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Weigh in on rapid transit in the Broadway Corridor!

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You’re invited to pop by an open house to learn more about the Broadway Extension and share your thoughts.

Today (June 19), we’re launching our next round of consultation, in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Back in January 2017, we launched the first phase of consultation and we heard from more than 470 people at in-person events and 4,200 people through our online survey and feedback forms. Now it’s your turn!

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Get on board with the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project – June 13 to July 7

Surrey Newton LRT

Curious about the plans for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit (LRT) line? You’re invited to attend an upcoming open house to learn more about Surrey LRT and share your thoughts.

On June 13, we’re kicking off the next round of consultation, in partnership with the City of Surrey. You may remember that back in January 2017 we launched the first phase of consultation and we heard from more than 500 people at in-person events and 4,000 people through our online survey and feedback forms. Now it’s your turn!

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Have your say! Millennium Line Broadway extension open houses begin January 28, 2017

Broadway
First Surrey now Broadway – the first phase of 10-Year Vision is allowing us to kick off some major (and much needed) transit projects in Metro Vancouver!

Are you looking to be a part of the planning phases of the Millennium Line’s Broadway extension? Then you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve got three drop-in open houses for you hosted by TransLink and the City of Vancouver.

Get involved!

Saturday, January 28, 2017
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Douglas Park Community Centre
801 West 22nd Avenue

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ukranian Orthodox Cathedral
154 East 10th Avenue

For more information, email broadwayextension@translink.ca.
Click here for more information on all TransLink’s rapid transit projects.

Author: Adrienne Coling

New Pattullo Bridge consultations – get involved!

It's time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

It’s time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

Hello Buzzer readers!

Just a quick reminder that starting this Monday, June 13, 2016 TransLink is reaching out to you, the public, for your input on the Pattullo Bridge replacement.

There are both public open houses as well as small group meetings you can attend to learn more and have your voice heard!

Public open houses

These are drop-in sessions and no RSVP or registration is required.

Community Date Time Location
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 5 to 8 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Saturday, June 18 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 5 to 8 p.m. Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Surrey Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bridgeview Elementary School
12834 115A Avenue Surrey

Small group meetings

If you’d like to attend one of our small group meetings, please register by emailing pattulloreplacement@translink.ca because space is limited!

Community Date Time Location
New Westminster Tuesday, June 14 1 to 3 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Thursday, June 16 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Monday, June 20 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Surrey City Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey
Surrey Tuesday, June 21 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster

You can also find these events listed in our calendar.

For more information on the replacement project and informations sessions, visit translink.ca/pattulloreplacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Take a survey and have your say on proposed transit changes

Get involved today!

Get involved today!

Starting October 13, 2015 you’re invited to take part in an online survey and provide feedback on more than 85 proposed transit changes across Metro Vancouver. We’re asking for feedback now, so we can consider your input as we plan for the future. The survey is available until November 6, 2015.

The proposed changes aim to:

  • Integrate bus service to better connect customers to the Evergreen Extension
  • Decrease travel time on busy routes
  • Extend service to areas with high commuter demand
  • Take advantage of road and infrastructure changes
  • Make our system more efficient
  • Deliver on our plans

Check out all the details on specific proposals today!

For all our savvy followers who participated in previous consultations you might recognize some of these proposed changes from the Downtown Bus Service Review, Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan, North Shore Area Transit Plan or South of Fraser Area Transit Plan.

Author: Angela Salehi

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

Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan survey now live

Do you take this bus? Then you should take our survey!

Do you travel regularly in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore or Belcarra? Is so, we want to hear from you!

Be Part of the Plan!

We’ve started updating the Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan. The plan will identify a 30-year transit vision and transit priorities for the next 1-10 years for the area and is an opportunity for you to have your say on the future of transit in the Northeast Sector.

We’re in Phase 1 of the plan, trying to find out what the key issues and opportunities are for transit in the area. What do you think?

