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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 »

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!

 

 

 

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 »

Information sessions for Commercial–Broadway Station begin December 5

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Hear what’s happening at Commercial–Broadway station


Are you one of the 150,000 people who use Commercial–Broadway Station every day? Information sessions for the second phase of upgrades at the station will take place in early December and we want your input!

Visit us in the community

We’ll be out in the community to share information about the station upgrades with our neighbours and passengers who use the busiest station on the network. Join us at one of the three information sessions:

Information Session #1
Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.
Location: Commercial–Broadway Station, North Station House street level

Information Session #2
Date: December 10, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: University of British Columbia, Student Union Building

Information Session #3
Date: December 11, 2013
Time: 4 – 8 p.m.
Location: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive

Get involved online

Can’t make it to one of the sessions? No problem! We will also have information and a feedback survey posted at translink.ca/commercialbroadway December 2 until December 16.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Author: Jennifer Morland

2013 draft supplemental plan proposes removing time-limited property tax: share your feedback online

A detail from the cover of our 2013 draft supplemental plan.

A detail from the cover of our 2013 draft supplemental plan.

Heads up: TransLink has put together a draft supplemental plan for 2013, to remove a time-limited property tax that is part of our current funding.

Feel free to read through the draft plan now—and head to that same link from March 1 to March 15, 2013 to share your comments on the plan. Tell your friends!

The background on this plan

So why are we doing this? In 2011, the Mayors’ Council approved a two-year, time-limited property tax until a new, sustainable funding source could be found. This tax was part of our Moving Forward work plan for 2012 onward.

However, a new funding source was not identified and the Mayors’ Council has signaled to TransLink that they don’t want the time-limited property tax implemented in its setead. We’re responding to the Mayors’ request by putting forward a supplemental plan, which removes the time-limited property tax assumed in the 2013 base plan.

The supplement plan will address the removal of $60 million in total in 2013 and 2014. As well, to remove the property tax from being drawn in 2013, the supplemental plan must be prepared by March 31, 2013 and approved by the Mayors’ Council before May 1, 2013.

What are the impacts of removing this tax?

The answer to this question and more are in the Supplemental Plan page FAQ. Here’s a snippet though:

Without this additional funding, will my service be impacted?

We have been focused on operating efficiently and cutting costs. This has allowed TransLink to remove the time-limited property tax while maintaining existing services and implementing the projects outlined in the 2013 Base Plan. However, we will not be able to further expand the system at this time and will need to continue to manage ongoing financial risk.

What’s a supplemental plan?

To back it up all the way: a supplemental plan has to do with how we develop our work plans every year.

First, by law, we are required to come up with a base plan every year, outlining our work for the next three years, plus an outlook on services for the next seven years. In this plan, we have to describe exactly how we’ll pay for the work we’re planning to do and where the money will come from—which is why funding sources like property tax and such keep coming up year to year.

However, if we want to change something about this base plan—to expand, for example, or to change our funding sources—the law says we need to come up with a supplemental plan to amend the base plan.

This supplemental plan then must be approved by our Board, reported on by the Regional Transportation Commissioner, and approved by the Mayors’ Council.

And of course, there’s more on this on the main Supplemental Plan page.

So what’s next?

Your feedback is next! Give us your feedback on the plan, then we’ll incorporate it into the plan and present it to the Mayors’ Council in late March. It’s up to the mayors then to decide whether to approve or not.

I’ll have more info as it comes! Feel free to ask questions below.