Transit

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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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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Our Way is the Highway When thinking about the ministry, the first thing that pops into your head is likely B.C. highways. That’s because about 80 per cent of what we do involves building, rehabilitating and maintaining provincial highways to keep you moving safely and goods...

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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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Bridging the Week: Highway Maintenance, Translink and Combo Projects?

Did you know that B.C.’s maintenance contractors maintain more than 47,500 kilometres of road and 2,800 structures, and employ about 2,000 people who provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week? That is just one tidbit of information from the roundup of transportation related news releases which happened this week. Read on for more about this and other interesting pieces of information you might have missed, in this edition of Bridging the Week. Extension of BC Highway...

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Bridging the Week: Thanksgiving Style

This week we welcomed the month of October, the time of year when we start to wind down our summer maintenance activities and gear up for winter. Such is the ebb and flow of life in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. This long weekend, many of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, the gift of sharing and being grateful for the things we have at hand. We are grateful to work with countless people across the province...

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Bridging the Week: Translink, Trails and Time to Drive the Port Mann

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Another seven days, another blog catching you up on all things BC Transportation from the last week. Hard to believe it’s September already, with summer almost in the rear view mirror and thoughts of winter, and what that entails, ramping up. (I didn’t forget autumn, we just have a lot of prep for those chilly months). But that’s in the future, right now there’s work happening on rapid transit in Coquitlam, some plans for Kettle Valley Trail and a...

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Bridging the Week: Back to School, Get on the Bus and Counting to Ten in Webcam

What happened this week in B.C. transportation? Perhaps a better question would be what didn’t happen! We have transit updates, webcams, bus pullouts, paving, handyDARTS, community safety enhancement projects and the GranFondo cycling event. With all that news, it was hard to decide where to start our report, but we decided to go with something close to our heart and yours, the addition of ten new webcams along the Lougheed Highway in the Lower Mainland. Counting to Ten in...

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