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Join us for I Love Transit Camp – August 26, 2014!

 

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This is going to be fun!

This is going to be fun!

It’s summer time and that means it’s time for camp…transit camp! Yup, this year for I Love Transit week we’re organizing an exclusive I Love Transit Camp!

What is I Love Transit Camp? It’s an opportunity for kids between the ages of eight and 12 to visit TransLink operating companies’ facilities to learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time!

Inside one of the buildings at OMC!

Inside one of the buildings at OMC!

The day will start around 9 am at Edmonds Station and we’ll head to SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC). While there we’ll visit where SkyTrain are maintained and cleaned as well as the SkyTrain Control. After that we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to OMC.

Next we’ll hope back on SkyTrain and head for Waterfront Station. Once there we’ll take a ride on the SeaBus and get a behind-the-scenes tour of SeaBus maintenance docks! We’ll also head up to the bridge and speak to the captain of the SeaBus!

Afterwards we’ll get to have fun on a 40-foot bus and talk to a bus operator instructor about what it’s like to drive a bus. Finally, we’ll get to talk with Transit Police and maybe Transit Security about everything they do. I’m told they’ll be bringing their vehicles and a special guest if we are lucky!

Throughout the day we’ll be taking breaks for short and fun games and other fun stuff!

How to take part

Transit Police car

A Transit Police car!

Due to safety concerns for both OMC and SeaBus, we’re only able to take a maximum of 2o people on 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 kids to tell us (in 50 words or less) what they love about transit! And 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” in the subject field or you can surface mail it to  The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7. Be sure to include the name, age, and phone number of the participant and parent or guardian!

The deadline for submissions is August 19. and if you are selected we’ll need a participation form filled out by August 21.

We can’t wait for camp and to look through your submissions!

 

Announcing I Love Transit 2014: August 25-29!

 

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Drum roll please! Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum…

Doo doo doo!

Announcing – I Love Transit Week!

If you haven’t heard about I Love Transit, you’ve been missing out! Now in its sixth year, I Love Transit is the one week where we celebrate what we love about transit!

From August 25-29, the blog will be packed with interviews, essays, submissions from Buzzer readers sharing just why they love transit! In the past, we’ve had haikus, reflective essays, pictures, stories about finding love on transit, and even a song!

An example of one of the buses we might use for the week!

An example of one of the buses we might use for the week!

During the week, we’ll also have a vintage bus in Downtown Vancouver from TRAMS with a vintage bus operator for you to see. There will be buttons, contests, and more to thank everyone for riding transit! There will be a contest with the chance to win a three-zone FareCard too.

Not only that, we’ll be holding our first-ever I <3 Transit Camp on Tuesday, August 26! A small group of young riders will have an opportunity to visit the SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre by Edmonds Station.

What’s in store? A chance to get a behind the scenes look at how we keep the system running! To top it all off, we’ll head to Waterfront Station for a tour of the SeaBus facilities, jump on a 40-foot bus and talk to Transit Police! It’ll be a fun day with food, games and hands-on activities.

“Sounds great, but how do I get into the camp?!”

We will be announcing an application process for children aged eight to 12 for a chance to win their way in! People say I have a good hunch and it’s telling me it will have something to do with telling us why you love transit. ;)

And as always we want to give you a platform to share your transit love! Send your submissions to thebuzzer@transink.ca and we’ll feature as many as we can on the Buzzer blog.

Feel free to be as creative with form and content as you like—haikus, essays, photos, videos, songs, podcasts, and the like are all fair game! We look forward to seeing your submissions.

More details about the vintage bus and I <3 Transit Camp will be announced very soon!

Psst…tell your friends! 

It's that time again!

It’s that time again!

Millennium Line Service Adjustment – August 9

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SkyTrain 

Hey buzzer readers,

Here’s a heads up on some Millennium Line service adjustments Saturday, August 9 while we work to integrate new track for the Evergreen Line into the SkyTrain network at Lougheed Station.

Trains between Lougheed Town Centre and Production Way-University stations will operate about every 13.5 minutes, half as often as normal.

