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Technical Tours

The following Technical Tours are included in the Conference Technical Program.

Tours will operate rain or shine, so participants are asked to dress accordingly. Unless otherwise indicated, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. All tours are covered by conference registration fees. Duration times listed for each tour are estimates. Participants are asked to meet at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East Building) main entrance 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure times.

Registered delegates can sign up in August for the Technical Tours. Some restrictions apply.

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A-1: MONDAY | Sept. 28
13:30-17:00

A-2: TUESDAY | Sept. 29
13:30-17:00

TOUR A: DOWNTOWN AND OLYMPIC VILLAGE WALKING TOUR

Explore public spaces and sustainable transportation. The tour will consist of walking and taking two of Vancouver’s SkyTrain lines between downtown and the Olympic Village neighbourhood. In downtown, you will stroll sections of Vancouver’s iconic Seawall, visit parklets and plazas, and see one of the city’s first protected bike lanes. In Olympic Village, you will visit another section of the Seawall, discover sustainable neighbourhood features and see Vancouver’s most recent protected intersection.

Tour includes: 4 km of walking

Maximum number of participants per tour: 15


B-1: MONDAY | Sept. 28
13:30-17:00

B-2: TUESDAY | Sept. 29
13:30-17:00

TOUR B: HIGHWAY 1 – LOWER LYNN IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Visit the construction site of the $198 million Highway 1 – Lower Lynn Interchanges Project in North Vancouver. Highway 1 connects Metro Vancouver to the North Shore, the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal and Highway 99. It is a vital local, regional and provincial corridor for people, services and goods. Improvements will address safety, queuing and delays and will help to improve travel times along Highway 1 and the Lower Lynn Interchanges. The project also expanded the aquatic habitat and improved water quality by installing two fish-passable culverts, improving drainage and enhancing the creek and riparian habitat. 

The project will be completed in four phases to improve safety, reliability, and reduce congestion.

  • Phase 1 – Mountain Highway Interchange
  • Phase 2 – Keith Road/Seymour Parkway Interchange
  • Phase 3 – Main Street/Dollarton Highway Interchange
  • Phase 4 – Lynn Creek Connectivity Interchange Project

Tour includes: 1.5-2 km of walking

Maximum number of participants per tour: 20


C-1: MONDAY | Sep. 28
13:30-17:00

C-2: TUESDAY | Sept. 29
13:30-17:00

TOUR C: SKYTRAIN OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE CENTRE

British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (BCRTC), on behalf of TransLink, maintains and operates two of the three SkyTrain lines in Metro Vancouver, the Expo Line and the Millennium Line, as well as the West Coast Express commuter rail service. BCRTC also manages the agreement with InTransitBC for the operation and maintenance of the Canada Line.

Visit BCRTC's Operations and Maintenance Centre in Burnaby for a 30-minute presentation and 90-minute facilities tour where more than 900 dedicated staff work.

Maximum number of participants per tour: 20


D-1: TUESDAY | Sept. 29
8:30-12:00

TOUR D: CITY BIKING TOUR

Departing from Downtown Vancouver, explore the city’s protected bike lanes, traffic clamed local street bikeways, and the world-renowned Seawall. Learn from city staff about multi-year efforts that reallocated road space on the Burrard Bridge for walking and cycling, creating a premier multimodal corridor that carries over 10,000 walking and cycling trips a day.

Explore North America’s first protected intersections, located on both ends of the Burrard Bridge. You will then cruise around the recently updated South False Creek Seawall, to Olympic Village and visit the city’s most recent protected intersection.

Finally, the trip will be completed with a ride into Strathcona, one of Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods, and return the Dunsmuir Viaduct, a remnant of Vancouver’s never-built freeway system. See the evolution of Vancouver’s All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network! 

Tour includes: 12 km of cycling

Maximum number of participants: 15


E-1: TUESDAY | Sept. 29
9:00-12:00

E-2: WEDNESDAY | Sept. 30
9:00-12:00

TOUR E: BCIT SCHOOL OF TRANSPORTATION/AEROSPACE

The state-of-the-art 285,000 square-foot Aerospace Technology Campus is home to BCIT’s aerospace programs. The campus is centred on a 40,000 square-foot hangar housing BCIT’s fleet of light piston, turboprop, corporate, and jet transport aircraft, including light and medium helicopters.

The tour provides an overview of BCIT Campus including the Hangar, turbine shop, avionics shop, sheet metal shop, electrical labs and air traffic control simulation tower.

Maximum number of participants per tour: 20


F-1: TUESDAY | Sept. 29
9:00-12:00

F-2: WEDNESDAY | Sept. 30
9:00-12:00

TOUR F: TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT CENTRE (TMC) BC

Visit the Transportation Management Centre (TMC) BC. Located in Coquitlam, the TMCBC is the hub for collecting transportation information and communicating it to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via DriveBC and Twitter. The TMCBC is equipped with more than 200 live-streaming video feeds, and 750 cameras strategically located on highways across the province.

The centre manages and operates lighted lane control systems for the Lions Gate Bridge, George Massey Tunnel and Cassiar Tunnel. The direction of traffic can be changed, in one or more lanes to create more efficient traffic flow, based on traffic, visibility and weather conditions. In addition, the TMCBC is a post-disaster building and will give emergency service providers timely information about bridges and highways.

The tour also includes a demonstration of the new Alex Fraser Bridge Zipper Truck as well as information on the ministry’s Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Maximum number of participants per tour: 25


G-1: WEDNESDAY | Sept. 30
9:00-12:00

TOUR G: CITY STUDIO: ART OF CITIES WALKING TOUR

Explore the complexities in city building and transportation in three neighbourhoods: Olympic Village, Strathcona and Chinatown. Highlights include public spaces and art along the Olympic Village, protected intersections, the Viaducts, the Freeway that was almost built, and Historic Chinatown.

Tour includes: 4 km of walking

Maximum number of participants: 15


H-1: WEDNESDAY | Sept. 30
13:30-17:00

TOUR H: BIKING THE BURBS – BC PARKWAY TOUR

Bike-transit integration is an emerging but often-overlooked mode of transportation in North America. The BC Parkway is a 26 km intermunicipal active transportation corridor that integrates transit access and local active transportation infrastructure. It is also one of the region’s most established and well-trodden cycling routes.

Cycle this mostly-downhill route from Burnaby’s Metrotown Station to Burrard Station in downtown Vancouver along the BC Parkway and City of Vancouver bike infrastructure. Along the way, discuss the history of the BC Parkway, key elements of bike-transit integration at TransLink, and highlights of Vancouver’s vast network of cycling routes. No spandex required!

Tour includes: 14 km of biking

Maximum number of participants: 20


I-1: WEDNESDAY | Sept. 30
13:30-17:00

TOUR I: JAZZING UP THE BUS EXCHANGE

Visit three recently upgraded transit exchanges in varying contexts: Joyce-Collingwood station in a primarily residential setting, Marine Drive station integrated within a transit-oriented development, and UBC Exchange at the front door of the region’s largest post-secondary institution.

At each site, explore different perspectives covering design drivers and guidelines, site constraints and challenges, operational considerations, multimodal connectivity, partnerships and more. Often characterized as harsh utilitarian spaces of concrete and asphalt, bus exchanges can be an important gateway to a transit system. Well-integrated bus exchanges that respond to their surroundings and demonstrate inclusive design can enhance livability and serve as an asset to the community.

Maximum number of participants: 20