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Introducing a new TransLink service… say hello to RapidBus!

We know that fast, frequent service is key to getting more people onto transit — that’s why we’re introducing a new service called RapidBus! This new service builds on the success of the B-Line routes it comes to three new corridors in Metro Vancouver in January 2020.

We’re excited to share what RapidBus means for you and its cool amenities that will provide a much more comfortable transit experience for our passengers.

What are the features?

RapidBus is going to mean faster travel times, more reliable service and new customer amenities.

On these routes, customers will enjoy service that’s up to 20 per cent faster than local bus service. Time-savings will be achieved by introducing bus priority on roadways, such as bus lanes and signal priority, and less frequent stops.

The RapidBus amenities aren’t just onboard the buses and in the service — they’re also at bus stops! We’re introducing new bus stops, called RapidBus posts, that have real-time information, telling you upcoming departure times for all the buses that use that stop. There will be an audio button customers can push to hear these next-bus announcements too.

But don’t take our word for it, let Denis the Planner over explain it for ya.

But why blue and green?

RapidBus is fast, frequent and reliable, so we wanted the colours to reflect that! That’s why the buses use a blue and green colour scheme. Living up to its name, we also wanted our customers to be able to rapidly identify RapidBus from a distance, so they know when a RapidBus is approaching their stop.

What are the routes for RapidBus?

The five RapidBus routes will serve 11 communities:

  • R1: King George Boulevard (Guildford Town Centre to Newton Exchange) – upgraded 96 B-Line
  • R2: Marine Drive (Park Royal to Phibbs Exchange)
  • R3: Lougheed Highway (Coquitlam Central Station to Haney Place)
  • R4: 41st Avenue (UBC to Joyce–Collingwood Station)
  • R5: Hastings (SFU to Burrard Station) – upgraded 95 B-Line

So, what happens to the B-Line?

Many of its features, such as all-door boarding and articulated buses, live on in the new RapidBus routes, which builds on the success of B-Line! The 95 and 96 B-Lines will become RapidBus routes in January 2020 and the 99 B-Line will remain as it is for the near future. Decisions will be made at a later time about what will happen to it in the future.

Will there be more RapidBus routes in the future?

These five new RapidBus routes are a part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision. Two additional RapidBus routes are planned to launch in 2021 to Surrey, Delta and Richmond, with five more routes planned for Phase Three of the 10-Year Vision, so stay tuned!

Still want more RapidBus info? Watch the live stream of the announcement below and visit translink.ca/rapidbus.

New details on Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project!

We have new details and cost estimates for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project!

The project could be completed within five-and-a-half years from a full project approval date. Currently, we have about $1.6 billion available to fund the project, which is enough to the SkyTrain go from the current King George Station to Fleetwood. Any more work needed for the project to reach Langley is unfunded and would require additional financial contribution from other sources. The total cost to take the SkyTrain to Langley is about $3.12 billion. Take a peak at the breakdown of the financial costs and project components for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project below. 👇

This project would see trains operate every 4 to 5 minutes during peak periods and the total travel time from King George Station to the proposed Langley City Centre Station would take approximately 22 minutes. Proposed stations for this new SkyTrain line include eight in the locations below:

  • 140 Street, City of Surrey
  • 152 Street, City of Surrey
  • 160 Street, City of Surrey
  • 166 Street, City of Surrey (Fleetwood scenario, interim terminal)
  • 184 Street, City of Surrey (Clayton scenario, interim terminal)
  • 190 Street, City of Surrey
  • 196 Street, Township of Langley
  • 203 Street, City of Langley (Langley scenario, final terminal)

TransLink will recommend that a full business case be developed for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project by early next year. In the meantime, the Mayors’ Council will look over these proposals at their next meeting on Thursday, July 25.

 

Things to do on Bowen Island this summer with the new Transit On-Demand App

Looking for something to do this summer for an adventure close to nature and away from the city? Have you tried out our new Transit On-Demand app for a day out on Bowen Island? TransLink has launched a new pilot program that will test on-demand transit services for Bowen Island residents and visitors.

To summarize the program, with more details can be found here, it gives Bowen Island transit customers and tourists the freedom to explore the area and hail for a public transit ride when you need it. It’s just as simple as visiting translink.ca/bowen to download the TapRide app. There’s also an option to use the online and phone-in booking system instead (more info on that via translink.ca/bowen).

This pilot project will run until this September 15, so we’re providing our recommendations as a head start of your Bowen Island adventures!

Hiking & cycling trails

Get in tune with nature and find your inner peace with Bowen Island’s hiking trails. Whether it be a peaceful walk, or an adrenaline filled challenge with friends, there are a variety lush emerald-green forest trails to choose from.

More info here.

Tours & food

What is there to explore on the island you ask? These tours are an introduction to the lesser-known hidden gems of the island, something like a treasure hunt! There’s a little something for everyone, a piece of history, a touch of culture, and maybe a slice of pie too!

Speaking of food, there are plenty of specialty coffee shops and restaurants with tasty offerings throughout the island. You might find a hidden gem that keeps you coming back for more! Let us know your favourite fish-and-chip spot in the comments below.

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking the coastal waters of BC is the best way to cool down in hot weather. Paddle by the coast and watch the view of the aquatic ecosystem, or you can people watch the visitors off-boarding the ferry. Either way, you are moving at your own pace. (Please note, a guide to participant ratio of 1:6 is always needed to provide safety for everyone.) You can register for some sessions here.

