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Ex-Ontario Transit Head To Review SkyTrain Shutdowns

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An independent review of Metro Vancouver's rapid-transit system begins on Tuesday and follows two recent shutdowns that crippled trains an...

Victim-Shaming Transit Ad Raises Complaints

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver public transit ad that was supposed to raise awareness about reporting sex assaults will be changed after several complaints that it shame...

Electrician's Accident Caused SkyTrain Shutdown: TransLink

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The union representing SkyTrain workers is questioning the blame being cast on one of its suspended members following a five-hour service ...

SkyTrain Shuts Down AGAIN

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

For the second time in a week, Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain system completely shut down trains on the Expo and Millennium lines, again angering frustrat...

Man Arrested After Running Along SkyTrain Bridge

CBC | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

One person was arrested for entering the SkyTrain track area between New Westminster and Surrey, B.C., early Saturday night, Transit Police said. Th...

Regional Carbon Tax For Metro Vancouver Is A Bad Idea

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

A carbon tax increases the cost of gasoline, diesel, and natural gas -- things that both households and businesses rely on, whether to operate their cars, heat their homes, or run their operations. For perspective, B.C.'s current tax of $30 per tonne of CO2 adds roughly seven cents per litre to the cost of gasoline.

How NOT To Take A SkyTrain Shortcut

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

An impatient Vancouver commuter was arrested after trying to take a SkyTrain shortcut — by walking along the tracks. The man's actions delayed Mo...

Your Daily Commute May Be Killing You

Andrew Tai | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

The fact is that "stress by commute" is likely to stay with you for the rest of your life. It's very difficult to make the choice to move closer to work just to avoid these long-term effects of chronic stress. However, you can reduce the amount of stress you face on a day-to-day basis by trying some of these tricks.

North Van Mayor Proposes Way Out Of Transit Rreferendum Quagmire

Eric Doherty | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eric Doherty

One innovative plan that has been considered for about a decade, but has never been funded, is a system commonly used in Europe called "headway operations." This means buses depart at regular intervals keeping the headway (time between buses) even and avoiding bunching, instead of trying vainly to stay on a fixed schedule in widely varying conditions. This is how most rapid transit systems including SkyTrain operate.

$15,000 Reward In Bus Driver Attack

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - 1:51 p.m.: A 23-year-old man from Surrey has been arrested in the case, said Transit Police. Officials said he is well-known to them includin...

Transit Referendum Should Be Delayed To Avoid Cluster Fiasco

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

If the transit referendum was held at the same time as the municipal election, there is a real risk that people exercising their freedom of speech on one would be subject to severe penalties under the other. This is because the B.C. government has imposed draconian penalties (a year in jail, $10,000 fines) for those they define as "election advertising sponsors" in provincial election law.

She Says Transit Poll Date Not Set In Stone

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says the timing for a referendum concerning Metro Vancouver's transportation system is open for discussion.In Vancouv...

Transit Referendum Coming

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's transportation minister says he's preparing to introduce legislation that paves the way for a Vancouver-area transit-fun...

'Dumbest Public Policy Award' Is A Compliment

Eric Doherty | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Eric Doherty

Given that a time-consuming legal review will be required before a border toll can be implemented, it almost certainly won't be on the November ballot. But given the climate crisis, it is essential that we provide ways for people to get around and avoid burning so much fossil fuel. Taxes on high-carbon fuels to provide better low-carbon transit is one of the better ways to accomplish this, and a border toll is an effective mechanism to reduce carbon tax avoidance.

Where Are All The Cars?

CBC | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

TransLink is facing criticism after spending $4.5 million to build a new parking lot at the South Surrey Park and Ride that commuters are avoiding bec...

Transit Harassment On The Rise

CBC | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Transit police say sexual harassment on buses and SkyTrains is on the rise, and they are trying to find ways to encourage more women to come forward a...

Free Transit For NYE!

CBC | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

There will be free transit from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight in Metro Vancouver as the city gears up to ring in the New Year, but don't expect to fin...

TransLink Border Tax Should Be Deported

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a year where TransLink apologists seemed to throw every possible tax grab -- sales tax hikes, vehicle levies, road pricing, carbon tax -- at the wall to see if anything would stick, one idea stood above the rest for its sheer ludicrousness. The envelope please..

WATCH: So You Think You Can Busk?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

TransLink is asking for the public's input in choosing its eighth and final 2014 busker. "So You Think You Can Busk?" is the transit company's open...

TransLink Driver Assault Information Worth Thousands

News1130 | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A decision to boost the reward intended to reduce the number of assaults on bus drivers is being applauded by the men and women behind the wheel....

The TransLink Referendum Won't be Pretty

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

TransLink -- everyone's favourite whipping boy in the Lower Mainland -- is about to be put to the electoral test and it promises not to be pretty. The fate of TransLink's future funding will be decided in the midst of the introduction of the Compass card, and Lower Mainland residents know full well how that initiative has been going as of late. It doesn't bode well for the vote.

LOOK: Hilarious TransLink Ads

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

With the controversial Compass Card (also see here and here) close to being introduced to B.C. commuters, TransLink has launched a new website that al...

SKYTRAIN PANDEMONIUM

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Pandemonium erupted at a series of SkyTrain stations this morning after an issue between Main and Broadway stations forced a system hold. This was ...

How Much Does TransLink's CEO Make?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If TransLink is as broke as it claims to be, why are taxpayers so grossly overpaying its chief executive officer? Ian Jarvis received $394,730 in salary, incentives and taxable benefits in 2012, plus another $32,552 in taxpayer-funded petition contributions. On top of that, Jarvis took $11,418 in "other" benefits, including a "Wellness Allowance" that apparently only the CEO is eligible for. That's a total compensation package of $438,700. Jarvis made $140,000 more last year than the province's deputy transportation minister, Grant Main. He made $200,000 more than Premier Christy Clark. Clark wasn't alone; Jarvis out earned Prime Minister Stephen Harper by nearly $75,000.

Treat Your Phone Like What?

CBC | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Police forces in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are warning the public about an increase in mobile device theft throughout Metro Vancouver, and telling ow...