks in the Tri-Cities. One of the best things about my job is meeting children and teaching them about transit safety. Read more »

Transit-friendly Christmas activities in Metro Vancouver this weekend

A round of Santa-plause because The Buzzer blog is back with some cool things to do this weekend – all of which are transit-friendly! We take you from Vancouver to Surrey, from New West to Langley – because, Xmas has us feeling extra santa-mental!

Read on, you snow the drill!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

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A little more about that colour green and our new buses

TransLink Green New Flyer Bus

Colours in the green-yellow spectrum are perceived as conveying movement and speed.

As we mentioned in a previous post, we’re changing the colour of our B-Lines when the new ones launch in late 2019.

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