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Canada Line’s 10th anniversary: Transit from past to present

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!

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PNE Fair: Hop on a demo, get the jump on a giveaway at our partner displays

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 »

PNE Fair: Our transportation past and future in 3D and virtual reality

This summer at the Transport 2050 Expo at the PNE Fair, you’re invited to take a trip into the future. But first, we need to make a stop in the past.

3D “MicroCity” model

Sneak peak: a snapshot of downtown Vancouver while the 3D “MicroCity” model is under construction.

Why does the region look the way it does? And what’s the history behind the shape of our communities and our streets? Read more »

PNE Fair: Double the delight with our double-decker bus onsite!

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 »

PNE Fair: Tour the new RapidBus and learn about the routes

RapidBus is the evolution of our B-Line service.

It’s delivering faster travel times (up to 20 per cent faster than local bus service!), more reliable service and new customer amenities, starting in January 2020 to five corridors in Metro Vancouver — Marine Drive, Hastings Street, Lougheed Highway, 41st Avenue and King George Boulevard.

See this evolution in-person at the PNE Fair as part of our Transport 2050 Expo that’s showcasing the past, present and future of transportation in Metro Vancouver!

Tour the new RapidBus, which will be used exclusively on these five routes and see new bus stop posts with real-time transit information. Learn about the five new RapidBus routes launching soon and the seven additional RapidBus routes planned as part of the 10-Year Vision. Read more »

PNE Fair: More transit service to get you there!

Grey Cup at Empire Stadium in 1966

Trolleybuses line up along Hastings Street, near Empire Stadium, ready to carry spectators home after the Grey Cup in 1966. (Photo: Angus McIntyre)

Whether it’s sports games, concerts or a night out — no matter the event — we’re here to get you where you need to be and back home again.

Throughout the year we boost transit service to events such as the Celebration of Light, Canada Day celebrations, Vancouver Marathon, and even the Jay-Z and Beyonce concert at BC Place.

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PNE Fair: Take a trip down memory lane at TransLink’s #Transport2050 Expo

Transit has shaped the region for more than 129 years.

The interurban streetcar arrived to New Westminster in 1890 before expanding to neighbouring Vancouver, Steveston, Kerrisdale and Chilliwack. The interurban became the trolleybus network in the mid-20th century.

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.

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Transport 2050: Why Metro Vancouver’s youth should take part in the future of transportation

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 »

The first new Canada Line train arrives and new escalator opens!

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 »

#Transport2050: urban planner Larry Beasley on Vancouverism

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 »

#Transport2050: A vision for transit-connected, electric public bike sharing by Mobi’s Mia Kohout

Mia Kohout

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 Mia Kohout, General Manager, Mobi by Shaw Go and Director, HOPR UBC

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 »

Bike the Night on September 7 — Vancouver’s only on-street and car-free night ride!

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 »

#Transport2050 Update: What we’re hearing, plus join us for a ride into the future

Could a scramble intersection be in your neighbourhood’s future? It’s just one idea submitted by a user. (Photo Credit: Joshua Meyer)

We asked you to help us create a strategy for the future of transportation and those of you who live and work in Metro Vancouver have stepped up in a big way!

After three months of engagement, you’ve shared your values, transportation priorities, and ideas for the future – so far over 16,000 surveys and 1,600 ideas have been submitted! Read more »

#TransLinkTomorrow: one app to plan, book and pay for all transportation

David Zipper, a mobility-as-a-service expert, was one of the speakers at the latest talk in TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series, held on July 24 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

The future could look very different from today.

Climate change, new technologies, and a shifting global economy are creating new opportunities and challenges that we need to consider.

One such new technology is mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) — the idea that consumers in the near-future will – through a single web interface like a smartphone app – be able to plan, book, and pay for a journey that may include segments on transit, ferry, car share, bike share, taxi and rental car.

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 »

Take transit to the Vancouver Pride Parade this Sunday (CONTEST)

TransLink, its family of companies and their employees are proud to march in the 2019 Vancouver Pride Parade and be your ride to this year’s festivities.

We hope you’ll join us whether its on transit or in the parade — look for us in our PrideBus! Read more »