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Heading back to your regular routine? Fall service changes begin Sept 1.

Owl Aboard Contest photos

Find the Owl and enter to win each day of the contest.


Whoo…whoo is heading back to their regular school or work schedule in September? TransLink’s transit services are adjusting with you!

Beginning September 1, you can expect new services and increased trips, services that better matches customer demand during non-peak periods and the return of frequency to routes travelling to post-secondary institutions.


  • To reduce overcrowding on the 135, 143, 319 and C92, NEW trips will be introduced to the schedule – this is made possible through the shifting of service hours from routes with low customer demand.
  • Services with low customer demand in non-peak periods will also be adjusted to better reflect ridership. Routes include, but are not limited to: 209, 214, 236, C9, C43, C44, C50, C51, C52, C70 and C93. The service hours in the balance make adding NEW trips on overcrowded routes possible.
  • Service on the 4 and 7 trolley bus routes returns to Powell Street.
  • Buses to post-secondary schools and summer-only services return to regular routes.

Buzzer readers, to help ring in the fall, we are hosting a contest* with three transit prizes! Visit our Facebook page each weekday morning from August 18 until September 15 after 9 am for a clue to where the Owl icon is hiding on the service change page. Once you solve the clue, click on the Owl to enter the contest. Happy Owl hunting!

Learn about all the travel choices in your community by visiting TransLink’s TravelSmart program for information, resources and tips.

Seasonal service changes occur four times each year in April, June, September and December to bring more service to more people with the resources available.

How else can you stay in touch? Sign up for Transit Alerts at, visit, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.


* Contest terms and conditions


Buzzer illustrator interview: Chloe Ezra

That's Chloe on the right and her illustration on the left!

That’s Chloe on the right and her illustration on the left!

If you’re new to the Buzzer scene, we feature a different illustration and artist on each issue of the print Buzzer and on the blog.

We reached out to Chloe Ezra to illustrate the cover of the July 2014 issue and she came up with this unique ilustration! She kindly took time out to do an interview with us:

Who is Chloe Ezra?
I’m a freelance illustrator who creates stories, animations and games in my spare time.

How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
The idea came to me surprisingly quick. I wanted to illustrate in a style not used before, so pixel art was the first option to come to me.

There’s an 8-bit feeling to your illustration. Are you a fan of video games and the 80s?
I am a huge fan of both, for sure! Video games back then have an unique aesthetic to them that has come back in recent years. What they were able to accomplish with the limitations in technology and design back then is very inspiring to me.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I do, and my favourite is probably the sky train, Canada Line. It’s especially nice to live close to the Brighouse station ’cause I almost always get a seat.

What’s your favourite colour and why?
It used to be lilac purple. Nowadays… pink, maybe? Black too, if it counts.

Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
I’ve been working hard towards a larger published book/comic of my work. To see that through would be a dream come true.

Fan of her work or fan of the Vancouver Canucks? Check out some of her other illustrations on her Tumblr and what she has done for the Canucks blog, Pass it to Bulis.

Thanks again to Chloe for her illustration and doing an interview with us!

The July 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

July 2014 BuzzerBig news from our July 2014 issue of the Buzzer – I Love Transit Week this year is August 25 to 29!

This year, we are introducing I Love Transit Camp where we’re inviting a small group of younger riders to tour our SkyTrain and SeaBus facilities and more. More details will be announced soon!

If you see something, say something. Transit Police has launched an iOS and Android app that lets you report and track crime and get all the latest information right from the palm of your hands on transit and everywhere else.

The 27th Annual Caribbean Days Festival is taking place on July 26 and 27. Summer season is also detour season, so a reminder to check out Transit Alerts before you go!

Phase 2 of the Downtown Bus Service is now complete and get involved in the Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan.

And #WhatsTheLink? We are the link! TransLink is the link to shaping communities, moving goods, and a connected transportation system – from the Major Road Network and five bridges to transit service and cycling infrastructure.

The Buzzer wouldn’t be complete without our usual favourites – the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

What are you waiting for?! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express or by downloading it here.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Katie So

Katie So's illustration for the June 2014 Buzzer!

Katie So’s illustration for the June 2014 Buzzer!

