Translink Buzzer Blog

Category: Planning for the Future

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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Why are TransLink buses green now?

TransLink Green New Flyer Bus

As these new buses arrive, we’ll put them into service on the existing network

Hey Metro Vancouver! As some of you might have noticed, new buses have been arriving to the fleet only, they look a little different than existing buses!

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Now showing: award-winning public artwork at Joyce–Collingwood station!

Have you checked out this amazing artwork at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain station yet?

We have some news to share!

For those of you who board/alight the Expo Line at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain station, a new piece of public art has probably drawn your attention.

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TransLink gives green light to green bonds

We will be the first transit agency in Canada to issue green bonds

UPDATE Nov 16, 2018: TransLink issued its first-ever Green Bond, becoming the first transit agency in Canada to do so, helping to satisfy strong investor interest in organizations with a compelling environmental story to tell. The bond, valued at $400 million, is TransLink’s largest bond issuance.

At TransLink, we take environmental stewardship very seriously. We also constantly spend capital to improve our transit network, so YOU, our customers, can benefit from it.

We all know public transit is a greener choice – it takes away cars from the roads, thereby reducing our cumulative carbon footprint.

With this responsibility in mind, TransLink’s Board of Directors has given the green light to issue green bonds as one way to finance the largest expansion to transit service in our region’s history — the 10-Year Vision.

What are green bonds, you might wonder?

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I Love Transit 2018: TransLink keeps sustainability in focus

It is expected that each electric bus in operation will reduce on-road CO2 emissions by close to 300,000 kg annually

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year’s theme is…Connections: the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. One of the key elements of what the future of transit entails is sustainable transit. So, we chatted with Sarah Buckle, Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability at TransLink what that actually means.

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New bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station and more!

The TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program is improving aging infrastructure across the system

Upgrades to Joyce-Collingwood Station are well underway. The new bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station is now complete – a milestone in the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program that’s improving aging infrastructure across the system.

The next phase of construction will start next week, with crews completing necessary upgrade work.

The west stationhouse at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain Station will be closed from August 13 until spring 2019 as station improvements continue. During construction, the station will remain open and accessible to all customers.

Where do I catch my bus or SkyTrain?

Two new bus shelters at the Joyce-Collingwood Station – opening August 13.

 

Beginning August 13, customers will use the east stationhouse and newly-constructed bus loop to access SkyTrain and buses.

  • Buses will move to the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • From August 13 to spring 2019, the west stationhouse will close and customers can catch their bus at the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • The bus loop has larger shelters and is the new permanent location for the 28 and 41/43 routes.

 

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9 and 99 bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station temporarily relocated, June 15–25

Photo of the under construction overhead walkway at Commercial–Broadway Station

The new overhead walkway at Commercial–Broadway Station

We’re constantly working on our system, and as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, Commercial–Broadway Station’s receiving upgrades to meet the needs of our growing region.

Improvements include an additional platform for Expo Line trains, a widened crossing over the Grandview Cut and a new pedestrian walkway over Broadway. Two new elevators and four up-and-down escalators are also being added to improve accessibility and customer convenience.

Check out the progress that’s been made since our last post!

The project, which is nearing completion, hits another major milestone on Friday, June 15. This will result in temporary changes for people travelling in the area.

June 15, 9 p.m. to June 25: Temporary westbound bus stops for 9 and 99, and entrance closure

From 9 p.m. June 15 to June 25, the westbound 9 and 99 stops will move to the west side of Commercial Drive while crews make repairs to the existing sidewalk and plaza area, and complete the new bus shelter and permanent queuing system for the 99 B-Line.

The station entrance beside Shoppers Drug Mart will also be closed during this time. SkyTrain customers will enter or exit the station from the Commercial Drive entrance or the Broadway entrance on the south side of the street.

On June 25, the new 99 B-Line bus shelter and queuing system will open, and the westbound 9 and 99 bus stops will move to their permanent locations outside Commercial–Broadway Station.

Temporarily relocated bus stop locations for the 9 and 99

June 15, 9 p.m. – June 17, 8 a.m.: Broadway road closure

Broadway will be fully closed in both directions from Victoria Drive to Commercial Drive, beginning 9 p.m. Friday, June 15 and continuing until 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 17. There will also be a full eastbound closure from June 17, 11 p.m. to June 18, 5 a.m., and a full westbound closure June 18, 11 p.m. – June 19, 5 a.m.

