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#TakeTransitHome – transit merchandise pop-up shop at Waterfront Station, Aug. 16–18

A trolleybus-themed t-shirt will be among the new items available at the pop-up shop!

Hey Vancouver, this is your transit! A pop-up shop will be popping up at Waterfront Station on August 16, 17 and 18. It’s your chance to pickup merchandise to show off your love for our Metro Vancouver transit system.

We’ve added NEW items to our list of transportation-themed apparel for the pop-up shop, including a t-shirt to commemorate our trolleybuses’ 70th anniversary!

Trolley-themed tee-shirts can be bought at the pop-up shop at Waterfront Station

It’s the 70th trolleybus anniversary on August 16th (follow us on social media – Twitter and Facebook – to know details about a special trolley tour). These cool trolleybus-themed tees will instill a sense of pride and nostalgia in you.

The pop-up shop at Waterfront Station will run from:

  • August 16th & 17th, 8 a.m. to 6 pm
  • August 18th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

New merchandise can be bought at the pop-up shop at Waterfront Station this weekend

Other new merchandise include a baseball hat with the transit ‘T’ symbol and the popular retro SeaBus t-shirts in two new colors.

The three-day pop-up shop will also sell other items such as:

  • Transit-themed pencils
  • Station map mugs and mug sets
  • Transit vehicle travel mug and other drinkware
  • Transit map puzzle and other décor items
  • Bus system map umbrella, laptop sleeve and other personal/tech items
  • Scale models of a SkyTrain or SeaBus

Whether you are a local, or a tourist to Metro Vancouver, our pop-up shop at the historical Waterfront Station is sure to delight you with numerous options.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your calendar August 16th to 18th and come see us at Waterfront Station! Be ready to take transit home!

Can’t make it? This new merchandise is also available on the TransLink Store where all orders now ship from Metro Vancouver!

This automatic open, folding umbrella features a navy exterior with the transit T logo and colourful Vancouver bus system map interior.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

New bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station and more!

The TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program is improving aging infrastructure across the system

Upgrades to Joyce-Collingwood Station are well underway. The new bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station is now complete – a milestone in the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program that’s improving aging infrastructure across the system.

The next phase of construction will start next week, with crews completing necessary upgrade work.

The west stationhouse at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain Station will be closed from August 13 until spring 2019 as station improvements continue. During construction, the station will remain open and accessible to all customers.

Where do I catch my bus or SkyTrain?

Two new bus shelters at the Joyce-Collingwood Station – opening August 13.

 

Beginning August 13, customers will use the east stationhouse and newly-constructed bus loop to access SkyTrain and buses.

  • Buses will move to the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • From August 13 to spring 2019, the west stationhouse will close and customers can catch their bus at the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • The bus loop has larger shelters and is the new permanent location for the 28 and 41/43 routes.

 

Una estación mas y llego. Después de una tarde Diferente 😜

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Transit-friendly bookstores in Metro Vancouver

August 9th is Book Lovers’ Day

There’s something about the smell of books – old or new, they have the ability to transport you someplace magical! And while many now prefer to read their favorite books online, nothing beats the charm of holding that paperback and carefully using bookmarks to come back to it the next day. That is, if you can actually put it down in the first place!

August 9th is Book Lovers’ Day and what better day to give a shout-out to these amazing bookstores in Metro Vancouver that you can easily check out on transit!

Of course, let’s not forget stores like Chapters or Indigo, but with this listicle, we are shining the spotlight on the little-known neighborhood bookstores that are tucked away.

Some of these stores only sell used books, while some specialize in a certain genre. At the end of the day, they are all book lovers’ paradise.

1. The Paper Hound

Location: 344 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Transit: Expo Line, Bus 19

The Paper Hound offers a selection of new, used, and rare titles in a historic, atmospheric building. This bookstore has over 9,000 titles and favours classics.

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9 beaches in Metro Vancouver to visit by transit

9 beaches in Metro Vancouver on transit

Summer is a great time to explore the beautiful beaches that Metro Vancouver has to offer. The long days mean these beaches offer scenic views of the horizon that make for great photos and memories! While there are lots of popular beaches in the Lower Mainland, we compiled this list of some stunning beaches that could possibly be our cities’ best kept secrets. We also tell you how to get there by transit, so all you need to do is grab your beach towels, lather on that sunscreen and jump on transit your family!

Turns out, even in the 1930s, the print edition of The Buzzer suggested some great beaches in Vancouver to beat the heat!

Which is your favorite beach? Did we miss any other secret beaches? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Beach timings and swimming conditions may be affected due to the weather. Check each beach’s website for exact details.

1. White Pine Beach

Location: Sasamat Lake, Port Moody
Transit: Bus 150

White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake in Port Moody is a family-friendly beach that has great walking trails, a beach area, swimming in the lake, and a floating bridge. Take advantage of our increased service to White Pine Beach during the summer and hit this great spot!

Perfect day at #WhitePineBeach

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#MyTransLink – August 7

A SkyTrain track is featured in this stock photo from 2017

Hola all you fellow transit enthusiasts! Our favorite day of the week is back and so is #MyTransLink – our series on The Buzzer blog where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! Each week, we give you a theme and you share your stunning photos by using the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram.

