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I want to want to like public services

By samanthaorwell on March 19, 2008 - 2:51pm

Read full post here:
http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/03/i-want-to-want-to-like...

Today the bus driver almost made me cry.

I love the 3-door entrance on the B-Line but today, as I was running towards the back door my arm was the only thing that was going to fit so I quickly gave up my chances of getting in the front and ran to the front entrance as the bus doors were about to close. I stood there and waved and the driver opened the door.

As I got on I flashed my bus pass and the driver said to me in a snooty voice, “what was wrong with the other bus?” (I guess I should mention now that two B-line busses came at the same time and half the crowd opted to run up to the 1st one to spread out, as did I- I just didn’t run as fast in my heels). Anyhow, I tried to reply and say that the backdoor just closed on me and etc, not that there was anything wrong with that 2nd bus but naturally, when 2 buses come at the same time people try to spread out so they don’t’ have to be packed on one bus. I started to explain myself and then he CUT ME OFF and said, “pshh, yeah..whatever..”
I seriously felt angry, upset and embarrassed all at once. And the rest of the morning I was in a rotten mood. And I even woke up in a good mood.

A few things to draw out of my anecdote:

Finish reading post here:

Ode to a Vancouver Trolley Bus

By samanthaorwell on February 4, 2008 - 4:16pm

Ode to a Vancouver trolley bus,
With your seats so blue.
You once were so orange,
So strong, and so true.

I rode you down Oak street,
Down Cambie and Main.
I rode you up main corridors,
Finding your stops? Never a pain.

You’ve changed over the years,
But I will always love thee.
From high seats to low seats,
Your views still impress me.

My favourite bus,
Is almost long gone.
It remains on a single line
The #4, orange like dawn.

But alas, the orange trolley allowed
Little access for most.
Replaced, indeed it was.
Dual tiered it did boast.

The next model to come,
Had blue and soft seats.
But it was the pleathery smell,
That lessened its feats.

Newer even still,
Is the plush simple design,
With lean solid frames,
A new favourite of mine.

For although people complain,
Of the fewer number of seats.
If one were to count,
You would see that these busses still meet

Almost the same amount of people,
Of course less by two,
Than the beloved old orange
With the advantage of new

Wheelchair accessible,
Even strollers too!
They bend and they bow,
And create opportunity in lieu.

But the creeping change,
Of the transit system is failing.
The construction has left me,
Questioning and bailing.

For many changed routes,
And the new “Montreal-style” busses
Are leaving me wary,
And confused through my cusses.

More thoughts on the new BC Transit Plan

By b5baxter@drupal.org on January 16, 2008 - 9:38am

Speaking about the new Provincial Transit Plan, Premier Campbell said "Our transit mission is nothing short of being a global leader in terms of public transit and transit usage."

Unfortunately, the plan will get us no where near to being a "global leader." The new transit plan has ridership reaching 17% by 2020.

But in Stockholm 70 percent of peak period trips are by public transit. In Berlin it is 40% with a goal of 80%. Paris and London are both over 20%.

Other European cities :

Utrecht - 40%
Helsinki - 30%
Zurich - 40%
Copenhagen - 31%

Even some American cities seem to be ahead of us (note: these numbers are for percentage of commuters not total trips):

Tax Goes Down and Bus Fares Go Up

By Amanda Nicole on January 2, 2008 - 12:59pm

Lately I've been rethinking my job situation: I need part-time hours so that I can have time for freelancing, and I need to be able to walk to work. I'd been struggling over these two points with myself because I'd started to think that maybe I was being too picky. I live on Broadway and Granville, so really I could catch a bus going anywhere from right outside my door. But I just have SUCH a struggle with justifying that money and time spent on taking transit.

Now, with the fare hikes, it would cost my Starbucks teas for the WEEK to take a bus to and from work for 2 days. Not to mention it will now cost $15 (which could have been flowers or some other gift) to visit my grandmother in Richmond Hospital twice a week, and $10 (again, flowers or something else) to go to my parents' house in Tsawwassen on Sunday.

The 1% decrease in GST is not exactly going to be saving someone like me much money, either. Maybe if I were, say, buying a car or some other large item it would help me out, but really, that extra 1% savings is not going to clinch the deal for me when buying a pair of winter gloves. The money is going to slither out of my wallet in other ways, instead.

