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Leading the Way Youth Summit starts today!

Opening remarks at the 2013 Leading the Way Youth Summit 2013

Opening remarks at the Leading the Way Youth Summit 2013

The sixth instalment of CUTA’s youth summit, also known as the Leading the Way Youth Summit, began today in sunny, yes sunny, Calgary, Alberta.

Welcome to the summit!

Welcome to the summit!

The summit is a meeting of young Canadian minds and transit professionals aimed at sharing ideas about the future of transit. Delegates from across Canada were selected months ago to take part in this weekend of workshops, projects, tours,  and indispesible knowledge and new friendships.

The first day officially kicked off with a dinner featuring some keynote speakers. David Cooper, who I interviewed earlier, was the master of ceremonies for the event.

Doug Morgan of Calgary Transit did a quick overview of the current state of transit in Calgary . He set the tone for the weekend as a fun and innovative way to share ideas. Doug also spoke about ran through Calgary’s strategic plan for transit called Route Ahead.

Next up was Don Mulligan, Transportation Planner for the City of Calgary. He spoke about his work on a document called Plan It Calgary, which looks at what Calgary could look like 60 years from now (two generations).

Councillor Brian Pincott of the City of Calgary followed Don and spoke about their vision of planning their city, ImagineCalgary. The overarching theme of his talk was about building a city for people.

Metro Vancouver delegates at the Vancouver airport

Some Metro Vancouver delegates at the Vancouver airport

Kevin Joll of Red Deer Transit and Chair of the P & T CUTA Chapter spoke about Transit 2040, a vision for public urban transit for the next generation. He also spoke about the short history of CUTA youth summits wthat started in Vancouver in 2008.

Peggy Hunt, TransLink’s Manager of Government Relations and Chair of the BC CUTA Committee, was the last to speak. She spoke about both BC Transit and TransLink with an emphasis on governance. Her speech provided the valuable nuts and bolts of just how transit in BC is governed for an audience who just may be the future of transit professionals in Canada.

Peggy Hunt, TransLink's Manager of Government Relations and Chair of the BC CUTA Committee

Peggy Hunt, TransLink’s Manager of Government Relations and Chair of the BC CUTA Committee

The evening finished off with delegates breaking off into groups to start work on their collaborative projects for the weekend. Called the CUTA 2013 project, delegates are given the opportunity to pitch project ideas to an expert panel. The winning pitch will be given funds toward making their project happen.

Talking to delegates with backgrounds like planing, landscape architecture, cartography and law, the one common sentiment for the summit is an excitement about new ideas and new connections to be made this weekend.

Over the next two days, delegates will be working hard and learning a lot. Yours truly will be there to document some of the weekend and even give a speech about how social media is playing a larger role in connecting transit authorities with audiences of transit riders online. Here’s to a great weekend!

Leading the Way Youth Summit

For those with a love for transit and sustainability there’s a wonderful event happening in Calgary between May 10-12, 2013. The Leading the Way Youth Summit is put on by the Prairies and Territories Chapter and the BC Committee of the Canadian Urban Transit Association and hosted locally by Calgary Transit. TransLink put on a version of this summit in 2011 and it was a fantastic experience. Here’s a link to some of the past posts we’ve written about the summits.

Youth who attend this year’s event will have the opportunity to learn, share ideas, network, and explore career paths with like-minded peers and professionals in transit and related industries. Inspiring speakers, sessions on best practices in transit and sustainable transportation, a career fair and social activities are just some of the fantastic events to enjoy during the weekend.

If you’re interested in becoming a delegate, the application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013. To find out more or to apply go to LeadingtheWayYouthSummit.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the people in charge of the summit directly.

Speaking of the people in charge of the summit, I asked the main person in charge, David Cooper, a Senior Transit Planner with the Calgary Transit, a few questions about the summit and himself: Read more »

The February 2013 Buzzer and illustrator interview

Tobias' illustration and his rendition of himself

Not only is February special because we have a new provincial holiday, Family Day, it’s special because the print Buzzer is helping to kick off the start of our new series this month, TransLink 101. The series, which was launched earlier this week and had its first installment yesterday, will be run primarily on the blog and answers some perennial questions we get about TransLink as well as the services and infrastructure we provide and look after. One of the subjects of this new series will be determined by our readers. Please do take the time to submit your ideas in our comments section.

