Posts tagged: Millennium Line
As part of the 10-Year Vision – Phase One, we’re adding 80 new SkyTrain cars on the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines to increase service and reduce overcrowding.
We have some exciting news to share! The first four of 56 cars for the Expo and Millennium Lines, built by Bombardier Transportation, are now on the way to Vancouver from Kingston, Ontario where they recently completed testing. Once they arrive in Vancouver, they’ll will undergo additional testing before entering service.
10-Year Vision Spotlight – Building new rapid transit; new road, walking, cycling and new mobility investments; and HandyDART
This post is part of our 10-Year Vision Spotlight series, breaking down the nitty gritty of what’s planned in Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision!
UPDATE – Nov, 06, 2018: In light of the resolution passed by the City of Surrey council we are pausing work on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project and suspending the RFQ process while we await direction from the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board. Read the full statement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond here.
If you’ve been following along on our Spotlight series, you’re likely aware that public engagement for Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision is taking place until May 11! This is your opportunity to get involved as we gather input to help develop and finalize the Phase Two Plan.
Ever since he was a young child, Stephen Quinlan has wanted to be a world-record holder.
Originally from the United Kingdom, he grew up watching the BBC show Record Breakers, a children’s show that followed contestants as they sought to break a myriad of Guinness World Records.
Now, he’s getting ready to fulfill that dream.
Whew! Has it been a year already? It sure has. The Evergreen Extension opened to the public at 12 p.m. on December 2, 2016 for revenue service. With that, the SkyTrain became one of the longest, automated driverless rapid transit systems in the world!
On this occasion, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane on the Buzzer blog! Read more »
Pssst…have you heard?! The Evergreen Extension celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday, December. 2!
Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay and Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart joined TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond and BC Rapid Transit Company President and General Manager Vivienne King to mark this milestone at Moody Centre Station on Friday, Dec. 1.
The 11-kilometre, six-station Evergreen Extension opened to the public December 2, 2016.
It’s been a year that has seen tremendous growth in transit use in the Tri-Cities. Residents have embraced rapid transit as a fast, convenient way to travel within their communities and beyond to the rest of the region.
Transit use in the Northeast Sector (Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra) has taken off in a stunning way as Evergreen has become a central fixture in the lives of Tri-Cities residents.
Average weekday transit ridership in the Northeast Sector in September and October of this year is more than 25 per cent higher than the same months in 2016. On weekends, transit ridership in the Tri-Cities is up by more than 50 per cent!
34,000 – Average weekday boardings (13 per cent increase from early 2017)
36,900 – Boardings on Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Busiest single day)
23,000 – Boardings on typical summer Saturday
8.6 million – Boardings Dec. 2, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2017
51 per cent – percentage of transit journeys in Tri-Cities that begin on Evergreen.
Ridership on Evergreen is expected to grow significantly in coming years, as development near the stations continues at a rapid pace.
Currently, there is $3.8 billion in development or under construction directly adjacent to the Evergreen Extension between Lougheed and Lafarge Lake-Douglas stations, including 7.1 million square feet of residential comprising approximately 9,800 future units of housing.
Thanks to improvements coming as part of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision, the reach of rapid transit will grow in the coming years when the Broadway Extension provides a one-seat ride along the Millennium Line between Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam and Arbutus Street in Vancouver.
Read Transit Police Constable Jenny Chung’s blog post on making friends on the Evergreen Extension. She’s the Neighbourhood Police Officer (NPO) for the area.
Heads-up Millennium Line passengers! As part of our regular maintenance program, crews will be grinding rails this Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, resulting in modified late evening service.
From 11 p.m. until the end of service, a shuttle train will operate on the Millennium Line between Renfrew, Commercial–Broadway and VCC–Clark stations in both directions. Passengers travelling through Renfrew Station, please allow 5-10 minutes extra travel time to switch between the trains.
Expo Line trains—Waterfront to King George Station and Waterfront to Production Way–University Station—will operate normally. Canada Line is unaffected by this work.
What is rail grinding?
Rail grinding is standard maintenance work that we do on a regular basis on the Expo and Millennium lines, to improve ride quality, reduce noise levels, and extend the rail’s life. A locomotive pulls two trailers that have grinding stones, removing a small amount of steel from the rail to remove surface imperfections and re-profile the rail to improve ride quality.
