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Come out and meet the Mark IIIs!

After building, shipping and extensive safety testing, our shiny new Mark III SkyTrains are ready to enter service!

These beauties are fully articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), have more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage, are more environmentally efficient and so much more!

If you want to see more of the new trains, come on out to our Mark III public open house this Thursday – from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While our Mark III VIP contest winners will have some extra fun, everyone is invited to see the stationary train on the inbound platform at Waterfront Station before it heads into service.

Remember! This event takes place on the SkyTrain platform so, if you plan to attend, you will need to have proof of valid fare while in the Fare Paid Zone.

Mark III VIP contest

We had 83 entries from riders of all ages with everything from songs to poems, drawings to heartfelt transit stories.

Take a look at just a few of our fantastic winning entries:

Bruce not only rocks a banjo but also met his SO on SkyTrain!

Anat is celebrating 13 years in Canada with a poem about her first ride!

Thirteen years ago that day,
Stepping off of a plane,
Keeping my fears at bay,
Was the knowledge of so much to gain.

Such beauty lay before me,
I scarcely believed,
New memories were forming,
My dreams I have achieved.

That first Skytrain ride,
I will never forget,
It beat back the fear tide,
I stayed here, without regret.

Nine-year-old Kalen tells us all about SkyTrain – and can recite all stations in order!

Alejandro Mejía Greene created this awesome transit-inspired Mark III logo!

Life is full of moments…
Moments are snapshots…
That move from one place to another…

AMG Mark III entry
Thank you to everyone who entered! It truly was a series of difficult choices to select just 20 of you.

Be sure to check out contests coming up for I Love Transit 2016!

The Mark III and I hope to see you on Thursday!

**Update**

Missed the public event?

Take a look at our Facebook LIVE videos:

Author: Adrienne Coling

New seating pilot project for Canada Line begins

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Canada Line riders may have noticed a little change of seating on their train.

We’ve modified a couple of Canada Line cars to improve traffic flow and customer experience.

In two trains (#119 and #120), we’ve removed 10 seats.

Accessibility seating is completely unaffected.

Why are we doing this?

The seat removal is part of a pilot project to provide additional room near the train doors.

By doing this, customers can get on and off the trains more easily – especially during peak travel times when the trains are fully loaded!

Goals of the project:

  • Provide greater passenger flow at train doorways which increases safety and improves passenger boardings.
  • Create a safer and improved vehicle flow for passengers.
  • Reduce door faults that are caused by crowding which often lead to minor service delays.

The results of this pilot will determine how the fleet is modified now and in the future.

Have you experienced one of these pilot trains? What do you think?
Comment below or email thebuzzer@translink.ca!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Know before you go! Weekend events August 13-14, 2016

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Lots to do around the region this weekend and that means some changes and reroutes for our buses.

Take a look!

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

The City of Vancouver will be hosting their annual Chinatown Festival this weekend!

The celebrations are on Columbia between Pender & Keefer.

The following detours will apply on Saturday and Sunday:

  • 50 False Creek: From temporary terminus at Cambie & Pender via Pender, Main, Powell, then regular route.
  • 50 Waterfront: Regular route to a temporary terminus at Cambie & Pender.
  • C23 Davie: Regular route to Quebec & National then continue Quebec-Expo Blvd, then regular route.
  • C23 Main St Stn: Regular route to Abbott & Keefer, then continue Abbott, Pender, Main, National, then regular route.

Royal City Pride Parade

Pride celebrations continue this weekend in New Westminster!

The Royal City Pride Parade is on Saturday August 13 on Columbia Street between 4th St and 6th St.

The following detours will apply from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m.:

  • 106 Metrotown: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then Carnarvon, 6th St, regular route.
  • 106 New West: Regular route to 6th St & Carnarvon, then Carnarvon, 8th St, Columbia into New West Stn.
  • C9 Lougheed: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then 8th St, Royal, McBride, Columbia, regular route.
  • C9 New West: Regular route to Columbia & McBride, then McBride, Royal, 8th St, Columbia, regular route.
  • C3 Victoria Hill: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then via Carnarvon, 4th St, regular route.
  • C3 Quayside: Regular route to 4th St & Carnarvon, then Carnarvon, 8th St, Columbia, regular route.
  • C4 New West Stn: Regular route to 4th St & Carnarvon, then Carnarvon, 8th St, Columbia, regular route.
  • C4 Uptown: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then via Carnarvon, 4th St, regular route.

