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

Quick Compass Update

I’ve had the beta Compass card for about a week now.  This beta test would end up happening during a time of work where I need the car to do presentations and fairs.  However, a few things that I’ve shared with TransLink already. Tapping onto a crowded B-Line proves to be tricky.  People are hugging the poles at the back doors.  So it’s hard not … Continue reading Quick Compass Update

Streetfilms – Vancouver transit and cycling integration

I haven’t visited Streetfilms in a long time.  The Buzzer Blog posted one of their recent films about Vancouver transit and cycling integration.  I wonder what a person from outside of the region thinks when they see this film.  It certainly gives the impression of wonderful freedom and integration.  However, the system is far from perfect, but we should toot our horn as a region … Continue reading Streetfilms – Vancouver transit and cycling integration

Centre to Centre Bus Service missing in Vancouver

Canada Line Open House Presentation Boards (regarding bus reallocation) The Canada Line will bring big changes to the way your suburban bus service operates, especially if you live in Richmond, Delta, or South Surrey. Your bus may only go part way to Vancouver instead of all the way.  Your centre to centre express bus service may never be the same again. Although TransLink really doesn’t … Continue reading Centre to Centre Bus Service missing in Vancouver

COPE promotes Transit for Everyone

Vancouver Sun, October 21, 2008 COPE is running it’s smallest slate in history for the upcoming municipal elections.  They have only 2 candidates for city council and 8 more between the parks and school boards. However, one idea caught my eye: COPE’s platform also includes a free bus loop along the Broadway corridor and from Broadway to downtown. The model follows the lead of cities … Continue reading COPE promotes Transit for Everyone

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

September bus improvements

Translink news release – Largest service increase Another September and another round of bus improvements to “try” and keep up with demand.  Now that Langara College is on the U-Pass program, expect heavy, heavy ridership along 49th Avenue to be absolutely crazy.  It was already crazy without U-Pass; imagine with U-Pass. Labour Day marks the traditional end of summer vacation, and for commuters in Metro … Continue reading September bus improvements

Enhanced bus service in Montreal

Montreal Gazette I couldn’t help admire the ingenuity of this idea by Montreal’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, which I assume is La Société de Transport de Montréal (STM).  They started a new bus service with real services. Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, much of the grumbling from other transit services and from unionized employees in the sector, seems to focus on the fact that these … Continue reading Enhanced bus service in Montreal