TransLink (British Columbia)

Translink ( formally Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority called ) is a public transport company, which is responsible for almost all aspects of the transport system in the region, Metro Vancouver in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 1998 by the provincial government and succeeds by BC Transit. Individual services are also offered in neighboring Fraser Valley Regional District.



In the Vancouver area, bus transport is carried out by two companies. Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of Translink, operates bus services in almost all municipalities in the metropolitan region and the trolleybus Vancouver, Vancouver. Owned by the city of West Vancouver is the company West Vancouver Blue Bus, its schedules, fares and routes are consistent with other Translink services.

Within the City of Vancouver, the buses run on a grid-like route network - while the trolley buses mostly in north-south direction, diesel buses are on the east-west connections usually in use. Outside the city, the bus network has the form of a hub-and -spoke system. Between the center of Vancouver and other regional centers operate express buses.


The driverless rail-bound transport system SkyTrain is the backbone of public transport in Greater Vancouver. The first line was opened in 1986 in view of Expo 86. The Expo Line and Millennium Line open up next to the city center and the suburbs of Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. The Canada Line opened in 2009, connects Vancouver with Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. The Expo Line and Millennium Line are operated by linear motor while driving on the recent Canada Line trains with conventional drive.


The West Coast Express is a commuter train that connects the Waterfront Station in Vancouver to Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission. Mondays to Fridays operate in both peak hours five trains in main load direction.


SeaBus is a passenger ferry across the Burrard Inlet between Vancouver and North Vancouver. It is operated by the Coast Mountain Bus Company and is integrated into the transport network. Albion Ferry is a free automobile ferry across the Fraser River between Maple Ridge and Langley.

Tariff system

The fares on the Translink network based on a zone system. Each municipality is located in one of three zones and the rates are calculated based on the number of zones traveled through.

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

  • Belcarra
  • Anmore
  • Port Moody
  • Coquitlam
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Maple Ridge
  • White Rock
  • Delta
  • Surrey
  • Langley (city)
  • Langley ( district )

The zone fare is valid on working days from the start of operation until 18:30 clock. By operating hours and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays the whole area considered as a single zone. Available are single tickets, cards with 10 rides, day passes, monthly passes and student passes.

Translink is also responsible for the upkeep of the 2200 km long main road network in the Lower Mainland. In addition, TransLink is also responsible for four bridges, the Knight Street Bridge, the Pattullo Bridge, Westham Iceland Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge. For large projects, TransLink is responsible for coordinating and funding for smaller projects, TransLink involved in up to half of the costs, while the affected communities take over the other half. In the construction of bike paths to Translink involved in half.