Another transit policy wonk post here. In an earlier post, I looked at a bar graph talking about the Cost per Boarded Passenger by Sub-Region. It helped to illustrate which sub-regions were the most and least cost-efficient. Here’s another handy graphic from the 2014 TransLink Bus Performance Review [PDF] showing what makes for cost-efficient bus routes.
A lot of the local media has been featuring the 5 most overcrowded bus routes in Metro Vancouver. That’s a nice and easy headline that people can latch onto. However, that data is actual part of a bigger document that TransLink has released. This document is the 2014 TransLink Bus Performance Review [PDF].
There’s one graph in particular that highlights how TransLink has made buses more cost-efficient over the past 5 years.
If you’re wondering who is pushing for better transit in Metro Vancouver, look no further than the Better Transit & Transportation coalition. These are the folks behind the bettertransit.info website. I think this coalition is the most impressive cross-section of Vancouver society.
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.
I’ve noticed that the Vancouver Sun has been featuring a lot of articles on Road Pricing in Metro Vancouver this week. There’s been at least 6 articles in the past 4 days. It’s a big topic with the impending Massey Tunnel replacement and need to replace the Patullo Bridge at the forefront of the Minister of Transportation’s agenda. Also, the features are meant to coincide … Continue reading A week of Road Pricing news
If you travel along the Expo Line in Metro Vancouver, you may have noticed some major station upgrades underway. The most obvious upgrade at this moment is happening at Main Street Station. However, big changes are also afoot at Metrotown Station. Main Street Station has been under renovation for the past few months. The whole east end of the station has been cut off under … Continue reading SkyTrain Station Upgrades
So the end is nigh for FareSaver tickets and the Employee Pass Program. I personally will not miss either. I would much prefer to have a Stored Value on my cards. However, the loss of the Employee Pass Program may be larger than expected. At least, that’s what I imply from Todd Litman’s research on Local Funding Options for Public Transportation [PDF]. Of all the … Continue reading Compass Card and the loss of the Employee Pass Program
I had a chat with a bus driver the other day. I noticed he had a new screen for his cash box. He said that drivers won’t be managing any of the Compass Card fares. He says that many of the readers are pointed away from the drivers. Drivers won’t be able to know what kind of Compass Card a passenger is using. So drivers … Continue reading Compass Card Chat
I had the rotten luck of not being able to ride transit for a whole week. I know that sounds like a weird statement, but a week like this is rare for me. With work and off-site presentations, I ended up needing the car a lot this week. Add in the major SkyTrain malfunction on Tuesday and I ended up driving on a day that … Continue reading Compass Card – Cards Expired!
It’s been another week tapping the leftover amount on my Compass Card. It’s October 19th and I have just under $60 left in my balance. I think the money is lasting a little longer since I only get $1.75 deducted per ride with a Concession card. Here are a few of my thoughts from the past week. I really want a way to track my … Continue reading The Card Keeps Tapping – Post Compass Card Beta Test (October 19, 2013)