A short-term side effect of this work is increased noise from anywhere between a few days to a couple of weeks while the freshly ground rail adjusts to the train’s wheels. We thank our neighbours and customers for their understanding while we complete this important maintenance work.
Want more information? Watch translink.ca/alerts for future updates on rail grinding locations.
Author: Allen Tung
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.
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
Author: Adrienne Coling
Today is a historic day as pen was set to paper in a deal that will improve transit in our region!
A $93 million order for 28 new SkyTrain Mark III cars from Bombardier Transportation was made by TransLink and the provincial government.
This is part of the $2 billion Phase One of the 10-year vision that is funded 50 per cent by the federal government, 33 per cent by the province and the rest from our region and TransLink.
The new SkyTrain cars will provide additional service and capacity on the Expo and Millennium Lines increasing the rapid transit fleet to 314 cars.
With these new cars coming into service, more people will be able to rely on public transit, helping to reduce road congestion, greenhouse gases and improve efficient movement of people and goods across the region.
“With the critical support of our federal, provincial and regional partnerships, TransLink is ready and eager to start implementing service and infrastructure improvements outlined in Phase One of the 10-Year Vision. Today’s announcement is just one in a series of steps we’re taking to expand service for our customers and reduce wait times and crowding.”
Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO
The new train cars are scheduled to start arriving in 2018 and after extensive testing, enter into service by early 2019.
Starting in January 2017, TransLink will begin service improvements using the existing fleet for the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines and SeaBus, with additional bus and HandyDart service improvements beginning in April 2017.
Transit and transportation improvements in Phase One
- 10% increase in bus service
- 15% increase in HandyDART service
- 20% increase in rail service following delivery of new rail cars (Expo Line, Millennium Line and Evergreen Extension, Canada Line, West Coast Express)
- Pre-construction and consultation on Broadway subway and Surrey-Langley light rail
- New funding for improvements to the Major Road Network
- Expansion and improvements to cycling and pedestrian networks
Want more information on the Mayors’ Council 10-year vision?
Head to tenyearvision.translink.ca.
LIVE: SkyTrain funding announcement! ? Investing in Transit Infrastructure for Metro Vancouver! December 16,2016 https://t.co/EmMI8HKfma
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) December 16, 2016
Author: Adrienne Coling
The Buzzer blog gladly receives emails from readers and transit riders regarding everything from blog suggestions to cool transit stories; operator kudos to poetry and photography!
Ivan Chan is a self employed photographer and videographer who often works in real estate photography. He’s also a transit fan who recently took some awesome photographs of the newly opened Evergreen Extension!
In these photos, Ivan focuses on architecture, depicting the form and function incorporated in the beauty of these brand new SkyTrain stations.
Ivan agreed to a little one-on-one so we could learn a little more about this transit shutterbug.
What made you get interested in taking photographs?
To me, I feel taking photos conveys a story or message in itself, which is why people tend to say photos are worth a thousand words. Photos are a way of conveying meanings and memories in time. In the future, when I look back at an older photo, it reminds me of this event or that feeling.
What kind of images do you like to capture?
I like to take photos of random things like signage, buildings, interior and exterior architectural design, transportation related shots, scenery and landscape.
What made you document the new Evergreen Extension and its stations?
Being focused on real estate photography and my interest in transportation projects, I decided to bring this concept and photo taking technique and showcasing architectural features of the new Evergreen Line stations.
What’s your favourite part of the Evergreen Extension?
My favourite part is the stunning view of the landscape and scenery from Burquitlam Station and the view from the line running between Burquitlam Station and Lougheed Town Centre Station. One can look far away into the Metrotown direction, New Westminster city area and the SFU area.
How do you hope people will react to your transit photos?
In a way, I hope to educate the public and first time transit users, including tourists, on how transit stations look like, how to navigate or use the photos as a wayfinding tool around the stations and what to expect of in terms of layout so they are better prepared in their own route planning.
Are you a transit fan?
Ironically, although I drive most of the time, I am still a transit fan. I am inspired by the technology that runs behind the Skytrain system and I like using train systems. When I went to school many years ago at UBC, taking the bus was my favourite thing! My favourite mode of transit transportation would be the rapid rail transit/SkyTrain because it is dedicated and separated from traffic. There will never be slow downs or congestion to deal with and fewer stops making the ride much, much less stressful and more efficient, fast and reliable.
Enjoy just a few of Ivan’s Evergreen shots:
Thank you to Ivan and Ivan Chan Photography for reaching out and sharing these great images with us all!