Passengers travelling between Lougheed Town Centre and Vancouver may find it faster to travel via Columbia than to change trains at Commercial-Broadway.

Expo Line service between Waterfront and King George will operate normally, about every seven minutes. Combined with the Millennium Line trains, service between Waterfront and Columbia on Saturday will be about every 3.5 minutes.

We appreciate your patience as we complete this essential work!

Explore with TransLink – Bird sanctuary, urban revitalization, Little Saigon, and more!

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Come Explore with TransLink as we spotlight some interesting places in Metro Vancouver that you might not have been! 

As we have told you through our #WhatsTheLink series, TransLink is responsible for much more than transit! We own and maintain five bridges – the Knight Street Bridge, Pattullo Bridge, Golden Ears Bridge, Westham Island Bridge, and the Canada Line pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

We are also responsible fund the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the 2,300 lane kilometre-long Major Road Network.

This week, we’re going to explore some interesting places that TransLink takes you on our roads and bridges! Since 90 per cent of Metro Vancouver residents are within walking distance of a transit stop or station, many of these places are accessible by transit too.

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Suggested by Cliff

Are you a bird and wildlife enthusiast?

Located on Westham Island just west of Ladner and Delta, is the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary – home to over 280 species of birds.

Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese, and Mallard Ducks are just some of the birds that make this 850-acre site their home.

It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including statutory holidays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children (2-14 years old) and seniors (over 60 years old).

The sanctuary is only accessible via the Westham Island Bridge off River Road in Delta.

Steveston Village

Steveston Village

Steveston Village

Steveston was founded as a fishing village in the late 19th century, but now is a popular tourist destination and locals, who want access to fresh seafood!

You’ll find boats docked at Steveston Harbour with fishermen selling a variety of fresh B.C. catch including salmon, tuna, crab, and more.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Sites is a time capsule back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The cannery offers visitors a glimpse into what it is like to work in one, while the historic site is complete with authentic buildings and boatyards from yesteryear.

It’s also where B.C.’s first—and I believe only—scramble intersection is located, so if you’re into that kind of stuff, you might want to check that out too!

Steveston Village is accessible by car from Steveston Highway off Highway 99 and on transit on the 410 22nd Street Station/Railway bus.

Westminster Pier Park

Interested in seeing the results of urban revitalization?

Then the Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster is for you! This nine-acre park is a recent addition to the city’s waterfront that opened in June 2012.

The land that the park now occupies was an area that was  formerly remnants of an old shipping dock. Today, it is complete with green space, basketball and volleyball courts, benches, two playgrounds, and much more! Believe it or not – there are even plans to add an urban beach to the park!

Aside from the park, it is located close to River Market and the Fraser River Discovery Centre. It’s the place to be if you’re interested in learning more about B.C.’s most famous river and the role it played in the province’s development.

The park is located on Front Street, across from Columbia Station, and is accessible from the Pattullo Bridge.

This park has picked up ten different awards including the National Brownie Award from the Canadian Urban Institute for sustainable remediation technologies.

Badminton Vancouver

Are you a badminton fan? Then you might want to check out the Badminton Vancouver, which bills itself as North America’s premier badminton facility.

The facility has a 33′ foot ceiling and is complete with twelve tennis courts using Olympic quality flooring.

Fees range from $2 per person to $7 per person for drop-in. Want to play with a group of friends? Court rentals are also available ranging from $12.70 an hour t0 $21 an hour.

Badminton Vancouver is open seven days a week at 110-13100 Mitchell Road on Mitchell Island off the Knight Street Bridge.

Taking public transit? You can do that too! Just take the 430 Metrotown Station/Richmond-Brighouse to the Mitchell Island stop.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Surrey Art Gallery

Are you interested in art? Then the Surrey Art Gallery might be for you!

This contemporary art museum is located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, just one block east of King George Boulevard.

It is complete with works from local, national, and international artists.

On exhibit now is ARTS 2014: A Juried Exhibition of Visual Art and Change: Contemporary Ismaili Muslim Art.

The gallery is located right on the Major Road Network, but you can also take the 96 B-Line and get off at 88th Avenue.

