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Join us September 28, 2017 for the next TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink Open Board Meeting

All of TransLink’s board meetings are open to the general public. Are you interested in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works?

Attend our September meeting and get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate,  responsibilities, budget and more!

Details:

When: Thursday, September 28 , 2017
What: Quarterly Open Board Meeting
Where: TransLink Head Office  400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster

Apply to speak or find the agenda for the upcoming meeting at translink.ca/boardmeetings.

Can’t make the meeting in person? No problem!
You can always watch our live streams on Periscope and Facebook.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Buzzer illustrator interview: Honeylyn Amaga

Illustration and illustrator, Honeylyn Amaga

This September edition of the print Buzzer illustration was done by Honeylyn Amaga.

Celebrating the largest bus service increase as part of the 10-Year Vision, Honelyn features a smiling happy bus eager to help move Metro Vancouver!

We asked Honeylyn a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator!

Tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines where I worked as a Registered Nurse. I recently became a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C., however my real love is art! I’ve been interested in art since high school, and competed in many art competitions. A few months ago, I rekindled my love of the arts through picking up my some canvas to craft portrait and landscape paintings.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

As an artist, I’m inspired by many things. Internally, I’m driven by the emotions and passion that I feel towards a piece. Family in Cebu and Canada are also very inspirational to me. Lastly, I’m inspired by other famous artists such as French impressionist Claude Monet, and Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really love nature and portraits. I typically work with traditional mediums like paint and canvas, however I love new challenges and am continually learning about illustrating in the digital and graphic space.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer.

Fall Service Changes were the biggest in nearly a decade, so this illustration focused on the bus as the main subject. The smiling bus represents the staff at Translink who are happy to serve bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express passengers. The colourful lines underneath the bus depict “more moving, less waiting” as part of the 10 year Vision.

What are your artistic tools of choice?

Generally I prefer painting with acrylics, canvas boards and brushes, however when working digitally I love using Adobe Illustrator.

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

The print Buzzer of course! This has so far been the biggest leap of my career as an artist. I love painting portraits of people as it is very rewarding to see their satisfaction with the finished works I create.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

As you can probably tell from my illustration, I love taking the SkyTrain and the bus. When riding the SkyTrain I often find myself deep in thought especially if there’s an eye catching view of nature out the window!

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

I’m currently working on some canvas portraits, and will be participating in the Vancouver Art Battle on September 21, 2017.

Do you have any fun plans this fall?

Aside from the upcoming Vancouver Art Battle, each September my husband, my son and I celebrate our wedding anniversary with a getaway to Tofino!

Thank you Honeylyn for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects, and of course, Happy Anniversary!

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

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#AskDenisThePlanner your questions, September 8, on Twitter @TransLink!

#AskDenisThePlanner

Just under a year ago, one of Metro Vancouver’s favourite transit planners made his twitter debut responding to an unhappy customer’s video message about bus service in her area. A star was born – and ever since  #DenisThePlanner has been responding to your tweets, posting videos here and on Facebook and sharing information about Service Changes through lighthearted and fun informational videos.

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Holiday Service for Labour Day – September 4, 2017

Monday, September 4 is Labour Day, the last long weekend of the summer, and the final hurrah before many Metro Vancouverites head back to work and school. As such, we will be operating on a holiday schedule.

Here’s what you need to know about upcoming holiday service:

  • BusSkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express will not operate.
  • The Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Holiday fares will be in effect, which means you can travel across all zones on a one-zone fare all day long!

And don’t forget! Fall Service changes, our single largest bus service increase as part of the 10-Year Vision, also begin on Labour Day, September 4!

For more information on our fall service change visit our Transit Service Changes page.

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Don’t forget to check out our post on how to survive the Post-Labour Day Crunch!

Know before you go!

Use our handy Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. The information here is subject to change. For the latest and most up-to-date information, bookmark translink.ca on your mobile device so you can know on the go!

For the latest transit information, follow us on twitter at @TransLink or contact our Customer Information by phone at 604.953.3333

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The September 2017 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system!

