Canadian Transit Forum - November 2010 / novembre 2010 - (Page 16)

Feature VANCOUVER 2010 – MOVING EXPERIENCES THE SOUTH COAST BRITISH COLUMBIA T R A N S P O R TAT I O N A U T H O R I T Y (TRANSLINK) is Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority. With a service area three times the size of Greater Toronto yet a much smaller population, the authority is responsible for developing and delivering efficient and sustainable transportation. TransLink plans and funds transportation services – not just “traditional” mass transit like buses and rail services, but primary regional roads under the Major Roads Network. Transit operations – bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express, HandyDART (Paratransit) and some small Community Shuttle services – are implemented by either wholly-owned subsidiaries or service contractors. TransLink is also responsible for overseeing a region-wide road and bridge network, cycling infrastructure and a broad range of transportation demand management initiatives – essentially, helping people find alternatives to both private vehicles and conventional public transit; something quite necessary as funding constraints impose limits on expansion. Since it was created in 1999, usage has grown by 51 per cent (from 124.3 million to 187.9 million); well ahead of population growth over that same period. In 2009, TransLink recorded over 313 million boardings, a 3.6 per cent increase over 2008. While services are provided by a number of separate entities – Coast Mountain Bus Company (most buses and SeaBus), BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain and West Coast Express), West Vancouver Transit, MVT Canada (HandyDART) – all services come under the TransLink banner, and TransLink provides the marking and customer support across the system. The fare structure – which consists of three geographic zones, due to the size of the region – allows free transfers from one mode to another. Top: In 2008 TransLink became a 100 per cent accessible fleet. Bottom: As a transportation authority TransLink is also responsible for roads and bridges. The Golden Ears Bridge, a tolled facility, opened in 2009. 16 November | novembre 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - November 2010 / novembre 2010

Canadian Transit Forum - November 2010
Message from the President – The Economics of Public Transit
Message du président – L’économie du transport collectif
Éditorial collaboration spéciale de la vision 2040 – Assurer la santé financière des réseaux de transport collectif du Canada
Transit Vision 2040 Guest Editorial – Ensuring the Financial Health of Canada’s Transit Systems
Vancouver 2010 – Moving Experiences
Vancouver 2010 – Expériences en mobilité
Transit’s Infrastructure Needs
Besoins en infrastructures de transport collectif
The Advocacy File – Federal Budget 2011: Maintaining Strong Capital Transit Investments
Le dossier de la sensibilisation – Budget Fédéral 2011: L’importance des investissements fédéraux en transport collectif
Le Comité exécutif se réunit à Whitehorse
Executive Committee Meets in Whitehorse
Les gens du transport
People in Transit
Industry News
Des nouvelles de l’industrie
Trade List & Buyers’ Guide
Index commercial et guide des acheteurs

Canadian Transit Forum - November 2010 / novembre 2010