Little Saigon

Kingsway in Vancouver is unique in that it stretches diagonally from the northwest to the southeast in a city where streets run parallel to each other. It’s also unique in that it is one of the most culturally diverse streets in the region.

This street, between Fraser and Knight Street, is home to Vancouver’s Vietnamese neighbourhood, Little Saigon.

Named after Vietnam’s largest city, it is filled with mom-and-pop businesses ranging from grocery stores, cellphone dealers to pho restaurants. There’s also Chinese restaurants that are sprinkled through out Little Saigon as well.

Kingsway is part of the Major Road Network and the corridor is serviced by the 19 Metrotown Station/Stanley Park bus.

(There’s also a Little Saigon restaurant that is worth checking out too!)

Koreatown

Although this distinction is not official, the juncture of North Road and Lougheed Highway in Burnaby and Coquitlam is often recognized as the region’s de facto “Koreatown” owing to its large Korean population and businesses.

Interested in trying Korean food? There’s no better place to go since this area is home to a wide number of restaurants and businesses.

If you are a keener and want to cook at home, there are two Korean supermarkets – Hanahreum Mart on one side of North Road and Hannam Supermarket on the other.

North Road and Lougheed Highway are both part of the Major Road Network and this unique neighbourhood is located in close proximity to Lougheed Town Centre Station.

Ready to go?!?

If you’re planning to take transit, use Trip Planner or contact our Customer Information team at 604.953.3333 or tweet them @TransLink, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Driving? Use Google Maps to plan how to get there.

Share your adventures in the comments section below let us know of some other awesome Metro Vancouver attractions you can access using our Major Road Network and bridges!

Enjoy more bus and train service this BC Day long-weekend!

Photo by Jay Siggs

Photo by Jay Siggs

Ready for the long-weekend? There will be additional bus, SeaBus and train service on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th to help you get where you need go, safely and comfortably this BC Day long weekend.

Details on all the specific service changes for the Celebration of Light finale, the Pride Parade and BC Day can be found by visiting our Calendar of Events. Please check your route before you go and allow plenty of time to get to and from the downtown corridor, given the additional volume during these events.

 

Just a couple of notes:

  • To show our appreciation for customers, we’re offering a fare holiday on BC Day! This includes Bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and HandyDART services.
  • Scheduled power rail maintenance work will affect service on the Millennium and Expo lines from 8 pm to the end of service.
  • The Train2Main will be in operation for those travelling to or from the Main Street-Science World Station. See OnTrack for more details.
  • Transit Police will deploy additional officers to ensure that everyone is able to travel to and from the event safely. You can text all non-emergency reports to Transit Police at 87-77-77 or     call 604.515.8300. In case of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

 

For transit service information throughout the summer, sign up for Transit Alerts, visit m.translink.ca, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

 

The Burrard Otter II is here!

Hey Buzzer readers!

The Burrard Otter II in the otter-filled Burrard Inlet

The Burrard Otter II in the Burrard Inlet

If you were out and about on the waters yesterday, there’s a good chance you saw the new SeaBus arrive! It made it in yesterday around 5:30 p.m. after it’s long journey and is currently waiting to be offloaded. We’ll update you once it’s in B.C. waters!

The Grand Prize Winner of the Penguin Contest is…

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Congratulations to the grand prize winner Fiona McNinch!

 

Drum roll please…

Congratulations to Fiona McNinch, the grand prize winner of the Playland prize package, courtesy of Pacific National Exhibition.

Four other lucky winners also took home some great prizes:

  • Marla Gordon – Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour prize package, courtesy of Vancouver Attractions!
  • Sherry Harder – Capilano Suspension Bridge prize package, courtesy of Vancouver Attractions!
  • Andrew Kwan – Vancouver Art Gallery prize package, courtesy of Vancouver Attractions!
  • William Paskiewich – TELUS World of Science prize package, courtesy of Vancouver Attractions!

Stay tuned for details on our next contest…

 

 

What’s that green sign with the running person at Main Street-Science World SkyTrain station?

What's that green running thing?!

What’s that green sign with the running person?!