Each month we bring you a different illustration on the cover of the Buzzer and this time, we had the privilege of working with Katie So for the June 2014 issue! If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out the PDF or the Buzzer post.

She graciously took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us:

1. Who is Katie So? Katie is an illustrator and cartoonist from Vancouver.

2. How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
I was inspired by trips to the beach, and how everyone looks so nice in their summer outfits.

3. Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I like the Canada Line because it’s clean and efficient.

4. What’s your favourite colour and why?
Right now, I really like pinks and reds because roses and peonies are in bloom.

5. Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
I hope to be sitting on the beach, suntanning and reading a book.

Thanks for your time Katie and a wonderful illustration!

The June 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

junebuzzercoverIt’s mid-June — that means we’re back with another issue of the Buzzer! It’s also the Buzzer’s 98th birthday!

Much of this issue is dedicated to the June service changes, which go into effect on Monday, June 23. Among them, the seasonal Granville Mall detour, expanded 178 Coquitlam Station/Port Moody Station service, and a brand-new express bus service connecting Langley and Aldergrove to Surrey Central Station.

Find the Penguin and you could win one of five amazing Metro Vancouver attraction prize packs.

#WhatsTheLink between cycling and TransLink? Each day, there are 107,000 cycling trips in Metro Vancouver and over 1,000 bikes that ride SkyTrain. TransLink helps make it possible by providing bike lockers, bike racks, infrastrucutre funding, and now Secure Bike Parking.

We have a new SeaBus, the Burrard Otter II, that will be arriving in late July. The Railway Avenue Greenway in Richmond opened on June 7.

Service on Canada Day will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule, which means a one-zone fare will take you across all zones! Transit Police continues with “Don’t Touch the Operator” campaign.

And the Buzzer wouldn’t be complete with our usual favourites, the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick yours up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express or online by downloading it here.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Chris von Szombathy

Chris and his bendy bus!

Chris and his #WhatsTheLink bendy bus!

I finally got around to interviewing the crazy talented illustrator of the May 2014 Buzzer, Chris von Szombathy. This is the second print Buzzer we’ve had the privilege of having Chris illustrate. The first was our June 2011 issue of the Buzzer. You may also remember Chris’ excellent 2011 I Love Transit t-shirt design. And now this great illustration depicting the #WhatsTheLink series!

We love Chris’ third take on a bus. What can’t he do with a bus anyway? Here are Chris’ answers to my questions about his work and himself:

1. Who is Chris von Szombathy?

I’m a visual/audio artist and designer living in Vancouver.

2. This is the second time you’ve drawn a bus for the print Buzzer. What’s with you and buses?

I love trying to take objects that are mechanical or complex and attempting to distill them down to just the visual elements that make them recognizable. Satisfying. I’ll probably do a third if you ask me to.

3. How does this illustration compare to your first illustration for the Buzzer?

This one was much harder. The first illustration was depicting an occasion, which is much easier to do. This assignment was a bit more abstract.

4. Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?

I do take transit, and my favourite is definitely the SkyTrain. Expo 86! Futuristic!

5. What’s your favourite colour and why?

Right now pinkish grey. I find it comforting and still forward thinking.

6. Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.

If I’m lucky, more of the same.

Well, all I can say is that I’m looking forward to his next bus!

Summer service changes begin June 23

June Service Changes

The contest is open now and closes on July 7.

It is that time of year again Buzzer readers – summer service changes are here! So check your route and plan for your activities on June 23 and beyond. To celebrate, we are hosting a contest* with 5 cool prize packages. How do you play? Visit our Facebook page each weekday morning from June 9 until July 7 after 9 am for a clue to where the image of the Penguin is hiding. Once you find the penguin on our service changes page, click the image to enter the contest. Good luck!



  • The NEW 503 Express bus serves Langley and Aldergrove with connections to Surrey Central.
  • The 502 has been redesigned to operate between Surrey Central Station and Langley Centre, with limited peak-hour trips to/from Brookswood.
  • Expanded 178 service which responds to customer feedback to better meet customer demand. The portion of the route operating between Noon’s Creek and Johnson now runs on Panorama Dr. instead of on David Ave.


What is making summer travel better?

