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Free transit service on New Year’s Eve!

CEN_screen-01It’s that time of year again!

Time for auld lang syne, festive merriment and free transit on New Year’s Eve!

That’s right, we’re continuing to provide a safe ride home for the entire region as we ring in 2017.

From 5 p.m. December 31, 2016 until 5 a.m. January 1, 2017 there is free service across the entire system!

Fare gates will all be open during the free service hours.

If you tap in before 5 p.m., you must tap out on SkyTrain and SeaBus to ensure you’re charged the correct fare.

Remember! Compass tickets expire at the end of the service day on which they are purchased.

Bus service

Buses will run on their usual Saturday schedules with some routes running additional evening/late-night trips after their normal schedules.

SkyTrain service

SkyTrain hours will be extended by approximately one hour and include more frequent trains throughout the evening.

SeaBus service

SeaBus runs will be extended by one hour. The last sailing from Lonsdale Quay will be at 2:02 a.m. and the last sailing from Waterfront will be at 2:22 a.m

On January 1, 2017 Buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate on their regular Sunday schedule. West Coast Express and extended 701 buses to Mission will not operate.

**Please note** Bicycles coming into downtown Vancouver may be subject to restrictions on SkyTrain due to crowd conditions at the discretion of the SkyTrain staff on hand. Bikes will not be allowed to board trains at downtown Stations from 11:45 p.m. until the bulk of the crowds have cleared.  

Map out your NYE route with our Trip Planner and head to translink.ca/holidayservice for more information and last run times for buses and SkyTrain.

Author: Adrienne Coling

An important service reminder plus the Buzzer blog wishes you happy holidays!

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Yet again I have roped my colleagues into a group photo – this time, to spread some Christmas cheer to you, all of our amazing Buzzer blog readers.

We strive to bring you informative, fun and interesting transit happenings from our agency and from across the globe.

Thank you for being a part of our online community!

Just as a reminder, with Christmas drawing nigh, transit will operating slightly differently over the next few days.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule; some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedule to reflect ridership levels. Use the Trip Planner (with the date of Dec. 25) to check your route and bus times, or read the Christmas Day Schedules below.
  • SeaBus and SkyTrain will operate with a modified Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2016

  • Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule; some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedule to reflect ridership levels. Use the Trip Planner (with the date of Dec. 26) to check your route and bus times, or read the Boxing Day Schedules below.
  • SeaBus will operate regular Sunday/holiday service with extended evening trips.
  • SkyTrain will run Saturday service with extra trains running midday to accommodate shoppers.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.

**Please check the website as timings are subject to change.

Bonus! On Sunday/holiday schedules you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones on all modes!

Remember, if you’re enjoying some libations during your merry merriment, please plan ahead for a safe ride home.

The social team will be off on December 24 and back December 28.
If you have questions please tweet @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Happy holidays!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Attention all Boxing Day Metrotown shoppers!

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We know that you are keen to get a good deal but we also want to make sure you get where you need to go smoothly on Boxing Day.

On Monday, December 26, there will be temporary changes to the way you access Metrotown Station.

What you need to know:

  • We expect large crowds and we will change pedestrian traffic patterns, depending on the conditions.
  • Customers should plan for additional travel time on the system and out of the station as we expect an influx of thousands of passengers on Boxing Day.
  • You will tap in and out of the station as normally, to ensure you are charged the correct fare.
  • Shuttles will continue to operate as elevator and escalators are out of service.
    • Customers who require the use of an elevator or escalator are strongly encouraged to take the accessible shuttle from Patterson Station.
    • Customers travelling with strollers or large bulky items should take the shuttle from Royal Oak or Patterson stations.
  • Always follow signage and directions from traffic flaggers, SkyTrain staff and Transit Police
  • Please travel up and down staircases slowly as we expect additional crowding on stairways.

**Please note: Depending on crowding, SkyTrain staff may choose to change pedestrian travel patterns.

Four flaggers will be at the crosswalks on Central Boulevard,  additional SkyTrain attendants and Transit Police officers will be at the station to help direct customers to the mall and the platform.

We understand that this is a busy shopping and travelling day for our customers and we want to make sure the platform is cleared quickly to ensure crowding is kept to a minimum.

