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Old 01-23-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Translink Update for 2012

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As 2012 progresses, the gates themselves, with the readers to enable the Compass card, will emerge across the SkyTrain system, with preliminary testing on the card expected to begin in late fall.
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In addition to providing a convenient means for customers to pre-pay their transit fares, Compass cards – which activate the faregates and card readers – will provide firm data so that planners can plan for even greater efficiency and effectiveness; they will also provide necessary information for a fare review in the longer term.
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Buses – an additional 40,000 service hours will be added in April, and by year’s end, 180,000 new service hours will be in place;
More than half of these new hours will be allocated in the South of Fraser Area, including a new local service, the #531, connecting South Surrey/White Rock and Langley via 24th Avenue.

Later in the year a new B-Line service will be introduced on King George Boulevard/104th Avenue connecting Guildford, Surrey Central, Newton and White Rock Centre.

The Frequent Transit Network – in which buses run no more than 15 minutes apart, from early morning until mid-evening, seven days a week – will expand. New additions to the Frequent Transit Network include the #19 Stanley Park/Metrotown, Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver, the 97 B-Line and the #145 SFU/Production Station.

The 99 B-Line will see a significant increase in service in off-peak periods and on weekends.

Two of the more heavily used NightBus routes – the N19 Surrey Central and N24 Upper Lonsdale – will be expanded.
Planning is underway for additional services to address overcrowding.
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A campaign to raise awareness of the Golden Ears Bridge and the real savings motorists in the area can realize in time fuel and money, even after paying a toll to cross.
Consultation on a replacement for the Pattullo Bridge.
Completion of the North Shore Area Transit Plan.
Anyone's commute seeing any upgrades?
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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"Buses – an additional 40,000 service hours will be added in April, and by year’s end, the #531, connecting South Surrey/White Rock and Langley via 24th Avenue."

that means i dont need to walk 20 minutes to a bus stop YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

i live right at morgan crossing, once i miss the shuttle bus i would either have to wait another 30-40 minutes to get to white rock center or walk 20 minutes to the nearest BUS STOP



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They are looking ahead to fare increases as well.
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honestly i dont mind a modest increase in fare hikes instead of the bs increase in gas/property/etc tax they've been doing in the past

just doesnt make sense when u have everyone subsidizing your frivolous spending for the past years
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I wish this affected more. I never really discovered the 19 and I would have to taxi home from downtown back then; the 19 also leads me to 1 block away from my house.
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for ipod/iphone users you guys should download the itransitvan app from the app store

gives you bus routes and bus times even without wifi/internet

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the more service they provide / we consume, the more we have to pay.
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Awesome! I frequently ride the #19 and it definitely is one of the more used buses with not enough of them on the road. Glad they found out and trying to address the issue.
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If I start seeing ads saying, "drive Goldenears today!" I quit this province.
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^^ hardly anyone takes it, im not surprised though $4.10 each way.... -_-

but advertising it? lol its not like ppl dont know about the bridge
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the more service they provide / we consume, the more we have to pay.
With the compass they'll be able to more easily track the people who use zone passes. At the moment when it comes to solid statistics the only thing they can rely on is transfers purchased/used on various busses and the reporting of drivers who pass stops while the bus is full.

Personally, I can't wait for the upgrade--more information when properly used will result in a MUCHLY improved transit system. They'd be able to track each and every person taking the bus, how often and through which hubs! With this kind of information we'd be looking at a potential complete system overhaul within 2 years!

Exciting nerdy times ahead.
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Why the fcuk don't they extend skytrain service on friday and saturday night from 1am to 3am?
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the more service they provide / we consume, the more we have to pay.
better than cutting down on service...

most of these changes gets thumbs up from me

but i agree extending skytrain by an extra 2 hours on friday and saturday night would be nice.
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This page has been constantly updating at a good pace, check it out of you're use public transit often

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the more service they provide / we consume, the more we have to pay.
The more service they provide, the more ridership there will be, and revenues will increase, lowering the per-rider cost of a train/bus trip....HOPEFULLY resulting in static fares.
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Vancouver is cheap as shit for transit compared to ALL of Europe. If they install turn stiles, they also need to make ones to exit, just like the Tube in London. It's not a big hassle (I found anyways) and it keeps track of who is using what. It also then allows pay by distance usage. IE:, you only go one stop it's $1.00 vs. $3.50 etc.

When I come back to Vancouver, I am going to be taking a lot more transit. Living in Europe has made me appreciate it a lot more.
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It also then allows pay by distance usage. IE:, you only go one stop it's $1.00 vs. $3.50 etc.
It was like that in the philippines as well. I don't think we'll ever have that option here sadly
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It would defeat the purpose of turnstiles then. Because Translink will say that with turnstiles they don't need to police for tickets anymore, and people will just buy the cheapest one. It was not just London but also Rome, Barcelona, Paris and others that were like this. It's the best way to do things. IMO.
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It would defeat the purpose of turnstiles then. Because Translink will say that with turnstiles they don't need to police for tickets anymore, and people will just buy the cheapest one. It was not just London but also Rome, Barcelona, Paris and others that were like this. It's the best way to do things. IMO.
the philippines system worked great. There were turnstiles that validated your ticket to get in and out of the skytrain stations. If you paid for only 1 stop and you went further, when you went to validate to get out of the skytrain station, it wouldn't let you through. Your only choice is to go back to the original station that you came from.
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i just recently visited bangkok and singapore and god damn their LRT systems kick our asses. i was extremely emberassed especially in bangkok, their system is easy and fair and eco-friendly.

they also use the same turnstile system to validate your ticket allowing you to enter and exit the skytrain station.
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the philippines system worked great. There were turnstiles that validated your ticket to get in and out of the skytrain stations. If you paid for only 1 stop and you went further, when you went to validate to get out of the skytrain station, it wouldn't let you through. Your only choice is to go back to the original station that you came from.
Same thing in Japan - fares based on per stop basis. I have to agree that Vancouver has cheap transit though. Not the most advanced but fairly priced.
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^^ hardly anyone takes it, im not surprised though $4.10 each way.... -_-
So go on the website and register your plate - doesn't cost anything, and the toll becomes $3.45. If you're paying too much, it's your own stupid fault.
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