Golfing

There’s a nine-hole golf course on Bowen Island with awesome views of Howe Sound! A great place to spend times with friends and family as social centre too! Plan your family gathering and social events with information that you can find on this site.

Plan your own adventure!

If you know what you like, there are definitely plenty of places for you to explore and build experiences with friends and family throughout the day. Let us know your how you’ll like to spend a day at Bowen Island and how you’ll use the Transit-on-Demand app on your next adventure!

 

 

 

#MyTransLink – July 16

If you’re a lover of pretty pictures, capturing moments on transit or just Metro Vancouver in general – this is the blog post for you. #MyTransLink is a culmination of photos taken by our dedicated transit photographers over the past weeks. So scroll on and check out the beautiful shots from within our region.

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Call for Volunteers + enter to win a ticket to Rail~Volution!

Rail~Volution Vancouver 2019

For over 20 years, Rail~Volution has been the place to engage in thoughtful discussions with change makers and influencers. It’s the place to share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration about building livable communities with transit. Rail~Volution provides opportunities to learn, connect and expand your network with leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields. Read more »

Refresh of 22nd Street Station bus exchange now complete!

We’ve some good news!

Upgrades to the bus exchange at 22nd Street Station are now complete. Let’s talk about just how cool the station is because let’s be honest, it’s often overlooked amongst the architectural marvels of our vast transit network!

One of the older transit hubs in the region, the elevated 22nd Street Station was built in 1985 as part of the original version of the Expo Line. Located on a hill above the Queensborough Bridge interchange, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Fraser River and Mount Baker from the SkyTrain platform.

But, it’s what lies below the SkyTrain station that matters most: an eight-bay bus loop that was constructed along with the original station. This is what gives the exchange its true value to our transit network.

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Transit On-Demand pilot program: hail transit on Bowen Island with an app

As part of our TransLink Tomorrow program, we’re launching a new pilot program that will test on-demand transit services for Bowen Island residents and tourists.

Instead of having to follow set timetables, anyone on the island will be able to use a mobile app called TapRide — think of it as ride haling for public transit or transit hailing! The app will allow you to book journeys and track buses in real-time.

If you’re a Bowen Island transit customer or a tourist to the island, visit translink.ca/bowen to download the TapRide app. Not an app person? No problem! There’s also an online and phone-in booking system (more info on that via translink.ca/bowen) Read more »

#MyTransLink – July 9

Hello again, and welcome to another edition of #MyTransLink. Our little corner of the internet where we share a curated selection of transit related photos shot in and around beautiful Metro Vancouver by none other than you – our quick shootin’ transit paparazzi!

Scroll down and check out what was captured since last edition.

 

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Little Miss Sunshine

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Transport 2050 ideas and survey update – nearly 5000 new submissions!

We’re creating a new Regional Transportation Strategy, called Transport 2050, that will outline our options for getting around between now and 2050.

Since TransLink launched this public engagement initiative – the largest in our history – on May 3, we’ve heard from thousands of Metro Vancouverites about what they want in the future of transportation. And so far, nearly 13,000 surveys and 1,400 ideas for the future have been submitted.

Have an idea, but haven’t submitted it yet? Don’t worry, you have until September 22 to tell us what’s important to you, your transportation priorities and your ideas for the future. Take part now at transport2050.ca!

Want to talk with us in person instead? This summer, we’re all over the region. Read more »

Get to celebrations and home safely with Canada Day 2019 holiday transit service!

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 »

TransLink releases report on late-night transit service

TransLink today released the results of an independent technical study of trade-offs associated with operating SkyTrain all night Fridays and Saturdays as well as a report outlining other transit options that could be effective in getting late night patrons home safely.

The independent, year-long technical study found that to ensure the SkyTrain system could be properly maintained, significant operational changes would be required including a reduction of SkyTrain operating hours during weekdays and full closures of the system on some statutory holidays. Read more »

#MyTransLink – June 26

A weekly friendly reminder that the next installment of the #MyTransLink series is up again! Through #MyTransLink, we share photos of the region submitted by you, who represent our beautiful community of residents and visitors. Scroll on down to see where transit takes you in all of Metro Vancouver’s glory! Thanks again to all you dedicated transit photographers! Without you, this series would be impossible.

Want to be featured? Snap and share your photos on social media using #MyTransLink.

 

Transit your way to these awesome Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!” by Ian Muttoo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Canada Day is Monday July 1st!

We want to see you get out there and be the proud Canadian you are! Here is a list of Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver lined up for this year and how to enjoy them taking transit. Ever wonder what Canada will be like in the next 30 years? Or specifically, what will your transit to Canada Day in 2050 would look like? Help your community shape the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver with the Transport 2050 survey. Keep an eye out for our Transport 2050 Engagement Bus at a couple of these events and more throughout the summer too! Read more »

We’re bringing #Transport2050 engagement to you this summer!

Our Transport 2050 engagement team and bus will be at community events throughout the summer!

TransLink is creating a new strategy for the next 30 years of transportation called Transport 2050, and we need your help. Find us at community events throughout the region to tell us how you want to move and live! Read more »

The Summer 2019 edition of The Buzzer is now on the system

Summer is coming and we’re kicking it off with the latest edition of The Buzzer!The Buzzer

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