Do you have fun stories, photos or other interesting transit tidbits to share with the Buzzer blog team?
Have at it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Adrienne Coling
Come out to Coquitlam Central Station on the Evergreen Extension this Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a huge community celebration!
TransLink, along with our partners and local community groups are hosting a day of family-friendly fun.
“I am immensely proud of the project team, our partners and all our staff across the enterprise who have worked tirelessly to see this project through. We now have the longest, driverless, automated rapid-transit system in the world. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on opening day. Come experience the new Evergreen Extension first-hand.”
– Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO
There will be lots activities including: a LEGO-building station, ukulele lessons and kids’ craft as well as a stage at Coquitlam Central Station hosting a variety of talented community music groups to entertain all ages.
There are even whispers that the big guy in red might stop by in the early evening at Coquitlam Central Station!
We’re so thankful for the community partners who will be there supporting this great day. Look out for these organizations during the celebrations:
The first train rides on the Evergreen Extension start at 12 p.m.
Even more entertainment will begin at the other Evergreen stations starting at 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
You can find out more information of the day’s events this week right here on the Buzzer blog, our social channels and at translink.ca/evergreen.
Author: Adrienne Coling
After building, shipping and extensive safety testing, our shiny new Mark III SkyTrains are ready to enter service!
These beauties are fully articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), have more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage, are more environmentally efficient and so much more!
If you want to see more of the new trains, come on out to our Mark III public open house this Thursday – from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While our Mark III VIP contest winners will have some extra fun, everyone is invited to see the stationary train on the inbound platform at Waterfront Station before it heads into service.
Remember! This event takes place on the SkyTrain platform so, if you plan to attend, you will need to have proof of valid fare while in the Fare Paid Zone.
Mark III VIP contest
We had 83 entries from riders of all ages with everything from songs to poems, drawings to heartfelt transit stories.
Take a look at just a few of our fantastic winning entries:
Bruce not only rocks a banjo but also met his SO on SkyTrain!
Anat is celebrating 13 years in Canada with a poem about her first ride!
Thirteen years ago that day,
Stepping off of a plane,
Keeping my fears at bay,
Was the knowledge of so much to gain.
Such beauty lay before me,
I scarcely believed,
New memories were forming,
My dreams I have achieved.
That first Skytrain ride,
I will never forget,
It beat back the fear tide,
I stayed here, without regret.
Nine-year-old Kalen tells us all about SkyTrain – and can recite all stations in order!
Alejandro Mejía Greene created this awesome transit-inspired Mark III logo!
Life is full of moments…
Moments are snapshots…
That move from one place to another…
Be sure to check out contests coming up for I Love Transit 2016!
The Mark III and I hope to see you on Thursday!
Missed the public event?
Take a look at our Facebook LIVE videos:
Author: Adrienne Coling
This is the man, folks. John Atkin.
He wrote the book SkyTrain Explorer: Heritage Walks From Every Station and he’s the inspiration for me to walk those walks from Waterfront station to New Westminster station.
I’ve already have one in the can and you can read about my experience here.
I got the chance to sit down for a coffee with John on a rainy afternoon and discuss all things Metro Vancouver, how this book came to be and what he loves to explore.
Why SkyTrain stations?
Because it was arbitrary. *laughs* It came out of a discussion from a series of walks called “How to Look at Neighbourhoods.” It was a little bit of history, a little bit of development. But the idea was to get people out to look. At the end of one walk, someone told me that they wished their area was interesting. Turns out they lived right by the Nanaimo SkyTrain station.
The next walk, we met at the station and they were convinced nothing was there but we walked through a landscape of Vancouver Specials, the evolution of the area and found many fascinating little pockets. At the end of the walk, she was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) that there was all that in her own backyard. Everyone wanted to do another station and so we did!
What lead to the book itself?
After Vancouver Walks (with Michael Kluckner) was published, the publisher asked if I was interested in doing anything else. I said I was doing a few walks from the stations and they said, “That’d be cool!”
Riding the SkyTrain, I was always looking over, out the windows, wondering. When I had spare time I’d be on the train and randomly say, “well, let’s get off at the 4th stop.” Then just look around as I meandered. Turns out, other people wanted to do that too.
Why did you do the Expo Line and only to New West?