Fall is upon us! This means kids are gearing up to back-to-school, fall service changes are coming (make sure to follow our Bus Route Buzz series to get full details!) and of course, the September edition of the Buzzer is now on the system!

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Surviving the Post-Labour Day Crunch

Students and commuters are gearing up for the Post-Labour Day Crunch (PLDC), or better known as – returning to the daily grind, after a brief summer hiatus. Last year, the start of September saw just over 320,000 average daily Compass boardings on the Expo and Millennium Lines! That made September the busiest month in 2016 for average daily Compass boardings.

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Westham Island Bridge repairs begin on October 10, 2017

From October 10 to November 4, 2017, we’re doing repairs to one of TransLink’s oldest bridges, and possibly the oldest car bridge in Metro Vancouver,  the Westham Island Bridge. The bulk of this work, originally scheduled for May of 2017, has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. – 9 p.m over the following five days:

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Bus Route Buzz – Vancouver

Bus Route Buzz

Hey Vancouver! This September, why not save some fuel and take the bus to school?! In addition to regular seasonal bus changes, we’re adding more service to reduce crowding on the 25 Brentwood Station/UBC, 49 Metrotown Station/UBC and 84 VCC-Clark Station/UBC.

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#MyTransLink – August 29

Hey Metro Vancouver, #MyTransLink is back! We know you’ve been waiting for our biweekly rider-curated series showcasing your in transit photos from around Metro Vancouver. Check out the latest and greatest shots captured since our last installment.

 

Bus Route Buzz: North Vancouver, White Rock and Tsawwassen

Bus Route Buzz

September means back-to-school for many in Metro Vancouver. Come September 4, as part of Fall Service Changes, and the 10-Year Vision we’re bringing increased capacity on many of the region’s most crowded routes including the 620 to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, the 240 to North Vancouver and the 351 to White Rock.

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Bus Route Buzz: Surrey, Langley & Maple Ridge

Bus Route Buzz

Great news Clayton Heights, Morgan Creek and Silver Valley! Summer may be ending, but Fall Service Changes mean we’re sending brand new service your way beginning September 4!

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The Buzz is Back! Fall Service Changes begin September 4

Bus Route Buzz

While the vast majority of Metro Vancouver continues to enjoy the final months of summer sun, sand and surf, we’re working hard behind the scenes to prepare for fall service changes at TransLink. With back-to-school upon us, we’re focused on improving service to post-secondary schools including UBC, SFU, BCIT and Capilano University. We’re also bringing more frequent connections to SkyTrain to help move you quicker and more efficiently through the region.

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Going to the Fair at the PNE? Transit will get you there, starting August 19

2017 pne banner

Celebrate summer at the legendary Fair at the PNE! Featuring special Canada 150 shows and entertainment, rides and food that will remind you of your childhood and new attractions and shows here for this year only. Open August 19 — September 4 (closed August 21 and 28).

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#MyTransLink – August 15

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
— Edward Steichen

After a brief hiatus, #MyTransLink is back! If you’re new here, welcome to our biweekly rider-curated series showcasing photos in transit from around Metro Vancouver. Here are some of the great shots captured since our last installment.

Why not enjoy the sunset while taking a ride on #mytranslink 🚝🌇

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Author: Sarah Kertcher

Rogers LTE wireless service expands into New Westminster

Rogers LTE coverage is now live in Columbia Station and through the tunnels! (Photo: waferboard/Flickr)

In a continued partnership with Rogers, LTE wireless connectivity on the SkyTrain has expanded into New Westminster! Starting today, Rogers and Fido customers will now see extended LTE wireless connectivity at Columbia SkyTrain Station and through the tunnels between Columbia and Sapperton SkyTrain stations. This is an extension to the service that was added to the Dunsmuir and Edmonds tunnels last summer!

Enhancing cellular coverage across the Expo and Millennium Line network ­increases safety, security and convenience for customers and operators with the added bonus of no cost to taxpayers.

Customers have told us that connectivity on the system is important and our partnership with Rogers is one way we are working to have a reliable and sustainable network in place.

Stay tuned for more info about more LTE service coming to our Expo and Millennium lines.

Author: Sarah Kertcher