Sea Wheeze Lululemon Half Marathon

They’ll huff and puff and run themselves around town!

There are numerous changes to routes in Vancouver affected by the half marathon from first bus times until 11:30 a.m.

Visit the alerts page for full listings.

Slide the City North Vancouver

Slip slide away in this annual event on Lonsdale Avenue.

There will be many reroutes and temporary bus stop changes across the weekend in the area.

Head to translink.ca/alerts for details.

Don’t forget! You can use Trip Planner to map out your transit trip!

Author: Adrienne Coling

I Love Transit week is back for its 8th year!

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Eight is great and 2016 marks eight years of TransLink I Love Transit weeks!

This week is all about celebrating the reasons why we love transit, sharing interesting transit stories, holding fun in-person events and contests for everyone!

This year, I Love Transit will run August 29 to September 2, 2016.

Take a look at what we have going on:

August 29: Kick-off of I Love Transit social media contest – start thinking about your entries to win!

September 1: I Love Transit Camp for kids (ages 8-12) at SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre and Burnaby Transit Centre.

September 2: Exclusive opportunity to tour the new Hamilton Transit Centre!

September 7: Colouring contest draw from the special I Love Transit print Buzzer – out on the system on August 19, 2016.

Thank you, in advance, to all of our participants and entrants. This is always such a great time of the year and we love sharing it with you!

 Be sure to check out our social media channels for stories, photos, videos and lots of other exciting I Love Transit week content!
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Author: Adrienne Coling

I Love Transit Week 2016 is coming! Register for kids camp!

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transit_camp_2015The week we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! I Love Transit Week is taking place from August 29 to September 2, 2016.

This is a week dedicated to all of the things that we love about Transit – like that time Jarred and Nina tied the knot on the bus or when Annie and Mike got married on the 351 Crescent Beach!

We’ve also celebrated transit through poetry, LEGO, and more!

This year, we have a bus load of fun transit love to share with you, but first we’re excited to announce that I Love Transit Kids Camp is back for its third straight year!

 

Kids! Join us for I Love Transit Camp!

I Love Transit Camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids between the ages of 8 and 12 to get a behind the scenes look at TransLink operating companies’ facilities.

Kids will learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time! Check out all the fun that was had in 2014 & 2015.

This year’s camp is taking place on Thursday September 1st.

The plan

Meet at Gilmore Station for 9 a.m. then hop on a bus and ride to Burnaby Transit Centre (BTC)!

BTC is home to little known transit operations such as fleet overhaul, where they fix and update almost everything on a bus, including the painting of buses and reupholstering of seats.

We’ll also get a tour of the bus yard with articulated and 40-foot buses!

After that, we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to BTC.

Next, we’ll hop on SkyTrain and head to Edmonds Station and walk down to where SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC) live.

At OMC, campers will get a behind the scenes look at the facility where SkyTrains are maintained and cleaned as well as visit SkyTrain Control! They will also get a chance to use the SkyTrain simulator, ask questions of SkyTrain staff.

Finally, a visit with Transit Police and Transit Security to tell us all about everything they do. I’m told they’ll be bringing their vehicles and a special guest if we are lucky!

We’ll wrap the day up around 4 p.m.

Throughout the day we’ll be taking breaks for fun games and more!

How to take part

Due to safety concerns for both OMC and BTC, we’re only able to take a maximum of 20 people in the camp. That means 10 kids (ages 8-12) and their guardians will be able to participate in the camp.

Interested in a fun day on transit? If you’d like to participate, we’ll need potential transit campers to tell us (in 50 words or less) what they love about transit!

If you like, you can also submit a photo and/or a video as part of your entry. Before you or your little one starts typing or writing, you’ll want to read the participation guidelines.

Send your submissions to thebuzzer@translink.ca with “I Love Transit Camp Kids” in the subject field, or you can mail it to The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7.
Be sure to include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Where you heard about the camp
  • The phone number and name of the guardian you wish to bring with you

The deadline for submissions is August 22.
If you are selected, participation forms are due BEFORE August 26.

Looking for some inspiration for your submission? Check out some past successful applications.

We’re looking forward to learning about why you love transit and to seeing you at camp!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

SeaBus is pretty fly with its new WiFi!

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Thousands of passengers travel between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore each day by our beloved SeaBus.

Since December these riders have been able to enjoy Shaw Go WiFi at both SeaBus terminals and now everyone will be able to surf the web right ON the SeaBus!

