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TransLink is going LIVE! Facebook Live!

Facebook Live

Today is an exciting day for the TransLink Social Media team, as we will be streaming LIVE for the first time from Facebook at 2:00pm PST. For our inaugural stream, we will be doing a demo of how to take your bike on the bus! After all, Bike to Work week is coming soon!

Make sure to tune in and learn how you can take advantage of the great weather we’ve been having in the Metro Vancouver area, and perhaps make your commute multi-modal!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

UPDATE: Here’s the recording of our first Facebook Live!

Earth Day 2016 – Doing our part for the earth

Earth Day

Earth Day takes place annually on April 22, and is celebrated globally with the goal of encouraging and educating people to be more environmentally friendly. The TransLink family takes sustainability seriously and works hard daily to protect the environment!

Here are a few examples of environmentally-focused projects from across the TransLink enterprise in 2015. 

Cutting back on washing to save water

In 2015 we all saw a record breaking long, hot and dry summer. When the region experienced water shortages we voluntarily suspended our regular exterior bus washing and exterior SkyTrain washing at the end of each service day, despite the fact that our bus wash system uses reclaimed water for the majority of the wash cycle.

To give you an idea of how much water was conserved, at Vancouver Transit Centre (CMBC’s biggest bus depot), they saved 30,000 litres each day! Across the bus network, we saved a total of 5.7 million litres of water from July to September. If there is another shortage this year, we will happily do our part to conserve.

Driving the benefits of compressed natural gas

CMBC started operating 31 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in 2015. The quieter CNG buses – with reduced carbon emissions and lower maintenance costs – replaced 45 diesel buses that were retired from operation at the end of their service life. The New Flyer Xcelesior buses started on routes in the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody) and operate out of the Port Coquitlam Transit Centre, which is equipped with CNG refueling stations.

Going platinum

Last year, TransLink moved up from gold and became the first Canadian transit organization to gain platinum level status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Since 2010, 58 separate projects reduced waste by nine per cent, water use by 10 per cent, and greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent in its facilities. The bus fleet alone has had a 17 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. CMBC also reduced energy consumption by more than seven per cent. 

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How are you going to celebrate? You could turn an eye to increasing the amount you recycle, volunteer for a local green project or install a rain water collection system at your home.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

TransLink’s family of companies and unions raise over $275,000 for a second year in a row

United Way of the Lower Mainland

Photo: (Left to right) David Black (MoveUP – COPE local 378), Kathy Pereira (CMBC), Brenda Aynsley (United Way), Cathy McLay (TransLink) and Kevin Desmond (TransLink).

Thanks again to the hard work and dedication of employees in the TransLink family, for the second year in a row, our donation to United Way of the Lower Mainland exceeded $275,000!

“I am extremely proud of the commitment employees across the TransLink enterprise display to our United Way campaigns each year. We have been strong supporters of United Way for many years because they have the ability to help the people who live in the communities we serve,” said Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, Translink.

Employees from TransLink, B.C. Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company, Transit Police, MoveUP (COPE local 378), CUPE 4500, CUPE 7000, Unifor 111, and Unifor 2200 contributed their time and generously donated to support United Way’s programs and services.

“United Way works with over 150 community partners and builds strong relationships with government and social services to deliver programs, help people understand issues and create change. These are initiatives our union and members support,” added David Black, President, MoveUP (COPE local 378).

For more information on how contributions to United Way are helping make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, visit United Way of the Lower Mainland online.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

2016 Holiday Transit Service for Good Friday & Easter Monday

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The social team will be back on Tuesday!

Easter weekend is upon us!

Tomorrow is Good Friday and that means transit will be running on Sunday/Holiday service for bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus, West Coast will not be running.

Don’t forget! Friday is a statutory holiday so you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones!

Monday, March 28, 2015, is Easter Monday.

That means bus service will be operating on a modified weekday schedule and regular fares apply.

However, there’s reduced AM and PM peak period service for SkyTrain. SeaBus will operate regular weekday schedules. West Coast Express will be running trains W1, W3 and W5 westbound and E1, E3 and E5 eastbound. TrainBus will operate its regular weekday schedule.

More information can be found on our Holiday Services page.

The social team will also be off for the long weekend, returning on Tuesday, March 29th.

Have a safe and hoppy Easter weekend everyone!

Know before you go!

Use the Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. Customer Information can be reached at 604.953.3333 or tweet us @TransLink.

