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I Love Transit 2019

I Love Transit Week is back this year, October 7-11, and our theme is A Greater Vancouver — the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Teachers, unleash your inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom! We have two exciting contests for you and free bus travel for your students:

Win a Field Trip (Grades 3–12)

I Love Transit Camp 2019

We call it I Love Transit Camp! It’s a unique opportunity for kids (along with their teacher and chaperones!), grades 3 through 12, to get a behind-the-scenes field trip to TransLink where they’ll learn how transit works and have some fun at the same time.

One winning class will get the opportunity to attend I Love Transit Camp in early November (exact date will be determined with the winning teacher). Watch the video above, and check out all the fun that was had in 2014201520162017 and 2018.

We’ll pick up the winning class from their school in a transit bus, equipped with snacks to fuel your day, around 9 a.m. We’ll visit a bus depot — the place where our buses sleep at night — and SkyTrain Control, which is the heart of our automated SkyTrain network, before returning you back to your school by 4 p.m.

The day will include snacks, a pizza lunch, prizes, t-shirts and a chance meet some of the key people (and the Transit Police dog!) that help TransLink move close to a half-a-million people a day and plan for the future. Read more »

Wordless Wednesday: #MyTransLink – October 2

Today marks a pretty exciting occasion for #MyTransLink! We’ve hit 9,000 tags! For just under two years, #MyTransLink has been your one-stop-shop for all things transit photography. Sharing your candid, and not so candid shots in and around transit in our region.

This week, we’ve moved to a new day where our series will morph into Wordless Wednesday a day dedicated to the beauty captured through your lens.

So scroll on down to see all that was in this edition of #MyTransLink.

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Take it slooooooow, says the sloth!

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We got places to go and people to see. Whether that’s to and from work, a visit with an old friend, or a hockey game at Rogers Arena, TransLink will get you there!

While you’re riding with us, we want you to have a safe and pleasant journey. That means following transit etiquette and holding on because safety is fundamental — and it starts with you. Scroll through the slideshow above to see what the tips are.

We’re also excited to launch a new experiential marketing campaign on transit — featuring octopuses, monkeys and sloths — reminding everyone to be safe! You’ll see wrapped buses, as well as decals in interesting places such as the ceilings, poles and straps of buses, on windows, and staircases at SkyTrain stations.

Here’s a sneak peak! Want to spot ’em? The fleet numbers are #2510, 2511, 2110, 8150 and 16001.

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.

#MyTransLink – September 24

Fall’s fickle weather shows in this edition of #MyTransLink. Sun, rain and fog graced the lenses of our dedicated photographer’s shots, resulting in yet another week of stunning #MyTransLink photos.

So get your scroll on and check out the week that was in this edition of #MyTransLink!

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I Love Transit 2019: K–12 students ride the bus for free, Oct. 7–11

I Love Transit 2019

Kids Ride Free

Every day is a great day to take transit, but there’s no better week to hop on a bus than I Love Transit week! From October 7–11, 2019, students in kindergarten through Grade 12 ride the bus for free! Read more »

#Transport2050: UBC’s AnnaLisa Meyboom on apps, autonomous vehicles, and reimagined roads

By: AnnaLisa Meyboom, Assistant Professor, UBC Clean Energy Research Centre and author, Driverless Urban Futures

We’ve asked thought leaders to share their vision for the future of transportation. What do you see? Shape the future of how we move and live. Visit transport2050.ca

By: AnnaLisa Meyboom, Assistant Professor, UBC Clean Energy Research Centre and author, Driverless Urban Futures

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?

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Attend TransLink’s Open Board Meeting – September 25, 2019

 

Sept board meeting graphic

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend the first meeting of the year taking place next week.

If you have an interest in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works, this is the meeting for you! Get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate, responsibilities, budget and more! Read more »

#MyTransLink – September 17

Here we are again with another week of awe-inspiring photos of the beautiful region so many of us are fortunate to work, live and play in. #MyTransLink is your one-stop-shop for the very best in transit photos shot by you — our dedicated and tremendously talented photographers.

So get your scroll on and check out the week that was in this edition of #MyTransLink!

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Get active and choose active travel to and from school

I Love Transit week is coming!

From October 7–11, we pay a little extra attention to all the things we love about transit, including the role TransLink can play in helping children choose active travel to and from school.

Active kids are healthy kids!

Did you know: from October 7–11 kids ride the bus for free? That’s right, a free week of bus only travel for kindergarten to grade 12 students!

Did you also know: The Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines recommends that youth ages 5 -17 participate in 60 “sweat” minutes daily? Walking, biking, skateboarding, or taking public transit to and from school is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and a feeling of independence!

Active Travel

FUN FACT: The entire TransLink fleet of buses are equipped with bike racks (size dependent) to help encourage multi-modal transit!

 

A Walking school bus allows children to walk to school together accompanied by adult volunteers and is a great way for children to foster friendships and create better understanding of their local areas.

Is driving to school inevitable? Try parking just a few blocks away (5 minutes) and walk with your kids. You’ll free up space in the school zone, get some fresh air, and have a chance to hear about your child’s day! Taking transit? Consider hopping off one stop early and get those steps in while enjoying some quality time.

 

For more tips and resources visit the Schools tab at: translink.ca/travelsmart

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#Transport2050: Douglas McLeod and the “Evolution of Mobility in Surrey”

Douglas McLeod, P.Eng., Transportation Planning Manager, City of Surrey

We’ve asked thought leaders to share their vision for the future of transportation. What do you see? Shape the future of how we move and live. Visit transport2050.ca

By Douglas McLeod, P.Eng., Transportation Planning Manager, City of Surrey

We live in a world constantly on the move. In a city like Surrey, that means 570,000 people all moving in different ways. By 2050, that’ll be about 850,000 ways.

Our best hope for a truly sustainable transportation future is a mobility evolution.

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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 »

Welcome to your new UBC Exchange!

If you’ve been in the neighbourhood of UBC Exchange as of late, you’ll likely have noticed some big changes. TransLink and the University of British Columbia joined forces to deliver a massive overhaul of this vital transit exchange that serves not only the students, but also the growing community of the University Endowment Lands. Read more »

#Transport2050 Update: two weeks to go, have your say before the deadline!

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.

What are we hearing? Read on!

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Surviving the first week back-to-school and work after Labour Day weekend!

Post Labour Day Crunch

Can you hear the back-to-school bells ringing? It’s the last weekend before Metro Vancouver heads back to the books, lectures and the daily hustle!

Classes for (most) students start right after Labour Day on September 3rd after a well-deserved summer break. We’re here to provide tips on how to make your commute efficient so you have more time to enjoy the first week back to school. Read more »