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Oh, Canada! Celebrating Canada Day across Metro Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Colin Knowles

Photo courtesy of Colin Knowles

It may not be Canada’s Sesquicentennial (Yep, that’s what it’s called – I looked it up!) for another year but there are still so many great Canada Day events all around the region!

TransLink will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule with additional service to help you get to and from your Canada Day celebrations.

Please be advised that due to events across the region, many buses are being detoured or re-routed on July 1, 2016.

Take a look at just a few events you can experience on our nation’s birthday!

Granville Island Canada Day

This celebration includes a parade, a special ceremony with cake, live performances and the free water park for the kids!

Time: 8 a.m. – Midnight
Place: Granville Island, Vancouver

Canada Day at Canada Place

This is the nation’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa! There will be live music and entertainment, a circus show, food carts, activities for the kids and a Canada Day parade!

Time: Waterfront Party: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Parade starts at 7 p.m.
Place: Canada Place – Parade starts at Georgia Street & Broughton Street.

Steveston Salmon Festival

Salmon. ALL OF THE SALMON! Also, all of the people! This annual festival takes place in this historic fishing village bringing thousands of people to enjoy over 1,200 pounds of salmon, grilled over open fire pits!

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Steveston Village, Richmond

Surrey’s Canada Day celebration

This day of celebrations South of the Fraser boasts one of the biggest outdoor concerts in B.C. Food trucks, a games land, sports world, activity tents for all ages (including seniors!), lots of live music and performances.

Time: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Place: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey

Coal Harbour fireworks

End all of your Canada Day adventures with a spectacular fireworks show at Coal Harbour. The fireworks show will be visible from northwest-side Downtown (Coal Harbour, parts of Stanley Park), West Vancouver (the seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).

Time: 10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Place: Coal Harbour, Vancouver

There are lots more activities to do around the region including celebrations in White Rock, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Langley and more!

Remember!

You can skip the lines and crowds after your event by using your Compass Card or by purchasing an extra return ticket before your event.

Tickets are good for 90 minutes from the time they’re first tapped. Plus! You only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones on holidays!

Please be sure to use our Trip Planner and head to translink.ca/alerts and translink.ca/holidayservice to help you on your way to Canada Day fun!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Know before you go! Weekend events June 24-26, 2016

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Lots to do this weekend around the region!

Metro Vancouver festival season has begun!

This means events and community festivals are happening all over our fair region.

Due to some closures of streets for these events, there are some detours and re-routes for affected areas.

This weekend has a lot going on, take a look!

Vancouver Jazz FestivalJune 24 – 26

Closures: On Robson between Hornby and Howe and partially on Howe.
Routes: 005 service re-routed all day, all three days and all routes servicing Howe street after 9 p.m. are rerouted onto Richards southbound through downtown.

Greek Day –  June 26

Closures: Broadway between MacDonald and Waterloo is closed.
Routes: 009/014 re-routed, 099 re-routed.

Scotia Bank Half MarathonJune 26

Closures: The race will start at Thunderbird Stadium then via Wesbrook Mall, 16th to Sasamat then back to Marine Drive., 4th, Highbury, Pt. Grey, Cornwall, Burrard Bridge, Pacific, Beach to Stanley Park.
Routes: 002/022 MacDonald, 041 UBC, 041 Joyce, 84UBC, C19 Alma, C19 UBC, C21 Yaletown, C21 Beach, C23 Davie, C23 Main, C18 West Mall, and C20 Marine Drive

Like the title says, know before you go! Check out translink.ca/alerts for more details on detours and Trip Planner to map out your transit trip!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Go car free this weekend!

Courtesy of Car Free Day Vancouver

Courtesy of Car Free Day Vancouver

It’s time for the 12th annual Car Free Day Vancouver!

This festival celebrates neighbourhoods and reconnects communities while nurturing and expanding car-free spaces.

That means large chunks of the West End, Main Street and Commercial Drive will be pedestrian only this weekend impacting bus service to these areas.

Weekend detours:

Effective June 18 from 9am until 8:30pm

5 Robson/6 Downtown Regular route to Robson and Denman then via Denman, Georgia, Burrard, Davie then regular route (as 6 Downtown).
6 Davie/5 Downtown Regular route to Davie & Burrard then via Burrard, Georgia, Denman, Robson then regular route (as 5 Downtown).
C21 Beach Regular route to Beach & Davie then via Davie, Cardero, Pendrell, Bidwell, Davie to Temporary Terminus at Bidwell.
C21 Yaletown From Temporary Terminus continue on Davie then via Denman then regular route.
C23 Davie Regular route to Davie & Cardero then via Cardero, Pendrell, Bidwell, Davie to temporary terminus at Bidwell.


