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The Burrard Otter II SeaBus set for its maiden voyage on Mon, Dec 1!

Burrard Otter II SeaBus

The Burrard Otter II SeaBus will be making its maiden voyage on Monday, December 1!

After a long journey from Singapore and and undergoing sea trials and crew training all fall, the Burrard Otter II is ready to set out on the open seas on Monday, December 1 for its maiden voyage!

Want to be one of the first customers to ride the Burrard Otter II? It will make its first sailing from Waterfront Station at 11 am on Monday! Regular fares apply.

Burrard Otter II first passenger sailing

Date: Monday, December 1 at 11 am
Location: Waterfront Station

The Burrard Otter II replaces the original Otter and will share duties with the Burrard Pacific Breeze, which made its maiden voyage on December 23, 2009.

How well do you know your SeaBus? Check out this infographic!

How well do you know your SeaBus? Check out this infographic!

The original Otter, which went into service nearly forty years ago when SeaBus operations began, will head off into retirement once the other SeaBus – the Burrard Beaver – is retrofitted to be used as a spare vessel.

The updated design of the Burrard Otter II makes the vessel more efficient and easier on the environment. The new SeaBus uses less fuel and produces 20 per cent less carbon dioxide than older vessels. The Burrard Otter II also surpasses marine standards and reduces carbon monoxide emissions by 90 per cent, hydro carbons by 70 per cent and visual smoke by 25 per cent.

The Burrard Otter II cost approximately $21 million to build, of which $19 million was provided by the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund allocated by the Union of BC Municipalities. TransLink contributed the remaining $2 million.

SeaBus has provided safe, reliable and efficient service between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore since 1977. Over six million passengers cross the Burrard Inlet on SeaBus every year, or 16,600 people per day.

Planning to ride the Burrard Otter II on Monday? Be sure to tweet @TheBuzzer your pictures or post them onto Instagram and mention @TransLinkBC!

Burrard Otter II Facts

  • Passenger capacity: 395 + 4 crew
  • Size:
    • Length: 34.29 m (112’ 6”)
    • Width: 12.65 m (41’ 6”)
    • Depth: 3.57 m (11’ 8”)
    • Weight: Lightship weight is 164 tonnes (net), 453 (gross)
  • Type of engine:  4 x MTU/Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Horsepower (300 kilowatts each x 4):  400 hp x 4 = 1600 hp
  • SeaBus officially went into service : June 17, 1977
  • Distance per trip: 3.24 km (1.75 naut. mi.)

Join SeaBus Captain Marvin Warnock onboard the Burrard Otter II

See the Burrard Inlet from the point of view of Captain Marvin Warnock as he operates the Burrard Otter II from Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay and back! He also tells us why he joined SeaBus in 1997 and what he enjoys most about his job of 17 years.

TransLink’s Secret Santa: Three chances to win a FareCard and more!

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Say ‘hi’ to Santa!

He’s making a list and checking it twice! Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town!

Do you know somebody who’s on Santa’s Nice List? In the spirit of giving, TransLink wants you to nominate someone in your life who deserves a gift from our Secret Santa (valued at $170)!

Is that person a frequent transit rider who has contributed to the community, made a difference in your life, and inspired you to be better?

Then nominate this person by Wednesday, December 10 at 11:59 pm!

Santa’s elves will be reviewing all the entries on Thursday, December 11 and will be reporting back to Santa on the same day. Three lucky winners will receive a three-zone January FareCard plus a TravelSmart travel pack below!

The best part is – TransLink’s Santa may be able to surprise the winners on their regular transit route!

Play Santa and you could give a 3-Zone FareCard plus this TravelSmart travel pack to that lucky and deserving someone!

Play Santa and you could give a 3-Zone FareCard plus this TravelSmart travel pack to that lucky and deserving someone!

 

Nomination Form

Nominations have now closed.

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Contest closes at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 10 and winners will be selected on Thursday, December 11. Nominators (you) may be contacted for additional information about the submission and the nominee. Both the Nominator and selected winner must be 19 years old or older and may be recorded and photographed for video production and Buzzer blog purposes. You’ll want to read the terms and conditions and judging criteria for all the details on the contest.

