Unlike every other major North American metro area, the Vancouver region doesn’t allow ride-hailing. That makes Vancouver a unique example of what happens when a thriving North American city politely—this is Canada—passes on the ride-hail bandwagon. The result: Vancouver’s public transit system is adding riders even as usage drops in many other cities. Bike commuting is growing, and car-share services like Car2Go are booming. …
So how have Vancouverites handled the lack of ride-hailing?Read more »
Skytrain rapid transit continues to be a much-discussed topic in Metro Vancouver. HERE’s Nathan Pachal, Langley City Councillor and friend of Price Tags, writing in his South Fraser Blog about the Skytrain to Langley being proposed for Surrey.
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With the switch from light rail along King George Boulevard and 104th Avenue in Surrey to SkyTrain from King George Station to Langley City, TransLink has set up a new website about the proposed Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project.
The NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson has won the January 30, 2019 byelection, and our Province’s slim GreeNDP coalition lives on.
Congratulations Sheila Malcolmson! @s_malcolmson
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) January 31, 2019
Now, let’s talk transit.Read more »
I have been writing about the importance of making public transit fun and accessible and the dearth of publicly accessible washrooms on the Metro Vancouver transit system. There does seem to be a breakthrough and universally accessible washrooms and (gasp) free internet are being considered this year. No surprise that in surveys 72 percent of people said that public washrooms would make the transit system better.
But how do you motivate people NOT to use a system at peak hours? Intelligent Health UK has a Beat The Street program that offered incentives for school children who would get off London’s Underground a stop earlier and walk the last distance to school. And as The Telegraph reports The Tokyo Metro Company will ease peak time overcapacity by giving commuters coupons for a soba noodle bowl if they take earlier trains before peak hours for ten days in a row.
And here’s the best part~Tokyo Metro’s noodles are an opt-in deal and require 2,000 people to sign up. If 3,000 people go on earlier trains, Tokyo Metro will add tempura to the coupons available.
How crowded is the Tokyo Metro?Read more »
In a letter posted on Medium yesterday, Green’s proposal includes a map depicting a starting point at the Pattullo Bridge, with stops throughout Surrey, the Langleys, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, and ultimately ending in Chilliwack.
The image is notable for harkening back to the days of paper creases and highlighters (the cocktail napkin did not make publication), and for showing the world the lengths we may go to service Sumas.Read more »