A lot can change in 20 years, including these 17 transit things that were totally normal in 1999. Take a trip down memory lane and remember these iconic moments in Metro Vancouver’s transit history.
Carrying a coin purse around to pay for your transit fare
Now you can tap your Compass Card or contactless credit card and be on your way!
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When TransLink took over transit in 1999, the Millennium Line was announced by the provincial government and about to break ground. Construction began in October 1999 and the new line opened in 2002.
As part of the project, SkyTrain added 60 Mark II cars to the fleet to the new line and to meet booming ridership. The Mark II cars were the next generation that followed the original Mark I cars that arrived when the Expo Line opened in 1985.
A Mark II train undergoing testing at SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre in the early 2000s. (Photo: John Wollenzin)
But did you know – the first bit of work designing the next generation of SkyTrain cars began about a decade earlier?
A mock-up of what a Mark II could look like was developed by BC Transit in 1991. It was displayed at the PNE and Scott Road Station to gauge the public’s reaction and test seating configurations.
Built from wood by a movie production company – oddly at Celtic Shipyards in south Vancouver, it was only half a car and had mirrors at the end to make the interior look larger.
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Three of the new products that just launched in the TransLink Store!
Twenty-years ago this month, TransLink began operating with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world. Throughout this week and the rest of the month, we’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary!
Anniversaries are a time to celebrate where we’ve come from, but also how we’ve changed and where we’re headed. That’s why we threw it back to 1999 for the latest line of merchandise in the TransLink Store! We added a 1999 New Look bus model, t-shirt and keychain.
As a thank you for choosing us to get around and allowing us to serve the region over the past 20 years, we’re giving away THREE TransLink Store prize packs with the new merch! Read more »
A staffer scrapes off the BC Transit logo from a a bus in preparation for TransLink’s launch.
Nearly 130 years ago, on June 25, 1890, transit burst onto the scene in Metro Vancouver with the interurban streetcar.
Over the years, myriad companies – both private and public – have operated transit in the region.
Between 1890 and 1962, transit was operated privately; first by Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company, and later BC Electric Railway Company (BCER).
The BCER was sold to the provincial government and BC Hydro took over transit. Later came the Metro Transit Operating Company and BC Transit.
Finally, in April 1999, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority began operation with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world. Our mandate expanded to include roads. Read more »
An employee installs the TransLink logo on the side of this bus after scraping off the BC Transit logo.
Twenty-years ago this month (April 1 to be exact!), TransLink began operating with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world.
We’re inviting you to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us!
As a thank you for choosing us to get around and allowing us to serve the region over the past 20 years, we’ll be hosting four pop-up photo booths throughout April.
- Friday, April 5 at Waterfront Station, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, April 13 at Party for the Planet, Surrey Civic Plaza near Surrey Central Station, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 17 at Metrotown Station, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday, April 25 at Lougheed Town Centre Station, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It’s a rare opportunity to snag a FREE photo with the “Vancouver icons” background, so bring your friends and strike your best pose.
On The Buzzer blog, look out for stories that celebrate our shared transit history starting on Monday. We’ll have a contest for your chance to win a TransLink Store prize pack. Finally, we have new merchandise that pays homage to the ’90s.
Transportation shaped Metro Vancouver’s past. Together, we’ll shape the future of how we move and live.
Lol isn’t it funny that TransLink’s birthday lands on April 1 — April Fools’ Day?!
I mean, a little bit, I guess…if that’s the kind of humour that floats your boat? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
April marks the start of the fiscal year. That’s why we have some good company when it comes to April 1 birthdays!
Apple celebrates its birthday on this day, so does the Wrigley candy company and Gmail. And fun fact — Nunvaut was created on April 1, 1999 too!