Did you know?

From launch in December 2015 until the end of July 2016, SeaBus riders have used over one million megabytes of data on the ShawGuest network alone!

Not a Shaw customer? No problem!

You can easily access Shaw Go WiFi by selecting ShawGuest from the list of available WiFi networks.

For Shaw Internet subscribers who’ve used Shaw Go WiFi before you’ll be automatically connected.

You can read more about this great partnership and connectivity in the media release here.

Happy surfing!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Some tweaks to the Next Bus SMS service

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You can still text to get your bus timings however, how you send and receive SMS information from the service is changing slightly .

What’s new

From August 15, 2016 onward, you will need to text the stop number AND a bus route number in order to receive the next two departure times.

You must include a bus route number in your request in order to get times.

How does it work?

Text the bus stop number and bus route number to 33333 (example: 54440 240) and within seconds, you’ll receive the next 2 departure times for that bus route at that stop.

If you need times for multiple bus routes that service your stop, enter the stop number and up to two bus routes, and text 33333 (example: 50585 44 84).

You’ll get the next 2 arrival times for each bus route in separate texts. You can only request up to two bus routes per text.

If three or more bus routes are listed at a stop and you want times for all of them, an additional text message will need to be sent (example: 54446 240 246 and 54446 241).

Departure times

The predicted departure times are based on the GPS location of the buses and update approximately every two minutes, but sometimes only scheduled times will be available.

Scheduled times are marked with an asterisk (*). When a service is cancelled, we’ll indicate the time with a “C” – same as today.

Need help?

As always, you can text “HELP” to 33333 for assistance.

Remember! Next Bus is also available on our website. So, you can get departure times and all of the route and stop information provided for you on your mobile device or computer.

For more information on the Next Bus SMS service, you can visit our website.
Have questions on the go? Tweet @TransLink or call us at 604.953.3333.

Be a Mark III VIP and ride the new SkyTrains before anyone else!

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Mark III and its older sibling, Mark II

Ok. This. Is. It.

THEY’RE HERRRRRRRRRRE!!!!

The Mark IIIs are here, tested and ready for service but just before they’re available to all riders, we want to give you (yes, you!) a chance to get on that train first!

What you’ll get

  • A unique Mark III transit pin
  • A Mark III VIP certificate
  • An detailed tour of the train by BCRTC’s Director of Engineering Assets
    AND…. *drumroll please*
  • Have a guaranteed seat aboard the very first Mark III ride with passengers

The big day will be on August 18, 2016 with activities beginning around 11:15ish a.m. at Waterfront Station – the first ride will be after a public open house and media event.

How to enter

This one is simple!

Tell us why you should be a Mark III VIP.

Email us with your videos, poems, songs, photos or anything else you can think of with the subject line “Mark III VIP” to enter. The more creative, the better!! :)

Be sure to read the contest rules found here.

We will choose the most innovative and awesome entries to win one of 20 spots for this much-anticipated event!

All entries must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2016.

More details of the event will follow for the lucky winners.

Please note: All entrants must have a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to enter the Fare Paid Zone.

Have contest questions? Comment below!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Biking to the ferry: A transportation planner’s journey

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Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (Courtesy of BCIT)

Island season is most definitely here! Before the summer slips away *tear* we have some adventure ideas for all of you cycling enthusiasts and budding bikers!

Read on to learn some routes that you can take to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal that have been collected and expertly researched by avid cyclist and TransLink Assistant Transportation Planner, Denis Agar.

One of the most incredible things about living in Metro Vancouver is that we have beautiful wilderness right on our doorstep. There are a number of exciting destinations to explore on the transit network, and even more are just a short BC Ferries ride away.

Did you know that a bike can take you from one tip of Salt Spring Island to the other in just 2.5 hours?

Even beginner cyclists can enjoy low-stress cycle touring on the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, with plenty of campgrounds and B&Bs available to spend the night.

While BC Ferries charges up to $115 round trip to bring your car to the islands, they charge just $4.00 round trip to bring your bike aboard.

The only part that can be a little challenging is getting to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal with your bike.

All of TransLink’s buses are equipped with bike racks which can make it easier and faster to get to the ferry terminal, but these buses only carry two bikes at a time, which can be a challenge at peak times.  But don’t worry, because you have alternatives!

So, if you’re trying to get to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal with your bike, here are some options worth considering.

