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A Conversation with Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management

Photo of Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management

Born and raised in coastal Vancouver, Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management, had childhood aspirations of working with the ocean when she grew up… or becoming a hairdresser… or admittedly, hundreds of other prospective career paths. While deciding which path to take was a struggle for Mia, she’s learned over the years that very few actually have it figured out, and sometimes you just need to pick something, jump into it and it will most likely all work out.

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Giving thanks for Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Sunday, March 18, 2018 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, or #TDAD for short, but we’re celebrating early on Friday, March 16, 2018 to give weekday commuters an extra chance to say “thanks” to their drivers.

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Not your parents’ garage – Microsoft Garage brings innovation to TransLink

Photo of participants of the Microsoft Garage Intern Program

TransLink is not just wheels, rails and propellers. Behind the scenes, we are teams of innovative creative thinkers constantly looking for cutting-edge ways to bring cool technology to our customers. To the hands of our customers in this case!

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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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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.

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 »

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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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

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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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Going the distance. Rogers LTE wireless comes to the Burquitlam Tunnel

Mark II staredown. #mytranslink #vancouver #translink #transit #skytrain

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Earlier this week, Rogers completed installation of the LTE wireless network in the 2.5 km Burquitlam Tunnel on the Evergreen Extension. This marks the last section of SkyTrain that was without cell coverage since service expanded to the Dunsmuir and Edmonds tunnels in July 2016, and New Westminster this past August.

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Vancouver Technical Secondary students deliver mugs of cheer to bus operators (2017)

Van Tech bus operator hot chocolate

Photo courtesy of Ken Li

For over 20 years, students elves at Vancouver Technical Secondary School in Vancouver have been rolling out of bed extra early on the last day of school before winter break to give back to the bus operators who have been getting them to school all year long.

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Merry giftmas and happy giveaway!

The holiday season is upon us and to kick off the festivities, staff members from across the enterprise have joined together to wish you a very happy holiday!

TransLink is a very diverse and multicultural employer. We showcased just 22 languages (not including dog!) which is a small fraction of what can be found among our many employees. Can you name all of languages captured in this video?

But what would the holidays be without gifts?! Enter below for a chance to win a cool TransLink merch gift pack just in time for the holidays!

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Author: Sarah Kertcher

‘Tis the season for toys! Toys for Tots returns for 32nd year

Toys For Tots 2017

Sparky the Elf, on behalf of TransLink and its operating companies, upped the ante today by committing to a donation of 3.500 unwrapped toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB) this holiday season. That’s 500 more than last year’s commitment!

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Ride the West Coast Express Santa Train on Dec. 9 and 16!

All aboard the West Coast Express Santa Train! It runs on Dec. 9 and 16, benefiting your community toy bureau!

The West Coast Express Santa Trains are back for its 22nd year, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all of your friends on Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community!

What makes the Santa Trains special is you get a free ticket to ride the West Coast Express in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation (worth about the same as a WCE pass) for your community toy bureau. It’s a great way to give to those in need in your community, and have a fun-filled day at the same time!

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9 and 16, and stops at all West Coast Express stations along the way, arriving at Waterfront Station at 11:15 a.m. Once in Vancouver, you can enjoy a day of holiday sights and sounds before returning home from Waterfront Station at 4 p.m.

Make sure you stop by the West Coast Express North Pole Station (at Waterfront Station), beginning at 2:45 p.m., for holiday activities and a photo op with Santa! As well, our friends at Dairyland will provide a taste of egg nog while you wait for your trip home. So bring your camera and your Christmas cheer, and we’ll see you there!