[This is not a paid promotion. I paid for my own beer and have received no benefit from the company mentioned here.] So who doesn’t like stumbling across a new brewery. It seems to be the Vancouver thing to do over the past 10 years or so. There’s a little brewery hidden in an industrial section of New Westminster. Where is it? Let’s find out. … Continue reading Hidden brewery in New Westminster?
With two new boys in my life, I wasn’t able to step away from home to experience the opening of the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line. Besides, it was a miserable, rainy day. Plus, I’m almost a week after the opening day releasing this post. Life happens.
In lieu of my own photos and video, I thought you could partake in some videos yourself scattered across YouTube.
The transit geek in me is totally looking forward to the opening of the Evergreen Line in 2016. Along with the new line and increased ridership coming out of Coquitlam, new trains will be needed. We’re getting 28. Count’em. 28 new trains. And boy, are they looking sleek.
Next to the Surrey LRT project, this is the next largest of the planned transit projects in the Mayor’s Council plan. This is also the planned project with the most profound effect on how I personally travel in my daily life and it will have a huge effect on my workplace in Kitsilano.
Broadway SkyTrain Extension
Here’s a break from my currently scheduled travel blogging. I just wanted to put my two cents out there regarding tomorrow’s civic elections for the City of Vancouver. The whole province is undergoing civic elections in each city, township, district, and village, but I’m going to talk about Vancouver since that’s where I live.
Civic elections are the most personal election because it affects my daily life in the city from parking to parks and from public spaces to property taxes. Most people unwisely skip out on civic elections because they don’t think they are as important as provincial or federal elections. Simply not true. Civic elections have the biggest effect on how your city/town feels.
When I watch these elections, my big issue is always transportation. Those who’ve read my non-travel posts know that I’m a total transit nut. So naturally, my vote goes to where I feel transportation policies are best. I’m only going to talk about the 3 main parties in the running for mayor and city council.
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 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
It looks like the blogosphere and twittersphere are happily talking about today’s article in the 24 Hours Vancouver about the bus tickets not being accepted at SkyTrain stations once the Compass Card is fully implemented. It looks that may be the case. The bus drivers union is definitely afraid of the backlash that their members may face as cash-paying transit riders will be complaining about … Continue reading Compass Gates and Bus Transfer Tickets
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
I still have TransLink on my mind. So it almost seems like a sport for Metro Vancouverites to bash TransLink recently. It seems to be losing a PR battle that I’m not sure they realize they are in. It hasn’t helped that over the past couple of decades, decisions have been made by the BC government that have a direct affect on what TransLink can … Continue reading TransLink on My Mind – Provincial decisions that have affected TransLink