Are you planning on taking transit to an Easter event this weekend?
Comment below and let us know where you’re headed!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Transit in the News— August 21, 2015

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share?
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Newspaper

Go Hillsborough puts one-cent transportation sales tax back in play.

D.C. students will be riding Metro for free this year.

NJ Transit Bus Terminal Tombstone Mystery Solved.

Edmonton Transit’s ‘Cool Bus’ Video is Hippest Ad for the Bus Ever.

Edmonton Transit Campaign Uses Blunt Posters To Fight Harassment.

Mayor hires transit expert to oversee rail project.

New proposal rule to create Public Transportation Safety Program.

GO Transit to boost train, bus service in September.

Pressure on Access Transit grows in Saskatoon.

 If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Transit in the News— August 14, 2015

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share?
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Newspaper

Washington Metro boosts video surveillance on buses to fight assaults on drivers.

Quick thinking MBTA worker hailed as hero for using bus to slow car with unconscious driver.

Dump truck crashes and dangles from 1-80 bridge over NJ transit Line.

New transit world coming with Compass Card.

Entrepreneurs want to build transit pods to ease traffic .

Amazon looks to mass transit for package pickup.

Halifax transit bus to become a weekly mobile food market.

Calgary transit worker rescues escaped lovebird.

Trip times a deterrent to public transit.

Federal administration seeks new mass transit safety role.

MGM National Harbour changes stance on transit; will allow Metro buses on site.

GO Transit Delays: Daystarter Traffic.

Calgary Transit riders sweltering in hot Ctrain cars pumping in heat during heat wave.

 If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

5 Transit trips to make this weekend

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The forecast is in, and it’s looking like grey sky and rain for this weekend. Don’t let the gloomy weather stop you from getting out and enjoying all that Metro Vancouver has to offer. Here’s a quick list of five fun transit accessible activities to get you out of the house.

1. TravelSmart to the Art – Show your validated TransLink fare and receive a discounted admission to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

2. Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Check out Canada’s largest food and drink festival. With over 277 restaurants participating, there’s something for everyone with many restaurants located on, or just off the SkyTrain line!

3. Ice Skate at Robson Square – This free (fee for skate & helmet rental if required) activity is located just steps away from Expo/Millennium and Canada Line stations. Psst! Robson Square is also steps away from the Vancouver Art Gallery! Why not make a day of it by doing both!?

4. Gluten Free Expo – Located at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, just steps from Waterfront Station (terminus for the SeaBus, West Coast Express, Expo/Millennium, and Canada Lines) this event is the perfect opportunity to discover, sample, and save on hundreds of gluten free products.

5. Hot Chocolate Festival – Get your chocolate fix at the 5th annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Twenty-four different venues and 57 different flavours! Check out the website for a walking map to assist you in getting around.

Know before you go!

Use the Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. The information noted 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. Customer Information can be reached at 604.953.3333 or tweet us @TransLink.

Are you planning on taking transit to an event this weekend? Comment below and let us know where you’re headed!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

TravelSmart to the Art! January 12 – February 13, 2015

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Vancouver has no shortage of diverse events and activities to experience at any given time. Now, thanks to a partnership between Travel Smart and the Vancouver Art Gallery you can TravelSmart to the Art to your event calendar!

By taking any mode of public transit to the Vancouver Art Gallery between January 12 – February 13, 2015, you will receive a discounted Gallery admission ticket and a beautiful, limited edition Emily Carr poster!

To take advantage of this offer, show your validated TransLink single fare transfer, FareSaver, Monthly Pass or Compass Card at the Gallery ticket desk to receive your discounted ticket. Discount is tiered depending on which fare media was used to travel.

Regular Fare Tickets: The discount amount will be equal to the exact the cost of the customer’s transit ticket (1 zone – $2.75, 2 zone – $4, 3 zone – $5.50).
DayPass: $5.50 off admission.
Monthly Pass/Compass Card: $3 off admission.
West Coast Express tickets: $3 off admission.

How to get to the Vancouver Art Gallery?

SkyTrain:

  • Take the Canada Line to Vancouver City Centre Station
  • Take the Millennium or Expo lines to Granville Station

Bus:

  • Take the 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 50, 240, 241, 242, 246, 247, 250, 253, 254 or the 257 to the bus stop at Howe and Georgia.

For more information check out the TravelSmart Blog, and follow on Twitter & Facebook  

 

How will you TravelSmart to the Art? Leave a comment below telling us how you’ll get to the VAG.

Author: Sarah Kertcher