Effective June 19 from 8am until 10pm

3 Main Regular route to Main & Kingsway then via, Kingsway, Fraser, 33 Ave, Main, regular route.
3 Downtown Regular route to Main & 33 Ave, then via 33 Ave, Fraser, Kingsway, Main, regular route.


Effective June 19 from 8am until 8:30pm

20 Victoria Regular route to Commercial & Venables, then via Venables, Clark, Broadway, Commercial, regular route.
20 Downtown Regular route to Commercial & Broadway, then via Broadway, Clark, Venables, Commercial, regular route.

You can find more car-free fun at carfreevancouver.org.

Know before you go! Sign up for Transit Alerts and use our handy dandy Trip Planner.

Author: Adrienne Coling

New Pattullo Bridge consultations – get involved!

It's time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

It’s time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

Hello Buzzer readers!

Just a quick reminder that starting this Monday, June 13, 2016 TransLink is reaching out to you, the public, for your input on the Pattullo Bridge replacement.

There are both public open houses as well as small group meetings you can attend to learn more and have your voice heard!

Public open houses

These are drop-in sessions and no RSVP or registration is required.

Community Date Time Location
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 5 to 8 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Saturday, June 18 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 5 to 8 p.m. Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Surrey Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bridgeview Elementary School
12834 115A Avenue Surrey

Small group meetings

If you’d like to attend one of our small group meetings, please register by emailing pattulloreplacement@translink.ca because space is limited!

Community Date Time Location
New Westminster Tuesday, June 14 1 to 3 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Thursday, June 16 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Monday, June 20 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Surrey City Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey
Surrey Tuesday, June 21 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster

You can also find these events listed in our calendar.

For more information on the replacement project and informations sessions, visit translink.ca/pattulloreplacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Trans Canada Trail run across the Golden Ears Bridge this weekend

Race day route along the Trans Canada Trail

Race day route along the Trans Canada Trail

‘Tis the season for runs, races and cycling events and this Sunday is no exception!

On Sunday, May 15 between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm, The MEC Langley run Two will follow the Trans Canada Trail across the Golden Ears Bridge, finishing in Fort Langley.

This event includes a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon.

The half marathon starts in Pitt Meadows and goes over the Golden Ears Bridge and finishes in Fort Langley. The full marathon will start in Fort Langley and head to Pitt Meadows and back. While the 5K and 10K will be an out and back on the Fort to Fort portion of the Trans Canada Trail starting and finishing in Fort Langley.

The runners will be crossing the bridge from approximately 8:30 am. to 10:30 am on the West sidewalk. Be sure to keep that in mind if you’re driving, biking or walking in the area.

You can see the route with detailed instructions here.

For start times, places, aid stations and registration information,
visit the MEC event page.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

Where can you find 31,000 litres of water, 13,000 bananas, over 90,000 spectators and 4,000 volunteers?

At the 45th annual BMO Vancouver Marathon and it’s happening this Sunday!

Runners from around the world will lace up and descend on our fair region on May 1 for this award-winning race.

Not up for the 42 kilometre trek? Not to worry!

There are races for everyone! You can participate in the marquee marathon, a fast half marathon, a relay, an 8 km run, a kids run or a 2.5 km walk.

The big news on the transit front is that the Vancouver International Marathon Society is offering free, single-use Compass Tickets to all runners.

There will also be free TravelSmart Bus Shuttles available in five locations for registered Marathon and Half Marathon runners.

You can find more information and register for the shuttle here.

Canada Line is one of the most convenient ways to get to the race with peak service levels in effect until 8:15am — meaning trains will be running every 6-7 minutes.

Remember! Different races have different starting points and times.

Check out this handy-dandy chart to help you get to the starting line!

Let transit help you get to the starting line

Let transit help you get to the starting line

*Relay Exchange Zones are located near Imperial Drive and W 16th, NW Marine and 4th Ave, plus Chestnut and Cornwall.

Get those pompoms and bullhorns out because the day isn’t just for the runners!

If you come out and cheer for the thousands of runners as they race toward the downtown Finish Line Street Festival, YOU could win prizes!

Know before you go!

The following bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon: 2, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C19, C20, C21, and C23.

SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service; there is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

More race details as well as road closure information can be found online at bmovanmarathon.ca/travelsmart.
For transit information and detours, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blooms for the 10th year

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Join other cherry blossom enthusiasts online using the hashtag #VCBF10

Cherry blossoms are blooming all around the region and that means two things: 1) spring is definitely on its way and 2) the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is nearly here!

This year, the festival is celebrating its tenth season and will run from March 24 until April 17, 2016.

The festival always has so many fun events for all ages and this year is no exception!

