Prepare for the Holiday Season

December 16, 2012
Prepare for the Holiday Season

Every autumn, British Columbia highway conditions start to experience a chilling transition, which usually lasts until at least February. To combat the higher risks of driving through snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures, we encourage travellers to make the Shift into Winter. It’s a shift in the way we prepare our vehicles and behave on the roads. It’s also a shift in the way the ministry manages highway maintenance, from snow plowing to avalanche control. You are being forwarded to...

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Bridging the Week: A Time for Reflection

December 15, 2012
Deckhands

As the year begins to wind down our minds and hearts turn inward. The holiday season is often a time of reflection. And so, this week, we are not just looking back over the last seven days, we are casting our glance back over the last twelve months. The public consultation and engagement in-person meetings have ended but there’s still time to reflect on the future of coastal ferry services in B.C. Residents have until Friday, Dec. 21 to...

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Top 10 Shift into Winter Blogs You May Have Missed

December 13, 2012
Top 10 Shift into Winter Blogs You May Have Missed

Winter changes the way we do a lot of things on B.C. Highways. Our driving methods change, our vehicles are equipped differently, and our maintenance contractors exchange spring sweepers for snow plows. We’ve covered many Shift into Winter topics through video, photos and, of course, blogs. And some blog ideas have come from discussions with you. Here are our top 10 Shift into Winter blogs from seasons past. Winter Driving Methods Winter Safety Tips – Preparing for the Road...

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Shift into Winter: How to Put Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles

December 11, 2012
Shift into Winter: How to Put Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles

Last year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) team shared a blog and video on the eight steps to installing winter tire chains to your vehicle. The video is one of our most popular with approximately 60,000 views by you. Thanks for that. We thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic but this time focusing on commercial vehicles. Hopefully you find this one as useful as the first video. A couple of Shift into Winter...

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Bridging the Week: Port Mann Buses and Pedestrian Safety

December 8, 2012
Highway #1 opens to Translink

Has another week passed us by so quickly? Was that the first bus across the Port Mann Bridge in twenty five years? Did you hear about Bombardier? Think Hurricane Sandy is old news? Gather round, grab your coffee and settle in as we review the week that was in B.C. Transportation news. Bombardier on Board to Supply Evergreen Line Cars The government of B.C. and Translink have signed a contract with industry specialist Bombardier to craft twenty eight cars...

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Get Your Art Fix on the Sea to Sky Highway

December 6, 2012
Sea to Sky

History has revealed some truly great partnerships in both the transportation industry and the art world. Think of the Wright brothers, who were the first ever to take flight. Then, of course, there are John Lennon and Paul McCartney, partners in rock who brought popular music to new heights. But what happens when you combine structural engineering with a passion for art and culture? Aesthetics and function collide at the new Squamish pedestrian overpass on Highway 99. The Ministry...

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Highway Thru Hell: The TranBC Interviews

December 5, 2012
Highway Thru Hell: The TranBC Interviews

If there’s one television program out there that illustrates the need for drivers to “shift into winter,” it’s Discovery Channel’s Highway Thru Hell. The show’s action and suspense make it difficult to ignore the challenges of winter driving, especially over B.C. mountain passes. Lessons are often few and far between in the realm of reality television – but that’s not the case with Highway Thru Hell; in fact, we pulled together some of the safe winter driving lessons viewers...

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