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– Transit users with bad manners will be fined

October 17, 2009



Transit authorities are on right track with fines, says an etiquette expert

People who put their bags on empty seats. Riders who talk loudly on a cellphone on a crowded bus. The pungent odour of someone else’s Big Mac on a packed train. These transit transgressions aren’t exactly the end of civilization but they do point to a decline in North American civility, says a Toronto etiquette expert.

Linda Allan thinks the TTC did the right thing this week by imposing tougher fines on people who smoke on TTC property and commit other inconsiderate acts, such as putting their feet on the seats (either will now cost you $195).

The new bylaw is based on the practices of other transit systems, including Montreal’s, most of which use humour and subtle messages to encourage courtesy.

Apparently the time has come to put some teeth into the message, said Allan.


– Advocacy group pushes for universal U-Pass

October 17, 2009

The Ubyssey

By Lisa Fussell

Students across the province are pushing for a universal U-Pass for all Lower Mainland students and have created an advocacy group to better pressure the provincial government.

The group, called OnePassNow, formed in response to BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s May 2009 election campaign promise: If the Liberals were to win a third term, he would ensure that all college and university students in the province would receive U-Passes starting September 2010. The group includes students from Emily Carr and Vancouver Community College.


– CCTV pilot project focuses on Surrey crime hot spot

October 10, 2009

ED. Cameras do not prevent crime. It would be far more effective and less expense to hire security guards to patrol the stations and parking lots. What’s wrong with TransLink management?!

The Province, Vancouver, BC

By Kent Spencer

New closed-circuit television cameras at Scott Road SkyTrain station parking lot are watching over one of Surrey’s hot spots for crime.

The city’s crime-reduction manager, Colleen Kerr, hopes the 12 cameras, which were installed this summer and provide blanket coverage of the lot, will ultimately decrease auto thefts. (ED. Rather than hope something works, let’s implement a proven system to reduce crime).


– University bus loop blues

October 10, 2009

The Ubyssey

Piecing together the U-Blvd project

By Samantha Jung


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1. What isthe underground bus loop?

The underground bus loop is part of UBC’s plans to create a “university town” on campus, more commonly known as the “U-Blvd” project, and to replace the “temporary” bus loop on Wesbrook Mall. It was originally designed to go under a shopping mall and block of condos on University Boulevard to provide accessible transportation. According to former AMS VP Administration Tristan Markle, the university has scrapped the condo plan but is still going ahead with the $40 million bus loop project.


– School field trips on the decline

October 10, 2009

ED. Thanks to the Liberals and mismanagement at Translink…

Burnaby News Leader

The once ubiquitous school field trip has become an endangered species due to budget cuts and the challenge of finding transportation.

A simple visit to the Metrotown library branch wasn’t in the cards for Donna Hull’s Grade 7 class at Cascade Heights elementary until she found out TransLink was offering free transit to students as part of Walk to School Week.

Otherwise, chartering a bus is prohibitively expensive for most outings, at $300 to $400 per trip. And transit fare, at $3.50 per student, is too much to ask for many families.


– Tale of a train, two buses and a car

October 2, 2009

Richmond News

Alan Campbell

It’s time to bring back the Granville B-Line bus

She drives her car to a bus stop at 6:30 a.m.; takes the bus to the Canada Line; takes the train to Vancouver; takes another bus to downtown eastside.

It’s been almost a month since Richmond’s bus transit system integrated with the Canada Line, but the rush-hour commute for Coun. Sue Halsey-Brandt sure isn’t getting any easier, or quicker.

Halsey-Brandt, a music teacher at Strathcona elementary in Vancouver’s Hastings district, was a fierce opponent of the loss of direct bus services from Richmond to Vancouver when the Canada Line opened.

She used to leave for work around 6:50 a.m., driving to the airport station bus stop near the Delta Vancouver Hotel, before taking the B-Line bus and then the Hastings bus to reach her school.

On a good day, she’d get there in 45-50 minutes — almost an hour on a bad day.


– Transit torment

September 23, 2009

ED.  And just to confirm that incompetence is apparent  in other provinces

Metro – Calgary


City may axe Quarry Park hub to speed Rapid line

City transit planners may slash a major hub on its southeast Bus Rapid Transit line to quell angry riders whose commute times have soared.

Three weeks after implementing what the city touted as a speedier transit alternative for long-suffering southeast commuters, administration is now considering going back to the drawing board to address concerns over increased travel times.

And that may include the city axing one of the route’s 12 stops — the Quarry Park hub — in an effort to reduce how long it takes for the high capacity shuttles to get downtown.

“We’ve looked at bypassing Quarry Park and that could probably save about four minutes and may provide some relief,” said Neil McKendrick, the city’s manager of transit planning, who admits his office has been inundated by calls from vexed riders — some spending up to an extra 40 minutes on their commute.

“We’re trying to do our best to improve travel times and we may have to make some changes.”

Quarry Park is a major industrial and residential development that when completed will have as many as 9,000 workers and 2,000 homes.

Southeast Ald. Ric McIver said he’s also been getting an earful from transit users and has been demanding administration come up with solutions to the problem.

“There is big-time unhappiness and I consider this an extremely high priority,” he said.

“Who wants to give up an extra 40 minutes a day?”

McKendrick said the primary cause of increased transit times is because express buses no longer use Deerfoot Trail as the primary artery to the downtown core.