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.

4 Types of Transportation Engineers

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March is National Engineering Month, a celebration of all Canadians who invent, design, build, maintain and improve. What better time to reflect on our own Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure engineers? There are approximately 230 staff members in our Engineering Branch, representing four areas of expertise. Each type of engineer is vital for building and maintaining highways that are safe, reliable and have a minimal impact on the beautiful environments they run through. So, without further ado, here is...

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Behind the Scenes: Hanging From a Rock Face for Avalanche Safety

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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Avalanche and Weather Program is changing the landscape of avalanche control in Canada. Dropping explosives from a helicopter has traditionally been our weapon of choice for triggering controlled avalanches. But some challenging terrain on Yellowhead Highway 16, between Terrace and Prince Rupert, has compelled our avalanche team to try harnessing snow and ice rather than letting it loose. In fall 2014, crews completed Canada’s second ever avalanche fencing installation at the 35 Mile...

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BC RoadTrip Time Machine: The Malahat, circa 1966

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A while back, we posted an invitation to Drive a BC Highway in 15,000 Photos. It was a fast-paced tour of the Coquihalla Highway from 2008 and an introduction to our Photolog program. That post received some positive reactions, so we thought we’d dig a little deeper and go a whole lot farther back in time. It meant combing through off-site archives and resurrecting some old-school tech, so we could watch and record reels of 16 mm film. And...

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Winter Driving: How Not to Need a Tow Truck

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A roadside expert generously shared his knowledge with us recently, to help drivers #ShiftintoWinter, and keep everyone safer on B.C.’s roads. Larry Styba rescues vehicles as part of his job as a tow truck operator, trainer and public relations person with Maple Ridge Towing. A WreckMaster Level 6/7 certified towing and recovery operator, Larry sees and hears how people end up in mishaps that require his help. He also knows what’s needed to drive large vehicles in winter’s most...

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Your Favourite TranBC Content – Best of 2014

Most popular Facebook post of last year

As we wind down 2014 and start making plans for 2015 (including a few new year’s resolutions), it’s important to look back on the year that was. TranBC, the BC Transportation ministry online, continues to grow in reach, and in relationships, thanks to you. We hope you have found us useful as a public service engagement platform as we work to provide information you’re looking for and answering the questions you have, while keeping you up to date on...

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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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Happy Halloween from TranBC

Happy Halloween from TranBC

We love Halloween, and we know you love it too. Take care out there today, and remember to watch out for little ones this evening as they take to the streets in search of treats. See, be seen, drive safely and have fun. Happy Hallowe’en everyone!  

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Chain Up Tips You Need to Know for Commercial Vehicles

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Whether we like it or not, it’s true. It’s time to Shift into Winter and all drivers need to be prepared. And, and those that spend a lot of time travelling our BC roads, helping the economy move, are commercial vehicles. Below is a notice to the trucking industry that was posted a while back that we thought was worth sharing again: “Be advised, as the winter travel season is fast approaching that you may be required to install...

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How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

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What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you on what you feel is most important to you. This is all to fuel “BC on the Move,” a new 10-year transportation plan. Starting today (Oct 14, 2014), you can submit your feedback online. For a bit of background, you’ll...

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Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you know before you go. By preparing yourself and your vehicle, you can defend yourself against this annual onslaught. Together with our Winter Driving Safety Alliance partners, we’re dedicated to giving you the knowledge and tools to enter this winter season...

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