Submit your cherry blossom-themed lines in the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic form for the Haiku Invitational.

Entering will get you the chance to be recognized as top winning poem, win the Sakura Aware or honourable mention in your category!

The inspiration for this year’s poems is celebrations and the contest runs until June 1.

Here are some tips from the organizers to help you get started:

Be clear. The best haiku present clear images that everyone can understand. Of course, deeper meanings may take many readings to fathom, but you’ll make a great start by focusing on sensory images – things you can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste.

Be suggestive. A haiku should hint at some sort of emotion or point of view rather than naming or analyzing it. Usually a haiku will have two parts, and deeper meanings or emotions often arise out of the unstated relationship between the two parts.

Practise. No poet has ever written a top-notch haiku without writing dozens of forgettable ones first. Keep a notebook where you can jot down haiku as the inspiration hits and then review them at your leisure.

You can take a look at last year’s winner, here.

A new experience for this year’s festival is the Blossom Barge where 40 beautiful, blooming cherry trees will be pulled by a tugboat up False Creek for everyone to enjoy.

Exciting performances will be happening at the moorings and it’s free to go!

Here is the Blossom Barge schedule:

April 16, 2016
10:40 am Blossom Barge parades from Science World to Granville Island
12:00 pm -2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring Tetsu Taiku & Tzo’kam collaboration, Kutapira and Langley Ukulele Ensemble.

April 17, 2016
12:00 pm-2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
3:00 pm Blossom Barge parades from Granville Island to Science World
5:25 pm Blossom Barge passes by Canada Place Viewing Station

*Unfortunately, there will be no audiences allowed
on the actual voyage of the barge due to safety regulations*

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Cherry Jam Downtown Concert 2015

The big “to-do” each year is the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert at Burrard SkyTrain station sponsored, in part, by TransLink.

On March 24 from 12-1:30 pm in the indoor concourse, you can catch Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko and more!

With so much happening this year, be sure to head to vcbf.ca for more event listings and further details.

Looking for blossoms? Visit the festival’s interactive map on where the blossoms are blooming!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Vancouver CelticFest is back!

12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 10

12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 13

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

**Fun fact, an appropriate response to that greeting would be, “And the rest of the day to you!”**

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CelticFest runs from March 10-17

March is here and that means spring is… springing, flowers are blooming and St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching!

CelticFest is back again this year with many lively, Irish-inspired events to celebrate from March 10 to March 17.

In fact, this is Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration!

Some of the celebrations include a Celtic village and street market on Granville street March 12 and 13, Celtic musical performances and, of course, the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on March 13 will follow the same route as in 2015, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.

Because of the route, some buses will be re-routed on the day of the parade.

Affected routes include:

004–POWELL/DOWNTOWN/UBC, 005–ROBSON/DOWNTOWN, 006–DAVIE/DOWNTOWN, 007–NANAIMO STN/DUNBAR, 010–GRANVILLE/DOWNTOWN, 014–HASTINGS/UBC, 016–29TH AVENUE STN/ARBUTUS, 020–VICTORIA/DOWNTOWN and 050–WATERFRONT STN/FALSE CREEK SOUTH.

Bus reroutes

Street closures on parade day

Know before you go!

Stay up to date with all transit alerts by visiting translink.ca/alerts or signing up for alerts via SMS text or email.

Plan your trip with our Trip Planner and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for real time service updates.

For more information on all the festivities surrounding Celtic Fest,
visit celticfestvancouver.com.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Alcuin College students show appreciation for TransLink staff and community

Alcuin College students show appreciation to SeaBus staff at Londsdale Quay

Alcuin College students show appreciation to SeaBus staff at Londsdale Quay

In recognition of the anti-bullying day last week, 70 students and parents from Alcuin College on the North Shore ventured out into the community to complete the first Alcuin Amazing Race!

Their goal was to focus on their antidote to bullying – belonging!

The students wanted to show that it takes all members of a community working together to solve challenges in a neighbourhood.

Student teams created skits, shovelled sand, created centrepieces, picked up litter, handed out paper hearts to pedestrians and shared treats with transit operators.

The students reflections of the day capture the spirit of the event.

“The Alcuin Amazing Race was, AMAZING! I loved seeing everyone’s faces. Everyone was so happy when they got the hearts and candy.  I remember I gave a heart to a homeless man and he started to cry.  My favourite place to visit was the HOpe Centre because it was quiet and we got to plant flowers”. – Mackenzie, Grade 5

“The thing I liked most about the Amazing Race was making new friends. I also liked getting to know other grades and giving out hearts because it made my day and someone else’s day.” – Anika, Grade 5

The SeaBus employees and bus operators were truly touched to be included and loved the enthusiasm of all the students involved.