Have questions about boxing day plan? Tweet us @TransLink and ask away!

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Santa Claus is rolling into town on the West Coast Express!

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Alllllllllllll aboard the West Coast Express Santa Train!

For its 21st year, the West Coast Express Santa Train is back spreading holiday cheer and bringing smiles to children’s faces on the train trips and on Christmas morning.

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Hi Santa!

This annual toy drive makes the beautiful 65 km trek from Mission to Vancouver for two Saturdays of festive frivolity before Christmas arrives!

The toys are collected on behalf of the Northeast sector Christmas Bureau – including SHARE Society in the Tri-Cities, the Maple Ridge/ & Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society and the Christmas Bureau in Mission.

Last year, we had nearly 3,000 riders on the Santa Trains who generously donated 3,272 toys!

Here’s how it works:

On December 10 and December 17, you will receive a return ticket for the special Santa Train in return for a new, unwrapped toy. You can donate the toys at any of the West Coast Express Stations in exchange for the one, same day return ticket.

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There they are a’wassailing on WCE!

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m. and stops at all WCE stations along the way. Once in Vancouver, you can enjoy a day of holiday fun before returning home from Waterfront Station at 4 p.m.

Santa will be available for pictures at The West Coast Express North Pole Station (aka Waterfront Station) at 2:45 p.m. so be sure to bring your camera!

This year is especially cool because if you can’t stay downtown for the whole day, you can take the SkyTrain out to the Tri-Cities now with the newly opened Evergreen Extension!

**Please note that if you choose to take SkyTrain home, regular fares will apply.

The full schedule and more details can be found here.

All ages are welcome! Bring your friends, family and neighbours out for this great event that helps make Christmas brighter for those in your communities.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit for Remembrance Day

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Lest we forget

Once again, TransLink and its operating companies will provide free transit to veterans and members of the Armed Forces and Coast Guard this Remembrance Day, Friday November 11, 2016.

“Providing free transit service is one small way we can honour and thank the brave men and women who protect freedom for not only every Canadian, but our neighbours around the globe.” – TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.

Here’s how it will work:

One accessible fare gate will remain open at all SeaBus, SkyTrain and Canada Line stations from the start of service to 6:00 p.m. and transit will be free all day on buses.

Ordinary and Life Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans, Korean Veterans Association, Armed Forces and Coast Guard are invited to ride free on all conventional TransLink services, HandyDART and Canada Line YVR Add-Fare.

*Please note* the West Coast Express will not operate on Remembrance Day.

Veterans and eligible members are not required to tap their Compass Cards but please have your membership card ready to display or appear in uniform when boarding buses or entering a fare-paid zone.

For the rest of the public, transit is operating on a holiday schedule and you will only need a one-zone fare for travel across the network.

We will also be observing a moment of silence at 11:00 am, with all SkyTrain, SeaBus, and buses observing this moment at the stop reached closest to the hour.

All TransLink and operating company properties will fly their flags at half-mast.

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Monday, November 14.

You can find more information on our Holiday Service page.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Holiday service for Thanksgiving

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Gobble, gobble, friends!

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that means holiday service for the transit network on October 10, 2016.

Thanksgiving Monday transit:

  • BusSkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.
  • Holiday fares are in effect meaning you only need a one-zone fare to travel across the region!

Please note that the Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Regular weekday schedules for all modes return on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Plot your transit course with our handy dandy Trip Planner,
tweet your questions to @TransLink on Twitter
and always know before you go with Transit Alerts!

Author: Adrienne Coling

B.C. Day weekend events: Davie Street party, Afro-Brazilian Carnaval and Vancouver Pride Parade

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Pride 2015 – Courtesy of Ian Spence

Party time! Excellent!

Pride weekend is upon us and lots of events (Pride-related and more) are taking place this weekend, in and around Vancouver’s West End and downtown.

This means that some buses and Community Shuttles have been detoured or rerouted in that area.

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In the heart of the Davie Street Village, dance the night away on July 29 at the annual Davie Street Party happening between Burrard and Jervis.

Affected routes:

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (July 30) – 5 Robson/Downtown, 6 Davie/Downtown, C23 Davie, C23 Main.

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Can’t get to Rio for the 2016 Olympics? Don’t worry, you can get a taste of Brazil right here in Metro Vancouver!

