Mayor’s Council Updated Regional Transportation Vision

Here’s the highlights of the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council vision of regional transportation. This updated vision was prompted by Premier Christy Clark’s insistence on sending transit funding issues to a referendum in the Fall 2014.

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99 B Line Queuing Study

It looks like I was a part of a study and didn’t even realize it. Back in January, I had arrived at Broadway & Commercial as a part of my daily commute and was greeted with the bright yellow tape on the sidewalk leading up to the 99 B-Line stop. Signs were posted saying that it was part of queuing study for the B-Line. The B-Line has over 50,000 riders every day. It claims to be North America’s busiest bus route. I can believe that given the long lines that form every morning for the bus. The long lines persist even though the buses are as frequent as 2-5 minutes during rush hour.

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Post Compass Beta Test Update – Keep on Tapping, Tapping, Tapping

So I still had $100 of “play cash” on my orange concession Compass Card.  The monthly pass expired on October 1st.  So I’ve been slowly using up the “cash.”  A few more observations from this past week. The bus card readers and the SkyTrain gate card readers are different.  The SkyTrain gates seem to read the cards quite easily and robustly.  I can hold my … Continue reading Post Compass Beta Test Update – Keep on Tapping, Tapping, Tapping

New Surrey 96 B-Line

I may never use this bus because I rarely ever go to Surrey, but I am excited to hear that a Surrey B-Line is finally rolling out.  I remember having a transit poster back from the 90’s that promised express buses and B-Lines across the region by the middle of the 2000’s.  It never came to be.  I’m still waiting for a full-fledged 41st Avenue … Continue reading New Surrey 96 B-Line

My Switch To Trolleys from B-Line in September

As usual, the Tuesday right after Labour Day is famously the most busy day for traffic via all modes of transport across the city. I personally change my transport pattern at this time of year. The B-Line is part of my usual commute.  It’s actually a somewhat pleasant ride in the summer because it’s quick and spacious when less people are going to school.  That’s … Continue reading My Switch To Trolleys from B-Line in September

Streetfilms » Curitiba’s BRT: Inspired Bus Rapid Transit Around the World

Streetfilms » Curitiba’s BRT: Inspired Bus Rapid Transit Around the World. More on cheaper alternatives to the personal automobile and subways.  Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) are two great ideas that can fill the gap when money is tight and creativity is high on the part of planners. A lot of the people in the video are talking about how transportation … Continue reading Streetfilms » Curitiba’s BRT: Inspired Bus Rapid Transit Around the World

TransLink starting to buy properties

The Province It finally looks like TransLink is finally moving on some real estate.  This Province article covers a property in Surrey, which TransLink says will be key to the new King George Highway B-Line bus.  I’m not entirely sure when that B-Line is supposed be fully running (TransLink doesn’t have much info under the South of Fraser Area Transit Plan at the moment). Prices … Continue reading TransLink starting to buy properties