Besides the Family Day service changes, the issue also includes important information about the temporary (although two years in length) route change for the #10 Downtown/Granville bus. In short, “In order to accommodate construction of the Marine Gateway Project, the #10 bus will now terminate at Marpole Loop, rather than Marine Drive Station, beginning Monday, February 4.”

Also in the issue is info about this year’s CUTA Youth Summit called Leading the Way Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation. The summit is being held in Calgary this year and sounds like a fun and educational experience.

We also included info about our latest Twitter contest, #TL30K. Now that we’re approaching 30, 000 followers of @TransLink, we’re looking to reward a couple of lucky people with FareCards. All you have to do is either be the 30,000th follower or if you already follow us, write a tweet to our account about why you follow @TransLink with the hashtag #TL30K and we’ll randomly draw a winner after we reach 30, 000 followers. Currently, we’re at over 29, 600 followers. So, you’ll want to follow us and tweet soon!

This month we had a return illustrator to the Buzzer, Tobias Ottahal. Tobias drew the April 2010 Buzzer. We liked his work so much, we asked him to illustrate again. As usual, we interview Tobias, but this time around, we asked him a few different questions than we did last time.

What’s changed since we last interview you?

Hooo! A lot. Went to Pakistan, got a new job, moved in with my lady, and now I’m ‘gasp’ 30!

How did you come up with your illustration?

As with any good artist, the idea was delivered to me by two
jade monkeys riding the four-headed incarnation of Grefil,
god of late-night procrastination.

You’re from Sweden. How is transit similar/different compared to Metro Vancouver?

I’m from Gothenburg – the “Vancouver of Sweden” if you will (west coast, one of the larger cities, rainy).
The public transportation there is definitely decent. I commuted every day for five years when I lived there.
The only thing I miss in Vancouver is light rail! Gothenburg is well-known in Sweden for having
hung on to its trams, and now they’re an inseparable – and environmentally friendly – part of the city.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’d love to be helping solar-energy companies with their communication and branding strategy.

Thanks Tobias! We’re always looking for great artists to spruce up the Buzzer. So, if you know of any, please email us their info at thebuzzer@translink.ca! If you haven’t picked up this issue on the SkyTrain, SeaBuses, West Coast Express or buses, you can download it here.

A visit to SkyTrain Control

The CUTA Youth Summit 2011 tour group

The CUTA Youth Summit 2011 tour group

Back in October, I joined a group of CUTA Youth Summit 2011 delegates on a tour of BC Rapid Transit Company’s Control Centre. BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) operates and maintains SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium lines from its Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC) near Edmonds SkyTrain Station. Read more »

The 2011 CUTA BC Youth Summit is looking for volunteers!

Note: This is a scheduled post as I’m away this week, returning Thursday July 28, 2011. If you need to reach TransLink info or staff, see this post.

The CUTA BC Youth Summit is looking for a few more volunteers. I’ve been involved with the preparations for the conference and it looks like it will be an exciting, educational and fun event!

The conference is for youth aged 18-30 who live in BC and are interested in sustainable transportation. Every year or so, the Canadian Urban Transportation Association (CUTA) partners with local agencies to host a youth conference, encouraging young people to learn about transportation, sustainability, and planning. This year, TransLink, BC Transit, and CUTA will sponsor 50 or so youth to attend our conference at UBC from August 19-21, 2011.

The summit provides volunteers with the opportunity to meet youth from across British Columbia interested in sustainable urban transportation and learn from experts from around the province. Check out translink.ca/bcyouthsummit for all the details as well as the Facebook Page. Here’s a note on specifics:

Volunteer roles include administrative assistance, program session support and technical support. Shifts will be on average four hours long. Please specify your availability when applying. Multiple volunteers will be needed throughout the conference. If you would like to volunteer for more than one shift, please note this on your application.