It was the original line. What I wanted to do is do that 1985 line. The idea was that we’d do the extension and the Millennium Line for the next one. Local publishing has changed but I do want to finish. I really do want to finish the Expo Line one day.
With the Millennium line, it’s tough right now to draw things out of some areas and stations. But that’s changing. There’s lots of Vancouver influence in those areas. I made tons of notes but I just couldn’t string it together yet. So, maybe if I just wait a long time, there will be lots to explore there!
What were the most interesting spots for you to walk and write about?
Edmonds was really interesting because it was semi-rural at the time. Big lots with small houses. And there was this creeping townhouse culture starting to show up but at the same time old Kingsway was still there. There was also this picture perfect shopping mall right out of the 1960s with an open courtyard and front facing shops.
That was a cool find. Actually, I went out originally and I wrote it all up, a great route. When I came back 8 months later to fact check it had all changed! That was a big development year for them.
Then, I guess, Royal Oak. It was one of those places that hadn’t yet taken off. The landscape was changing even when I was writing the book. At the time you could see grocery store, church, hardware store, house, house, house. It was the interurban stall that existed that just doesn’t now.
What advice would you give someone who wants to follow your guidance with the book… or break out and find their own walks?
It’s about going out and being curious about space. Just be curious. I can’t go anywhere without poking.
If you’re following the book, we published a while ago so you should keep in mind. You may look and think, “Whoops! Where’d that go?” We tried as much as possible in the book to give that indication that things will change. It’s inevitable!
If you’re doing it by yourself, the thing is, you make that decision when you’re out of the station, choose a direction and start walking.
Keep your eyes open. I think so often we’re so busy that we so rarely walk for the purpose of going nowhere.
I like going nowhere! By going nowhere you are really looking at your environment. You can start to see little things like a house may be older because it’s set far away from the street or that is a style very reminiscent of a certain era. Even the most seemingly boring space is interesting.
Part of the reason of choosing the SkyTrain is that it was, as I explained, a completely arbitrary structure.
Most people get on and go from A to B without any thought to what’s in between. It’s that idea of just being curious. As things change and the region develops, I think it’s a good idea to get to know an area that isn’t yours.
Beyond SkyTrain stations and areas in Metro Vancouver, what else do you like to explore?
I’m a big fan of shopping mall design. When we travel, we go to shopping malls.
We were in Beirut and we hiked way off into the Northern part of the city because there’s a new mall that just opened and we wanted to go see it. It had five or six floors but you entered at the top of a big hill and it was built all the way down the hill.
It was open air and you worked your way down the side of the hill in the mall. It was so interesting and something I’ve never seen before.
Malls are more interesting than you’d think. You can tell a lot about an area by the development of their malls!
Thanks to John for the afternoon chat and all the information about the book and our region.
He has definitely sparked a new interest for me and I am truly curious about the sidewalks, buildings, bridges and neighbourhoods of our region.
I can’t wait to get out there for my next SkyTrain explorer walk!
If you’re interested in joining John on one of his varied walks around the region, you can register here.
Stay tuned later this month for my Burrard station adventure.
Author: Adrienne Coling
I’ve found a book. It’s called SkyTrain Explorer and it’s written by John Atkin, the co-author of Vancouver Walks.
It’s a very special book because it highlights (with clear directions) heritage walks you can take from every SkyTrain station along the Millennium and Expo Lines from Waterfront to New Westminster.
Atkin quotes comedian Steven Wright, “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” So, guess what? I’m going to take the time and walk the walks!
Too often we are oblivious to what’s all around us. Parks, buildings, history and culture. I know I’m guilty of this on my morning commute on transit.
But I want to know more about what makes this region so interesting and get off that train to go exploring.
This is the first in my series and over the next year I will make sure I do them all (hold me to it, please!) including pictures, any interesting videos and commentary of my experiences.
It’s Sunday. It’s sunny. I’ve got my Chucks on and I’m ready to go! I mosey on over to the bus that takes me to the nearest Canada Line SkyTrain station and I hop on, heading to Waterfront.
I’ve been in Waterfront station countless times. Have I ever, even once, looked up at the architecture in the concourse? Nope. Not once.
I remedy this oversight immediately and spend a good 10 minutes walking around and taking pictures like a complete tourist!
According to the instructions, I head out past the A&W, ignore the calling of a delicious Teen burger and leave the station.
To my right, there’s a great view of the port, West Vancouver and the edge of the cruise ship terminal. To my left is a pedestrian walkway across Cordova St. Wait, was this always here? This is great!