Transit on TV: ‘The Flash’, a Millennium Line SkyTrain cameo in DC Comics television series’ trailer

 

Astute Vancouverites  know Vancouver is often referred to as “Hollywood North.” Our film industry is the third largest in North America behind only Los Angeles and New York.

Naturally, you’ll find TransLink’s services making cameo appearances in movies, television shows, and commercials!

Take a peek at our TransLink in TV & Film and you’ll learn the Canada Line was on The Amazing Race Canada, the West Coast Express was in Fringe, Waterfront Station was in Smallville, West Coast Express platform at Waterfront Station was used to film a Jessica Biel fight scene in Blade Trinity, one of our articulated buses was in the television series Defying Gravity, SkyTrain was in a Vodafone commercial, and much more.

Now, SkyTrain is a star in The CW and CTV’s The Flash television series!

In The Flash‘s heroic trailer (at the 0:25 mark), you can spot the Millennium Line SkyTrain as Flash runs along the fence.

Bill Knight, our resident transit guru, tells us he thinks the scene was filmed in the lot of Vancouver Film Studios’ Soundstage “B” by Boundary Road, adjacent to the Central Valley Greenway, where the Millennium Line guideway elevates to cross over the Trans-Canada Highway.

Will we see Flash riding the busSkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express any time soon? You never know.

Each year, we receive about 75 to 100 requests to film on our system each year. We try to provide access the best we can, but we can’t accommodate all of them. Filming has to fit within our time restrictions and take place outside of service hours so  our customers are not affected.

With major upgrades underway on the Expo Line, many requests for filming on the SkyTrain system have been unable to go ahead.

Have you spotted us on a television show or film that we haven’t blogged about? Let us know in the comments, tweet us @TheBuzzer, or thebuzzer@translink.ca!

Canada Line celebrates 200 million passengers and helps spread the warmth

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Psst…psst…have you heard? The Canada Line will surpass 200 million passengers this month! We’re sharing stories about the Canada Line on the Buzzer blog leading up to this month’s celebratory event. 

We celebrated 200 million passengers on the Canada Line with our partners on Nov 21!

We celebrated 200 million passengers on the Canada Line with our partners on Nov 21!

The Canada Line hit a major milestone this month – carrying its 200 millionth passenger just five years after opening!

We have been sharing Canada Line rider stories with you all week and it culminated on Friday, November 21 with a special event at Waterfront Station attended by both riders and dignitaries.

Attending the event were Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver Councilor; Iain Black, Vancouver Board of Trade CEO, John Yap, Member of Legislative Assembly Richmond-Steveston; Craig Richmond, Vancouver Airport Authority CEO, Wai Young, Member of Parliament Vancouver South; Howard Nemtin, TransLink Board Vice-Chair; and Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond; among other key stakeholders. Peter Ladner, Business in Vancouver Co-Founder, acted as the emcee for the event.

Joining them were Canada Line riders Donald McDonald, Jasper Tam, and Samantha Gill.

Two of our many dedicated Canada Line staff members!

Two of our many dedicated Canada Line staff members!

One of many reasons the Canada Line has been so successful in reaching this major milestone is the professional and dedicated staff of 200 employees, consisting of:

  • Field Operations (Green Jackets)
  • Canada Line Attendants,
  • Central Control Operators
  • Guideway Technicians
  • Vehicle Technicians
  • Electronic Technicians
  • Facilities Services Technicians
  • Administrative support personnel – HSQE, Engineering, Finance, Procurement, HR, Materials Supply Management, Scheduling and Perfomance management
$20 for Colleen!

$20 for Colleen!

Friday also marked the start of Blanket BC’s annual Drive on the Line that takes place along the Canada Line.

TransLink Vice-President of Communications and Customer Engagement Colleen Brennan joined volunteers at Waterfront Station, helping collect blankets and donations for those vulnerable to the cold throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

Within seconds of getting handed the donation box, Colleen received a $20 donation. Way to go!