These closures are required so crews can remove the temporary work platform that has been used to construct the new pedestrian walkway over Broadway, which was lifted into place in fall 2017.

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Construction work is weather dependent and the dates/times of the road closures are subject to change. We recognize that some customers and our neighbours will be affected by this work and we thank everyone for their patience while we improve Commercial-Broadway Station.

Take the survey on the Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT

UPDATE – Nov, 06, 2018: In light of the resolution passed by the City of Surrey council we are pausing work on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project and suspending the RFQ process while we await direction from the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board. Read the full statement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond here.

As part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision, we’re delivering new rapid transit to the region, including the construction and operation of the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Line!

This will introduce modern, street-level light rail transit (LRT) along King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue, connecting Surrey City Centre, Guildford and Newton with high-quality rapid transit.

Through June 14, TransLink and the City of Surrey want your input on key aspects of the LRT project and how light rail will help transform Surrey.

LRT is new to our region, so naturally there are some who are concerned about how it will work, and others who prefer alternative technologies for a variety of reasons. Read more »

Bikes are now allowed at Metrotown Station

The rebuilt east stationhouse at Metrotown Station!

Exciting news for our multi-modal commuters—bikes are now allowed at Metrotown Station!

Recently, the rebuilt east stationhouse at Metrotown Station opened with four new escalators, further improving passenger flow and access at the station. With all three stationhouses now open (west opened in July 2017 and centre opened in March 2017), we have more capacity than ever before at the station!

As a reminder, customers with bikes will need to enter and exit through the centre stationhouse where elevators are available for use. The east and west stationhouses have escalators only and bikes are not permitted due to safety concerns. Please be mindful of the bicycle restrictions in place that affect when and how many bikes are allowed on SkyTrain during varying times of day.

This is just the beginning! Work is expected to be fully complete at Metrotown Station later this spring, including a new Bike Parkade!

Bike Parkades are secure facilities where customers who ride bikes to or from transit can lock their bike for the day. The parkade can be accessed with a registered Compass Card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $1 per use (per day) to a maximum of $8 per calendar month.

For more details on tips and guidelines around bikes on transit, please visit translink.ca/bikesontransit.

Author: Allen Tung

Year in Review: an update on the Expo Line SkyTrain station upgrades

A major milestone for Metrotown Station this year as both the centre and west stationhouses opened!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to look back at the past twelve months and take stock of all that we’ve accomplished…like making tremendous progress on four Expo Line SkyTrain Station upgrades!

In order to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers and the entire region for years to come, these four stations are currently being upgraded to improve station accessibility, capacity, safety and security. Read more »

Seven things to know about Surrey LRT

UPDATE – Nov, 06, 2018: In light of the resolution passed by the City of Surrey council we are pausing work on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project and suspending the RFQ process while we await direction from the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board. Read the full statement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond here.

Excitement is building for the Surrey–Newton–Guildford Light Rail Transit project—we can feel it!

The Surrey LRT is the proposed rapid transit project to connect the City of Surrey’s City Centre, Guildford and Newton communities. It’s the first phase of the South of Fraser Rapid Transit projects!

With the roll-out of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision, Surrey LRT project planning and public engagement is on track (pun intended). The project’s business case was recently submitted to the provincial government and TransLink’s now waiting for word from the Provincial government regarding approvals, funding and timelines.

Once we do, we’ll have so much more to share with you. In the meantime, with excitement building, the Buzzer blog would like to share seven things you should know about the proposed Surrey LRT project!

 

  • LRT provides reliable travel – LRT is a new form of rapid transit in Metro Vancouver, ideal for connecting and shaping growing suburban communities. With service at street-level within a dedicated right-of-way and signal priority at intersections, LRT bypasses congestion and provides customers with consistent and reliable travel times.

 

  • LRT is popular – Surrey is on the same path as major North American cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga and Waterloo where successful urban-style LRT projects are operating or under construction. There are more than 400 systems operating in about 50 countries and more than 200 cities around the world, moving millions each day!

 

  • A good fit – Research shows light rail transit is the right solution for Surrey’s busy transportation corridor. LRT will help encourage new and sustainable residential, commercial and business developments, better manage traffic congestion in Surrey’s urban core and enable a more pedestrian-friendly and connected community.

 

  • Will serve long-term demand – Surrey is anticipated to grow by more than 250,000 people by 2041. LRT provides the flexibility to grow both in terms of capacity and network coverage over the long-term that is unmatched by bus rapid transit (BRT).

