Posted by: Karen Quinn Fung | November 21, 2013

News and Events Roundup: Transit in Vancouver

4715976213_ef9479702aTransportation continues to be a very hot topic in Vancouver right now. Here is a quick round-up of our activities on transportation, as well as many other great, relevant reads and events.

Upcoming VPSN related Events & Advocacy

  • Tuesday, November 26 – VPSN’s public transit projects lead Karen Quinn Fung will be leading a discussion on the transit referendum. This limited-seating event is part of a speaker series from local web and mobile application firm Denim and Steel, who are hosting the event at their offices in Mount Pleasant. Tickets: $12 and come with food and drink; please see Denim and Steel’s website to purchase tickets online.
  • Friday, November 29 – VPSN Volunteer Celia Chung and VPSN public transit projects lead Karen Quinn Fung will also be speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Richmond, Volume 4. It will be a fantastic night of speakers all bringing unique perspectives on the theme of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” The event is free (no tickets required), has a capacity of 120 people, and will be held at the Richmond Cultural Centre, a short walk from Richmond Brighouse Station — a great excuse to take the Canada Line to its terminus and check out Richmond’s No 3 Road and City Hall nearby if you haven’t had a chance to yet. More info: Pecha Kucha Night Richmond site.
  • Looking ahead – we are anticipating the results of the City of Vancouver and TransLink’s Downtown Local Bus Service Review in January 2014 (especially as it pertains to our work on the potential pedestrianization of Robson Square), as well as the outcomes of TransLink’s Regional Transportation Strategy process.

Other upcoming events

  • Thursday, November 21 – SFU’s City Program presents a lecture with two Australian Planners (Greg Vann and Warren Rowe) drawing comparisons between Vancouver and Brisbane, Australia. Both come from the Brisbane region in Queensland — an area roughly the population, age and growth rate of Metro Vancouver. More information from the City Program, or register here.
  • Monday, November 25Get On Board BC is having a casual meet-up at Metrotown. Get On Board BC is the coalition in support of sustainable funding for transit. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about, this is a great chance to meet the wide spectrum of folks working across the region to improve transit. RSVP and more information is on Facebook.
  • Thursday, November 28 – are you or do you know a musician who enjoys performing in public space? TransLink is holding auditions for its busker program – applications are due on November 28th, while the auditions themselves are held on December 4th. See TransLink’s website for more details about the program and check out the Buzzer blog for a bit more about the process.


  1. An event was held on October 31st called Moving the Future – A Conversation About Transportation and the Economy at the Vancouver Convention Centre, featuring a number of speakers discussing the relationship between the transportation system (including transit) and its relationship with Vancouver’s economy. Videos from all of the day’s sessions are available at the Moving the Future event website. Highlights for public space and transit? Gil Peñalosa bringing his trademark enthusiasm to tackling why safe cycling and walking in cities matters, and an interesting series of responses to a question put forth by Peter Ladner about the relationship between the future of transportation in Vancouver and its relationship to, on the one hand, the burgeoning green economy and, on the other, projections for continued economic activity based in resource extraction.
  2. UBC Alumni Dialogues held an event on Monday, November 18th, titled “Your Move: how can we expand public transit in the Lower Mainland?“. It was moderated by the CBC’s Stephen Quinn and discussion with a panel consisting of:
    • Ian Druce, Director at transportation consultants Steer Davies Gleeve
    • Dr. Larry Frank, Professor in Sustainable Transportation and Health, UBC
    • Ian Jarvis, CEO, TransLink
    • Carole Jolly, Director of Transportation Planning, UBC Campus & Community Planning
    • Paul Lee, Rapid Transit & Strategic Projects Manager, City of Surrey.

    An audio broadcast of the entire event (running 1h14m) is available online from UBC Alumnni Dialogues’ site. Local transit commentator Stephen Rees also has a summary of the talk at his blog.

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