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The season of giving continues with thousands of donations for Toys for Tots

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Delivering our promissory note of 3,000 toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau!

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Lots’o’toys!

It was a unseasonably chilly morning when Sparky the Elf promised 3,000 new, unwrapped toys on behalf of TransLink and its operating companies to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB), but the air was filled with warm, holiday cheer!

Toys for Tots in our region was developed by a group of BC Transit operators back in 1985.

Each year since, the employees of the TransLink enterprise have donated to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

Donations have been made at all eight transit centres, TransLink Lost Property as well as HQs for TransLink, CMBC, BCRTC and Transit Police.

How do we deliver these packages of Christmas joy to the LMCB? By reindeer bus and shuttle, of course!

Santa, Mrs Claus, Sparky, Prancer (that’s me) and some plucky helpers collected 6,111 toys and items from across the Enterprise! That is on top of over $500 of cash donations!

This year is record-breaking and it wouldn’t have been possible without the immense generosity from all of our staff to make this season a little brighter for those in need.

Author: Adrienne Coling

CMBC to the rescue — literally!

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A Transit bus, a Shelter bus, an Ambulance? Oh My!

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to operating a transit bus, and last night was no exception. Late last night, CMBC was contacted by BC Ambulance Service requesting assistance with the transportation of patients from a British Airways flight that had made an emergency landing at YVR. The flight was en route to London from San Francisco when the cabin was overcome by fumes.

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CMBC staff jumped in to action providing vehicles and support staff to oversee our side of the operation. Three coaches were directed to the aircraft (two were used and one was on standby) where 25 non-critical patients were loaded aboard and transported to Vancouver General, Richmond, and Delta hospitals.

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Ten CMBC employees were directly involved with this incident and have been commended for their professionalism and dedication in this time of need.

CMBC scrambles bus a number of times a year for those in need and our staff takes great pride in being able to help.

Author: Sarah Kercher

Take a survey and have your say on proposed transit changes

Get involved today!

Get involved today!

Starting October 13, 2015 you’re invited to take part in an online survey and provide feedback on more than 85 proposed transit changes across Metro Vancouver. We’re asking for feedback now, so we can consider your input as we plan for the future. The survey is available until November 6, 2015.

The proposed changes aim to:

  • Integrate bus service to better connect customers to the Evergreen Extension
  • Decrease travel time on busy routes
  • Extend service to areas with high commuter demand
  • Take advantage of road and infrastructure changes
  • Make our system more efficient
  • Deliver on our plans

Check out all the details on specific proposals today!

For all our savvy followers who participated in previous consultations you might recognize some of these proposed changes from the Downtown Bus Service Review, Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan, North Shore Area Transit Plan or South of Fraser Area Transit Plan.

Author: Angela Salehi

CMBC team impresses at the Vancouver Sun Run

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Harminder Sidhu, Operations Supervisor

Ready to feel a bit lazy and completely inspired at the same time?

Over 40,800 runners participated in this year’s annual Vancouver Sun Run, including a team of dedicated Coast Mountain Bus Company employees and family members.

The STC Transit Troopers trained hard and it paid off! The team emerged with first place in the transportation category out of 23 teams!

Harminder Sidhu, Operations Supervisor at Surrey Transit Centre and co-organizer of the team, clocked in at an incredible time of 39:03.

This ranked him 257th overall out of 40,000 people. WOW!!

Harminder is a year-round runner, tracking about 60 to 70km a week.

This is the fourth year a team from our operating companies has participated.

This year, the team was made up of Operators, TComm employees, Transit Supervisors, Mechanics and Operation employees from all around Metro Vancouver.

You can take a look at the entire team’s results below.

Way to go!!
CMBC Sun Run team results

 

Author: Adrienne Coling

Employees from TransLink’s family of companies and unions raised over $275,000 for United Way

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Photo (L to R): Lara Mickel (TransLink), Doug Allen (Interim CEO, TransLink), Merrilee Ashworth (TransLink), David Black (President, COPE 378), Michael McKnight (CEO, UWLM), Shawn Francis (Executive Officer, Unifor 2200; CMBC), Kathy Pereira (CMBC), Alicia Doyon (COPE 378, CMBC), Cathy McLay (CFO, TransLink), Jim Hopkins (BCRTC).

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of employees in the TransLink family, our 2014 donation to United Way of the Lower Mainland topped $275,000!

Employees from TransLink, B.C. Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company, Transit Police, COPE 378, CUPE 4500, CUPE 7000, Unifor 111, and Unifor 2200 contributed their time and generously donated to support United Way’s programs and services.

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’s website at uwlm.ca.

Author: Adrienne Coling