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Compass Card taps into new modes of transport

Compass Cards will soon be used to pay for and unlock travel with TransLink, Modo, Evo, and Mobi by Shaw Go, as part of a limited pilot program launching today.  The Shared Mobility Pilot Program will see select Vancouver-based employers provide their employees with co-branded Compass Cards for use on trips with any of the four transportation providers.

“The Shared Mobility Pilot Program is ultimately about providing more choices and more convenience for customers,” says Kevin Desmond, TransLink’s CEO.

“Those participating can take transit on their morning commute, cycle to meeting locations throughout the day, and unlock carshare services for the journey back home. These individual trips will now all be possible with one easy and seamless payment method.” Read more »

Charging ahead into transit’s next frontier: battery-electric buses

Our new battery-electric bus on the left and an OG electric bus on the right.

We’ve set an ambitious goal: a bus fleet that’s powered with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.

And we’re well on our way to our goal with more than half of TransLink’s fleet now operating on clean energy, including compressed natural gas and hybrid diesel-electric buses, as well as zero-emission trolleybuses.

Starting today, we’re charging full speed ahead with our battery-electric bus pilot! The buses, which are smoother and quieter than the rest of our fleet, are rolling into service on route 100 Marpole Loop/22nd Street Station. Read more »

#TransLinkTomorrow: one app to plan, book and pay for all transportation

David Zipper, a mobility-as-a-service expert, was one of the speakers at the latest talk in TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series, held on July 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

The future could look very different from today.

Climate change, new technologies, and a shifting global economy are creating new opportunities and challenges that we need to consider.

One such new technology is mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) — the idea that consumers in the near-future will – through a single web interface like a smartphone app – be able to plan, book, and pay for a journey that may include segments on transit, ferry, car share, bike share, taxi and rental car.

What will it take to realize mobility-as-a-service in Metro Vancouver?

That’s the question we put to MaaS experts David Zipper and Catherine Kargas at the latest talk in TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series, held on July 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

A panel discussion followed with Zipper, Kargas and SFU economics professor Hendrik Wolff, moderated by movmi CEO Sandra Philips. Read more »

Things to do on Bowen Island this summer with the new Transit On-Demand App

Looking for something to do this summer for an adventure close to nature and away from the city? Have you tried out our new Transit On-Demand app for a day out on Bowen Island? TransLink has launched a new pilot program that will test on-demand transit services for Bowen Island residents and visitors.

To summarize the program, with more details can be found here, it gives Bowen Island transit customers and tourists the freedom to explore the area and hail for a public transit ride when you need it. It’s just as simple as visiting translink.ca/bowen to download the TapRide app. There’s also an option to use the online and phone-in booking system instead (more info on that via translink.ca/bowen).

This pilot project will run until this September 15, so we’re providing our recommendations as a head start of your Bowen Island adventures!

Hiking & cycling trails

Get in tune with nature and find your inner peace with Bowen Island’s hiking trails. Whether it be a peaceful walk, or an adrenaline filled challenge with friends, there are a variety lush emerald-green forest trails to choose from.

More info here.

Tours & food

What is there to explore on the island you ask? These tours are an introduction to the lesser-known hidden gems of the island, something like a treasure hunt! There’s a little something for everyone, a piece of history, a touch of culture, and maybe a slice of pie too!

Speaking of food, there are plenty of specialty coffee shops and restaurants with tasty offerings throughout the island. You might find a hidden gem that keeps you coming back for more! Let us know your favourite fish-and-chip spot in the comments below.

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking the coastal waters of BC is the best way to cool down in hot weather. Paddle by the coast and watch the view of the aquatic ecosystem, or you can people watch the visitors off-boarding the ferry. Either way, you are moving at your own pace. (Please note, a guide to participant ratio of 1:6 is always needed to provide safety for everyone.) You can register for some sessions here.

Golfing

There’s a nine-hole golf course on Bowen Island with awesome views of Howe Sound! A great place to spend times with friends and family as social centre too! Plan your family gathering and social events with information that you can find on this site.

Plan your own adventure!

If you know what you like, there are definitely plenty of places for you to explore and build experiences with friends and family throughout the day. Let us know your how you’ll like to spend a day at Bowen Island and how you’ll use the Transit-on-Demand app on your next adventure!

 

 

 

Transit On-Demand pilot program: hail transit on Bowen Island with an app

As part of our TransLink Tomorrow program, we’re launching a new pilot program that will test on-demand transit services for Bowen Island residents and tourists.

Instead of having to follow set timetables, anyone on the island will be able to use a mobile app called TapRide — think of it as ride haling for public transit or transit hailing! The app will allow you to book journeys and track buses in real-time.

If you’re a Bowen Island transit customer or a tourist to the island, visit translink.ca/bowen to download the TapRide app. Not an app person? No problem! There’s also an online and phone-in booking system (more info on that via translink.ca/bowen) Read more »

TransLink Tomorrow’s vanpool a boon for UBC commuter Clay

Clay McMullen, a UBC staffer, is one of close to 48 people participating in TransLink’s vanpool pilot program.

For the last five years, Clay McMullen has been making the stressful, bumper-to-bumper commute between his home in Abbotsford and the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus where he works.

The 200 kilometre round trip requires Clay to leave for work at 4:40 a.m. and then leave UBC for home at 3:30 p.m, five days a week.

“Money isn’t the big thing — the big thing is the stress of being behind the wheel,” says Clay.