To apply, send your full name, contact information, resume, availability and why you are interested in volunteering at the CUTA Youth Summit to sarah.chung@translink.ca.

If you have any questions regarding volunteer positions please contact Sarah Chung by phone 604.453.4619 or by e-mail at sarah.chung@translink.ca

Positions Available

Friday, August 19

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
3 positions available

Friday, August 19

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3 positions available

Saturday, August 20

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3 positions available

Saturday, August 20

1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
3 positions available

Sunday, August 21

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3 positions available

Sunday, August 21

12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3 positions available

Sunday, August 21

3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
3 positions available

If you’re interested in how past conferences have gone, take a look at the 2008 CUTA Youth Summit Facebook Page.

Reminder: apply to the 2011 CUTA BC Youth Summit by Mon, Feb 21, 2011

A reminder to apply to the CUTA BC Youth Summit this weekend, if you still want to attend! The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2011.

The conference is for youth aged 18-30 who live in BC and are interested in sustainable transportation—check out translink.ca/bcyouthsummit for all the details.

So what’s the summit all about? Well, every year or so, the Canadian Urban Transportation Association (CUTA) partners with local agencies to host a youth conference, encouraging young people to learn about transportation, sustainability, and planning. This year, TransLink, BC Transit, and CUTA will sponsor 45 or so youth to attend our conference in Vancouver from August 19-21, 2011.

If you’re interested in how past conferences have gone, take a look CUTA’s special November 2008 newsletter, profiling the youth summits and previous participants. You can also see the Facebook page for the 2008 CUTA Youth Summit held in Vancouver, which has photos and more!

And once again, here’s the list of CUTA regional youth summits happening across Canada, in case you aren’t from BC but would still like to attend a summit somewhere.

CUTA BC Youth Summit application deadline extended: Mon Feb 21, 2011

Update: we’ve extended the deadline for applications for the CUTA BC youth summit! The new deadline is now Monday, February 21, 2011, not Monday, January 31 as previously stated.

Again, if you’re aged 18-30, live in BC, and are interested in attending—apply today! Check out translink.ca/bcyouthsummit for all the details.

For a little background: the Canadian Urban Transportation Association (CUTA) partners with local agencies to host a youth conference, encouraging young people to learn about transportation, sustainability, and planning. This year, TransLink, BC Transit, and CUTA will sponsor 45 or so youth to attend our conference in Vancouver from August 19-21, 2011.

If you’re interested in how past conferences have gone, take a look CUTA’s special November 2008 newsletter, profiling the youth summits and previous participants. You can also see the Facebook page for the 2008 CUTA Youth Summit held in Vancouver, which has photos and more!

And once again, here’s the list of CUTA regional youth summits happening across Canada, in case you aren’t from BC but would still like to attend a summit somewhere.

Come to Connecting Communities, the 2011 BC Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation!

Update, Jan 28, 2011: The application deadline has now been extended to February 21, 2011! The update post can be found here.

Calling all youth! We’re hosting Connecting Communities, the 2011 B.C. regional youth summit on sustainable transportation, and you’re invited to apply to attend.

Every year or so, the Canadian Urban Transportation Association (CUTA) partners with local agencies to host a youth conference, encouraging young people to learn about transportation, sustainability, and planning. This year, TransLink, BC Transit, and CUTA will sponsor 45 or so youth to attend our conference in Vancouver from August 19-21, 2011.

So if you’re aged 18-30, live in BC, and interested in attending—apply today! Check out translink.ca/bcyouthsummit for all the details: due date is January 31, 2011.

If you’re interested in how past conferences have gone, take a look CUTA’s special November 2008 newsletter, profiling the youth summits and previous participants. Edit: You can also check out the Facebook page for the 2008 CUTA Youth Summit, held in Vancouver, which has photos and more!

As well, here’s the list of CUTA regional youth summits happening across Canada, in case you aren’t from BC but would still like to attend a summit somewhere!