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Laying the keel on our new SeaBus

In case you haven’t heard, Metro Vancouver is getting a new SeaBus! We recently marked a very important milestone in the ship’s construction. TransLink and Damen Shipyards, the SeaBus’s builder, held a keel-laying ceremony in the Netherlands where the vessel is being built.

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#MyTransLink – February 6

Last week in #MyTransLink, we added a theme to this week’s edition—challenging you to show us your lines! It’s no surprise that once again, you, our snap-happy customers, community members, neighbours and transit enthusiasts have raised the roof with some awe-inspiring shots! Check it out and read to the bottom to find the theme for the upcoming week.

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#MyTransLink – January 30

Hey there! Welcome back to another week of #MyTransLink. We’re sharing some of the amazing photos captured by YOU! Our snap-happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts. Curating these photos is always a challenge because of all the outstanding shots to choose from. Check out this small sampling of our favourites since last week, and make sure to read to the bottom to see what we’ve got in store for next week!

On this day in Buzzer Blog history: January 24, 2011

Old Mr Buzzer

It’s hard to believe that 2011 was seven years ago, it feels like just yesterday. For this edition of On this day in Buzzer Blog history, we’re throwing back to a throwback post where we shared a cool piece of transit history sent to us by Bob Hassan, who had inherited his late fathers collection of Buzzer relics.

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#MyTransLink – January 23

Here we go again! This week’s edition of #MyTransLink once again shares some stunning photos captured by YOU! Our snap-happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts. Here’s a small sampling of our favourites since last week.

Double the fun: Double-decker buses will add to the fleet in 2019

TransLink double decker bus

Back in November of 2017, we launched our highly anticipated Double-decker bus pilot project, with two, double tall buses rolling out on various long-distance commuter routes.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Tri-Cities

Bus Route Buzz
Bus Route Buzz is our series that takes a deep dive look into quarterly service changes coming to your area. This edition takes a look at improvements to Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and the Tri-Cities. 

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A talon for getting rid of pigeons – TransLink’s Falconry Project

Falconry Project

In a bid to develop a humane solution to address the long-standing pigeon problem at SkyTrain stations across the region, we have partnered with our feathered friends at Raptors Ridge for a six-week falconry project around six of our most bird populated stations. Falconers will be bringing predatory birds, falcons and hawks, to these stations in order to change the habits of the pigeons and deter them from returning.

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#MyTransLink – January 16

We’re back with another edition of #MyTransLink, the weekly curated series sharing photos captured by our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts alike. Check out a sampling of our favourites since the last week.

Sign Light

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Buzzer illustrator interview: Jenny Hsieh

The December 2017 edition of the print Buzzer was illustrated by the talented Jenny Hsieh, who we originally discovered through her super fun Instagram account.

Jenny’s adorable winter clad creatures don the cover in promotion of winter service changes, all-door boarding, TransLink merchandise, and more!

We asked Jenny a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator based in Vancouver. I recently graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in Illustration. When I’m not drawing I’m liking cute dog photos on Instagram.

(us too Jenny… us too!)

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

I get my inspiration from everyday life. I like to take seemingly banal moments and illustrate them in a way that makes them extraordinary.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I enjoy drawing people and dogs (especially shiba inus).

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

My illustration features three warmly dressed animals waiting for the bus. I wanted to illustrate something simple and fun to represent bus schedule changes in the winter season.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I like to switch between various mediums. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for my digital work, and watercolour, ink, or coloured pencils for my traditional stuff. I like exploring different mediums since each one can really lend to the mood of a work.

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

Recently, I made a zine consisting of ink drawings that I created in October. It’s basically cute girls in cute outfits – it was a lot of fun to draw!

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

Right now, I am trying to put together another zine/comic. I am also working on opening an online store, which will probably be ready early next year. You can stay updated with me on my instagram and website!

What is your favourite mode of transit?

My favourite and most frequent mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain. I’ve spent most of my time on the SkyTrain because of school. It just makes travelling downtown so convenient!

Do you have any fun plans for winter?

Yes! Winter vacation plans included spending Christmas and New Year’s in Taiwan.

A huge thanks to Jenny for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects!

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

Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: South of the Fraser

Bus Route Buzz

Bus Route Buzz is our series that takes a deep dive into quarterly service changes. This edition takes a look at improvements South of the Fraser. 

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#MyTransLink – January 9, 2017

#MyTransLink Photography Quote

Welcome to another edition of #MyTransLink, the weekly curated series sharing photos captured by our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts alike. Take a look at our favourites since last week.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Burnaby & New Westminster

Bus Route Buzz
Bus Route Buzz is our series each service change that takes a deep dive into what’s coming to your area. In this edition, we take a look at improvements in Burnaby and New Westminster. 

TransLink makes bus service changes every quarter (spring, summer, fall and winter), to reflect seasonal changes in demand and bring more service to where customers need it most. This winter, we’re improving bus service to reduce overcrowding and wait times, expand service hours, and increase reliability.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Vancouver

Bus Route Buzz

Bus Route Buzz is our series each service change that takes a deep dive into what’s coming to your area. In this edition, we take a look at improvements in Vancouver. 

We’re improving bus service to reduce overcrowding and wait times, expand service hours and increase reliability!

More than 29,000 annual service hours of bus service are being added as part of Winter Service Changes that began on December 18, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

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#MyTransLink – January 2

Welcome to the very first #MyTransLink post of 2018! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season and we’re excited to share in your transit adventures throughout this year.

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