The 6th Annual Afro-Brazilian Carnaval is this Saturday, July 30th.

Come out to the Granville Strip between Drake and Hastings to experience a samba parade, a live percussion band, capoeira demonstrations and more!

Affected routes:

6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. – 4 UBC, 4 Powell/Downtown, 7 Dunbar, 7 Nanaimo, 14 Hastings/Downtown, 14 UBC, 16 29 Ave Stn. 16 Arbutus, 10 Downtown, 10 Granville, 17 Downtown, 20 Downtown, 50 Waterfront, 50 S. False Creek.

6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – 6 Davie and 6 Downtown.

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Everybody say love!

The Vancouver Pride Society will be holding the annual Pride Parade on Sunday, July 31!

The parade will run on Robson between Nicola & Gilford then proceed via Denman, Beach and Pacific to Thurlow.

Affected routes:

6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. –5 Robson/Downtown, 6 Davie/Downtown, C21 Beach, C21 Yaletown, C23 Davie, C23 Main,

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 240 15 Street, 240 Vancouver, 246 Vancouver and 246 Highland.

Remember! There is extra service for the last night of the Honda Celebration of Light!

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Hey, many of us get a day off on Monday. We should probably do something super fun with it!

If you’re south of the Fraser, check out the annual Holi Colour Festival.

Between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. head to Lakshmi Narayan Mandir at 8321 140 St in Surrey.

You will experience an explosion of colours – seriously, wear some old clothes – along with music, vendors, food, kids activities and lots of fun!

Celebrate BC Day in Burnaby!

From 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Village Museum, enjoy local artisans, food vendors, carousel rides and even a circus school!

What other events and activities do you have planned for this long weekend? Comment below and let us know!

Know before you go! For full detours and maps, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Help us plan your transit trip by using Trip Planner.
Have questions on the go? Tweet @TransLink or call us at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Holiday service for Victoria Day

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On Monday, we celebrate Victoria Day – in honour of the first Queen of Canada who just happened to be sitting on the throne when this country was founded in 1867!

What does that mean for transit?

Holiday service!

BusSkyTrain and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

West Coast Express train and TrainBus service will not operate.

The Compass Customer Service Centre, Customer Relations and Lost Property Office will be closed.

The best news is, as with all holidays, you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones!

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.

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

Remembrance Day 2015 holiday service

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This year, Remembrance Day is Wednesday, November 11.

Remember, on a holiday, you only need a single-zone fare to travel in all zones all day!

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Thursday, November 12.

Veterans, Armed Forces and Coast Guard members ride free!

TransLink and our operating companies will provide free transit to veterans and members of the Armed Forces and Coast Guard in honour of the day. Veterans include Ordinary and Life Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans and Korean Veterans Association.

  • Free transit is available to veterans and members on all services, including conventional travel, HandyDART and Canada Line YVR Add-Fare
  • Veterans and members of the Armed Forces will not need to tap their Compass Cards
  • Please have veteran membership card ready to display or appear in uniform

Paying respect

We will be observing a moment of silence at 11:00am, with all SkyTrain, SeaBus, and buses observing this moment at the stop reached closest to the hour. All TransLink and operating company properties will also fly their flags at half-mast.

Author: Laura Tennant

Labour Day service for September 7, 2015

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Ah those lazy summer days…. ARE ALMOST OVER!!!

Quick! Get out there and enjoy the last long weekend of the summer.

This Monday, September 7th is Labour Day and we will be operating the system on a holiday schedule.

Here is what you need to know about holiday service changes:

Buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus – will operate on the Sunday/Holiday schedule on Family Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.

West Coast Express train and TrainBus will not operate on Labour Day.

All services will be back on their regular weekday schedules, Tuesday, September 8th.

Bonus: you only have to pay one zone!

For more information, head to the Holiday Service page on our website.

This is also the start of Fall service changes. Be sure to check for any changes in your route or schedule here.

FYI: This service change is a bit different. As service changes are set to roll out on the Labour Day holiday, it means the schedule on September 7th will reflect holiday service schedule and may not show altered bus trips. So, you may not see a change in your route until Tuesday, September 8th.

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.

Author: Adrienne Coling