Bridging the Week: News in Review

October 28, 2012
Kelowna Transit

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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Moving Fruit from the Tree to You with DriveBC

October 24, 2012
Tree fruit 1

To deliver a service effectively, you have to know who you’re serving. That’s why, over the last few months, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s web team collected your feedback through surveys, web analytics and interviews. During our in-person and virtual travels, we learned a lot about how local businesses use the ministry’s online traveller information system. For the Okanagan’s BC Tree Fruits, for example, DriveBC plays an integral part in getting juicy peaches, scrumptious cherries, bursting blueberries and...

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National Science and Technology Week: In Photos

October 23, 2012

There seems to be an official week or day for everything these days – yar, there’s even Talk Like a Pirate Day. Seriously… it was just last month. But there’s credibility behind something like National Science and Technology Week that silly accents simply can’t match. New technologies have allowed the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve safety and efficiency for travellers. To help you visualize some of the ways we’re utilizing technology, we collected some photos of our...

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

October 21, 2012

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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Historical DriveBC Data is Open

October 20, 2012

Sharing is fun. With that in mind, we have recently shared some of our most popular information from DriveBC with DataBC. DataBC is a key source of open government information to help the public find data, services and tools to help make informed decisions and improve government policies. DataBC liked our data so much, they wrote a blog about it, and we, in turn, would like to share it with you. So, here it is – in honour of...

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Mooo-ving Along B.C. Highways

October 18, 2012
Cattle Drive

People drive all kinds of things on B.C. highways…cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans – even cattle! Ranchers sometimes need to move cattle across or on roads, so cows can be highway travellers too. To prevent cow-car collisions, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has procedures that help ranchers drive their herd safely to its destination. The rules take into account the safety of all hoofed and wheeled highway users, because they were developed by the ministry in consultation with the...

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Information meets Innovation at DataBC

October 16, 2012
Information meets Innovation at DataBC

Ever hear the phrase “open data” and wondered what it meant? Well, think of it like this: open data is about providing easy access to information. And not just easy access, but free access. It’s the idea that data should be completely free and open to everyone, so anyone can reference it and use it however they want. As you might imagine, here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, we collect a lot of information, so we think...

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