Volunteers will be back again at eight Canada Line stations on Saturday, November 22 to collect blankets from 8 am to 6pm.

Samantha is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line!

Samantha Gill was one of our three Canada Line riders. Here’s a short interview Robert did with her.

SamanthaWhere do you live?
I live in the West End of Vancouver.

What do you do?
I work at the Women’s and Children’s hospital. I’m an audiometric technician. I work with audiologists. I’ve been working there for three years now.

How do you get to work?
I usually bike to the Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain Station and then bike from King Edward. I don’t own a car.

How often do you use the train?
I use it three to five days a week. I usually try to walk home. I use the line more in the winter months than in summer when I try to bike more.

Do you use Canada Line outside of work hours?
I use the Canada Line when I take the West Coast Express and when I go to the airport.

What do you do when on the train?
I usually read a book. I use my time on the Canada Line as me time. The trip is usually so fast I can’t get into anything of great length.

What does Canada Line mean to you?
“Convenience, efficient, it’s so easy”

Thanks to Samantha and all 200 million passengers on the Canada Line!

Jasper is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line

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Psst…psst…have you heard? The Canada Line will surpass 200 million passengers this month! We’re sharing stories about the Canada Line on the Buzzer blog leading up to this month’s celebratory event. 

Jasper Tam is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line!

Jasper Tam is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line!

We put out a call for Canada Line stories and the response was exceptional! Jasper Tam is currently a post-secondary student and this is what he submitted to us:

 

I have been excited about the Canada Line since the start, I remember visiting Vancouver City Centre Station and Lansdowne Station during the station open houses before the line opened.

I was excited that a new underground train system was opening in downtown Vancouver and how it would benefit the movement of people in downtown through the many new pedestrian tunnels that connected to the Canada Line as well as the improved movement of people from downtown, through Vancouver, and on to Richmond and YVR.

I took the train during its opening day – lining up to get into all the stations was well worth it! I still remember being amazed at how fast it took to get from downtown Vancouver to Richmond compared to the 98 B-Line. I remember I told myself that day that, “Great, now I will be able to go to Richmond more often to enjoy the diverse selection of restaurants there!”

I live in the Lynn Valley neighbourhood of North Vancouver and am currently a student at the University of British Columbia. I have attended UBC since 2009 and have been commuting by public transit to and from school for almost six years now – one hour and 20 minutes each way!

I would say I use the Canada Line for work, school and travel. I volunteer part-time at YVR and rely on the Canada Line to get me there quickly and efficiently. I use the Canada Line for school on my return trip from UBC to Lynn Valley too. I take the 84 bus to Olympic Village Station where I transfer onto the Canada Line to Waterfront Station and take the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay before making one final transfer to another bus.

Over the years, I have learned that if I take the 84 bus 45 minutes before the SeaBus departure from Waterfront Station, I will always be able to catch that SeaBus. For example, if I take the 84 that leaves at 5:00 pm, I will always be able to catch the 5:47 pm SeaBus.

I love the Canada Line because I know that it is always on-time and reliable. It also means I get some extra exercise on my commute over taking the bus directly from UBC to Waterfront. I love that the Canada Line gives me just another option of going home. Sometimes on the way to school, when I miss the 44 departure from Waterfront to UBC, I take the Canada Line to get to either Olympic Village Station for the 84 bus or Broadway City-Hall Station for the 99 bus. I love that the Canada Line is able to give me so many options.

In the summer, I often took the Canada Line to get to the Richmond Night Market beside Bridgeport Station and it also gives me easy access to the whole Cambie corridor!

One of the things I will be looking forward to is using the Compass fare gates when they are closed. I loved tapping in and out during the Compass beta test.

I like Canada Line because of their great display signage (those signs that tell you how many minutes the train is coming are clear and easy-to-read and display important messages such as delays), cleanliness (it is great to always see cleaners at the end of the line going to clean the trains), reliability (trains come at consistent frequencies), speed (25 minutes from Downtown to Richmond or YVR!), safety, lighting (love the lighting of the stations and the trains; my favourite by far out of all of the SkyTrain lines), and Canada Line Attendants in their green jackets everywhere!

