#WhatsTheLink: TransLink transit is working hard in Metro Vancouver

TransLink's is Metro Vancouver's transportation authority and we are responsible for transit, roads, bridges, cycling and walking paths.

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  1. This week we're going back to our bread and butter – transit! We're introducing you to our hard working transit system and our transit superheroes, the 99 B-Line, SeaBus, and SkyTrain. Did you know the West Coast Express is on time 98 per cent of the time and TransLink delivered 99.4 per cent of scheduled service for bus and SkyTrain last year?
  2. The 99 B-Line is undoubtedly one of the busiest bus routes in North America. It had nearly 17 million boardings in 2012 and is vital connection to the Broadway corridor and the University of British Columbia
  3. The 99 B-Line is here to save the day! After all, it helps thousand on their daily commute #WhatsTheLink #MetroVancouver #Bus #SkyTrain #SeaBus #WestCoastExpress #Miss604 #VancityBuzz
    The 99 B-Line is here to save the day! After all, it helps thousand on their daily commute #WhatsTheLink #MetroVancouver #Bus #SkyTrain #SeaBus #WestCoastExpress #Miss604 #VancityBuzz
  4. The SeaBus moves six million people each year across the Burrard Inlet between Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
  5. Never fear! 126 crossings each day and 6 million people moved annually. The #SeaBus is fighting for transit justice! #WhatsTheLink #Vancouver #NorthVancouver #Bus #SkyTrain #WestCoastExpress #VancityBuzz #Miss604
    Never fear! 126 crossings each day and 6 million people moved annually. The #SeaBus is fighting for transit justice! #WhatsTheLink #Vancouver #NorthVancouver #Bus #SkyTrain #WestCoastExpress #VancityBuzz #Miss604
  6. SkyTrain is the oldest and one of the longest automated driverless light rapid transit systems in the world. Age and length doesn't affect our reliability! It is on-time 95 per cent of the time and each year, there are nearly 80 million boardings. 
  7. The #SkyTrain is #MetroVancouver's everyday superhero - to work, home, and beyond! #WhatsTheLink #Vancouver #Miss604 #VancityBuzz #Bus #SeaBus #WestCoastExpress
    The #SkyTrain is #MetroVancouver's everyday superhero - to work, home, and beyond! #WhatsTheLink #Vancouver #Miss604 #VancityBuzz #Bus #SeaBus #WestCoastExpress
  8. In addition to the transit superheroes, we also shared photographs of Metro Vancouver's transit system from yesteryear. Many of them were taken by retired bus operator Angus McIntyre, who was a driver in Vancouver for over 40 years. 

    The first photograph we shared was this one showing a endless line of old Brill trolleybuses on Hastings Street next to Empire Stadium, outside the PNE. They're all ready to pick-up football fans after the 1966 Grey Cup game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Rough Riders! 
  9. Ferry service across the Burrard Inlet can be traced all the way back to as early as 1900 when the North Vancouver Ferry No. 1 and North Vancouver Ferry No. 2 provided service between Vancouver and North Vancouver. The last sailing took place in 1953. The SeaBus brought back service in 1977 and it has been working hard to keep Metro Vancouver moving since! 
  10. We also shared this photograph of the old 11 Stanley Park bus that used to provide service to the Vancouver landmark. Today, service to Stanley Park is provided through the 19 Stanley Park/Metrotown Station. 
  11. This is the SkyTrain crossing the Fraser River between New Westminster and Surrey on the SkyBridge, which is one of the longest cable-supported transit-only bridges in the world, in the 1990s.
  12. Here is a picture of two men working to fix the trolley wires on the streets of Vancouver, so they're ready for the next trolleybus! 
  13. From 1910, here's a picture of streetcars operating in the 600-block of Granville Street. Today, Granville Street is a major corridor for Vancouver's trolleybuses. 
  14. Our buses have changed over the years. They're now complete with bike racks, electronic LED destination signs, automated stop announcements, electronic fareboxes, Compass Card readers, and if you're lucky — air conditioning and reading lights on the Orion Vs! 
  15. The interiors have changed for passengers — they have too for drivers! Take a look at the dasher and steering wheel of this old bus. The old paper transfer tickets have been replaced with electronically encoded tickets and drivers have a screen that tells them where they are and possible reroutes! 
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