*All hypothetical trips start at Waterfront Station to make comparison simple*

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Courtesy of Richard Eriksson

Bus route 620 direct to Ferry Terminal
Route 620 is your direct route from Bridgeport Canada Line station to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. It’s timed to connect with the ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria) and at busy times, up to three buses can be scheduled to meet the same ferry departure! At peak times, it can be difficult to predict whether there will be room for your bike on the bus, because of the high levels of demand. The following two alternatives are more reliable, and they also leave from the same station!

Bus route 601/602/603/604 to 56 Street and Highway 17
Your next best option is to take one of the four bus routes that go from Bridgeport Station to the village of Tsawwassen. You’ll want to get off the bus at the corner of 56 Street and Highway 17, and bike west on Highway 17’s bike lanes for roughly 20 minutes to get to the ferry terminal.

Bus route 351 to Matthews Exchange
Although this option takes longer, two key factors make it a stress-free choice:

  • The extremely frequent route 351 is unlikely to leave you behind, and if it does, it’s only 15 minutes to wait until the next bus.
  • The 60 minute ride from Matthews Exchange to the ferry terminal is breathtakingly beautiful, along the Boundary Bay Dyke.
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Courtesy of Heather Harvey

Massey Tunnel shuttle
This option involves a free shuttle that takes you from one side of the Massey Tunnel to the other. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure operates this service, which can carry up to seven people and bikes at a time, making it ideal for cycling with big groups. If there are more than seven people waiting, the shuttle will come back ASAP to pick them up.

If you want to take this shuttle but don’t want to bike all the way from your home to the shuttle stop, you can take the Canada Line to Richmond–Brighouse Station and ride to the shuttle pickup point from there.

Bike across the Alex Fraser Bridge

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Courtesy of Pete

If you want to bike all the way from your home to the ferry terminal, your closest bike-friendly crossing is the Alex Fraser Bridge between New Westminster and Delta. That’s more than a three hour trip, but there are a number of ways you can shorten it:

  • Take the SkyTrain from Vancouver to 22nd Street Station and bike from there.
  • At 22nd Street Station, you can also catch the 340, 388, or 104 buses that will take you right to the foot of the bridge at the corner of Cliveden Avenue and Hwy 91 off ramp.
  • On the other side of the bridge, you can catch the 640 bus at the corner of Nordel Way and Nordel Court, which will take you to Ladner.
  • At Ladner Exchange, you can catch one of the buses from options one or two that will help you on your way.

For more details on each option, click here.

If you encounter any issues with this information, or if anything has changed, let us know in the comments!

Author: Denis Agar

Congrats to our #Compass1Million winners!

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A few weeks ago, we hit one million active Compass Cards!

To celebrate we wanted to thank you, our customers, who embraced Compass and use it to tap, tap, tap their way across the system.

Hence the awesome #Compass1Million contest!

We had 500+ entries and the lucky eight chosen at random will receive $50 of Stored Value on their Compass Card and a nifty transit prize pack.

Congratulations to our winners!

Jason – Surrey (Twitter)
Ben – Vancouver (Instagram)
John – Port Coquitlam (Twitter)
Jeannie – Vancouver (Instagram)
Michal – Vancouver (Twitter)
Claire   (Twitter)
Katelyn – Surrey  (Facebook)
Romela – Vancouver (Twitter)

Thank you to everyone who took pictures with us out on the system, shared the photos across social channels and celebrated one million Compass Cards with us!

Did you miss this contest? Fret not!
Stay tuned to the Buzzer blog for many more contests coming up for
I Love Transit, Mark IIIs & more!

Author: Adrienne Coling

CMBC operators-to-be don blindfolds for important training session

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“Approximately half a million Canadians are estimated to be living with significant vision loss that impacts their quality of life, and every year more than 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight. This figure includes people who have no sight from birth, people who are legally blind, as well as people with less significant vision loss.”
– Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Respectful, physical touch helps communicate with those who do not have their full sight

Respectful, physical touch helps communicate with those who do not have their full sight

When you want to become a CMBC bus operator, there are many tests and training sessions you undertake to make sure you’re ready for any and all scenarios you may encounter.

One important training session is centred around the blind and partially-sighted community in Metro Vancouver.

The 18-year-old program is meant to show the challenges and barriers the visually impaired community encounter on public transit. It gives operators ideas and tips of what they can do to help riders with visual impairments.