What a great way to spread the idea of togetherness and inclusion.

Thank you to the students and staff of Alcuin College for including TransLink in this amazing, Amazing Race!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pink is powerful!

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Pink Shirt Day 2016

Another Pink Shirt Day has arrived! What’s Pink Shirt Day? Well, let me tell you!

It’s a day to stand together (wearing pink, of course), speak up and speak out against bullying and harassment.

Wearing pink today says that you will not tolerate bullying behaviour in our schools, workplaces, communities or on transit and TransLink is committed to supporting this cause.

You can read about the original event that sparked the pink shirt movement here.

There are similar anti-bullying days all across the globe and the message is clear: kindness!

Take a look at some of the great pictures from the main event today at London Drugs Plaza, downtown Vancouver.

Looking for more ways to support Pink Shirt Day?
Head to pinkshirtday.ca.
Be sure to use #pinkitforward to show your support on social media!
Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for every use of the hashtag to
support anti-bullying programs!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Vancouver Technical Secondary Students bring holiday cheer to bus operators (again!)

It was a bit chilly this morning, but that didn’t stop Vancouver Technical Students from getting up early to hand out goodies to our bus operators!

An annual tradition, Van Tech students have been giving hot chocolate and small gifts to bus operators on the last day of school before the holiday break for the past 19 years. (For more info on how the event got started you can check out our post from 2011. )

This year was no exception as students decked out in Santa hats greeted buses as they pulled up in front of the high school.

Handing over special Van Tech mugs and hot chocolates to surprised bus operators, the students wished our operators a Merry Christmas and thanked them for their service throughout the year.

With the holiday music in the air and students singing and dancing with homemade signs that read “HoHoHotChocolate” and “Thank You TransLink” the event was truly a heartwarming affair.

Thanks to all the Van Tech students for another wonderful event and for treating our bus operators to some holiday cheer!

You can check out previous posts of this event from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Happy Holidays!

Author: Laura Tennant

 

Jump aboard the TRAMS bus to see the holiday lights!

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Strings of street lights, even stop lights, blink a bright red and green!

It’s December which means holiday lights are out in full force!

But how could one possibly see them all??

Fear not! Our friends The Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) would like to invite you to jump aboard the historic 4107, a 1982 General Motors bus, for a two-hour tour, passing by some of the most colourfully decorated homes in Vancouver and Burnaby.

You have eight chances to go! December 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23 and 27.

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The bus getting a holiday makeover!

Tickets:

Adult: $20
Senior/student (14-21): $15
Children (2-13): $5

Members of TRAMS will receive a $2 discount for all members of their travelling party.

The bus will depart from 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station at 7 pm on each of the dates above.

More information is available on the TRAMS website and if you’re interested in attending you can register online!!

Author: Adrienne Coling

All aboard the 20th anniversary West Coast Express Santa Train!

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Back for another year of holiday fun for a great cause is the West Coast Express Santa Train!

This annual toy drive is a great day for the whole family!

To ride the Santa Train, all you need to do is bring along a new, unwrapped toy as a donation.

Trade your toy for a ticket to ride and make the holidays a little brighter for families in need.

Last year over 3,760 Santa Train riders donated a record-setting 4,219 toys!

There are two rides on December 5th and December 12th.

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The ride begins in Mission City at 10 am. It will then stop at all WCE stations along the way picking up excited holiday riders.

Pssssst… Santa will be there too!

Once in Vancouver, you have the day to explore and have fun downtown.

Don’t forget to bring your camera because Santa will be at Waterfront Station (aka The North Pole) for photo ops at 3 pm before boarding the train home.

The train leaves Waterfront at 4 pm.WCE Santa Train 3
Author: Adrienne Coling

Blanket BC’s annual “Drive on the Line” campaign is back and needs YOUR help!

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On November 20th & 21st, Blanket BC Society is launching its seventh annual “Drive on the Line” campaign taking place along the Canada Line.

Last year there were over 5,000 blankets, 1,500 articles of clothing & over $7,200 collected!

This year’s goal is 10,000 blankets!

This two-day blanket drive will be collecting donations from passengers and public alike at 7 different stations.

You can donate at Waterfront, Yaletown/Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre, Broadway/City Hall, Oakridge/41st, Bridgeport and Richmond Brighouse.

Accepted donations are: socks, scarves, mittens, toques and, of course, blankets.

All donated items will then be divided up and distributed to over 75 shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

Volunteers needed!

This great initiative still needs more volunteers for this weekend.

Head to their website to volunteer your time and help #SpreadTheWarmth!

Join the online conversation with Blanket BC on Twitter and Facebook.

Author: Adrienne Coling