DriveBC Tech

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

Now Showing: New BC HighwayCams

DriveBC view of Highway 3 at Princeton

A few months ago we did a Tell TranBC survey asking where you’d like to see more BC HighwayCams. We received more than 730 responses and captured the highlights of your suggestions in a blog. Many of your suggestions were identified as “coming soon” and this week we are happy to announce that we recently added eight new cams to our repertoire, a couple of which you might recognize. Sunday Summit, just South of Princeton on Highway 3 (above)has...

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From the Island to the Mainland – A Straight-Up Story About Bridging

From the Island to the Mainland – A Straight-Up Story About Bridging

It’s been raised many times in the past, and it’ll likely continue to be a hot topic as long as Vancouver Island remains separated from the mainland (which will probably be a very long time). We’re talking, of course, about building a connection across the Georgia Straight. The fixed link has been a fixation for us, Islanders and island visitors for decades. Common suggestions include building a bridge, like Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Bridge, or even a tunnel like...

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National Science and Technology Week: In Photos

There seems to be an official week or day for everything these days – yar, there’s even Talk Like a Pirate Day. Seriously… it was just last month. But there’s credibility behind something like National Science and Technology Week that silly accents simply can’t match. New technologies have allowed the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve safety and efficiency for travellers. To help you visualize some of the ways we’re utilizing technology, we collected some photos of our...

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Historical DriveBC Data is Open

Sharing is fun. With that in mind, we have recently shared some of our most popular information from DriveBC with DataBC. DataBC is a key source of open government information to help the public find data, services and tools to help make informed decisions and improve government policies. DataBC liked our data so much, they wrote a blog about it, and we, in turn, would like to share it with you. So, here it is – in honour of...

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Information meets Innovation at DataBC

Information meets Innovation at DataBC

Ever hear the phrase “open data” and wondered what it meant? Well, think of it like this: open data is about providing easy access to information. And not just easy access, but free access. It’s the idea that data should be completely free and open to everyone, so anyone can reference it and use it however they want. As you might imagine, here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, we collect a lot of information, so we think...

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Bridging the Week: Blessings, Bus Loops and Webcams,Webcams,Webcams!

This week in BC Transportation news saw new eyes in the sky and other DriveBC upgrades, the bona fide benefits of transit police, highway investments in the South Coast region and the official opening (and blessing) of the Squamish Nation Pedestrian Overpass. So, gather round the ol’ computer screen and get ready for a week in review. Eighteen New Eyes in the Sky and More! As recent snow flurries in mountain passes remind us that winter weather will soon...

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Plan Your Trip with New DriveBC Upgrades

Are you going somewhere this weekend? DriveBC‘s new features might help. Today, we’re releasing an update which includes an enhancement to the Trip Planner. You may or may not be aware that we’ve actually had a trip planner on the DriveBC site since March of 2010. If you’re not familiar with it, the trip planner lets you pick your start point and end point which results in a route being drawn on the DriveBC map. It then displays a...

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CVSE Mobile – Service on the Go for BC Truckers

CVSE Mobile – Service on the Go for BC Truckers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) website is now available for mobile internet devices, so truckers on the job can “Know Before You Go“. Commercial truckers are relying more and more on mobile devices as part of their jobs. Even though information on the regular CVSE website is available, it wasn’t mobile-friendly for smart phones or tablets. So, when a northern region staff member sent us a suggestion inspired by his father-in-law (a seasoned trucker), we jumped at...

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