Steve Muller, Chief Trainer for operators at CMBC, believes this is a training that really sticks with drivers.

“This is definitely a session that operators remember participating in through their entire careers. This is not just an instructor providing the information, but visually impaired customers who actually experience the challenges of the system day to day,” said Muller.

Rob Sleath has been presenting disability awareness seminars to CMBC transit operators as long as the training has existed.

Rob serves on the Board of Directors for CNIB and the President and Chair for Access for Sight Impaired Consumers. He has also been instrumental in helping our transit system become more accessible and usable for those with visual disabilities. I was lucky enough to tag along for his very last seminar at CMBC.

A big part of the training is walking a mile – or at least riding one – in the shoes of someone who faces the challenges of a partially sighted or blind person riding the bus.

Operators (and social media hangers on such as myself) are blindfolded and asked to navigate getting onto the bus, payment, seating and more without the use of their sight and without help from anyone else.

“We put these drivers through a fairly intense exercise. It lets them feel, if only for a moment, what a transit ride is like for someone who is blind or partially sighted, ” said Sleath.

Operators are also taught about the different sight aids used, how to identify CNIB Compass Cards, how to interact with service dogs, how to walk with or guide someone who is blind or partially sighted and how best to communicate.

Feeling our way to the bus front door

Feeling our way to the bus front door

Operators learn that the type of communication is key.

Using clear and directional-based verbal communication gives those without full sight capabilities the opportunity to take transit independently and confidently .

“The difference of an operator saying a seat is 10 steps forward and one step to your left versus using generalities like ‘down a little ways’ or ‘over there’ is huge,” said Sleath.

The audible stop announcements ensure those who have sight impairments are aware of the route and upcoming stops.

Operators are reminded that a noisy bus or open windows may hinder the announcements and to maintain a volume, despite external conditions, that can be heard anywhere on the bus.

Mark McKenzie is a instructor at CMBC and says his own personal experience with this training helped him immensely in the real world situations when he was a bus operator.

“I had a far greater empathy for what they had to deal with [because of the training] and therefore I was more patient and understanding of their needs. Especially when it came to communication and the importance of respectful physical contact such as offering one’s arm to guide a rider as opposed to grabbing someone’s shoulder or hand to forcibly lead them,” said McKenzie.

Have a look at some of the photos from the training:

I think Rob explained the purpose of the training exercise perfectly when he said, “I’m blind but I do everything else that you do in life and on transit, I just do it in a different way. This training helps the operators understand those who do things just a little differently in their transit environment.”

It was my sincere pleasure to participate in this training and to learn, firsthand, what soon-to-be bus operators need to know to be able to serve this community effectively, efficiently and respectfully.

You can find more about TransLink and our Access Transit programs on our website.

Interested in becoming a bus operator? Visit translink.ca/drive for more information.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun Poll: What random acts of kindness have you witnessed on transit?

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If you are a regular transit user, you are bound to witness some… interesting scenarios.

For instance:

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Other times, transit riders have the unique opportunity to view complete strangers being kind to each other for no other reason than just to be kind.

In this poll, I’ve included transit random acts of kindness I’ve seen during my transit trips.

(I’m calling them TRAK… get it? Consider it trademarked!)

Maybe you’ve seen someone go above and beyond common courtesy and have never had an outlet to sing the praises of the unknown, everyday transit heroes. Now is your chance!

Vote for any and all of the TRAK moments you’ve seen or have done yourself across our transit system!

Don’t see a specific TRAK you’ve? Choose other and comment to let us know all the details.

What transit random acts of kindness have you witnessed?

  • Thanking transit employees (73%, 88 Votes)
  • Offering a seat to another rider (71%, 85 Votes)
  • Helping a lost or confused passenger find their way (58%, 70 Votes)
  • Returning a lost or dropped item (44%, 53 Votes)
  • Paying for another rider's fare (17%, 20 Votes)
  • Other - comment below! (8%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 120

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

New buses roll onto routes this summer and fall

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Pssssst….check out our new buses!

We know that additions to the transit fleet, whether they be buses, a new SeaBus or the much-anticipated Mark III SkyTrain cars are always of big interest to you, our readers and riders.

With that in mind, get ready and get set for some new buses (with allllllllll the info) that have hit the streets and buses on order for the coming months!

Buses on the way

Right now, we’re in the middle of two deliveries of buses:

  • 62 – 2016 Chevrolet/Giradin G5 Microbird cutaway Community Shuttles (16501-16562).