Transit Camp - Sat Dec. 8th at Workspace

By uncleweed on December 5, 2007 - 11:39am

Transit Camp Bus is ready to go

Still time to Sign up for Vancouver Transit Camp

You may have noticed Vancouver Transit Camp in the Urban Vancouver event listings and wondering, "Huh? What is this?"

Well, here's what the event wiki says:

Announcing Vancouver TransitCamp

By uncleweed on November 28, 2007 - 3:30pm

Start: Dec 8 2007 - 9:00am
End: Dec 8 2007 - 5:00pm

Vancouver Transit Camp 07 is an inaugural event and we envision a full-day event for Metro Vancouver to bring people using, loving and geeking over transit (maybe together with staff from TransLink), to work together on how we can make it better, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Transit Camp is inspired by BarCamp, which is powered by participation and focused on a positive, respectful atmosphere. We will hold simultaneous small-group sessions on a self-organized basis around topics of interest to the community, as well as celebrations of transit through user-generated media and articles (music, buttons, t-shirts), photography, illustration and music inspired by transit in Vancouver.

Sign up at the Vancouver Transit Camp website, or send an email to vancouvertransitcamp@gmail.com letting us know you'd like to come!

JMV makes cool buttons for transit camp

The event will be well-documented in the form of blog posts, wiki content, photos, and video for everyone who is unable to attend. Even if that's you, tell a friend and see if they can come!

Vancouver Transit Camp

By uncleweed on November 28, 2007 - 3:26pm

Dec 8 2007 - 9:00am
Dec 8 2007 - 5:00pm

Announcing Vancouver TransitCamp (2007)!

We envision a full-day event for Metro Vancouver to bring people using, loving and geeking over transit together with staff from TransLink, to work together on how we can make it better, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Transit Camp is inspired by BarCamp, which is powered by participation and focused on a positive, respectful atmosphere. We will hold simultaneous small-group sessions on a self-organized basis around topics of interest to the community, as well as celebrations of transit through user-generated media and articles (music, buttons, t-shirts), photography, illustration and music inspired by transit in Vancouver.

JMV makes cool buttons for transit camp

Sign up at the Vancouver Transit Camp website, or send an email to vancouvertransitcamp@gmail.com letting us know you'd like to come!

The event will be well-documented in the form of blog posts, wiki content, photos, and video for everyone who is unable to attend. Even if that's you, tell a friend and see if they can come!

NDP Releases TransLink Governance Review Panel Submissions Through Freedom of Information Request

By Richard Eriksson on November 2, 2007 - 11:35am

As the B.C. Legislature debates Bill 43 to turn the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority into the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority and altering its governance structure and processes, the NDP caucus research branch has filed a freedom of information request asking for the documents the government received as submissions to the changes. The NDP in turn sent out a notification to "various transit-friendly transportation stakeholders", which evidently includes me (they did not reveal the full list of people they sent it too) asking who would be interested in the documents, and I asked to receive them. 9 PDF files each over 2 MB each later, I'm publishing them here on Urban Vancouver. They are attached below.

Google Transit for Vancouver's TransLink Launches Officially Tomorrow

By Richard Eriksson on October 31, 2007 - 1:06pm

[Cross-posted from my personal blog]

The other day, Paul Hillsdon tantalized us combination transit geeks and web geeks with a graphic showing Google Transit and TransLink together, implying that Vancouver's transportation authority was going to have their routes and time schedule included in Google's maps. TransLink sent me an invitation (to an email address that I don't even use), and I posted an event listing on Urban Vancouver for the official launch, which happens tomorrow (Thursday, November 1st) at 10:30 AM at SFU's Harbour Centre Fletcher Challenge Theatre. I'll be there along with my citizen journalism and transit fan buddies documenting the event.

Google Transit/TransLink Announcement

By Richard Eriksson on October 30, 2007 - 11:07am

Nov 1 2007 - 10:30am
Nov 1 2007 - 11:30am

Malcolm Brodie<br />
CHAIR, TRANSLINK</p>
<p>Cordially invites you to attend a ceremony to officially mark the launch of Google Transit, the first web-based trip planning service for Google in Canada

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