Transit

Announcements, updates and background on the transit system in British Columbia

The Evergreen Line Tunnel: Alice Will Make it a Boring Job

Who is she? She’s 85 metres long, but with her trailing gear that provides the conveyer belt system, she expands to two kilometres. Her head is 10 metres wide and she weighs 109 tonnes. She came to us in bits and pieces and…she likes to eat dirt. She’s “Alice”, the Evergreen Line Tunnel Boring Machine and she is working on the two kilometer tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam as part of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. Truth...

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5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

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Green. Yellow. Red. Green… What makes traffic light signals change? Traffic signals are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) designed to allow vehicles to safely cross paths while maintaining an efficient flow of traffic. To do this, traffic signals react to the presence of the vehicles and pedestrians they are guiding. Although you probably don’t notice it, each mode of transportation interacts with traffic signals in a unique way. Here are the five main traffic light triggers. 1. Passenger vehicles Ministry...

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Building the Evergreen Line: One Piece at a Time

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I Love Transit Week and the Buzzer Blog

I Love Transit Week and the Buzzer Blog

Transit n. 1. The act of passing over, across or through; passage We love transit. We love the buses, the skytrains, the views and the people. Did you know that August 5-9th was the sixth annual I Love Transit Week in Greater Vancouver? Transit really is a vital part of any effective transportation system and to celebrate transit in the Lower Mainland, Translink put together a fabulous week full of events and activities for everyone enjoyed. They even witnessed...

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Sneak Peak: All Eyes on the Evergreen Line

Sneak Peak: All Eyes on the Evergreen Line

Are you curious about how things are progressing on the Evergreen Line? Do you wish you could see what happens behind the scenes as construction unfolds? Well then, today is your lucky day! Starting today, you can watch Evergreen Line construction progress online thanks to the launch of two new BC ConstructionCams in Port Moody. The first camera will be located at the north tunnel portal area near Barnet Highway and View Street, where the tunnel-boring machine will be...

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A Closer Look at Commercial Passenger Transportation Licencing

A Closer Look at Commercial Passenger Transportation Licencing

If you operate a taxi, limo or similar kind of commercial passenger service, you’ll know about the Passenger Transportation Branch and the Passenger Transportation Board. If you don’t, or if you’re just wanting to get started in the industry, chances are pretty good you might have never heard of them before. So who are they, and what do they do? If you’re looking for the Coles Notes version, it basically comes down to this: if you’re driving people around,...

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The FAQs: Talking Transit with TransLink

The FAQs: Talking Transit with TransLink

Part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is helping organize effective province wide transportation systems. One of those systems is TransLink. We asked our friends at TransLink to share their story with us, to help you better understand the how and why of their transit system. On that note, we are proud to introduce their introductory course, TransLink 101: So what is TransLink, anyway? Put simply, TransLink is the authority responsible for transportation in...

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Bridging the Week: News in Review

Blinked and missed it? We understand. Some weeks are like that. Let’s bring you up to speed on BC Transportation news in review for the week. Better Safety at Bonaparte and Highway 97 Intersection A safety upgrade will be made this fall to the Bonaparte Road/Highway 97 intersection as part of the second phase of improvements to the Cariboo Connector. Northbound and southbound left turn lanes will be added to Highway 97 at the Bonaparte frontage road intersection. The...

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