But since February, the daily three-hour combined commute has gotten a lot easier.

“Two or three, or six of us can share this burden in a vanpool.”

Clay now commutes with six of his coworkers, who live in the Fraser Valley and South of Fraser, as part of a vanpool (a carpool but with vans!), organized by TransLink in partnership with Modo.

He says this small change has been a major boon to his lifestyle.

“Vanpool is good for the environment, good for my stress levels, and good for my wallet.” Read more »

#TransLinkTomorrow: how can micromobility support a livable region?

On April 25, we held our latest talk as part of TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series. We welcomed industry, academia and policymakers for a talk on shared micro-mobility. Shared micro-mobility refers to any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users.

Thank you to everyone who attended! Missed it? Watch the archived Periscope livestream above.

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Innovators set sights on TransLink Tomorrow’s Open Call for Innovation

Metro Vancouver’s brightest will be putting their innovation caps on to come up with creative solutions to answer TransLink Tomorrow’s Open Call for Innovation this spring.

We’re looking for innovative ideas to address the new challenge statement:

How can we make the customer experience at TransLink’s stops, stations and exchanges more enjoyable?

Competitors are vying for an opportunity to partner with TransLink to receive support to help further develop their idea, access to their assets to test or demo their idea and the opportunity to pilot the idea on a larger scale in partnership with TransLink.

It’s open to anyone – we believe good ideas come from anyone and everyone. Learn more and submit your idea at translink.ca/opencall! The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM PDT.

The inaugural Open Call for Innovation launched on June 6, 2018 under the theme Seamless Mobility. Our first partnership is with Mobi bikeshare and carshares Evo and Modo to explore how together we can deliver a mobility-as-a-service app in Metro Vancouver.

#TransLinkTomorrow: all transport modes with one fare in one app

We all got to move – we have people to see and places to go.

You can take transit, drive your own car, use Mobi bike share, use car share services like Modo and Evo, or a combination of these services to get there.

But we’re on the cusp of a revolution in how we move around, called new mobility, and with that, a shift in how we pay and plan for our journeys on transport services. We’re moving towards mobility as a service (MaaS).

The idea behind mobility-as-a-service is that consumers in the near-future will – through a single web interface like a smartphone app – be able to plan, book, and pay for a journey that may include segments on transit, ferry, car share, bike share, taxi and rental car. Wouldn’t that be great? Read more »

PIVOT 2019: TransLink supports students’ innovative solutions for cleaner transit

PIVOT by CaseIT

Photo courtesy: PIVOT by CaseIT

Undergraduate students across a variety of faculties, including business, computer science, interactive arts and technology, and engineering recently got a chance to showcase their solutions for sustainable transit, thanks to TransLink.

In February this year, CaseIT presented PIVOT, a local undergraduate ideathon proudly supported by TransLink. Beginning as a spark to an idea, PIVOT was conceptualized in 2018 to celebrate CaseIT’s 15 year anniversary within the Vancouver business community. TransLink proudly supported PIVOT as a theme sponsor, providing powerful insights to this year’s theme of traffic congestion.

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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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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 »

I Love Transit 2018: the future of mobility—disruptions of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Eve Hou, TransLink's project manger for new mobility

Eve Hou, TransLink’s project manger for new mobility

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. Keeping the momentum of last year, this year’s theme is Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Experts believe we’re on a cusp of a revolution in the way we move around, which they call “new mobility.” With that in mind, TransLink’s harnessing innovations in new mobility to create a more livable region. Eve Hou, who is TransLink’s project manager for new mobility, gives us the 411! 

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Have an innovative idea that will improve mobility in Metro Vancouver? Let’s hear it!

Do you have ideas on how to enable more seamless and efficient door-to-door mobility for people and goods? Does your mobility innovation make our communities safer, healthier and cleaner? Or does your idea help ensure affordable and equitable access for all?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, we want to hear from you!

TransLink is looking for the best and brightest new ideas for how we can improve mobility in Metro Vancouver. We are offering support to help further develop your idea, access to our assets to test or demo your idea, and an opportunity to pilot your idea on a larger scale in partnership with us.

  • Who can apply? Anyone!* (This includes individuals, companies, non-profit and non-governmental organizations and academic institutions)
  • What types of ideas are you looking for? We seek ideas that can be eventually implemented in our region, but they can be at any stage of development from early concept to already embodied in a commercialized product.
  • What is the theme? Bringing “seamless mobility” to Metro Vancouver.
  • What is the process? The initial submission is a 1-2 page idea brief, with an optional video. This is due Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. From all the submissions received, selected participants will be invited to submit a more detailed project proposal and to present in front of an evaluation panel. If your idea is selected by the evaluation panel, it may be considered for further research and investment.

This marks the start of TransLink Tomorrow’s first Open Innovation Call, a chance for individuals, companies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to partner with TransLink on new mobility initiatives. We expect this to be biannual open calls, each with a different theme.

For more information and to apply, visit www.translink.ca/opencall! The deadline is Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

*You’ll have to be 19 years or older to apply and employees of TransLink, its subsidiaries and contractors are not eligible. Sorry!

 

TransLink leads the charge launching new electric-battery bus trial

At TransLink, sustainability is very important to us and we are always exploring innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions while providing efficient travel for our customers. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver and BC Hydro to bring four fast-charging electric-battery buses to the region starting in 2019.

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