Advocacy award honours John Pearce

How does an organization appropriately acknowledge more than four decades of dedicated service to its cause?  When president emeritus John Pearce advised his TAA colleagues last summer in a brief e-mail that his health no longer would permit him to maintain an active...

Bridgewater transit excursion a success!

On October 21st, Transport Action Atlantic hosted its second Nova Scotia Members Event. A group of 10 TAA members made their way to Bridgewater NS on what turned out to be a gorgeous fall day, to explore the newest addition to the public transit world in the...

Sad news: Iain Dunlop, TAA secretary, passes away

We are very sad to announce that Iain Dunlop, board member and secretary of Transport Action Atlantic, passed away at the Upper River Valley Hospital on Tuesday, October 24, at the age of 72, after a lengthy illness. Iain was born on June 20, 1945 in Aberdeen,...

RuralLynx bus service in Southwest NB is on the road!

After years of hard work to make it a reality, the new bus service linking communities in Charlotte County to Saint John, New Brunswick, is up and running. RuralLynx, a partnership between the Southwest New Brunswick Transport Authority Inc., the Southwest New...

Extra trains for the Holidays once again

The Maritimes will be seeing extra passenger trains for the Christmas holiday season once again this year. It might seem early to be thinking about Christmas, but VIA is clearly trying to make sure that people have extra options when they look to book their Christmas...

A New Proposal to Rehabilitate the Ocean

“VIA Rail’s Ocean is dying.” So begins the report recently completed by transportation consultant and advocate Greg Gormick for the advocacy group Save Our Trains in Northern New Brunswick. The new report is titled “Riding the Ocean’s Next Wave: A proposal for VIA...

Province to support keeping Cape Breton rail line in place

  The Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia (CBNS) Railway has reached a deal with the Province of Nova Scotia to keep its rail line through Cape Breton in place for at least another year. The province will pay CBNS up to $60,000 per month to cover valid expenses,...

Is the Burnside Connector project a good idea?

The province of Nova Scotia announced earlier this year that it will construct a new 4-lane highway between Burnside, the largely industrial park area on the northwest edge of Dartmouth, and Bedford. The goal of this project is to provide a more rapid traffic flow...

Canada Line and Snow (Feb. 2017)

TransLink’s Canada Line experienced two major shutdowns (Feb 3 / 6, 2017). The cause was the apparent inability of trains to travel northbound between Bridgeport and Marine Drive Stations. These incidents are a reminder of a similar incident in November 2010 when an...

TransLink Chairman Year-end Interview

Global News BC had a 15 minute, year-end interview with TransLink Chairman Kevin Desmond on 19 Dec 2017. Issues discussed included possible later SkyTrain service on Friday and Saturday nights, safety, new Canada Line stations, Canada Line capacity expansions, double...

South Okanagan Transit Ridership Up

Transit ridership is up a reported 41% on certain routes in the South Okanagan. Good news but the numbers would be starting from a fairly low level. Unfortunately, there is no source for the numbers published and there is one oddity; a 30% decline in operating costs...

Contracting Transit Operations

The Eno Center for Transportation in Washington DC  published a report touting the benefits of contracting out as a way to improve transit service. “A Bid for Better Transit: Improving Transit Service with Contracted Operations” looks at a number of examples of...

In Memoriam (Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Crash)

Transport Action BC wishes to express condolences for the deaths of Jim Hamre and Zack Wilhoite, as well as the other victim and the many people injured in the December 18, 2017 Amtrak Cascades Train 501 crash. TABC was shocked to hear the news about the derailment on...

BC Update – 2017-09-09

=============================================================================== BC’s new NDP government cancelled bridge tolls on TransLink’s Golden Ears and the province’s Port Mann bridges, as promised in the recent election campaign. Member Stephen Rees wrote an...

Next Meeting – June 27, 2017

Transport Action BC (http://bc.transportaction.ca/) Regular Meeting Agenda: 27 June 2017 (Tuesday) 19:00 Waves Coffee Shop Meeting Room 100-900 Howe St (at Smithe St), Vancouver A. Membership and Finances (19:00) 1) Approval of 24 May 2017 meeting minutes. 2) Expense...

Next Meeting – May 24, 2017

Transport Action BC (http://bc.transportaction.ca/) Regular Meeting Agenda: 24 May 2017 (Wednesday) 19:00 Waves Coffee Shop Meeting Room 100-900 Howe St (at Smithe St), Vancouver 19:00 to 20:45 PM A. Membership and Finances (19:00) 1) Approval of 3 April 2016 meeting...

Massey Bridge Machinations 2 (2017-04)

An April 5, 2017 column by The Vancouver Sun’s political columnist, Vaughn Palmer, described how the B.C. government’s pre-construction / pre-election photo-op for the $3.5 billion Massey Bridge project was hijacked by a group protesting the mega-project. TABC Member...

John Forman Howes

Long-time Transport 2000 BC/Transport Action BC member, John Howes, died on February 4, 2017. John was a delight to chat with, always smiling and quick to praise. He was a true gentlemen and will be missed. John had a long, distinguished career in academia. He was a...

Comments on Metrolinx draft Regional Transportation Plan

Metrolinx, the regional transportation planning agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, released an updated draft Regional Transportation Plan in September,with comments due by late November.  A collaborative of 12 non-government advocacy organizations...

President’s Message, June 2017

Transport Action Ontario to focus on high-performance rail for the North Main Line and revival of the Northlander,  By TAO President Robert Wightman, June 5, 2017 The way Canada and Ontario fund, govern and deliver rail passenger service desperately needs change. But...

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