Thanks Jasper! Do  you have a Canada Line story to tell? Let us know in the comments section!

Donald is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line

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The Canada Line will surpass 200 million passengers this month! We’re sharing stories about the Canada Line on the Buzzer blog leading up to this month’s celebratory event.

Donald takes the Canada Line five days a week and sometimes more!

Donald takes the Canada Line four days a week and sometimes more!

Donald McDonald is one of those what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of guys. When I started to ask the knowledgeable electrician about his experience using the Canada Line, his beaming smile gave me a good indication of what he was going to say.

“I take the train because it’s convenient. I don’t have to pay too much attention. It means I don’t have to rush because I know when a train will be there.”

Donald has been taking the Canada Line for past four years. He’s an Electrician and Baggage Supervisor at YVR Airport. He basically helps to make sure that the journey a passenger’s bags make between when they are checking in their bag and when they are loaded onto a plane is successful. As he says, “There’s a lot that goes on behind that curtain your bag goes behind.”

Growing up in South Vancouver, Donald has recently returned to the area and lives a few blocks from the Marine Drive Canada Line station. He takes the first train of the day at 5:05 am, which gets him to work before he starts his day at six a.m.

While on the train, he enjoys a hot tea and reads his emails in preparation of his day ahead.

Donald occasionally needs to drive to work if he’s on an earlier morning shift. “Driving is actually more expensive than taking the train,” says Donald. “I need to pay for parking and for maintenance of the vehicle.”

Before the Canada Line was open, Donald was traveling from Mission an hour and a half one way to YVR. Now living in Vancouver and using the Canada Line, Donald says, “I can park my truck [at home] five days a week and save some money.”

Living so close to the Canada Line, Donald uses the train outside of work hours as well. “I take the Canada Line downtown all the time or to the Cambie corridor,” says Donald. He continues to tell me that his time on the train lets him catch up with texts from his daughter.

Donald is just one of nearly 200 million people to have taken Canada Line since it opened in 2009. Do you have a story about Canada Line? Please leave it in the comments section below!

Donate blankets at Canada Line stations for Blanket BC’s 2014 Drive on the Line on Nov 21 and 22

Click here to see the official poster!

Click here to see the official poster!

The Blanket BC Society will be holding its sixth annual “Drive on the Line” in collaboration with TransLink on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 on the Canada Line.

This two-day drive accepts blanket donations, as well as anything from scarves, socks, mittens and toques, to help those vulnerable to the cold.

This year’s goal is to collect over 10,000 blankets – the estimated number of homeless living in British Columbia.

Donations are being accepted at eight different Canada Line stations between 8 am and 6 pm:

  • Waterfront
  • Yaletown/Roundhouse
  • Vancouver City Centre
  • Broadway/City Hall
  • Oakridge/41st
  • Bridgeport
  • Lansdowne
  • Richmond Brighouse

All donated items will be divided and distributed to shelter programs throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. Last year, the Drive on the Line successfully collected over 8,000 blankets and over 2,000 articles of clothing.

Make a warm difference and donate on November 21 and 22 or join over 150 other Metro Vancouver residents and volunteer your time.

TransLink accepts all 20 recommendations in McNeil report on SkyTrain service

TransLink accepts all 20 recommendations in McNeil report on SkyTrain service

TransLink accepts all 20 recommendations in McNeil report on SkyTrain service

TransLink is accepting and acting on all 20 recommendations made by independent reviewer Gary McNeil into SkyTrain.

» Read Gary McNeil’s full report and recommendations

Mr. McNeil estimates that all the recommendations will cost approximately $71 million to implement. This includes equipment and technology upgrades, and customer service improvements.

We have already moved ahead with some of this work. We acted immediately following July’s unprecedented service disruptions by improving the way we prevent, prepare for, and respond to service disruptions. Funds to complete the initiatives will be budgeted over the next five years.

