The Canada Line has officially turned 10 years old today! It seems like it was just yesterday when Metro Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and people cheering their favourite athlete(s) and country. To celebrate the SkyTrain Line’s birthday, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to see how the community from Downtown Vancouver to Richmond has grown since the day of its opening!
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 »
Exciting things are happening for SkyTrain’s Canada Line!
We’re adding 24 SkyTrain cars, or 12 trains, so we can increase Canada Line service by 30 per cent for our customers. We’re also installing new escalators at Waterfront, Vancouver City Centre and Yaletown–Roundhouse stations to help with increased customer demand and passenger flow throughout the stations. 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 »
Imagining the future requires first looking to the past and contemplating the evolution in transportation cycles (pun intended). In the late 19th century bicycles were the primary form of transportation in most North American cities, before cars became the dominant mode.
The first bicycle sharing program launched in Amsterdam in 1965 to counter pollution. When the first shared bikes were released on the city streets for anyone to use many of them were stolen or damaged, and the program was quickly shut down and considered a failure. It would take another 50 years before technology allowed public bike share to become more widespread. Now, there are an estimated 1,000,000 shared bicycles around the world. Read more »
The 4th annual Bike the Night is Saturday, September 7. (Photo: HUB Cycling)
We’ve partnered with our friends at HUB Cycling to bring you the biggest party on two wheels… the 4th annual Bike the Night!
On Saturday, September 7, 10 kilometres of streets in downtown Vancouver, including the Burrard Street Bridge, will be opened up exclusively for cyclist participants. Tunes and pop-up dance parties included!
This family-friendly event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Sunset Beach with a festival featuring music, food trucks, free snacks and tune-ups, games and tons of giveaways and prizes. Then families and slow riders hit the road at 7:45 p.m., and all others at 8 p.m. for a ride around False Creek back to Sunset Beach. Read more »
What will it take to realize mobility-as-a-service in Metro Vancouver?
That’s the question we put to MaaS experts David Zipper and Catherine Kargas at the latest talk in TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series, held on July 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.
A panel discussion followed with Zipper, Kargas and SFU economics professor Hendrik Wolff, moderated by movmi CEO Sandra Philips. Read more »