  • Additional buses will complement the regular 19 trips, increasing frequency between West Pender St. and Cambie St. to Stanley Park.
  • Changes to the 5 to accommodate the City of Vancouver’s closure of 800 Robson at Robson Square.
  • Routes 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20 and 50 will detour to accommodate the Granville Mall closures during summer weekends for the City of Vancouver’s Summer Open Streets program.
  • Two 620 trips each hour, up from one per hour.
  • SeaBus service increases to every 15 minutes.

For more information, check out the upcoming print Buzzer and Service Changes page. Check your route before you go!

Have more questions? Check out @translink or call 604-953-3333.

* Contest terms and conditions

The May 2014 Buzzer is now on the system

May 2014 Buzzer

Extra! Extra! #WhatsTheLink? Read all about it!

The May 2014 Buzzer is now on the system and we have some exciting content in this issue.

#WhatsTheLink — did you know TransLink is responsible for more than transit? We’re also responsible for roads, bridges, cycling and walking paths. TransLink manages 2,300 lane kilometres of major roads!

The 2013 Annual General Meeting is taking place on Wednesday, May 28. It’s your chance you hear more about our accomplishments and financial highlights of the past year.

HUB is organizing Bike to Work Week from May 26 to June 1, and we are here to share with you a few things you need to know before you hit the road with your two-wheeler.

Later this month, we’ll be introducing the very first Secure Bike Parking area at Main Street-Science World.

Transit Police offers five tips to ensure your journey on public transport is a success. Remember to take the Train2Main if you are travelling to Main Street-Science World. Monday, May 19 is Victoria Day — that means all transit will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

And as always, we have the usual favourites, including the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Remember to pick it up on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express, or download it here!

Getting to the 2014 BMO Marathon start line



The Oakridge/41st Station on the Canada Line is the closest stop to get you to the start line.


Kudos to everyone tying up their laces on May 2nd to run 21.2 km or 42.2 km! Whether you are planning to run or cheer, head to the start line in Queen Elizabeth Park via the Canada Line Oakridge/41st Station.


Service adjustments:


Canada Line: The first train from Waterfront Station is at 4:48 a.m. and from Richmond Brighouse at 5:02 a.m. To prevent line-ups before the event, portable fare boxes will be set up at Waterfront, Vancouver City-Centre and Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line stations.


Coast Mountain Bus: Regular Sunday service will be provided, with some routes modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon.


Shuttle Bus: Translink, in partnership with the Vancouver International Marathon Society, is offering a free shuttle service from Scott Road Station, Lonsdale Quay, Brentwood Mall and Patterson Station to the start line. Space is limited, and is booked on a first come first serve basis.


Cyclists: TravelSmart is sponsoring BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer secure temporary bike storage for up to 120 bikes, free of charge. The valet will be open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Bute Street, between Hastings and Cordova.



  1. SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines, West Vancouver Blue Bus and SeaBus will operate their regular Sunday service. There is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

  2. The Train2Main will be in operation for all runners or spectators travelling to or from the Main Street-Science World Station.


Make sure to check your route before you go! Sign up for Transit Alerts, visit our mobile site, follow us on Twitter or call Customer Service at 604-953-3333.

Who won the Find the Bunny Contest?

Contest winner

Brian takes home his chocolate prize.

Drum roll please…….. a BIG congratulations to Brian Cook!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Find the Bunny Contest!

We received more than 665 entries since announcing the contest on March 31!


Buzzer illustrator interview: Mouki Butt

Mouki and her dancing riders!

Mouki (left) and her dancing riders (right)!

The April 2014 edition of the print Buzzer is on the system and in .pdf! We had the pleasure of working with illustrator Mouki Butt again on the cover of the newsletter. Mouki did her first Buzzer illustration for the October 2010 issue. Once again, she’s captivated us with her cute and stylish work!

Mouki was nice enough to answer a few of our questions about herself, her work and her preferred dance styles.

Who is Mouki Butt?
I’m an illustrator, who loves to draw cute people.

How did you come up with your illustration?

My train of thought was: service changes should be fun…what’s more
fun than a novelty dance?

How does this illustration compare to your first illustration for the Buzzer?
The first one screamed autumn, and I’m hoping this one screams spring!

