Transportation is key to accessing jobs, services and to increasing general productivity – less time wasted getting places. New technologies have the potential to get everyone where they need to go more conveniently. The term “everyone” is also important – our societal goal should be to provide access and ease of transportation to all ages, abilities and incomes. This will strengthen our social fabric as well as our economy.
What technologies are coming that could enable this?
Could smartphone-enabled augmented reality be in our future. Image credit – Enuke Software
In May, we kicked off Transport 2050, our largest ever public engagement, to ask the people of the region: what kind of transportation future do you want?
With just over two weeks to go before Phase 1 engagement ends on September 22, over 26,000 surveys and 2,000 ideas have been submitted! Not only that, our outreach team has been to nearly every corner of Metro Vancouver – including at the PNE Fair at the Transport 2050 Expo!
The clock is ticking — have you had your say? Tell us about your values, priorities, and ideas for the future before the survey closes on September 22.
Decongested! That’s my vision for the future of transportation in our region: great public transit complemented by the availability of tens of thousands of shared vehicles that are electric and autonomous. It’s the path to affordable, convenient, inclusive and sustainable transportation.
We live in one of the best places in the world. So attractive in fact that we expect to welcome up to a million new residents over the next two decades. That could add more than 600,000 cars to the 1.6 million already in the region. Metro Vancouver could be overwhelmed by that surge in the vehicle population. If we think traffic congestion, parking availability and pollution is already bad, we haven’t seen anything yet. Read more »
With a few precious weeks remaining of Vancouver’s summer, have you thought about how to spend the rest of those sunny days with your friends? With deep-fried goodness and pickled-flavoured cotton candy as the new food craze, make the most of the clear weather by using these ways to save at the PNE!
The PNE Fair is back this year until September 2 (closed August 26), open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. or later. These are some deals you don’t want to miss, but be sure to plan ahead because each promo day is different.
1. 2-for-1 adult admission on Fridays from TransLink and Transport 2050
You can get 2-for-1 admission for adults (14-64 years of age) and seniors (65+ years of age) with a valid TransLink Compass card and other fare products. (Please note that the 2-for-1 admission does not apply for the PNE’s children admission rates.) This offer is only valid for August 23rd and 30th. Read more »
Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE.
Today, the PNE is the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC and the site of hundreds of famous events – from a live performance from The Beatles to the historic Miracle Mile. Read more »
Come visit the Transport 2050 Expo at the PNE Fair, starting tomorrow!
Check out our partner activations. Take a ride or try for a chance at a giveaway prize. We’ve got the past, present, and future of transportation on location. Some of our partner activations include:
Evo Car Share: Vehicle and activation on site
Image credit: Evo Car Share
We are the evolution of car sharing built for British Columbians. Evo gives you the flexibility to pick up and drop off in different locations, getting you from here to there with room for your friends. Our fleet of Toyota Prius Hybrids provides affordable travel with a lighter environmental footprint and all the space you need to enjoy the best of BC. Read more »
The first of 32 new double-decker buses have arrived!
And it debuts at the PNE Fair, August 17 to September 2 (closed Mondays except Labour Day). It’s part of the Transport 2050 Expo, bringing you the past, present and future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Starting in the fall, these sparkling vehicles will enter service on selected routes in Metro Vancouver, replacing their aging highway coach ancestors. The buses will help with overcrowding and provide a more comfortable and exciting transit experience for our customers. Read more »
And in 1977, transit moved into the water with the SeaBus, a ferry service connecting downtown Vancouver and the North Shore using the Burrard Inlet. We soared into the skies in 1985 with SkyTrain, ushering in a new era of development in Metro Vancouver.
This 129-year history of transit in Metro Vancouver will be on display as part of the Transport 2050 Expo at the PNE Fair, August 17 – September 2 (closed Mondays except Labour Day).
The expo is bringing you the past, present and future of transportation in Metro Vancouver!
Take a tour through the all-new museum bus from the Transit Museum Society, which has been revamped for the Transport 2050 Expo. Check out transit artifacts, memorabilia and a timeline of transit in Metro Vancouver from 1890 to now.
It’s true! Your friendly neighbourhood transit authority has opportunities for student interns. There’s plenty of students spending their summer helping with transportation planning, data analyst, quality assurance, maintenance and communications. I’m one of those students and I’m lucky enough to be working with the Social Media team! My work covers a range from writing articles for the Buzzer Blog, creating videos, live-streaming media events and scanning social media throughout the day. One of the projects I’m helping with is supporting the Transport 2050 campaign.
What is Transport 2050?
Have you seen our posts on social media or the dark pastel-tinted posters around your neighbourhood transit hubs with ‘Transport2050’? This is TransLink’s largest campaign to engage the community of those who live and work in Metro Vancouver on what they want public transportation to look like in thirty years. Read more »
Vancouver’s world-renowned for its mixed-use developments, a robust public transit system and green space preservation.
Now it’s been captured in a new book called Vancouverism by Larry Beasley, a TransLink board member and urban planner. He details the city’s transformation from Expo 86 all the way to 2010 when Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics.
“In that period, this city transformed from a very traditional North American city — car oriented, very much homogenized in its culture — to a real trendsetter in the world, a world city,” says Larry.
As Vancouver’s former chief planner, Larry gives readers the inside scoop on what they were trying to achieve and how a good public transit system plays a role in Vancouverism.
“If you don’t have a good transit system, you really can’t cluster people so easily. If you don’t cluster people, you don’t have a very good transit system. You find you have to choreograph both of these things together in order to get to an optimal city,” he says.
As we develop Transport 2050, a new shared regional strategy that will help navigate the next 30 years of transportation in Metro Vancouver, it’s important for us to look back while looking ahead. Read more »