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#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 »

Holiday Service for Labour Day Weekend

Monday, September 2 is Labour Day, and it marks the last long weekend of the summer before many Metro Vancouver residents head back to work and school. We’re giving you a heads up that holiday service will be in effect before getting back to the ebb and flow of your daily routine. Read more »

Transit for the Next Generation: CUTA seeking delegates for upcoming Young Leaders Summit

Are you a young leader aged 18-28 interested in public transit and sustainable transportation? If so, The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is looking for you!

What is the Young Leaders Summit?

The Young Leaders Summit: Transit for the Next Generation, seeks to inspire a new generation leaders, users and advocates for transit towards a more sustainable and equitable future. The summit will be held in Calgary from November 8-10, 2019 and is a unique opportunity for young leaders aged 18-28 interested in public transit and sustainable transportation to learn, share ideas and connect with peers and industry professionals in transit and sustainable transportation.

80 young leaders from across Canada will gather in Calgary to gain knowledge and skills about existing and emerging issues and approaches in the transit industry, and have the opportunity to network with each other, professional hosts and sponsors. This summit has been shown time and again to be a turning point for many young leaders and has inspired their work in transit industries in Canada and across the globe.
CUTA Young Leaders Summit

 

What’s included?

While there’s not fee to submit a delegate application to attend the Young Leaders Summit, a nominal fee will apply to secure your registration. If your application to attend is successful, a nominal fee will apply to secure your registration. Applicants who are selected as delegates will have travel to and from the summit, accommodations and meals covered!

Delegates must be willing to travel to the summit with travel options provided for their region – intercity bus, use of their own vehicle and be reimbursed mileage at a predetermined rate, or by air for select locations only.

Apply now!

While the Early-bird deadline has passed, the final deadline for applications is September 5, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as spaces are limited.

Download the application guide here: http://go.cuta-yls.com/4YYy5K, and check out the Young Leaders Summit website here: https://cuta-yls.com.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – August 27

As summer turns to fall, the landscape of our region – and our system, changes. Most tourists begin their journeys home, students return to school, and commutes morph from summer mode to work mode.

And while soon, the colours of this picturesque region will change, the overall beauty remains.

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

#Transport2050: Gold-medal transit and reimagined streets for tomorrow, by City of Vancouver’s Dale Bracewell

Dale Bracewell, Manager, Transportation Planning, City of Vancouver

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 Dale Bracewell, Manager, Transportation Planning, City of Vancouver

My vision for Metro Vancouver in 2050 is that mobility will be transit-rich, people-centred, and equitably priced.

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The Fall 2019 edition of The Buzzer is now on the system & The PNE Fair!

It’s still very much summer out there, but over here – we’re prepping for fall with the latest edition of The Buzzer!

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#Transport2050: Modo CEO Patrick Nangle sees shared, autonomous and electric vehicles on the horizon

Patrick Nangle, Modo CEO

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 Patrick Nangle, CEO, Modo

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 »

PNE Fair: 5 ways to save at the PNE!

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 »

PNE Fair: Win your way in to the PNE Fair!

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 »

Fall Service Changes set to take your commute to the next level

Our busiest week of the year for commuters is the first week of September. That’s why we’re having one of our largest service increases to date! It’s the first time we’ve ever increased all three of our modes at once!

We do quarterly service changes to accommodate the needs of our customers. This time around, we’re rolling out more bus, more SkyTrain and more SeaBus service starting September 3.

By the numbers:

  • 24 new SkyTrain cars (six trains)
  • 40,000 more annual bus hours
  • 50 per cent more SeaBus capacity

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We’re replacing the escalators at the Waterfront SeaBus terminal as part of our ongoing terminal upgrade project!

We’ve been hard at work at the Waterfront Station SeaBus terminal since last year. So far, we’ve built an addition on the east side of the terminal, which houses a new staircase, elevator, and an improved, covered entrance for customers arriving by bike or Helijet. Although work is still underway, starting Tuesday, August 21st, the newly completed staircase is opening for your use. We all need another way to get those steps in!

While we continue these critical upgrades, we’re doing our best to minimize impacts to your SeaBus journey. So that’s why we’re letting you know about the temporary changes that are underway for your commute. To replace the escalators, we’ll need to close one set at a time. Keep reading for what you need to know!

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