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?

Yes! I love the Skytrain: it’s quick and the views are so nice.

Have you ever done the service change boogie?
Yes, I’m doing it right now! It’s easier than the Mashed Potato.

Peer into your crystal ball and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
Plenty of swimming in the ocean (avoiding jellyfish).

Thanks for the great work Mouki!

The April 2014 Buzzer is now on the system

Keep your eyes peeled: the April 2014 Buzzer is now on the system! Nearly half of this issue is devoted to April service changes including those for Blue Bus. Remember, you have until April 14th to enter our Find the Bunny Contest!

This month’s cover illustration was drawn by illustrator Mouki Butt. We’ll have an interview with her very soon.

Transit Police launched a campaign this week called Global Guardian and you can read all about it in the Buzzer. Do you want to know more? Checkout the Transit Police  news section for their April 7, 2014 news release for more about the international campaign.

And of course, there’s always the usual favourites included the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Now all you have to do is pick one up or download it. Good reading to you all!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Tyler Dale

Tyler and his Buzzer illustration!

Tyler and his Buzzer illustration!

The latest and fabulously purple edition of the print Buzzer newsletter is on transit and available to download in .pdf form! I’m a big fan of the illustration this month. To say Tyler has a bright future is an understatement. Here’s a little more about him and his art.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a illustrator, graphic designer and a self proclaimed grilled cheese connoisseur.

What’s your favourite thing to illustrate?


How did you come up with your illustration?

I typically sketch out a few solution for a piece of work. But for this I decided right away to do a composition design separating all of the elements up into their own boxes.

Do you take transit? if so, what do you like about it?

Yup, I use it all of the time. When I lived in Kitsilano, I used the # 4 almost everyday to get around. I always looked forward to the bus rides after a long day.

What does your future hold for you?

Lots of work and more happy clients!

Thanks for making the Buzzer look beautiful Tyler!

The March 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

The latest issue of the Buzzer newsletter is available on buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express! If you can’t wait to get your hands on the issue, you can always download it.

So what’s in the issue? The main theme is TransLink’s 15th anniversary! Yup, it’s true we’ve been around that long! We’ve included some of the major milestone that have happened over these years from the completion of the Millennium and Canada Line to the introduction of the U-PassBC and the extension of the Major Roads Network (to name just a few).

We also printed some the pictures you took and made us smile for the #2010olympiclove photo contest. I just love looking at those. What a time it was in 2010!

Almost every month we provide an update on the Compass Card. This month we highlight the 2,500 new Compass Card users from the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) that we also featured on the blog.

The other two new features have to do with the Transit Police’s new non-emergency texting line 87-77-77, as well as the Train2Main which we’ll tell you more about early next week.

And what would a Buzzer newsletter be without coming events, contest corner and back issue? The answer: it wouldn’t be much of an issue!

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue. As always, let us know what you think of it!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Bashar Sawalha

Bashar (his head at least) and his Buzzer illustration

Bashar (well, his head at least) and his Buzzer illustration

Here’s some light and humorous reading. As with most of our illustrators of the Buzzer newsletter, I had the opportunity to ask Bashar Sawalha, illustrator of our February issue, a few questions.

I really like Bashar’s illustration and I hope you do to. Here’s a short q and a with Mr. Sawalha.

How would you describe yourself?

I am a writer, comic artist and animator that loves the challenges of aiming for the stars! I have been on the never ending journey of trying to produce my animated television show that will entertain, shock and touch the hearts of people around the world

What’s your favourite thing to illustrate?

I love character interaction! Although it might seem that I only love the horrors in my comic book and web series  “Inquest of Missing Time,” it is the comedic play between the characters that drives me.

How did you come up with your illustration?

Being on the SkyTrain, your eyes always wonder, skimming through the wild colours of the passengers you suddenly stumble, the accidental eye contact has swept you down under, falling in love again is such splendor

Do you take transit? If so, what do you like about it?

I love being on SkyTrain underground because its one of the only places I am free from mobile communication. It forces me to interact with the people around me.

What does the future hold for you?

Many fine steaks, mass control of television and a star on the shiny dirty sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard…