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TransLink to remove abandoned bikes from Bike Parkades

Bicycles which have been left abandoned or discarded in TransLink’s Bike Parkades will be removed and donated to charity over coming weeks. The Bike Parkade cleanout is a first for TransLink and will ensure an efficient use of bike storage space as customers return to using the transit system.

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The Patio Series feat. Mount Pleasant’s Main Street

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. This week we’re featuring Main Street in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood!

Main Street has seen huge changes as many restaurants have taken advantage of previously dedicated parking spots to expand their patios. If you’ve taken a walk in the area, you’ve no doubt walked through scenes of people enjoying their small group outings on a variety of colourful patios. In Mount Pleasant alone, there have been over 40 curbside patios that have popped up through the City of Vancouver’s Temporary Extended Patio Program.

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TransLink releases Regional Road Performance Monitoring (RRPM) report and online dashboard

When most people think of TransLink, public transit immediately comes to mind. While transit is at the heart of what we do, we also fund and deliver the Major Road Network, a network of bikeways and improvements for pedestrian access to transit, in partnership with municipal partners.

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The Patio Series feat. New Westminster

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. This week we’re checking out what New Westminster has to offer.

In June, New Westminster residents witnessed restaurant and pub patio extensions pop up and the installation of additional parklets (seating where cars used to park) throughout the city intended to support business recovery efforts. “The City of New Westminster is committed to maintaining and improving upon a quality, people-centred public realm, as doing so supports vibrant, active and healthy streets, which in turn has a positive impact on local business and the community as a whole,” said a report to council.

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Bike to Work Week is Sept. 28 to Oct. 4

We’re partnering with HUB Cycling once again for the fall edition of Bike to Work Week. Whether you’re working from home or commuting regularly, there are plenty of ways to get involved this year.

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The Patio Series feat. the North Shore’s Shipyards District

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. This week we’re focusing on the North Shore.  

Earlier this year the pandemic began to shift our behavior. We worked, moved, lived and played differently overnight. Cities, agencies and businesses worked together to adapt to this changing demand. One of the creative solutions to the problems posed by the pandemic was offering more space to restaurants’ diners with patios!  

Street-side patios popped up around Metro Vancouver, and the North Shore’s restaurants, breweries and pubs got creative.   Read more »

Surrey Langley SkyTrain continues to move forward with third round of public engagement

Due to the provincial election, we have temporarily paused the third round of public engagement. We will resume as soon as possible. Please visit surreylangleyskytrain.ca for further details.

The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project continues to move forward with a new round of public engagement that starts today. This round of public engagement offers a look at new station designs and seeks feedback on construction management plans. Engagement runs between September 18 and October 4.

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Broadway Subway station name to feature Emily Carr

TransLink is unveiling the final station names for the Broadway Subway Project, with the extension’s first station featuring the name of internationally acclaimed British Columbian Emily Carr.

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PHOTOS: Taking you behind the scenes of the Expo Line weekend closure at Waterfront Station

Earlier last month, the Expo Line platform at Waterfront Station was closed for a weekend to accelerate maintenance work while there are fewer people on the system. This created a continuous 51-hours of maintenance for power and system upgrades, extensive power rail cleaning and rail repairs, track intrusion alarm maintenance and cleaning, guideway maintenance, detailed platform cleaning, bird prevention installations, lighting upgrades and repairs and CCTV camera repairs.

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The Patio Series feat. Downtown Vancouver’s Patio District

Emily from Donnellan's Pub

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. In the first of our Patio Series, we’re featuring the Downtown Vancouver Patio District.

Since June, the City of Vancouver has approved 326 patios throughout the city, 31 of which are in the Downtown Vancouver BIA district. Gavin from Downtown Vancouver BIA explains: “In many cases, these patios have allowed restaurants to remain operational during the pandemic, and we cannot underestimate the economic impact they have had. Most of the patios are in converted parking stalls, however, in some locations, vehicle travel lanes have been converted into space for patios.” 

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92 per cent of TransLink customers now wearing masks

Spot checks show high compliance following the implementation of TransLink’s mandatory mask policy

TransLink is thanking customers for complying with its mandatory mask policy, with new spot check figures showing around 92 per cent of customers are now wearing masks on board transit vehicles. This comes just over a week after the new policy came into effect.

Staff conducted spot checks at high customer volume locations across the system over several days last week. Approximately 31,000 customers were counted as part of the spot checks. Results show about 92 per cent of these customers were seen wearing masks.

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Public asked to have their say on Burnaby Mountain Gondola

TransLink is asking the public for their opinion on the proposed Burnaby Mountain Gondola and the three potential routes the project could take. A gondola would provide fast, frequent and reliable service, improving connectivity for students, employees and residents who travel between Burnaby Mountain and other parts of Metro Vancouver. The consultation will run from September 1-30, 2020.

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5 Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to explore this summer by transit

Metro Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world and a large part of why is our expansive access to green space. Our regional parks system extends over 13,632 hectares and consists of 23 regional parks, five greenways, two ecological conservancy areas and two regional park reserves in communities from Bowen Island to Maple Ridge.

They are great places to go for a walk, breathe fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature. Start exploring. Discover a new trail, learn about wildlife or attend one of the many events and programs. Enjoy a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and reconnect with nature.

On warm and sunny weekends, regional parks particularly those with beaches are busy.  That’s why it’s a good idea to take transit or cycle to get there, and consider visiting during times of day when it might not be as busy.

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TransLink implementing mandatory face covering policy

Beginning Monday, August 24, TransLink will require customers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while on board transit vehicles.  This step is essential to ensuring customers have confidence riding transit as British Columbia’s economy continues to reopen and more people commute around the region.

“Physical distancing is not always going to be possible on transit, particularly once more riders return to the system,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Customer confidence is key to rebuilding ridership in the context of this pandemic and we believe this step is important to bring many of our riders back.  We’ve listened to transit users who want to see face coverings made mandatory on transit vehicles.”

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TransLink highlights opportunities to speed up Metro Vancouver buses

More than 25 quick changes could save customers time and improve regional transit

TransLink is releasing its assessment of near-term opportunities for municipal projects aimed at improving bus travel times around Metro Vancouver while also improving the overall flow of traffic during the pandemic. TransLink has identified more than 25 bus priority opportunities that could be implemented quickly with little impact on surrounding areas.

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