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

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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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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River District and North Shore Express to Metrotown bus routes approved

The new 31 and 222 bus routes start operating on April 6, 2020.

Two new major bus routes have been approved to serve residents in Vancouver’s East Fraser Lands (the River District), the North Shore, and Burnaby. Beginning April 6, the new services will connect North Shore and River District residents directly to the SkyTrain at Metrotown Station.

New routes:

31 River District/Metrotown – A new service operating between Metrotown Station and the River District. This new route will serve the River District’s growing levels of residential and commercial development by providing a direct bus connection to SkyTrain.

222 Willingdon Express – This new route provides an express service connecting Phibbs Exchange in North Vancouver to Metrotown in Burnaby via Willingdon Avenue. This will be a limited-stop service with only six stops on the entire route. It will serve key transit hubs such as Phibbs Exchange, the Kootenay Bus Loop, Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain Station, BCIT, and Metrotown. The demand for this route was identified as part of the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project (INSTPP).

Both routes were accepted as part of the 2019 Transit Network Review – which consults on new ways to optimize the transit system for customers. The full Transit Network Review consulted on proposed changes to 12 routes last year, and these are the first two to have their proposals implemented. These and other transit expansion projects are funded through the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision.

Engagement results:

In total, there were 4,000 surveys completed for the two new routes. Nearly 80 per cent of respondents said they would be likely to use the Willingdon Express, and two-thirds of respondents said they would be likely to use the River District service.

More information:

Transit Network Review

Data enthusiasts! Check out the 2017 Trip Diary results

The results are in for Trip Diary!

What’s that? Think of it as the census, but for transportation!

It’s a study we do every five years to understand the travel habits of Metro Vancouver residents. Where people go? How do they get there? Is it through walking, cycling, driving, carpooling, taking transit, or a combination of these modes?

We randomly invited households across the region to participate in the Regional Trip Diary in 2017 to ensure that we obtain an unbiased and statistically representative sample. We heard from 28,000 households, equating to approximately 56,000 people and 230,000 trips!

The numbers have been crunched and — for the first time ever — the data is available to the public online via the data visualization tool Tableau! Check it out.

Trip Diary is conducted approximately every five years and is the most comprehensive source of information on overall travel patterns in the Metro Vancouver region. It’s used by all public and private sector planning organizations, and it informs the many decisions involved in delivering a better transportation system. It’s especially important and relevant now as we develop a new shared regional transportation strategy, Transport 2050.

Transport 2050 ideas and survey update – nearly 5000 new submissions!

We’re creating a new Regional Transportation Strategy, called Transport 2050, that will outline our options for getting around between now and 2050.

Since TransLink launched this public engagement initiative – the largest in our history – on May 3, we’ve heard from thousands of Metro Vancouverites about what they want in the future of transportation. And so far, nearly 13,000 surveys and 1,400 ideas for the future have been submitted.

Have an idea, but haven’t submitted it yet? Don’t worry, you have until September 22 to tell us what’s important to you, your transportation priorities and your ideas for the future. Take part now at transport2050.ca!

Want to talk with us in person instead? This summer, we’re all over the region. Read more »

Have your say in the Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan, April 2–18!

People who live, work, play, or travel through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are invited to have their say in the next phase of the Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan!

You may remember last year we reached out to find out from you what are some of the issues and opportunities for improving transit and transportation in the area.

And the results are in! We’ve analyzed your input and developed a range of potential strategies and actions aimed at improving transit, strengthening regional cycling connections and making walking to transit safer and more enjoyable.

But first, we need your feedback to help prioritize and refine the potential strategies for improving transit, walking, and cycling.

So don’t wait, have your say in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows ATP! Help shape transportation in your community by taking the survey from April 2 to 18 at translink.ca/mrpm.

Transit Network Review proposes new service areas and more!

Public engagement for the 2019 Transit Network Review is open from April 2 to 18.

We’re inviting customers and neighbours across the region to have their say on potential transportation changes as part of our 2019 Transit Network Review!

It’s all part of our efforts to deliver a better transit system so it serves more people, supports areas of high ridership, provides transit options in growing areas, and delivers a basic level of transit access across Metro Vancouver.

Among the proposals in this review:

  • Provide new service to three neighbourhoods: River District in Vancouver, East Fraser Heights, and 68th Ave Crosstown in Surrey
  • Increase service along Fraser Highway before the proposed rapid transit project is approved and implemented
  • Changes to the transit network to make certain routes more efficient and reliable, and provide better connections
  • Redesign NightBus routes to Richmond and YVR, and provide transit service to YVR at all times

It’s important you take part.

The 2017 Transit Network Review informed the new bus routes in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights, and Morgan Creek communities that launched in September 2017, and the decision to extend the 159 to Coquitlam Central Station.

No final decisions have been made. We’re considering these changes and asking for feedback now, so we can implement changes as part of our quarterly transit service changes that happen every spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Have your say in the Transit Network Review and help shape transit in your community. Taking the survey from April 2–18 at translink.ca/networkreview.

Q&A: Transportation expert David Zipper talks ride hailing, new mobility, and more!

TransLink’s second annual New Mobility Forum brought together leaders in government, industry and academia to discuss how we regulate, manage and deliver transportation in Metro Vancouver as we forge ahead into the future.

Transportation expert David Zipper, resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund, was the keynote speaker at the forum. He shared his insights on the future of new mobility and it what it means for Metro Vancouver.

After the event, Andrew McCurran, TransLink’s director of strategic planning and policy, caught up with Zipper to get his unique perspective on new mobility.

Watch the video above or read on for the the interview’s transcript!

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All-door boarding coming to Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain station!

Starting February 2, 2019, there will be a new option for getting on and off Expo Line trains heading westbound towards downtown Vancouver. A new platform at Commercial–Broadway Station will soon be open for customers, bringing all-door boarding to SkyTrain for the first time.

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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. Read more »

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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