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A conversation with Constable Leanne Smith, Transit Police Dog Handler

A photo of Transit Police constable Leanne Smith and police service dog Diesel

From a young age, Constable Leanne Smith, Police Dog Handler with Metro Vancouver Transit Police aspired to do the very job she does today. Cliché perhaps, but growing up with dogs of her own fostered an admiration and appreciation for the canine cop role.

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A conversation with Leanna Turcotte, West Coast Express Conductor

Leanna Turcotte, Train Conductor for West Coast Express stands outside passenger train

The days start early for Leanna Turcotte, West Coast Express Train Conductor, but that doesn’t stop this cheerful, happy go lucky and self-proclaimed morning person from being head over heels in love with her career. Leanna has a growing career on the rails. After 12 years of working for CP Rail, she found herself with West Coast Express and Bombardier. Leanna’s on the job training as both an locomotive engineer and conductor paved the way for her current role.

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A conversation with Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner

Photo of Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner at TransLink

From a young age, Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner, Strategy and Plan Development at TransLink knew she would do great things.

“I loved the idea of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wanted to make fun, wonderful things for other people to enjoy. It just took me a long time to realize that could include our cities and our infrastructure: parks, roads, housing, water treatment, and so on.”

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#MyTransLink – March 6

Hey there! Thanks for joining us for another edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. Your theme this week was black and white, and we were once again wowed by the images you captured. Let’s take a look back at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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Keeping transit accessible

Customer using wheelchair getting on the bus

TransLink recognizes and celebrates the diverse demographic of transit users on our system. In fact, we have an entire team of Access Transit professionals dedicated to breaking down barriers and improving the accessibility and overall transit service experience for people with disabilities, seniors, new immigrants and young people alike. We’re proud to be a leader in providing an array of accessible travel options to passengers. Buses, Community Shuttle, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express vehicles are all fully accessible.

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Nice Needs No Filter – Pink Shirt Day 2018

Pink Shirt Day 2018

This year’s shirt says it all – Nice Needs No Filter.

Pink Shirt Day, now a global movement, was started back in 2007 by two boys attending a Nova Scotia high school. After witnessing the bullying of a new student for wearing a pink shirt to school, the boys rallied dozens of classmates to wear pink in solidarity of the bullied student. The movement has gained traction over the years, with worldwide support and participation. Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

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The focus for this years movement is Cyberbullying, something that we are no stranger to here at TransLink. Sadly, online bullying can come in many forms, from spreading rumours, threats, and just overall harassment. This year, we rallied our troops internally to show our support of anti-bullying. We stand with Pink Shirt Day and encourage others to choose kindness first, and encourage those online to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative and remembering that Nice Needs No Filter. Read more »

#MyTransLink – February 27

Welcome back to another edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. This week, your theme was Motion, and it’s no surprise that your submissions captured the bustle of this busy city in a beautiful way. Let’s take a look back at the week that was, and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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Big News! SkyTrain cars are arriving ahead of schedule!

 

Today marks yet another great day for transit in Metro Vancouver as TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, along with members of the federal and provincial government, announced the early arrival of new SkyTrain cars for our system!

The deal was inked on a cold day in 2016, as part of funding provided through Phase 1 of the Mayors’ 10-year Vision. Today, the big news is that 28 additional Expo and Millennium Line SkyTrain cars will arrive by the end of 2019! That’s three years ahead of schedule!

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We’re proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers for 2018

BC's Top Employer

For the fourth straight year, TransLink (also known as South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) has been named one of BC’s Top Employers!

We’re once again excited to share this fantastic award with not only our employees, but also our customers and anyone else who crosses our path.

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Construction Completed on SeaBus North Terminal East Berth

SeaBus North Berth

Big things are happening for SeaBus! Earlier this week, construction completed on the east berth of the north terminal. These 40 year old buildings see approximately 5.84 million boardings each year, and that number is only expected to grow as ridership continues to grow, and we add to the SeaBus fleet.

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#MyTransLink – February 20

Last week, we asked you to share your best Skyline photos for this edition of #MyTransLink, and share you did. From alpenglow mountains to golden hour sunsets you, our snap-happy customers, community members, neighbours and transit enthusiasts have captured the remarkable beauty of Metro Vancouver once again. Enjoy this week’s compilation, and scroll remember to the bottom to find the theme for the upcoming week.

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RECAP: 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

It was a brisk and sunny Sunday, but that didn’t stop our TransLink and TRAMS crew from taking to the streets of Chinatown to hand out those coveted lucky red envelopes in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with TransLink!

Chinese New Year

Gong hei fat choy! Today kicks off Chinese Lunar New Year – also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, which is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunar Chinese calendar. This year is the year of the Dog, and we’re excited to be a part of one of the 45th annual Chinese New Year Parade taking place in Chinatown on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

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Love on the line – Valentine’s Day 2018

B-Line Valentine

While the calendar says today is Valentine’s Day, here at TransLink, it’s just one of our two annual celebrations of love. Our annual I Love Transit week shares interesting stories celebrating our riders, transit enthusiasts and generally all the things we love about transit! From Rodney and Darci tapping onto the SkyTrain en route to their nuptuals, to Nina and Jarred getting married on a TransLink bus, and Meghan and Steve unexpectedly finding love on transit, it’s no surprise that this busy and bustling public space ignites so many connections.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out these and some of the other amazing love stories that started on our system:

Love knows no bounds and can happen when we least expect it — don’t believe me? Just check out the pages of pages of I Saw You ads in the Georgia Straight, with sightings on all of our transit modes!

And let’s not forget about your love for us!

Happy Valentine’s day #happyvalentinesday #mytranslink

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Have a transit love story to share? Let us know in the comments, or send us an email to thebuzzer@translink.ca

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – February 13

Love was in the air with last week’s #MyTransLink theme of valentines! We asked you to share your interpretation of the theme with us and pink cloaked skylines to love for your favourite modes are just some of the shots you, our snap-happy customers, community members, neighbours and transit enthusiasts have captured. Enjoy the view, and scroll to the bottom to find the theme for the upcoming week.

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