It’s still very much summer out there, but over here – we’re prepping for fall with the latest edition of The Buzzer!
Did you know TransLink hires co-op students?
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 »
Making my way downtown, walking fast… because I want to see the firework show! 🎉
We know that Canada Day celebrations are a big thing, cause we are excited for them too! That’s why on Monday July 1st, the SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses will be running on the holiday schedule, but with additional service to help you get to the celebrations and getting you home safely. 🤗
Because of this spectacular event, that also means that there will be changes to our regular bus routes and access to SkyTrain stations downtown. Don’t worry, it’s just for Canada Day! Read more »
As TransLink prepares to update Metro Vancouver’s transportation plan through to 2050, we brought in Tim Papandreou, a leading global expert in the future of mobility and automation, to introduce the challenges and opportunities of next generation mobility.
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?
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.
A lot has changed over the last 125 years in this region and transit has changed right along with it!
Take a look at some of the Buzzer’s posts about our history.
Say hello to The Conductorettes! A group of 180 women from 1943 to 1975 blazing the trail in the industry as the first female operators.
Hop on the SkyTrain to the past for some memorabilia and collectables.
See how the interurban trams mapped transit for the entire region! (Psst. An interurban is like a street car only bigger and more powerful.)
And where are we now? Let’s find out! Watch a day in the life of our operating companies and some of the great staff that keep us moving year after year.
Have something you want to share? Comment below, email us or join in the celebration on social media with the hashtag #transit125
Author: Adrienne Coling
Now, think about how far transit and transportation has come since its humble, yet forward-thinking beginning.
We can’t truly understand where we are or where we’re going without taking a look at where we’ve been! So, let’s do that!
New Westminster, the oldest municipality in the province, started construction on a streetcar in 1890.
It was then called an interurban and used electric rails above ground to connect residents from city to city.
For 60 years, this mode of transit dominated the region until buses came around!
Diesel and trolleybuses were used and allowed residents to venture around their neighbourhoods and even further out.
Times changed again when we saw our SeaBus come into action and eventually our elevated rapid transit system, the SkyTrain.
Public transit has really shaped the way this region has grown and will continue to grow!
Take a look at some of these great photos throughout our transit journey.
In 1990, there was a special edition of the print Buzzer released documenting the centennial of transit in the region.
Check out some of the excerpts:
Keep your eyes open on the Buzzer along with our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages throughout the summer for lots of fun events celebrating our transit history! Also, make sure you don’t miss the free vintage bus ride on Sunday!
Author: Adrienne Coling
This summer, you’re invited to join our celebration of 125 years of public transit in BC!
And wow, do we ever have a lot to to celebrate!
Transit in the region has come a long way since the first streetcars rumbled through Vancouver’s core in 1890.
Just look at how our system has expanded over the years to meet the growing population.
Following our initial trolley bus and rubber-tired bus fleets of early days, when the SeaBus hit the scene in 1977 our system began carrying more passengers to the North Shore.
Then the SkyTrain cruised in a few years later for EXPO 86 with The Millennium Line following hot on its heels in 2002.
And then the Canada Line infrastructure further grew our system for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Now, the Evergreen Line is set to expand our transportation network even further to the east.
So, all in all, it has been a busy 125 years!
In honour of this special anniversary we have a few things up our sleeves to mark the occasion…including free rides on a vintage trolley bus!
This Sunday, an old 1954 Canadian Car-Brill trolley bus (originally acquired by BC Electric Railway
Company) will be brought out of retirement to give passengers a free ride to designated downtown stops.
Running from 11am to 3pm, the old trolley will tour on a 30 minute schedule from these stops:
- Southbound from Victory Square –
Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410
- Burrard Station – Burrard St at Melville St, stop #50043
- Burrard St at Robson St, stop #50045
- Davie St at Howe St, stop #50011
- Seymour St at Pender St, stop #61519
- Waterfront Station – Cordova St at Richards St
A couple of TRAMS BC volunteers will also be on board, so if you have questions about the trolley or just want to chat about transit history, these guys got you covered.
Please note, the trolley is not accessible for passengers with disabilities.
Over the upcoming weeks we will continue to celebrate 125 years of transit, so stay tuned for special interviews, archival photos and more!
Author: Laura Tennant