Transit

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

Evergreen Line Extension – Moments Along the Journey

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We made history achieving the longest fully automated rapid transit system in the world. We also moved it. We reached high, dug deep below, and enhanced wildlife areas along the way. Here is a collection of some of the challenges we faced and triumphs we celebrated building the Evergreen extension.   Moving History – Centennial House was once the stately home to one of Port Moody’s founding City Councillors, Frederick Appleyard. One of the few remaining landmarks from the booming lumber...

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Before and After: Watch Transit Transformed in Your Community

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The Transit Minor Betterments Program is improving how British Columbians get around in a major way. Ministry staff partner with local governments, BC Transit and TransLink to identify and deliver between 30 and 40 transit infrastructure upgrades every year. Some projects are small, others are big – but all go to providing people with better access to this affordable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. “Overall, we’ve delivered more than 150 projects over the last seven years,” says the...

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How You Can Help Kelowna’s RapidBus Stay on Schedule

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Whether you drive or use the RapidBus service in Kelowna, we have some important news for you (and a fresh Kelowna HOV website). Based on monitoring and public feedback, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is turning the city’s Highway 97 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, which operate fulltime now, into hourly HOV lanes. As of January 19 (2015), the lanes will be in effect weekdays between 7am to 7pm, excluding holidays, to better align with when traffic and...

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You Asked, Minister Todd Stone Answered: BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall

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It was a busy night here at Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure headquarters in Victoria for the BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall, hosted by Minister Todd Stone (Nov 17, 2014). With your help, we covered a lot of the issues that matter to you, and which will be taken into account during the development of the 10-year transportation plan. The #BContheMove tweets were flying fast and furious, so we’ve collected all of the minister’s responses to your...

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8 Whys for Regulating Commercial Ridesharing and Other Passenger Transportation

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There has been a lot of discussion about commercial “ridesharing” companies like Uber and Lyft operating in some cities in North America. What does it all mean – and what’s at stake? But first of all what is commercial ridesharing? Commercial ridesharing is an arrangement where for profit, taxi-like services are provided by private drivers, using technology like smartphone apps. GPS is used to connect drivers with people seeking transportation, and payment is made online. The B.C. government regulates...

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes

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Head’s up Coquitlam walkers (and drivers)! There’s a new pedestrian crosswalk on the Barnet Highway (just after the Lougheed/Barnet intersection) as a result of continuing work on the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line. Sidewalk closures and detours will be implemented next to active construction sites on Pinetree Way between the Coquitlam transit exchange and Town Centre Boulevard for the safety of pedestrians. These closures and detours will be in place until the spring of 2015. What does this mean to...

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

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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

5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

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

Building the Evergreen Line: One Piece at a Time

Bit by bit and piece by piece, the Evergreen Line is starting to take shape. The construction of a new SkyTrain takes time and includes moving utilities, reconfiguring roads, building at-grade and elevated guideways, tunnels, stations, and installing train operating systems. Oftentimes this work unfolds behind the scenes, but recently a number of important “bits and pieces” for the Evergreen Line have taken the stage front and centre and we wanted to share them with you. Without further ado,...

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