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I Love Transit: Next stop… I do!

I Love Transit 2017

Today marks the official start of I Love Transit Week. A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year, we’re kicking it off with none other than a love story, in transit.

SkyTrain is no stranger to romantic stories. From chance meetings to proposals and even weddings on board, the next stop for many SkyTrain passengers is love.

Next stop... I do!

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Rail replacement work begins in the Royal Oak and Edmonds area on Oct. 2

During affected dates and times in the Royal Oak and Edmonds area, Expo Line trains will use one track in both directions at Royal Oak and Edmonds stations. Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront and King George stations.

As part of keeping our system in a state of good repair, we are replacing 5,000 linear metres of running rail at four main locations close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown and Waterfront stations.

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So you think you can busk?! 2017

Above is a video from the 2011 busker auditions!

Do you have what it takes to be a TransLink busker?! If the answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place! We are holding auditions on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 for new buskers in 2018.

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I Love Transit 2017: K–12 students ride the bus for free, Oct. 2–6

I Love Transit 2017

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be eligible for free bus travel during I Love Transit Week, Oct. 2–6, 2017.

The majority of school-aged children and youth in our country are not getting enough physical activity. That’s why it’s so important to encourage active transportation from a young age!

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I Love Transit: Join us for an I Love Transit Pop-Up Event – Oct 5, 12 – 4pm

 

I Love Transit 2017

Calling all transit fans!

In celebration of I Love Transit Week, we’re once again hosting a pop-up event with our friends at the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) on Thursday, October 5, 2017. For a sneak peek at what to expect, check out the recap of our 2014 event. We’re also super happy to add our fun consultation bus with staff on hand to answer your questions.

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#MyTransLink – September 26

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud

It’s all about YOU Metro Vancouver. #MyTransLink has once again captured your best shots from in and around our region! Have a look at our favorites from the past couple of weeks.

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I Love Transit 2017: Tell us your transit stories, share your love and win!

 

I Love Transit Week is upon us! It’s the one week we take out of the year to celebrate what we love about transit.

We want you to tell us why you love transit

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New community shuttle buses arrive for Bowen Island

The first of three brand-new community shuttles for Bowen Island entered service this week.

Hey Bowen Island! Exciting news—the first of three brand-new community shuttles has arrived.

Vehicle number 17549 entered service this past Wednesday on the C10 Bluewater and C11 Eagle Cliff routes after First Transit operators and management received a thorough operating orientation.

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Join us September 28, 2017 for the next TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink Open Board Meeting

All of TransLink’s board meetings are open to the general public. Are you interested in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works?

Attend our September meeting and get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate,  responsibilities, budget and more!

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Track changes to SkyTrain’s Expo Line this weekend, Sept. 23–24

Crews install a 60-foot section of curved rail near Main Street–Science World Station back in May 2017.

Are you planning to take the SkyTrain’s Expo Line between 11:30 p.m.  10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 through 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 24? Please plan for an additional 15–20 minutes of travel time as service will be modified for rail replacement work.

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Improved Transit Alerts are here!

We’re making it faster and easier for our customers to find transit information with a redesigned Alerts & Advisories page, and improved GTFS data feed and SMS.

In November 2016, we asked our customers how they use and access Transit Alerts. Today, we’re excited to begin rolling out improvements to Transit Alerts to make it easier for you to plan ahead!

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Where do our transit vehicles sleep at night?

Buses all settled and snuggled in for the night!

Our transit vehicles spend their days moving many people around Metro Vancouver, but have you ever wondered what happens to them after a long day of work? Each night, our SkyTrain vehicles, SeaBus vessels, buses and West Coast Express trains return to their homes for a well-deserved rest before they gear up for another busy day.

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9 and 99 bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station temporarily relocate, Sept. 15 – Oct. 1

Structural steel trusses will be installed at this location and across Broadway at Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain Station for the new pedestrian walkway.

An exciting milestone for the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades! Starting on September 15, construction begins for the new overhead pedestrian walkway across Broadway.

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Thank you for raising more than $2,100 for the Red Cross wildfire relief fund!

Since April 11, 1,249 wildfires have burned across the province leading to a state of emergency where many people were evacuated from their homes and more than one-million hectares of land was burned.

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Once upon a chime

Have you ever wondered where the iconic SkyTrain chime came from? Well, today is your lucky day because we’ve got an answer for you!

Once upon a chime…

Our story dates back to 1984, a few years before SkyTrain was operational. As a driverless automated system with no train operator on-board to remind passengers that doors were about to close and the train was ready to depart, we realized the need for some kind of automated on-board message.

FYI: SkyTrain opened in January 1986, on schedule and on budget ($854 million) with an initial 21.4 kms (13.3 miles) of guideway, 15 stations and 114 SkyTrain cars!

Once the decision was made to create an automated message, the next step was to determine what the message would sound like. We tested out many different ideas and even experimented with real bells, but nothing seemed to sound just right.  Since SkyTrain is an automated, high-tech system, the feeling was that a reasonably conventional sounding chime was needed.

Fun fact! The SkyTrain chime isn’t just for SkyTrain! The same chime can also be heard on-board our buses!

We decided to test out some different versions of the chime using a digital synthesizer at Little Mountain Sound Studio. It took some time to come up with a tone that would be usable and would catch people’s attention. After many trials and errors, we decided that the chime would have three tones going up and would serve it’s purpose to draw passengers attention to the train departing and the doors closing.

Did you know that the SkyTrain chime was recorded in the same studio that AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith and many other talented musicians recorded in?!

Listen to the SkyTrain chime

This post originally appeared as a podcast on The Buzzer Blog on December 1, 2008.

Author: Christina Jakopin