Moving the Economy

Information and background on how we import, export and move goods across our province to driving the economy, including the Pacific Gateway program and the work of commercial vehicles.

How to Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow Truck

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You could be anywhere when your vehicle fails unexpectedly. Whether it’s a busy freeway or a quiet neighbourhood street, there’s a sense of vulnerability when you’re left stranded. Tow truck operators like Larry Styba regularly come to B.C. travellers’ rescue. That’s their job. But their job puts them in vulnerable positions, too. We recently talked to Larry about how travellers can protect themselves and tow truck operators in cone zones on B.C. Highways. TranBC: Hi Larry. Thanks for joining us. Please start by introducing yourself. Larry: My name is Larry Styba and I work with Maple Ridge Towing. I’m a WreckMaster Level 6/7, certified towing and recovery operator. I’m also our public relations person as well as driver trainer. Protecting Tow Truck Operators TranBC: What can drivers do to travel safely near tow truck operators working roadside? Larry: The biggest thing about vehicles passing my roadside hookup scenes, or...

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3 Things You Need To Know About How We Update Information on DriveBC

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DriveBC is our most popular website and it’s easy to see why. It’s the place you go to find out everything you need to know about road conditions and events across the province and to make informed decisions about travelling, before you head out on the highway. Recently, you asked us how and when information is updated on the site. It’s a good question and one we are happy to answer (along with a couple of other questions sent in to us recently). Read on: 1.       Where does the information come from? When an event happens on a provincial highway, whether it’s planned or un-planned, our goal is to get the word out as soon as possible. Getting and sharing the right information in a timely way means that we have to draw on multiple sources for updates. These include: emergency services (police, ambulance, fire), ministry staff, ministry maintenance...

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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

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Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 12th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from June 25 to August 12. Last year, we received more than 3,200 responses from folks across the province, including 327 face-to-face interviews with district staff. We learned a lot about what matters to you, including: Highway signage and line markings Cycling infrastructure Commercial vehicle safety and enforcement Traffic management Rest areas DriveBC webcams… and more In fact, the survey looks a little different this year based on your previous feedback. For example, one of the questions is focused specifically on DriveBC. It goes like this: Please rank the...

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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

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We are looking for feedback on the services the ministry provides around the province. Whether it is our person-to-person or electronic customer service or the quality of service we provide to keep our provincial highway system safe and reliable, we want to hear from you. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Customer Satisfaction Survey Site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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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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Cone Zone Campaign

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When spring construction season ramps up, the Cone Zone BC campaign kicks in to raise awareness for roadside worker safety. The numbers speak for themselves: These startling stats make it clear drivers need to undergo a major shift in attitude to help protect people representing a wide range of professions – from traffic controllers and construction crews, to emergency personnel and truck drivers tending to their vehicles. A good place to start thinking about roadside worker safety is by hearing their stories. We all need to respect the Cone Zone.

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High-Risk Driving

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B.C. government, ICBC and police focus on high-risk driving – Campaign targets failing to yield at intersections You will be redirected to the High-risk Driving website in a few seconds.

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You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone

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We thought of beginning this Cone Zone post with a play on the opening narration of the popular science fiction series The Twilight Zone. We decided against it. You see, the vulnerability of roadside workers is just too serious to be whimsical. The number of British Columbians injured or killed on the job shows that a major shift in driver attitude is needed to protect these workers, especially as we enter construction and maintenance season. The numbers are startling. Since 2004… 239 workers have been injured 15 workers have been killed … while doing their jobs on roadsides in B.C. The Vancouver Police Department are setting up construction zone enforcement at the following locations today (May 12): Dunbar Street between 49th Avenue – 51st Avenue Cambie Street and Smithe Street (Cambie corridor to downtown) Pt. Grey between MacDonald Street and Trafalgar Street E. 29th Avenue between Slocan Street and...

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Why is Line Painting a Challenge on the Coquihalla?

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Spring has sprung (sorta) across B.C., which means our maintenance contractors are out on our highways, shifting from winter maintenance to warmer weather activities like sweeping, paving, mowing and brushing. Our line marking contractors are also gearing up for a busy season, ready to hit the highway as soon as they can. Weather is definitely a factor in getting the job done, and one of the most challenging stretches, we’re sure you can imagine, is Highway 5 aka the Coquihalla. One of the more frequent comments/questions we get in around this area is the visibility of line painting so we wanted to make sure you were in the loop on what we’re doing and some of the challenges. Winter maintenance activities, such as snow plowing and sanding, cause significant seasonal “wear and tear” (aka erosion) on lane markings. As the Coquihalla is a high elevation pass, we often see...

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8 Tips to Keep You Safe at Rail Crossings

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  April 28 to May 4 marks Rail Safety Week in Canada, and we’re using that opportunity to remind you: “See tracks? Think train!” Based on the decline in rail-related accidents in recent years, it’s a message that people are hearing. But messages about saving lives are always worth repeating to make sure they’re top-of-mind and we don’t become complacent. It all comes down to this: if you need to cross a rail line, approach it expecting to see a train and only cross when it’s safe. With that thought in mind, let’s look at some related tips our friends at Operation Lifesaver  put together to keep you safe at rail crossings: Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local emergency number. Never race a train...

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