#MyTransLink aims to capture all your beautiful shots of Metro Vancouver. Whether you take the bus, the SkyTrain, or the SeaBus, make sure you capture those stunning moments and share with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink.

 

So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of architecture – especially of our transit system! Share your awesome clicks with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll be sure to feature them here.

Here are some of last week’s clicks:

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10 top farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver to visit on transit

Top 10 farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver

Nothing describes summer like spending time wandering around the numerous farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver. Farmers’ markets are a great way for families to spend time together buying fresh, local produce directly from the vendors. You can stock up your entire kitchen with the wide variety of foods and more on display.

The Buzzer blog compiled 10 of these markets that are held in various communities across Metro Vancouver. The best part? These are all easily accessible by transit, so we listed some options on how to get there! You can use the TransLink trip planner to plan your route.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab that shopping bag and hop on board!

Which farmers’ market do you shop at? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Market details such as times, dates and venue addresses are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.

1. Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

Location: 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 8, 9, 99 B-Line

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#MyTransLink – July 30

SkyTrain bridge

Happy Tuesday, folks! Looks like we may be getting a breather from the scorching heat, finally! Tuesday also means it’s #MyTransLink time, so all you Instagrammers out there, we love what you share with us – keep clicking and sharing!

To the newbies, #MyTransLink is our series on The Buzzer blog where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! Each week, we give you a theme and you share your stunning photos by using the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram.

#MyTransLink isn’t just about transit in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s a chance to stand back and admire what our cities offer us. Last week, we asked you to share photos of the sun, as well as transit, and we love all those magnificent photos you share.

If the sun and the heat aren’t your thing, then maybe ice cream is? Here’s a list of some transit-friendly ice cream spots in Metro Vancouver. You can take advantage of our increased bus service to get there.

Our Tap to Pay payment option makes it easier than ever before to pay and be on your way. Remember, Compass cards offer discounted fares if you are a regular transit rider.

So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of architecture – especially of our transit system! Take advantage of the gorgeous sundown light and share your awesome clicks with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll be sure to feature them here.

Here are some of last week’s clicks:

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One millions taps—Tap to Pay hits a milestone

Customers have embraced Tap to Pay in a big way!

It’s been two months since we launched Tap to Pay and we are happy to share our customers have embraced this new payment option in a big way.

To date, there have been 160,000 unique users who have tapped their contactless credit cards and mobile wallets—a combined—more than one million times! 

If you are a tourist in Metro Vancouver or an infrequent transit rider, Tap to Pay means no more ticket line-ups, digging for change, or worrying about fare zones.

This is perfect for sports fans and concert goers heading down to BC Place or Rogers Arena to catch an event. Just tap your contactless credit card and be on your way! Taking transit to these games is also a great way to interact and banter with fellow fans about the match.

Compass remains the best choice for regular users as it offers discounts.

As always, remember—tap your card, not your wallet. Check out 5 things you need to know about Tap to Pay!

TransLink was the first transit agency in Canada and one of the first in North America to launch this new payment option.

With Tap to Pay, customers can travel across all modes in the same way as customers with Compass Cards. Customers can tap card readers with a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card, or a device with an Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay wallet.

Learn more about Tap to Pay at translink.ca/taptopay.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

#MyTransLink – July 24

Hello fellow Metro Vancouverites! Hope it’s goin’ swell for you folks out there. It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for #MyTransLink.

For our new friends here, #MyTransLink is our series on The Buzzer blog where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! You’ve shown us a lot of love by sharing your B.E.A.utiful photos with the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram this past week.

As you know, #MyTransLink isn’t just about transit in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s about the amazing sights our cities have to offer and, accordingly, our theme this past week is of places in Metro Vancouver that transit takes you to. Read on to check out all the photos selected from last week and the theme for the week to come!

Summer is the time to go out and explore new areas, visit family and go out with friends. And what better way to do this than now when we have increased bus service.

Our Tap to Pay payment option makes it easier than ever before to pay and be on your way. Remember, Compass cards offer discounted fares if you are a regular transit rider.

If the heat is unbearable and you are looking for some FREE options to beat it, worry not. We compiled a list of some cool kid-friendly spray parks in Metro Vancouver that are easily accessible by transit.

 

So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we asked you to share photos of transit and the sun! We’ve purposely kept the topic general to see what creative shots you come up with. Perhaps you’ll find a nice shot of the sun reflecting off of a SkyTrain. Maybe you’ll snap a pic of a sun flooded bus exchange or depot. Who knows!

Check out the awesome pictures you shot and shared with us last week in this edition of #MyTransLink:

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Links and Tidbits – July 20, 2018

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments or email us!

» Looks like we are not the only transit enthusiasts here! This global network of Millennials called The NumtotsNew Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens wants to make cities better.

» A group of digital artists is using aerial images to trace paths of transit lines in their city using bright colors – so, you can get a bird’s eye view of the entire transportation network of that city. Read more »