On the Topic of Tolls

October 4, 2012
Deas Tunnel Toll

A toll. To some, it may as well be a four letter word. Well, OK, it already is, but you get my point. To others, tolls are just the cost of doing business. There are even those who extoll the virtues of tolls and look forward to paying them whenever they can. Honest. No matter how you feel about them, tolls are an important part of paying for major infrastructure investments. And they have been for a very long time. There was the Lions Gate Bridge, back in 1938, with a toll of 25 cents. The George Massey Tunnel opened up in 1959, again with a toll of 25 cents, which increased to a dollar before it was removed in 1964. More recently there was the Coquihalla Highway, which had its tolls removed in 2008. And of course, there’s the new Port Mann Bridge, with its introductory toll of...

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Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

October 3, 2012
Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” - T.S. Eliot Travelling in circles doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lost. Ending up right back where you started can be a wonderful thing if you consider everything that happened along the way. So it goes with the nine B.C. highway circle routes designated by Tourism BC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The shortest route can be done in a single day, or carried out over several, depending on your pace. The Pacific Marine Circle Route connects southern Vancouver Island’s coastlines from south, east and west, linking the communities of Victoria, Mill Bay, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Port Renfrew and Sooke. We wanted to show some of the great sites and sights along the way, including some of the highway improvements designed to make the route safer. What better way than through photos? After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words. From Victoria,...

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Carry Chains

September 30, 2012

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Bridging the Week: Trans Canada in Pictures and Talking BC Transit

September 29, 2012
Hwy 99

We have been sharing a lot about the Trans-Canada Highway over the last couple of months. Highway 1 runs across our beautiful province and connects us with the rest of the country, opening up countless cultural and economic opportunities to the residents of B.C and the world…and giving us a pretty great road trip. This month, we celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and this week in B.C. transportation news, Canada’s Main Street saw its name in headlines with the announcement of a big investment. (Hint: bigger and wider) There were other announcements in transportation this week, including the results of the independent BC Transit Review, bridge work at Brassey Creek and milestones in Port Mann Tolling Registration and we will cover those, but first we thought it might be interesting to focus on the Trans Canada improvement announcement. The announcement outlined our goal to continue four-laning along the Trans-Canada Highway...

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The Trans-Canada Less Travelled – Highway 16

September 26, 2012
The Trans-Canada Less Travelled – Highway 16

As celebrations for the Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th anniversary take place this year, don’t overlook the route’s northern B.C. stretch…Highway 16. Also known as the Yellowhead Highway, Highway 16 travels from B.C., to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and was designated part of the Trans-Canada Highway system in 1970. In B.C., the route covers about 1,300 kilometres from Masset in Haida Gwaii, to Mount Robson near the Alberta border, through forests, mountains and alpine meadows, and alongside glacial-green rivers. Along the way, there is an incredible variety of natural and cultural wonders. So, cast your mind (or wheels) northward to one of B.C.’s less travelled roadways and enjoy the ride.   Masset– Mile 0 of Highway 16 is Masset, at the northern end of Graham Island (the largest of more than 150 islands that make up Haida Gwaii). Nearby Naikoon Provincial Park is considered the birthplace of the Haida people, as...

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So, You Want To Be A Trucker? Five Steps to a Class 1 Licence

September 25, 2012
Big Rig

  This is how a few of our trucking Twitter tweeps (say that five times fast) responded when asked what they like about hauling goods around the province. Many people love trucks and have the drive to explore B.C.’s diverse landscapes while helping the economy move. Do you? If so, here’s how to get started. Step 1: Be sure you qualify You fit the bill if you have a Class 5 or 6 driver’s licence, which are the full privilege licences that allow you to drive a standard passenger vehicle or motorcycle. You also must be at least 19 years of age. Step 2: Hit the books Knowledge is horsepower. Before getting behind the wheel, you’ll need to fill your head with all kinds of trucking know-how, from heavy vehicle braking to identifying signs, signals and road markings. ICBC publishes Driving Commercial Vehicles, a study guide for current and...

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Bridging the Week: 50 Years of Trans Canada, Smooth Rides and Thinking Fiscal

September 22, 2012
Bridging the Week: 50 Years of Trans Canada, Smooth Rides and Thinking Fiscal

Last week it was one milestone on the Trans Canada Highway, and this week another but on the other side of British Columbia. We’ve been building up to this event for a few weeks now: The Trans Canada Highway 50th anniversary and we hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane (see what I did there?). We really want to thank those who helped clarify some of our historic photos on our Facebook page. Couldn’t have done it without you. Hey, it wasn’t all about Canada’s Main Street over the last seven days – Port Mann tolling started, communities across BC enjoyed a smoother ride and a couple of projects announced that were all about safety. Bridging a Milestone Friday, eastern BC enjoyed two big events, the 50th anniversary of the Trans-Canada Highway and the construction of the new four-lane Donald Bridge. Perhaps taking a cue from the widest...

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