Take the survey

Tell us your thoughts by answering our online survey by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013. Your input, along with financial and technical information, will help TransLink develop the plan, expected to be completed by fall 2014.

More to come

Stay tuned! There will be more opportunities for you to give your input on the future of transit in the Northeast Sector coming up in future phases.

The Pattullo Bridge review consultation starts today, June 3 – June 28, 2013

Join the Pattullo Bridge Review

Join the Pattullo Bridge Review

Regular readers of the blog and those just generally interested in the infrastructure of the region will know the Pattullo Bridge has reached the end its life cycle and that next steps need to be taken.

Following our consultation we did last year, the Pattullo Bridge review consultation starts today and runs until June 28, 2013.

In short, TransLink, the City of New Westminster and the City of Surrey are working together to review and evaluate alternatives to rehabilitate or replace the Pattullo Bridge and to determine a preferred alternative that meets the needs of communities connected by the bridge, as well as the broader region served by the bridge.

For complete details you’ll want to head over to the Pattullo Bridge Review website. There are a few ways to participate in the process:

Read and fill out the online materials

Read the discussion guide and feedback form.

Complete the online feedback form.

Visit the Pattullo Bridge Review on PlaceSpeak or the City of Surrey on City Speaks.

Send a written submission to info@pattullobridgereview.ca or PO Box 2225, Vancouver Main, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 3W2.

Attend a small group meeting

There are small meetings today, June 6 and June 19. You’ll need to register here.

Open houses

There are six open houses. The first half of the open house will be a drop-in format. The second half will consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by a 60-minute question and answer session. Here they are:

New Westminster – Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall, 318 Leary Street

Surrey – Saturday, June 8, 2013 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – SFU Surrey, 13450 102 Avenue

New Westminster – Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – 5 p.m. – Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Drive

Surrey – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – SFU Surrey, 13450 102 Avenue

Surrey – Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive

New Westminster, Saturday, June 15, 2013 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Drive

So, lots of ways to learn and communicate about the Pattullo. This process is moving forward and we’re glad to help facilitate it!

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.

Heads up: our 2013 base plan consultation ends today, Oct 12, at noon!

Cover of the draft 2013 Base Plan

The consultation on our 2013 base transportation plan ends today, Friday October 12, at noon!

So if you haven’t entered your feedback in our online questionnaire yet, get cracking! We want your thoughts!

Input wanted on proposed fare increases

TransLink’s Regional Transportation Commissioner is seeking feedback on the proposed fare increases for 2013.

Visit the Commission’s website to find out how to share your feedback on the proposed fare increases.

If you’re curious, the Regional Transportation Commissioner plays an independent advisory and approval role in our governance structure. Here’s a diagram showing how his role relates to the governance of TransLink.

Regional Transportation Commissioner wants your input on fare increases

If you hadn’t heard yet, TransLink’s Regional Transportation Commissioner is seeking feedback on the proposed fare increases for April 2010.

Visit the Commission’s website to find out how to share your feedback on the proposed YVR AddFare and the proposed fare increases.

If you’re curious, the Regional Transportation Commissioner plays an independent advisory and approval role in our governance structure. Here’s a diagram showing how his role relates to the Board and others.

Regional Transportation Commissioner weighs in on our 10-Year Plan

Lots of info posts today… hope you can handle one more!

Martin Crilly, TransLink’s Regional Transportation Commissioner, has come back with his evaluation of our 2010 10-Year Plan and supplements.

Check out a summary of his review, which links to the full 38-page PDF report.

If you don’t know, the Regional Transportation Commissioner plays an independent advisory and approval role in TransLink’s governance structure. This diagram describes how his role relates to the Board and others.

For some context, here’s a past blog post explaining our 2010 10-Year Plan process. The main TransLink site also has a Transportation Planning explanation.

The next step is for the 10-Year Plan to be evaluated and decided on by the Mayor’s Council in October.

The main TransLink website also has more on our governance and board structure, including meeting times, minutes, bylaws and more.