The service disruptions in July were unacceptable to customers and unacceptable to us.  We are committing to better service on SkyTrain and with this review, we now have a clear plan of action for improving our customers’ experience with this vital regional service.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • More resources and a robust plan for quickly and safely evacuating passengers from trains during major service disruptions.
  • A better Passenger Address System, including PA speakers and emergency information panels at each station entrance.
  • Adding the “auto restart” component to SkyTrain’s SELTRAC system to reduce the duration of delays when major failures occur to the “command and control” communication function between trains.
  • Installing system continuity equipment for critical system elements. These “redundancies” for system continuity will ensure the critical functions remain active in the event of a system failure.
  • Upgrading the guideway intrusion system to better detect false alarms.
  • Increasing the visibility of front-line staff.

These initiatives will aim to:

  • Reduce the frequency and duration of service disruptions
  • Ensure timely evacuation of passengers in the event of a prolonged disruption
  • Strengthen the resilience of the system so it can recover from breakdowns more quickly
  • Provide clear and frequent communication with customers on the trains, in and around the stations, and on buses, when service disruptions occur

Have a question about the report? Let us know in the comments section below!

So You Think You Can Busk? We want to hear you at our 2014 busker auditions!

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A duo auditioning at last year’s So You Think You Can Busk? 

Attention all buskers! TransLink will be holding our annual busker auditions at our head office next to Sapperton Station on December 10!

For 28 years, buskers have been part of the culture of transit in Metro Vancouver. Expo ’86 brought an influx of street performers and it was deemed busking performers would make a nice addition to the SkyTrain system. We’re so happy is was!

Since then, musicians of every ilk have provided riders with entertainment and a soundtrack to their travels. Buskers help make the six SkyTrain stations in downtown Vancouver more vibrant adding a bit of music to the environment.

Every year, licenses open up for new buskers to join seasoned veterans already playing on the system. Interested in busking on the system? Think you got what it takes?

All you need to do is fill out the application form and submit it in-person to TransLink’s head office at 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC by December 3, 2014 to enter the audition process.

Once applications are submitted, qualified buskers will be invited to audition on Wednesday, December 10 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Auditions:

When: Wednesday, December 10 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: TransLink Head Office, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC

Successful candidates will be offered a license to perform at select stations, located primarily in the downtown core for one year from January to December 2015.

Audition spots are on a limited first-come-first serve basis; once filled, no further applications will be accepted. Successful candidates will be required to attend a mandatory licensing session soon after auditioning. New licenses will take effect January 1, 2015. Cost for the annual license is $ 75.00.

Last year, eight busker licenses were up for grabs and we had nearly 50 musicians apply to audition. Click here to see what happened!

Gabby is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line

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Psst…psst…have you heard? The Canada Line will surpass 200 million passengers this month! We’re sharing stories about the Canada Line on the Buzzer blog leading up to this month’s celebratory event. 

Gabby Ventura is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line!

Gabby Ventura is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line!

Gabby Ventura is a senior manager at Zennkai Hair Salon. She lives in the Knight Street and East 57th Avenue area and is one of 200 million passengers on the Canada Line to date!

Prior to the opening of the Canada Line in 2009, she says she had a lengthy commute by bus to get from home to Richmond Centre.

“Before I had to take the 430 bus, and it would take me about 45 minutes to get to our Richmond Centre store,” she says.

The commute time between home and work was improved after the opening of the Canada Line. She could now catch the 49 bus to Langara-49th Station before taking a quick 14-minute Canada Line ride to Richmond-Brighouse Station.

During the summer, Gabby transferred to the company’s Oakridge Centre location, where she currently works. Gabby says her commute is now even quicker — about 15 minutes — thanks to a combination of working closer to home and the two-minute commute time between Langara-49th and Oakridge-41st stations.

She adds the Canada Line is an asset to Zennkai’s business, especially when she and her staff have to travel between stores. Zennaki has eight locations throughout Metro Vancouver including at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby and on Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver by Vancouver City Centre Station.

