The Ultimate Free Ride: Free Public Transit in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

As Vancouverites know all too well, the mathematical odds of finding a taxi on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver are pretty close to zero. Fortunately, taking transit should be easier (and cheaper) than ever this year.

Translink is offering free, extended service starting on New Year’s Eve and continuing into the wee hours of New Year’s Day. The bumped-up transit offering starts at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2015, and goes to 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016. The best part: It won’t cost you a thing during that time period.

The SkyTrain will be running more frequent evening trains and also extending service by approximately one hour. The last trains will be departing Waterfront Station at 2:05 a.m. (Canada Line), 2:16 a.m. (Millennium Line) and 2:20 a.m. (Expo Line). Continue reading:
The Ultimate Free Ride: Free Public Transit in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve

Vancouver Bus Riders Rejoice: All Fares to be Just $2.75

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Vancouver bus riders are about to get a little break, courtesy of some newfangled technology that just never worked right.

Starting on Oct. 5, all TransLink bus riders will be charged a single rate of $2.75, regardless of how far they travel. Currently, that’s the rate for single-zone riders, while passengers who cross zones have to pony up $4 or $5.50 for two- or three-zone fares.

The rate change corresponds to the official roll-out of the Compass Card payment system to all transit users this October. Under the new system, passengers use a card to “tap in” and “tap out” of buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses. The cards are loaded with value in advance and the appropriate fare is deducted automatically.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Bus Riders Rejoice: All Fares to be Just $2.75

“Yes” coalition calls on voters to support Metro Vancouver transportation improvements

Photo: www.downtownvancouver.net

Photo: www.downtownvancouver.net

The Better Transit and Transportation Coalition — the biggest, most diverse coalition in B.C. history — highlights opportunity for Metro Vancouver to determine its transportation future

VANCOUVER, Jan. 29, 2015 – Victory for the “Yes” vote in Metro Vancouver’s upcoming transportation referendum will benefit people from all walks of life, according to the broad-based Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, which calls the referendum “one of the most important decisions facing our region for the next generation.”

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“Yes” coalition calls on voters to support Metro Vancouver transportation improvements

First Impressions, Part 3: Vancouver’s Transit System

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: solid sports teams, a beautiful harbour, delicious restaurants, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

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First Impressions, Part 3: Vancouver’s Transit System

TransLink Introducing Fare Gates and Metro Cards in 2013

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The days of the honor system are almost over.

TransLink, which runs Vancouver’s SkyTrains and buses, has officially announced it will implement fare gates by next fall, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.  That means an end to the current system, where transit riders are largely trusted to purchase tickets and don’t need to pass through turnstiles.

The centrepiece of the new $171-million system is the Compass Card.  Similar to metro cards in many other large cities, the Compass Card allows riders to deposit money for fares onto a swipable card – from a single day’s worth of fares to an entire month’s.  You scan the card at validators when you enter and leave the transit system, and the correct fare is automatically deducted.

There’s a big convenience factor that goes along with the new system.   Continue reading:
TransLink Introducing Fare Gates and Metro Cards in 2013

A Streetcar for Vancouver? You make the call!

Olympic Village Station

Imagine zipping all the way from Canada Place, through Gastown and Chinatown, past Science World and onto Olympic Village and Granville Island on a brand-new, eco-friendly streetcar.

The proposal for a streetcar system in the city has surfaced once again in the latest mayoral election.  And while the $100-million price tag may make the project unrealistic at the moment, it’s definitely an intriguing idea.

What do you think?  Would Vancouver benefit from a streetcar system?  Please share your thoughts below.

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Traveling from YVR to Vancouver’s North Shore

Travelling from YVR to Vancouver? This great video created by the Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association does a great job showing how easy (and scenic) the route is.