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[CLOSED] Listen and take this poll to choose the best Morgan Freeman Tap to Pay announcement on transit!

In light of information we’ve learned through news stories on May 24, 2018, of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system. We will be reaching out to VISA to discuss further.

– TransLink Media Relations

If you’re of the 35% of poll respondents who opt not to listen to anything while traveling on transit, you’ve likely heard a familiar voice during your commute. In celebration of Tap to Pay launching on May 22, 2018, you will now hear Morgan Freeman welcoming SkyTrain and bus riders into Vancouver by sharing some fun facts, etiquette reminders and a heads up that you can now Tap to Pay with your contactless Visa and Mastercard credit card or Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay at Compass Card readers across the system.

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#MyTransLink – May 22

Welcome back to this week’s edition of #MyTransLink! Longer and sunnier days are upon us and it’s shown in the amazing shots you’ve been submitting each week. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series we asked for your mountain view shots in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

 

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Traveling on transit just got easier!

Hey Metro Vancouver! As of May 22, 2018, you have more ways to pay for your transit trip!  You can now tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard Credit Card along with Apple, Google and Samsung Pay for your adult cash fare to get you from A to B on transit!

No more ticket line-ups, finding exact change or worrying about determining how many zones you intend to travel through. Just make sure to tap your intended payment method separate from your wallet to ensure the correct card is charged.
Already love your Compass Card? No worries! Keep using your Compass Card on the system to ensure that you are receiving the maximum discounted fare.

Watch our live stream for a full recap of the event.

For more information on Tap to Pay, check out translink.ca/taptopay

Will you pay with a contactless Visa or Mastercard Credit Card or stick to your Compass Card?

Author: Sarah Kertcher

9 epic transit-friendly hikes in Metro Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain

Metro Vancouver is regularly coined one of Canada’s most livable cities, with sprawling mountain ranges, picturesque views and a public transit system that’s leading the country when it comes to growth in proportion of ridership. Statistics Canada’s most recent report noted that Vancouver’s proportion of public transit commuters grew by 6.1% to 20.4% between 1996 and 2016. In contrast, during the same period, Toronto only saw a growth of 2.3% while Montreal experienced an uptick of 2.5%.

With many Metro Vancouverites living an active and outdoorsy lifestyle, we’re sharing 9 epic transit-friendly hikes in Metro Vancouver.

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#MyTransLink – May 15

It’s National Police Week, and we’re paying respect to our partners in blue by dedicating this entire week of #MyTransLink to Metro Vancouver Transit Police. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series were showcasing your best shots of our Transit Police at work in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

106 new CNG buses roll into Surrey

Compressed Natural Gas Bus

Clean energy initiatives and safety are two high priorities at TransLink, which is why we’re excited to be adding 106 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to the fleet at the recently upgraded Surrey Transit Centre. All 106 of these new buses will also be equipped with bus safety barriers to help keep our operators, and passengers safe. Transit riders can expect to see these new CNG buses in operation in Surrey starting this week, with full roll out of all remaining new clean energy buses by the end of 2018.

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10-Year Vision Spotlight – Building new rapid transit; new road, walking, cycling and new mobility investments; and HandyDART

10-Year Vision Spotlight

This post is part of our 10-Year Vision Spotlight series, breaking down the nitty gritty of what’s planned in Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision! 

If you’ve been following along on our Spotlight series, you’re likely aware that public engagement for Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision is taking place until May 11! This is your opportunity to get involved as we gather input to help develop and finalize the Phase Two Plan.

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ConGRADulations to the Class of 2018: Pick up your GradPass today!

Before you know it, Grade 12 students across our region will don their caps and gowns and walk across the stage as graduates of 2018.

To help commemorate this tremendous accomplishment, each graduating Grade 12 student attending school in Metro Vancouver can enjoy two free days of unlimited travel by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express with a Compass GradPass.

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10-Year Vision Spotlight – Northeast Sector, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

10-Year Vision Spotlight

This post is part of our 10-Year Vision Spotlight series, breaking down the nitty gritty of what’s planned in Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision! 

Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision continues to bring more transit and transportation improvements to our region. It will not only improve mobility for residents, but also make progress towards the broader social, economic, and environmental goals of our region’s long-term strategies.

In this post, we’re breaking down all of the improvements coming to the Northeast Sector, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as part of Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision which we’re seeking public input on until May 11!