These will be entering service now through the fall.

  • 40 – 40-foot diesel New Flyer Xcelsior buses [XD 40’s](16101-16140) and five West Vancouver Xcelsior buses (1601-1605 ) will be in service by the fall.
  • An additional 26 – 2016 Hybrid Artics are  arriving beginning late this year (16201-16226).

Bonus! All these buses are air conditioned!

More buses will be rolling out of the new Hamilton Transit Centre, opening in September, during the autumn months.

This delivery will be for 51 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses [XN40’s] (16001-16051).

Buses delivered

FYBI (For your bus information):

  • 25 – 2012 XDE60, AC equipped, 60’ Hybrid Articulated buses in Richmond, they are the 12000-series buses
  • 17 – 2012 XD40, A/C equipped, 40’ Diesel buses in West Vancouver (1201-1217)
  • 45 – 2014 XN40, A/C equipped, 40’ CNG buses in Port Coquitlam (14000-series buses)
  • 21 – 2015 XDE60, AC equipped, 60’ Hybrid Articulated buses (15000-series buses operated in Burnaby and Surrey, which entered service earlier this year)

There you go bus fans, all the new bus information you can handle for one post :)

Thanks to Juan Sanchez (loyal Buzzer blog reader and transit enthusiast) for his interest in the newest buses in Richmond that sparked this post.

You can check out his photos of the buses in action here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Added service for the Honda Celebration of Light!

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Canada’s fireworks show – August 1, 2015 (Courtesy of GoToVan)

Summer means festivals, getting outdoors more and fireworks!

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Here are the dates for these sparkling displays:

Saturday, July 23 – Netherlands

Wednesday, July 27 – Australia

Saturday July 30 – U.S. A. (DISNEY!!)

All shows begin at 10 p.m.

To make sure everyone can get to and from these spectacular events, TransLink has added more service for all three nights to accommodate the fireworks at English Bay.

Added service

West Vancouver Transit

West Vancouver Transit will operate additional service go to and from Downtown Vancouver before and after each event. There will be additional 255 Service to Lynn Valley from Dundarave.

SkyTrain Expo/Millennium/Canada Lines will run additional trains beginning mid-afternoon, at near-peak service levels lasting well past the end of the events.

Expo Line: Last train will leave Waterfront for King George at 1:16am, with connections to the Millennium Line at Commercial-Broadway.

Millennium Line: Last train to Lougheed will leave Waterfront Station at 1:11am

Canada Line: Last train will leave Waterfront for Richmond-Brighouse at 1:15am

West Coast Express: WCE will offer a special train on July 30 only, leaving Mission City at 7 p.m., arriving at Waterfront Station at 8:15pm The return train departs Waterfront Station at midnight, arriving back at Mission City approximately 1:15am.

SeaBus will provide extra and extended service for each of the Celebration of Light events.

  • July 23, 27 and 30: We’re extending our 15-minute service until 12 a.m., and then every 30 minutes until the last sailing at 1:22 a.m. from the South Terminal.

Some downtown and West End buses are also re-routing during these times. Full details can be found online here.

Station access

Before, during and after the events, transit stations will be open, but some will have modified access to ensure customer comfort and safety.

Waterfront Station: After 10:30 p.m., Expo and Millennium line customers who do not require an elevator may only access the station from the Howe Street entrance, north of Cordova. All Canada Line and SeaBus customers, and Expo and Millennium line customers who need an elevator, can access Waterfront Station through the Cordova Street entrance. The Canada Line Granville and Hastings entrance will remain fully accessible for Canada Line customers.

Granville Station: Customers can enter the station from Dunsmuir Street only after 10:30 p.m. until crowds have cleared. Also, there will be no access to Expo and Millennium trains heading towards Waterfront Station after this time.

Burrard Station: Bikes cannot be locked at the station entrance from 9 p.m. and should be removed by 10:30 p.m. onwards, until the expected crowds have cleared. Customers will not be able to access Expo and Millennium trains towards Waterfront Station after 10:30 p.m.

**Passengers will not be permitted to board SkyTrain
with bikes after the events until crowds are clear**

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Transit Tip!

Don’t wait in line at Compass vending machines after the fireworks!

You can buy your two Compass Tickets (save one for later that night) and top up your Compass Card beforehand to breeze through the crowds after the events!

For up-to-date transit service information including bus re-routes during special events, sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts,
follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling