DriveBC Tech

A look at the ministry’s most popular website, DriveBC and the technology we use to keep you safe and moving. .

What is the TMCBC and What Makes it Cutting Edge?

 What is the Transportation Management Centre of BC (TMCBC)? Well, for starters, think of it as the nerve centre for road/weather conditions and traffic information across BC. Based in Coquitlam, the TMCBC is the hub for collecting transportation information and communicating it to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via DriveBC and Twitter. Your Eyes on the Road The TMCBC is equipped with more than 200 live-streaming video feeds, and 750 cameras strategically located...

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Have you Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

BC HighwayCams, dynamic message signs, weather stations, reversible lane control… Any idea what these things have in common? If you guessed they’re all Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), you’d be right! With the advancement in technologies, this field has grown and is getting a lot of attention these days (connected/automated vehicles, smart cities, and more). ITS also helps support some of our key priorities: mobility, safety, and the efficient transportation of our road users. What is ITS? It’s the application...

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14 Reasons to Make DriveBC Your First Vacation Destination

Summer travellers, who first visit the DriveBC website before they head out, find valuable information including routes, weather, border crossings and interesting stops. Check these features and links on DriveBC, to prepare your launch to a great holiday having fun with family and friends, camping, fishing, hiking or doing what makes summer superb for you! Summer Driving Tips – Look over these pointers to prepare you and your vehicle for a safe journey on BC highways. Tips include advice on planning...

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Five HighwayCam Views That Will Leave You Feeling Inspired

This winter you’ve been using our HighwayCams to check road conditions before you venture out. But did you know that those same cameras can help you explore the beauty of our province? Here are five HighwayCam views that deserve another look: Lions Gate Bridge The Lions Gate Bridge is a gateway to Vancouver, one of most desirable places to live in the world. This view could symbolize the appeal of living in a modern metropolis surrounded by awe-inspiring nature....

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Avalanche Closure Time Cut by Explosive Innovation

The Kootenay Pass avalanche team wanted to shorten road closures due to avalanche control, because at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure our biggest drive is to keep people and goods moving efficiently and safely along BC highways. When the new avalanche explosion hardware and software were installed in 2015, BC became the first Gazex system user in the world, to not only suggest this change, but to incorporate new software successfully into an existing system.

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B.C. Highway and Traffic Cameras Join DriveBC under Open511

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if it helps plan a safe journey. DriveBC, one of government’s most popular and valued services, lets commuters, truckers and vacationers in British Columbia see the road ahead with pictures from thousands of highway and traffic cameras. Whether moving goods or commuting to work, travelers want to see that their road is safe to drive. Seeing the road gives travelers the information and confidence they need to avoid delays or take...

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What’s the Difference Between TranBC and DriveBC on Twitter?

Han Solo and Chewbacca…  Batman and Robin… Robin Hood and Little John… A dynamic duo is usually two things: United by a common goal or cause Made up of two distinctive personalities We at TranBC and DriveBC are not heroes. Nay, we are but men and women from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, united by the goal to give you the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions about travelling B.C. highways. Our approaches to tweeting...

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DriveBC Turns 10! A History of Travellers Information Communication in BC

How do you get your road condition information? Email alerts? On Twitter @DriveBC? Watching BC HighwayCams? Before the internet, before television, heck – even before radio, British Columbians have been exploring this beautiful province in their cars; and ever since those cars started rolling out and about – highway travellers have been looking for information on road conditions. That is where our journey to communicate road condition information began and it continues to this very day – the safety...

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