Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre – Registration Closed

Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre – Registration Closed

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Date(s) - 14/May/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre

This event is now full – Registration is closed

Learn about the green initiatives at the Vancouver Transit Centre where your city buses are located. This facility is not normally open to the public.
A guided tour of the facilities will be provided. There will be a short presentation on the waste management and recycling programs, as well as, the various types of coaches used.

Wheelchair and Scooter friendly.  Please advise me if you are bringing children.


Expect a 5 minute walk from your bus or car to the entrance.  Parking is available in the staff parking lot, but these spots may be at the far end of a very large lot.

10:00 You will be met at the building entrance by the tour leader, Elena, and lead to the first presentation site, which is, in the training department on the 4th floor. Expect a 5 minute walk to the this location.  You will have the choice of using a total of 2 elevators to get there or 4 flights of stairs.  A bathroom break will be available on our way.

10:15 to 10:45 There will be a 30 minute classroom presentation by one of TransLink’s Environmental officers.  She will speak on waste management.  Water, maintenance waste and even Trolley carbons are recycled or disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner.  (FYI carbons are used to help trolley poles glide along the overhead wires)

10:45 to 11:00 From there you will be given a short tour of the Training department for Coast Mountain Bus.  Fifty-two instructors are employed here and everyday there will be about 80 trainees in various stages of their training course.

If it isn’t in use, we may be able to view the bus simulator.  We will have an opportunity to view a mock up of the Trolley overhead wire that is used to train Transit Operators.  Here, Elena will explain how those Trolley poles change from one wire to another and why Trolley buses sometimes slow down.

A bathroom break is available here.

11:00 to 11:15 Elena will then lead you to the ground level where the maintenance department is located.

11:15 to 11:45 A representative of the maintenance department will provide a talk on the types of buses that Coast Mountain Bus use and discuss the challenges that different fuel technologies provide.  Coast Mountain currently has electric buses in the form of New Flyer Trolleys; Nova and New Flyer Hybrid coaches; CNG coaches.  Soon to arrive are 4 electric coaches requiring overhead charging stations.  This portion of the tour may involve a limited viewing of the garage facilities or buses in the yard.  Participants will be loaned a hi-visibility vest, and must wear these throughout this portion of the tour.

11:45 to 12:15 From there we will have a Q&A with the maintenance representative, this is likely to occur back in the classroom on the 4th floor.

12:15 to 12:30 Following this, there will be an optional tour of the 3rd floor  where many of the transit operators  begin their shifts.  Elena will provide a brief outline of an Operator’s sign in procedures and answer some of your questions.  We will be near the front entrance, so those who are not interested may easily leave (Please return hi-visibility vest to Elena).

12:30 to 13:00 An optional tour of the yard and close up of a driver’s control area along with photo opportunity (get in the driver’s seat!) .  This requires returning to the ground level floor and a walk outside, with vest on.  Length of walk could be 10 minutes, at worse, one way.

Return with Elena to front entrance and return vest.

Space is limited and registration is necessary.  Registration closes when capacity is reached.  This event will be cancelled if the minimum required number of registrants is not met.  Further details will be provided upon registration.

To register contact the tour lead, Elena, at

Elena is an instructor for Coast Mountain Bus Company, an operating subsidiary of TransLink.  She has been in the CMBC training department for 13 years and was a Transit Operator for 7.  She is also a member of Nature Vancouver.

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