“I can get from one place to another so much quicker. From our Richmond location, going downtown is 24 minutes,” Gabby says. “It’s nice to get there really fast.”

By being located close to the Canada Line, she believes it has brought in a new demographic of customers too.

“I definitely feel like there’s been an increase at this location,” she says. “We have a lot of people from the Richmond area that are saying how this is much more convenient for them, so we definitely have a lot more traffic.

“We have a lot of locals, but today, for instance, I had two guests that were from out of town and were really intrigued by our store and what we have to offer them, so we do get a lot of customers from outside of Vancouver.”

What does Gabby like to do on transit?

“I’m a reader. I like to play games on the SkyTrain as well, but I like to people watch – that’s the one thing that I like to do. Plug in my music and just people watch,” she says.

The November 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

November 2014 BuzzerWe have a jam packed issue for you this month!

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is in Vancouver from November 26 to 30 and TravelSmart has tips on how to TravelSmart to the festivities and the championship game!

One way is to get the limited edition three-day, three-zone commemorative multi-day transit pass, giving you unlimited travel on the bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus from November 28 to 30. Transit Police shares a safety guide for the festival, ensuring a safe and secure trip on public transit.

Compass Card? We got an update! Post-secondary students at 10 schools will be next group to receive the Compass Card, starting in January 2015. GoCard? We also have an update! Cards from the 2013/14 school year are now valid until November 30 for eligible students.

The Canada Line will be carrying its 200 millionth passenger later this month and we’re serving up stories on the Buzzer blog leading up to the milestone! Also on the Canada Line, Blanket BC will be holding their annual “Drive on the Line” on November 21 and 22 between 8 am and 6 pm.

Volunteers will be collecting blankets and warm articles of clothing for local shelters and struggling families at the following stations: Richmond-Brighouse, Lansdowne, Bridgeport, Oakridge, Broadway-City Hall, Yaletown-Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront.

West Vancouver customers can now expect real-time transit information and next stop announcements onboard the Blue Bus fleet. We also have the results to our poll question, “What do you read on transit?” 58 per cent of you said you read the news or newspaper on transit! Click here to read the full results.

Last, but not least, it’s not a Buzzer without our usual favourites – Coming Events, Back Issues and Contest Corner!

Pick yours up today onboard the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. Enjoy! Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Poetry in Transit interview with Jennica Harper

Jennica Harper

Jennica Harper

Now in its 18th year, Poetry in Transit aims to profile talented British Columbian and Canadian poets and provide our customers with poetry to read on their commutes! Jennica Harper’s “Fever” is one of 20 poems that are on the system this year. I had the opportunity to do a quick interview with Jennica, here’s what she had to say!

Who is Jennica Harper? Very existential! I’m a Vancouver poet and TV writer. I’ll let you guess which kind of writing pays the bills.

Would you be able to tell us a bit more about your poem that will be shared as part of Poetry in Transit? What were the inspirations behind it? “Fever” is a sonnet about the hunt for affordable real estate in Vancouver – the despair, the hope, the compromises, and the addictiveness of the search. The earliest version of the poem was written for poet Sachiko Murakami’s “Project Rebuild” – a very cool online space in which people “re-built” one another’s poems.

How would you classify your style of poetry and writing? What inspires you? I would say I write accessible free verse (the occasional sonnet or sestina being the exception). I like using iconic figures or fictional characters (Houdini, Pinocchio, Mad Men’s Sally Draper) as filters for exploring my own thoughts or experiences.

What’s a ‘great’ poem for you? Any poem that haunts me later.

Who’s your favourite poet and/or somebody that has heavily influenced your work? One of my favourite poets is Sharon McCartney. She delves deeply into existing fictional worlds and characters and explores them in playful, fresh ways.

What does Poetry of Transit mean for you? It’s fantastic. I love moments of art placed within an otherwise functional context. And for me, personally, knowing people who might not ordinarily read poetry at all will be reading my poem… that’s very powerful.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode? I recently moved to an area of town really close to a Canada Line stop. Getting to and from the airport in twenty minutes is amazing.

Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future. I’m not yet sure what my next book of poems will be about. But I recently had my first child, and hope to get her hooked on poetry early. Shel Silverstein and Dennis Lee, here we come!

Is there anything you’d like to add or share? Yes – thank you, Translink and the Association of Book Publishers of BC, for continuing to make Poetry in Transit happen!

Thanks for your time Jennica! You can visit her website at jennicaharper.com and follow her on Twitter @jennicaharper. Join the conversation using the hashtag #PoetryInTransit!

Fun poll results: 58 per cent of you read the news or newspaper on transit

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We asked you, “What do you read on transit?” The results are in!

We ran a poll on the Buzzer blog and in the October 2014 issue of the Buzzer asking you, “What do you read on transit?” Well, drum roll please! Bum! Brrum! Brrum! We have the results!

In total, 105 votes were cast in this poll. You were asked to vote for the top-five things what you read on transit. News/newspapers received 61 votes – or 58 per cent of the votes followed by The Buzzer at 38 per cent and fiction at 35 per cent.

Mandheraj is reading The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Kristal K. tells us she likes to read novels:

I read novels mostly, usually paperbacks as they are lighter to carry.

Last year I bought a great thing – a pair of reading glasses with little LED lights! Now I can sit wherever I want in the bus and still have enough light to read by, even on the darkest winter mornings.

I have been riding transit pretty regularly (I carpool too) ever since I moved to BC 20 years ago.

"What do you read on transit?" results

Didn’t get a chance to vote in the poll and tell us what you are reading? It’s not too late! Have a suggestion for a poll question? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @TheBuzzer.

Are you a Canada Line rider? We want to hear from you!

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A Canada Line train!

A Canada Line train!

Are you one of our 200 million Canada Line riders? We want to hear from you!

The five-year-old Canada Line just hit another big milestone – 200 million passengers! Do you have a Canada Line story you’d like to share? Please post it below!

We’re also seeking some Canada Line riders to attend a one-hour celebratory event in downtown Vancouver later this month to be recognized along with politicians, senior business leaders, and other stakeholders also attending.

If you ride Canada Line for work, school or travel, then tell us your name/contact info, how often you use it,  how important the line is to you and any other unique information by emailing thebuzzer@translink.ca. We’ll have some fun TransLink swag to give to those selected to join the celebration! Email Submission deadline is: Nov. 14th, 2014.

Some of swag we have in our transit ticket trunk to give away!

Some of the swag we have in our transit ticket trunk to give away!

Rated the most on-time, reliable, frequent and clean service on the SkyTrain system, the Canada Line has consistently received high satisfaction ratings from our customers, achieving 8.7 out of 10, according to a 2014 Ipsos Poll.

Remembrance Day 2014 holiday service

remembrancedayRemembrance Day is Tuesday, November 11.

Bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule. West Coast Express and TrainBus will not operate. Bus routes may change slightly to accommodate parades and services.

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 Wednesday, November 12.

Veterans, Armed Forces and Coast Guard members ride free!

In honour of Remembrance Day, and the contribution our veterans have made to this country, TransLink and its operating companies are providing transit — free of charge — to veterans and members of the Armed Forces and Coast Guard.

Veterans include Ordinary and Life Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans and the Korean Veterans Association. Veterans just have to show their membership card or appear in uniform to receive free transportation. Free service does not apply to associate members of these organizations.

Free transit applies to bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and HandyDart service and the Canada Line YVR-AddFare is included.

A moment of silence at 11 am

The SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses will observe a moment of silence at 11 am (or the stop reached closest to the hour). All TransLink and operating company properties will also half-mast their flags from sunrise to sunset on November 11.

Remembrance Day Parade reroutes

Remembrance Day parades and services in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Coquitlam, White Rock, and Aldergrove means some buses will be temporarily rerouted on Tuesday, November 11.

For a complete list of reroutes please check the Transit Alerts tab on our Alerts and Advisories page.