Born and raised in coastal Vancouver, Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management, had childhood aspirations of working with the ocean when she grew up… or becoming a hairdresser… or admittedly, hundreds of other prospective career paths. While deciding which path to take was a struggle for Mia, she’s learned over the years that very few actually have it figured out, and sometimes you just need to pick something, jump into it and it will most likely all work out.
Posts tagged: Transit planning
From a young age, Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner, Strategy and Plan Development at TransLink knew she would do great things.
“I loved the idea of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wanted to make fun, wonderful things for other people to enjoy. It just took me a long time to realize that could include our cities and our infrastructure: parks, roads, housing, water treatment, and so on.”
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.
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!
Last year we began consultation for the Southwest area of Metro Vancouver that highlighted transportation improvements in Richmond, Tsawwassen First Nation, South Delta and connections to North Delta.
We’re back again with Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) and we still need your help and want your input!
Take the survey from May 23 until June 19 and have your say, your way on proposed changes for this area.
What exactly IS SWATP?
I’m so glad you asked!
SWATP is a review of this area that will focus on improving transit service and infrastructure while addressing cycling, walking, driving and goods movement.
The planning process looks at customer experience, current and projected land use and development, transportation and ridership data as well as feedback from the public, stakeholders and local governments.
What is the goal of SWATP?
Proposed changes in Phase 2 aim to:
- Provide more reliable and convenient bus service.
- Provide Frequent Transit Network (FTN) service along key corridors.
- Improve bus service for growing communities and large areas of employment, including industrial areas.
- Make NightBus more direct for service to Richmond City Centre and YVR Airport.
- Identify regionally-significant corridors for cycling investment.
How do I get involved?
Again, so glad you asked!
First, read all about the proposed changes to Southwest area at translink.ca/swatp.
Take the survey!
It just takes a few minutes of your time and you can do so by clicking here.
Attend an in-person event:
Ladner May Days
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Tsawwassen Farmers Market
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
North Delta Farmers Market
Sunday, June 11, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Pick up a paper copy of the survey at these locations:
- Delta library branches– George Mackie, Ladner Pioneer, Tsawwassen
- Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre (North Delta)
- KinVillage Community Centre (Tsawwassen)
- McKee Seniors Recreation Centre (Ladner)
- Minoru Place Activity Centre (Richmond)
- Richmond Centre for Disability
- Richmond Chinese Community Society
- Richmond Public Library branches–Brighouse, Cambie, Ironwood, Steveston
- Tsawwassen First Nation–Administration building, Lands department office
**Please note** Surveys are available in both English and traditional Chinese at in-person events. The online survey is in English only.
The feedback you share with us from May 23 to June 19 will be considered, along with other technical and budgetary factors, as we identify transportation priorities for the Southwest area.
Thank you for participating and making your voice heard!
Author: Adrienne Coling
Haaaaaaaaave you met Denis?
Denis has been with TransLink for three and half years and in the planning department for the past two and half.
When the Evergreen Extension opened, that meant a lot of bus route changes and Denis offered to help us explain a little more about some of the route modifications to our riders who reached out on Twitter.
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) December 22, 2016
These responses have been so successful that Denis has agreed to be our “go-to” planning guru across our social channels!
With Denis’ help, this will allow us to delve deeper into service changes and explain more about specific routes and modifications to service.
Not only does Denis help plan things like your favourite bus route, he’s also a transit fan, transit rider as well as a cycling enthusiast. Let’s get to know “Denis the Planner” a little better!
Why did you choose planning as a career?
I originally got into planning because I was concerned about big issues like climate change, preserving farmland, and health. Buuuuttt also I love maps and I love cities. Planning allows me to address those big societal issues AND spend my time working with maps and cities. It’s great!
What drew you to transit planning in particular?
I want to make transit (and walking and cycling) attractive to more people for all of the big reasons mentioned above. This would be a really straightforward job if we had the ability to just put buses everywhere. But, since we can’t just put buses everywhere, we have to have conversations about where those buses should go. And these are really interesting, challenging conversations!
What’s the best part of your job?
The most exciting part is early in the planning process when we get to have blue-sky conversations about different designs for the transit network. It’s a cross between art and science because you need to be creative, but your ideas also have to be based on real data!
What is the most difficult part of your job?
Saying no! I love transit and I want everyone to have great transit access! Until someone invents a money tree, it’s not going to be possible to run a bus to everyone’s doorstep. A big part of my job is explaining the tough transit trade-offs, and that we’re trying to provide the best possible service to the region with the resources we have.
What are your favourite modes transportation besides transit?
I don’t own a car but I recently got an electric bike and I love it! I feel like I can go anywhere on it! Hills are no match for me now.
Why did you want to be #Denistheplanner and personally respond to people’s concerns about service changes?
I’m excited to tell the story of transit. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I want to help people know more about that stuff! We’ve always answered tweets and messages; but videos are just more fun, and so hopefully more people will see them!
What do you hope to achieve by being able to directly respond to our riders?
I would love to convert everyone into a transit nerd. If we get more people thinking about transit, hopefully that will mean more public participation, and ultimately better transit!
Check out Denis talking about bus integration for Evergreen!
Although we appreciate and value all of your feedback, Denis will not be able to respond to everyone.
Do you have a planning question for Denis?
Comment below or use the hashtag #DenisthePlanner on social media to reach out!
You can also email us with the subject “Denis the Planner” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Adrienne Coling