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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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Not your parents’ garage – Microsoft Garage brings innovation to TransLink

Photo of participants of the Microsoft Garage Intern Program

TransLink is not just wheels, rails and propellers. Behind the scenes, we are teams of innovative creative thinkers constantly looking for cutting-edge ways to bring cool technology to our customers. To the hands of our customers in this case!

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