 

  • Good support for LRT from locals – According to a third-party survey of residents this past spring, local support for LRT is clear: 72 per cent of Surrey residents and 82 per cent of residents in surrounding areas support the project proposed. Additionally, 82 per cent of transit users and 58 per cent of Surrey residents say they are likely to use LRT.

 

  • Good support for LRT from businesses – City Council in Surrey, as well as the Mayors’ Council and the Surrey Board of Trade are proponents of the project. The majority of developers who will be responsible for building supporting mixed-use communities around LRT stops and stations are also supportive.

 

  • A first in BC – Once built and in operation, the Surrey LRT will be the first light rail transit system in British Columbia! Transit customers across Metro Vancouver will have the option to travel by bus, SeaBus, light rail transit, SkyTrain, West Coast Express and HandyDART.

 

Want to learn more about the Surrey LRT project? Please visit surreylightrail.ca

 

The Bike Parkade at Joyce–Collingwood Station is now open!

The Bike Parkade at Joyce–Collingwood Station is now open!

Exciting news for our customers that start their journey by cycling. A Bike Parkade is now open at Joyce–Collingwood Station, so come park your bike with us!

There are spots for 50 bikes inside the Bike Parkade and there’s additional (unsecured) capacity outside. Use of the parkades only costs $1 per day per use, up to $8 per month! That means after eight uses, it’s free for the rest of the month.

Never used our Bike Parkades before? It’s super easy. If you haven’t already, register your Compass Card at compasscard.ca, and go to the bottom of the “My Cards” tab under “My Programs,” to enroll.

At the station, tap your Compass Card to gain access to the Bike Parkade and don’t forget to bring a lock to secure your bike to the rack.

Learn more about our Bike Parkades at translink.ca/bikeparkade.

 

Bus shelter for the 99 B-Line coming to Commercial-Broadway Station!

A rendering of what the completed bus shelter for the 99 B-Line will look like at Commercial–Broadway Station.

As part of the ongoing upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station, a large, bus shelter to serve the 99 B-Line will begin construction next week and continue into the new year. The bus shelter will provide weather protection to approximately 160 passengers standing in the queue – a welcome addition on those notoriously rainy Vancouver days!

The bus stop at Commercial-Broadway for the 99 B-Line is the busiest on the entire transit network, and serves as one of the most important transit interchanges in the region. The 99 B-Line attracts more riders than any other bus corridor in Canada or the United States with more than 17 million annual boardings, and Commercial-Broadway Station is the busiest SkyTrain station in the system.

This project was made possible in partnership with the federal government through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

Author: Terence Chu

Draft report for Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan is in!

Click here to read the draft report!

Hey Richmond, Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Phase 2 consultation this spring on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP). The draft report recommendations for Phase 2 are in and ready for your review! We want to know what you think from now until December 1, 2017 December 10, 2017.

During consultation, which included an online survey and in-person engagement activities, we heard concerns about the proposed changes to routes such as the 602 and 480.

That’s why we made modifications to all of the proposals that had significant-to-moderate concern expressed. In fact, after reading through all of your comments, we even found ways to make some of the proposals which received strong support even better!

Visit translink.ca/swatp to read the Phase 2 draft report and the recommendations. Have a look through and let us know what you think by emailing swatp@translink.ca, leaving feedback by visiting translink.ca/feedback or calling 604.953.3333.

What is the Southwest Area Transport Plan?

The Southwest Area Transport Plan establishes a blueprint for the transit and transportation needs in Richmond, South Delta, the Tsawwassen First Nation and important connections to North Delta.

What’s next?

We’ve been working closely with our partners in Richmond, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation and look forward to their endorsement of the SWATP. The final plan will be available in early 2018.

As well, recommendations that include changes to the transit network would likely undergo additional public engagement when they are being considered for implementation.

Our planners chat with residents at Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market during Phase 2 Southwest Area Transport Plan consultation this past spring.

For future notifications around the Southwest Area Transport Plan, sign up for our eNewsletter or head to the TransLink website for more information.

TransLink launches double-decker bus pilot project

We’re super stoked to let our readers know that today we officially launched a pilot project to test two double-decker buses on long-distance commuter routes!

The double-decker buses, supplied at no charge by British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, seat 80-86 passenger, up to 83 per cent more seating than the older highway coaches, and have double the overall capacity.

It’s all part of our commitment to exploring new options to better meet customers’ needs and the region’s transportation goals. Read more »