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Category: 10-Year Vision

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

10-Year Vision Spotlight: South of Fraser and Southwest

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! 

Public engagement for Phase 2 of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision is now underway through May 11! Phase Two builds on the momentum of Phase One, bringing even more transit and transportation improvements to the region.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at all the improvements coming to South of Fraser (North Delta, Langley city, Langley township, Surrey and White Rock) and Southwest (South Delta, Richmond and Tsawwassen First Nation). Read more »

10-Year Vision Spotlight: Vancouver, UBC and University Endowment Lands

10-Year Vision Spotlight

As part of Phase 2 of the 10-Year Vision, potential upgrades, such as transit priority and enhanced passenger amenities, are planned for the 95 B-Line.

We’ve got a lot going on at TransLink these days. Already underway, Phase One of the 10-Year Vision is bringing a 10 per cent increase in bus service across the region and more!

Among the funded and implemented improvements in the Vancouver, UBC and University Endowment Lands communities are new B-Line routes on Hastings Street and 41st Avenue, increased service on SeaBus and 17 different bus routes, SkyTrain fleet expansion, as well as upgrades to SkyTrain stations, cycling, road and pedestrian infrastructure.

Phase Two, building on the first phase’s momentum, is set bring even more improvements to these communities and the rest of the region!

As part of Phase Two, we’re planning potential upgrades, such as transit priority and enhanced passenger amenities, for the 95 B-Line on Hastings Street and the new 41st Avenue B-Line.

We’re introducing service to the growing East Fraser Lands (River District) community and more NightBus service is coming with extended hours of service. We’re reducing wait times on the 26, 27, 44 and 100 as well reducing overcrowding on the 2, 4, 14, 25, 44, 49 and 84.

These are only the bus improvements! We are also introducing SkyTrain improvements, planning for rapid transit to UBC’s Point Grey campus, and building and operating an extension of the Millennium Line along Broadway to Arbutus Street.

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.

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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Have your say! Public engagement begins for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision

Have your say! Public engagement on the Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision is open from April 30 to May 11.

Public engagement begins today for the investment plan to fund Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision! This is your opportunity to comment on the spending priorities and the sources of revenue for the program.

You can learn more and provide feedback online at tenyearvision.translink.ca until May 11 or attend any of the eight pop-up open houses (see below for schedule) being held around the region.

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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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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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Have your say on the new B-Line routes and Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan, April 3 – May 31!

Next year, TransLink’s launching four new B-Line bus routes in 12 Metro Vancouver communities—that means shorter travel times, shorter waits and less crowding!

It’s part of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for better transportation in Metro Vancouver. The new B-Line routes are:

  • Fraser Highway (Surrey Central to Langley Centre)
  • Main-Marine (Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange)
  • 41st Avenue (Joyce-Collingwood to UBC)
  • Lougheed Highway (Coquitlam Central to Haney Place in Maple Ridge)

The public is invited to weigh in on proposed bus routes, local service changes, and speed and reliability measures! Visit us at a pop-up information session and take the survey from April 3 – May 31 at translink.ca/bline

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Full speed ahead for the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision

Recently, the Mayors’ Council and the Province of British Columbia announced a funding proposal for the regional share for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision – a major step forward in securing the largest investment in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver history!

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Announcing one of the largest transportation investments in Metro Vancouver history!

Kevin Desmond speaks at podium during 10-Year Vision funding announcement

Today marks another big day for transit in Metro Vancouver as the Mayors’ Council and the Province of British Columbia have agreed on a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision. This announcement marks one of the largest infrastructure investments in Metro Vancouver’s history!

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Psst…more B-Line service is coming to Metro Vancouver!

B-Line bus service offers faster travel time, direct routing and connections to key regional destinations in areas that need it most. It’s a cost-effective way to reduce congestion and overcrowding on transit.

You may have heard, 80 new SkyTrain cars will be available for service in Metro Vancouver by 2020 (28 of which are arriving early!). Now, we’re excited to announce we’re preparing to roll out four new B-Line bus routes by the end of 2019!

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Big News! SkyTrain cars are arriving ahead of schedule!

 

Today marks yet another great day for transit in Metro Vancouver as TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, along with members of the federal and provincial government, announced the early arrival of new SkyTrain cars for our system!

The deal was inked on a cold day in 2016, as part of funding provided through Phase 1 of the Mayors’ 10-year Vision. Today, the big news is that 28 additional Expo and Millennium Line SkyTrain cars will arrive by the end of 2019! That’s three years ahead of schedule!

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TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond looks at what’s ahead in 2018 on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond appeared on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition on January 10.

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond appeared on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn on January 10, looking ahead to what’s upcoming for the organization in 2018. He talks about 10-Year Vision funding to the Transit Fare Review, and everything in between.

Have a listen! Big thanks to CBC for sharing the audio with us.

Year in Review: a look at some of TransLink’s 2017 milestones

As 2017 comes to a close, The Buzzer blog’s taking a look at some of TransLink’s milestones from the year that was!

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TransLink secures $200 million in tenth bond issue

We have some great news—we successfully launched our tenth bond issue in November!

This brings in $200 million to help finance capital projects as outlined in the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

Did you know? TransLink is Canada’s only transportation agency to raise funds directly through Canadian debt capital markets. Since 2010, TransLink has raised $1.53 billion through bonds!

Funds will go towards financing our capital spending including fleet replacements and expansion for bus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express, as well as upgrades to SkyTrain stations along the Expo Line.

“Our ability to go directly to the capital markets with a solid reputation as a good investment means greater cost certainty for how we manage our debt,” says Cathy McLay, TransLink’s CFO and Executive Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services. “Investors can put their money anywhere and they choose us. This consistent demand for our bonds also helps to ensure we maintain access to capital that keeps Metro Vancouver’s road and transit network moving now and into the future.”

In September, Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reaffirmed TransLink’s AA stable credit ratings and in October, Moody’s Investors Service and Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reaffirmed TransLink’s Aa2 stable credit ratings. Credit rating reports are available at translink.ca.

Both agencies highlight TransLink’s diverse revenue streams, solid governance and management practice, and track record of finding cost efficiencies as reasons for the high credit rating.

Author: Allen Tung