In March, we announced how we’re preparing to roll out four new B-Line bus routes by the end of 2019! This is great news for the Northeast Sector as the proposed Lougheed Highway B-Line will run from Coquitlam Central Station to Haney Place. Extended hours of service and reduced wait times are also to come with Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision.

On the rail side, you may have heard, 80 new SkyTrain cars will be available for service in Metro Vancouver by 2020 (28 of which are arriving early!).

Northeast Sector (Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody)

North East Sector Improvements

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

In addition to the new B-Line and other bus service expansions and improvements, we’re also making changes to West Coast Express. Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision funded the purchase of two new locomotives and refurbishment of 6 locomotives
for the West Coast Express. Phase Two plans for expanded capacity in Phase Three of the vision.

Maple ridge and pitt meadows

Public engagement on Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision is now underway until May 11! Visit tenyearvision.translink.ca to learn more and have your say.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – May 8

There’s no denying that you were on track with this week’s #MyTransLink challenge. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region, we asked for your West Coast Express shots and once again you delivered. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

 

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On your marks, get set, BMO!

BMO Vancouver Marathon

It’s road race season once again here in Metro Vancouver, with the BMO Vancouver Marathon  taking place this Sunday, May 6th.

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10-Year Vision Spotlight – Upgrading the existing rail network

10-Year Vision Spotlight

You may have heard, BIG things are coming for Metro Vancouver transit as part of Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision! In fact, there are so many big things coming that over the next week and a half, we’ll be breaking down the nitty gritty of what’s to come in our new series: 10-Year Vision Spotlight. 

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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Marc Ramos

Photo of The Buzzer Illustrator Marc Ramos

Pick up the latest print edition of The Buzzer and you’ll have seen the creative work of Marc Ramos a Filipino artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s animation program. Marc’s illustration sets the stage for our Tap to Pay campaign, as well as packages up valuable information on Spring Service Changes and updates to Metrotown Station.

We asked Marc a few questions to learn a little more about him as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

Currently, I’m working in the animation industry as a 2D Layout Artist at Atomic Cartoons. I was fortunate to get a job in this industry right after graduation. I like playing basketball, playing the drums and guitar, photography and film making and drawing of course! And I also really like cats and dogs.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

Whether I’m working on something or am thinking of working on something, music, especially ambient music, helps me visualize and feel inspired to create.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy drawing funny characters, but lately I’ve been interested in illustrating through storyboards, as we call them, documenting some of the interesting things that happen in my daily life.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

This illustration represents a first person view inside the SkyTrain with a number of passengers riding comfortably on it. If you’ve seen my Instagram profile, I do a lot of sketching inside the SkyTrain and that was the driving force for this illustration. I wanted it to look like it was drawn by me while on the SkyTrain.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I use my graphics tablet at home a lot these days, but whenever I get the chance to draw on the train, it’s either a fine tip pen, a broad tip pen, a ballpoint pen or a pencil.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

The projects I am most proud of would be the animation projects I did when I was in my second year of animation school. Homework may not sound nice to some, but I really did enjoy doing those.

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Besides my daily life documentation through storyboards, I’m making video montages at the moment using my smartphone. Most of what I’ve captured so far has been the nice views on the skytrain between Edmonds and New Westminster station and on the Fraser River. Hopefully, I get good enough at making these videos so I can proudly post them on my Instagram later on.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

Hands down the Skytrain. You can’t really go wrong with the views.

Do you have any fun plans for Spring?

To be honest, I don’t really have definite “fun” plans for the Spring just yet. I plan on getting more fit. I guess we can call that a fun plan?

Thanks so much Marc for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life as an artist! We look forward to seeing your video montages and all other creative work in the future!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – May 1

Welcome back to another week of #MyTransLink, our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region. This week, snap happy commuters and transit fans were on the right track, taking us for a ride on the Millennium Line! Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

#moodycentrestation #mytranslink #skytrain

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Metro Vancouver leads Canada and the U.S. in transit ridership growth

Transit Ridership

Temperatures in Metro Vancouver are on the rise, and so is public transit ridership!

That’s right—in 2017, Metro Vancouver saw more public transit ridership growth than any urban area with a population of more than one million people in Canada and the US, according stats from the American Public Transit Association (APTA).

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