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Friday fun poll: how many bus stop numbers do you know by heart?

If you like, you can skip to the end of this post to answer the poll about how many bus stop numbers you’ve memorized.

Results from last poll: where do you keep your bus pass?

Last week I asked where you keep your bus pass.

And after 179 votes, 54% keep their pass in their wallet. A coat/clothing pocket is second with 24%, then 15% put it in a bag or backpack, 3% put it around their neck, and 4% chose “other.”

The wallet was championed since you never misplace the pass and you always take the wallet with you. But lots of the comments described wallet alternatives. Here’s Tsushima Masaki:

I keep mine in a wallet insert which ironically has supplanted my actual wallet. It holds most of the cards I need for when I go out (Driver’s License, Credit Card, Bank Card). My actual wallet is too bulky so I use it hold my loose change and cards I don’t use as often (such as shopping cards).

Donald also had one radical suggestion:

I usually keep my pass in a wallet. I tried keeping it attached to a Translink lanyard I have but I found that once or twice a week I would forget it at home or at the office. If we ever move the smartcards, I’d like them to build on technology to implant little nano smartcard chips into a finger. That way we would NEVER lose or forget our transit passes!

However Richard also mentioned that an old B.C. Transit policy suggested you don’t keep your pass in your wallet, so thieves wouldn’t know where your wallet was — although it seems we’ve moved away from that policy these days.

Which led me to think: aren’t there only a handful of places you can really keep a pass and/or wallet anyway, since both need to be fairly accessible? And wouldn’t thieves already know about those locations? If you hide it so well nobody can find it, I bet you can’t find your wallet that often either :)

And as always, you can read all the comments at the original post.

This week’s poll: how many bus stop numbers do you know by heart?

Since a lot of you are using our text messaging, web, and phone services to get their transit info, has it you to memorize some of the common stop numbers you know?

I only have one memorized, myself… how about you?


  • By Josh, July 17, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

    Only one, 61011, the C15’s stop at Phibbs Exchange :D

  • By Catherine Winters, July 17, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

    Seriously, there’s no “zero” option? :) I have them stored in my phone’s SMS app, so at least I can copy and paste the last few, but honestly, my route isn’t regular enough that I can rely on that. I’ll have to make do with good old fashioned sign reading, I’m afraid.

  • By Alexwarrior, July 17, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    Hehe, zero for me… I look it up every time. I have two written somewhere handy though for this purpose for the two stops near my place. But the #17 near my house comes pretty darn often so I usually just go outside and stand there.

  • By CJ Stebbing, July 17, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    I have a few memorized. 56275, 55477, 55478, 59998, 59999, and a few

  • By Reva, July 17, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

    Is it just me, or does the “results from last week’s poll” pie chart at the top of the post show the results from the poll 2 weeks ago? :p

  • By Tsushima Masaki, July 18, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    For me it would be zero, I’m not too good with remembering numbers unless it has a recognizable pattern, and I hate making notes on my phone (too tedious). I do remember rough bus arrivals at my key stops though. If all else fails I just hit 4 on my speed dial to call TransLink and ask the operator for info on a particular stop. Or… I phone my sister if she happens to be home and on the computer, haha.

  • By ;-), July 18, 2009 @ 5:27 am

    Zero for me as well. However there are a dozen bookmarked on Blackberry and I can get results in under 5 seconds.

  • By Jason, July 18, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    Why is “0” not a choice? I have a paper bus schedule, so i didn’t memorize any.

  • By Henry, July 18, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    zero bus stop numbers remembered for me. I just text it when I’m there.

    As for the SmartCards, we will likely see many just keep there cards in the bottom of their purses and bags. In Hong Kong, I literally see ladies lift their purses up to the machine, then beep, the machine reads the card. For me in HK, I still kept my Octopus card in my wallet and just whipped out the wallet to “beep” the machine.

  • By Josh, July 18, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

    Jhen, out of curiosity, what’s the stop you have memorized?

  • By Bryan, July 18, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

    As for me I have 5 memorized, 52628, 52610, 52612, 52626, and 52625.

  • By David, July 18, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    I’m another zero. I know when to catch the bus that goes past my street and rarely use any of the other routes. When I need another bus I’ll check the schedule online ahead of time at home/office or, on those rare occasions when I get to SkyTrain and find it’s not running, I just go to the bus stop and wait. I see no point texting in those cases; it won’t make the bus come any sooner.

  • By cree, July 19, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    I can think of at least 5, around my house, my bros house and my work (wont post them however –TMI)

  • By Eric, July 19, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    None. Any bus stop I use frequently enough to memorize the bus stop number, I rather just memorize the schedule.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, July 20, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    Yarrgh, I can’t believe I didn’t include zero as an option. Also, yes, the picture is from last week, but I’m at meetings offsite today so I can’t fix it till tomorrow! Double awesome.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, July 21, 2009 @ 9:44 am


  • By Andrew S, July 23, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    Haha.. I’m a zero too. LOL, because i agree with Eric. I just memorize my schedule, like where the stop is and what time i’m supposed to be there. I don’t understand why TransLink removed the paper schedules they used to have at the bus stops. Now it costs 15 cents more to ride the bus

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, July 24, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    Btw Andrew: the paper schedules have been back since June 29.

  • By Andrew S, July 25, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    Ohhh I didn’t notice! Sorry =P

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