A quick review of transportation news around the province this week, gives us a pinch of this and a handful of that. When you combine it all, we think you get a recipe for successful transportation moves, no matter where you are.
Decrease in assaults a step in the right direction
We were happy to hear that assaults on transit operators reach seven-year low in 2012 in an announcement this week by Translink. Since 2006, pro-active steps have been taken to improve safety for transit operators including: the installation of Transit Management and Communications (TMAC) system, which enables instant emergency communications with the Transit Communications centre (T-Comm) and pinpoints bus locations using GPS and the installation of video cameras on buses and cameras on all new buses coming into service. We are sure you agree that one assault is too many for our friends “on the busses”.
Next Stop, Dawson Creek: #1 Northside
Speaking of busses, a trial route will soon begin on the streets of Dawson Creek. The City of Dawson Creek and BC Transit are responding to requests from residents for expanded transit service coverage.On a trial basis, from March 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 the Route #1 Northside will travel farther north to service the growing residential subdivisions along 17th Street. Click here for more information
Improvements on Route to Highways near Fort Steele
A contract has been awarded to Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. to resurface portions of Highway 3/93 and 93/95 south of Fort Steele. Highway 3/93 will be resurfaced from Fort Steele Overhead to HaHa Creek Rd, a distance of approximately 18 km. Highway 93/95 will be resurfaced from Eager Hill Road to Fort Steele Overhead, a distance of 3.6 km. Work will start this spring, with completion scheduled for the end of September.
Newsmaker in our books for the second week in a row
Port Metro Vancouver announced its Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy this week. Smart Fleet sets forward a three-year action plan to improve the efficiency and reliability of the container truck sector and reinforce the Port’s ongoing collaboration with supply chain partners to deliver supply chain excellence. Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. This projected increase in Canadian international trade necessitates planning now to meet future demand.
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia sponsors their 180 video contest every year, with the aim of convincing 19-25 year olds to “do a 180” on risky driving. Here is one of our favourite videos so far. Which one is yours?
And finally a big shout out to the Government of Alberta for their great ad campaign about texting while driving. Our friends on the other side of the mountains hit us right where it counts. In case you didn’t get the message the first time, please don’t text and drive.
That’s a wrap for this week. Of course, we will be back next week with more transportation news. If you want to connect with us before then, find us @ TranBC on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Pinterest. We love building connections with you!