As I cross the bridge, I turn back and grab a shot of the entirety of Waterfront station, built in 1914 for CPR. It really does have a presence with a beautiful backdrop.
The Sinclair Centre is next. It is made up of four buildings, the youngest of which was built in 1935. They were carefully restored in the 1980s and joined in the middle with a covered courtyard.
This block includes the Post Office from 1905, my personal favourite building on this particular walk.
Next time you’re near this area, check out the fish on the Granville St side of the buildings. Sometimes thought of as dolphins, they are actually sturgeon. Apparently, sturgeon are considered royal fish. You learn something new every day!
I see the impressive BIRKS flagship store to my Southeast. An impressive building that was originally the Canadian Bank of Commerce built in 1908.
Walking ever onward, Southwest now, I pass by the original Vancouver Stock Exchange under construction. Office building perhaps or condo? At least they’re keeping the outside.
I turn East and at Pender and Granville. The Rogers building. Built in 1912 and very well kept up since then! Peer up and see some lions keeping watch over the neighbourhood.
North to Hastings on Seymour. What I always thought was just a giant hotel is, in fact, the Conference Plaza (halls, retail, hotel and offices) with buildings dating back to the 1920s.
This includes the former Union Bank Building, now part of Simon Fraser University. Actually, a fair amount of older buildings in this section of town belong to SFU.
I look up and see the Vancouver lookout tower and the Harbour Centre. Any word on how the food is at the revolving restaurant?
I turn East on Hastings. Spencer’s Department Store circa 1928, later Eaton’s and finally Sears is now part of SFU’s downtown campus and on the left. Great library! I may have stopped and explored. I do love me some books!
Now, instead of heading down to Cordova and ending my walk, I continued East to Cambie.
The Dominion building on the Northwest corner cannot be missed. Shades of terracotta, yellows and oranges seem to capture a sunset in architecture that makes you stop and take notice!
I stroll down to Water St. to admire the much adored steam clock. Sorry to dash any heritage hopes for this popular attraction, but it was only built in 1977.
I love Gastown and I loved walking around it and the old financial district. You don’t have to walk far to see a lot in this neighbourhood!
My first heritage walk is done so I grab a drink, sit on a patio and enjoy the sunset.
Things I learned:
* Downtown Vancouver has some amazingly well-preserved heritage buildings
* Remember to look UP or you miss half of everything!
* Being a tourist in your own city is OK. Actually, it’s pretty fun!
* Even if you have directions, sometimes figuring out which building is which can take a few minutes – try to find the date on the building to help guide you.
* Never. Eat. Shredded. Wheat.
See my gallery below with all my pictures of the day. Which buildings are your favourites?
Stay tuned for the next installment in April, SkyTrain Explorer: Burrard Station!
Author: Adrienne Coling
Transit on TV: ‘The Flash’, a Millennium Line SkyTrain cameo in DC Comics television series’ trailer
Astute Vancouverites know Vancouver is often referred to as “Hollywood North.” Our film industry is the third largest in North America behind only Los Angeles and New York.
Naturally, you’ll find TransLink’s services making cameo appearances in movies, television shows, and commercials!
Take a peek at our TransLink in TV & Film and you’ll learn the Canada Line was on The Amazing Race Canada, the West Coast Express was in Fringe, Waterfront Station was in Smallville, West Coast Express platform at Waterfront Station was used to film a Jessica Biel fight scene in Blade Trinity, one of our articulated buses was in the television series Defying Gravity, SkyTrain was in a Vodafone commercial, and much more.
Now, SkyTrain is a star in The CW and CTV’s The Flash television series!
In The Flash‘s heroic trailer (at the 0:25 mark), you can spot the Millennium Line SkyTrain as Flash runs along the fence.
Bill Knight, our resident transit guru, tells us he thinks the scene was filmed in the lot of Vancouver Film Studios’ Soundstage “B” by Boundary Road, adjacent to the Central Valley Greenway, where the Millennium Line guideway elevates to cross over the Trans-Canada Highway.
Each year, we receive about 75 to 100 requests to film on our system each year. We try to provide access the best we can, but we can’t accommodate all of them. Filming has to fit within our time restrictions and take place outside of service hours so our customers are not affected.
With major upgrades underway on the Expo Line, many requests for filming on the SkyTrain system have been unable to go ahead.
Author: Allen Tung