If you’ve been to Main Street-Science World since the east stationhouse upgrades were completed, you might have noticed some new signage.

A closer look at the new sign, courtesy of ISO!

A closer look at the new sign, courtesy of ISO!

There are green signs here and there throughout the station showing a person running out a doorway.

What are they?

Well, they are the new emergency exit signs!

Jeff Deby, Senior Wayfinding Specialist at TransLink, tells us these signs were adopted in the B.C. Building Code in 2012 and the National Building Code of Canada in 2010.

These will replace the text-based, red ‘EXIT’ signs as the standard emergency exit sign in all new building facilities in Canada.

“The new signs follow the ISO international standard and are commonly seen in Europe and Asia,” Jeff says. “It will be more familiar to international travellers, and the graphic method of communication is easier to understand for people who don’t read English.

Here's the old exit sign found at Sapperton and most SkyTrain stations

Here’s the old exit sign found at Sapperton Station and other TransLink facilities

It is also clearly separate from the wayfinding system (which helps people navigate the transit network) because it is so distinctive, making it clearer in cases when an exit is for emergency use.”

Since this sign is the new standard in B.C., it will start to appear in more facilities across the transit network in the coming years.

This includes all six new Evergreen stations and other SkyTrain stations that have been identified for major upgrades.

The Burrard Otter II is on its way!

UPDATE: The Burrard Otter II is getting closer! To track the cargo ship that it’s on, click here.

Hi Buzzer readers,

As you may remember, the new SeaBus, the Burrard Otter II, is on its way and it will arrive in the Burrard Inlet very soon. The vessel goes into service this fall and we’re excited to welcome it to our fleet!

How do you ship a ship? 

The Burrard Otter II finished sea trials in Singapore this past June and the next step was getting the vessel ready for its journey here. As powerful and tough as our SeaBuses are a trip from Singapore to Vancouver is a bit more than they are designed for so the Burrard Otter II was loaded onto a heavylift carrier. It’s been on a cargo ship making its way here since July 7.

Here are some photos to show you what’s involved in getting a SeaBus onto a cargo ship:

First, the vessel is hoisted out of the water

First, the vessel is hoisted out of the water

Then, she gets lowered onto the cargo ship

Then she gets lowered onto the cargo ship

Now she's all ready to begin her voyage from Singapore to Vancouver

Now she’s all ready to begin her voyage from Singapore to Vancouver

What happens once the Burrard Otter II arrives? 

The reverse process will happen once the Burrard Otter II arrives in Vancouver.

After the vessel is in local waters, it will go through some additional sea trials, and SeaBus employees will be trained on it. You can expect to see the Burrard Otter II out and about during August and September, and it will be ready for regular SeaBus operations later this fall.

Stay tuned for updates! 

We’ll be sure to update you once the vessel has arrived, so stay tuned for more pictures!

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!

West Coast Express wants you to stand as far back as you would from a guy with garlic breath

"Stand Back from the Yellow Line as Far Back as You Would Stand From That guy with the Garlic Breath"

West Coast Express’s Yellow Line Campaign poster

Over the years, more and more people have been turning to West Coast Express to get around in Metro Vancouver. In fact, average ridership has doubled since its launch in 1995 and its growth doesn’t appear to be stopping!

For West Coast Express that means finding new and creative ways to let riders, who may not be used to commuting via train or familiar with station and platform protocol,  know about the dangers of not following safety warnings.

The challenge, though, is that most safety messages lack the ability to engage and often simply blend into the woodwork.  As a result, they don’t have the desired effect for changing people’s perceptions or habits.

That’s why West Coast Express has developed new experimental materials for its annual Yellow Line Campaign to raise awareness about standing too close to the platform edge!

A series of posters were rolled out in 2013 at the station’s platforms asking people to stand as far back from the Yellow Line as you would stand from a guy with garlic breath.

The campaign returned and was kicked up a notch earlier this month!

Rather than using traditional print signage, a series of “About as far back as…” pay-off lines were chalk-sprayed underneath existing  ‘Stand Back From The Yellow Line’ messaging on the platforms.

These pay-off lines were crowdsourced from West Coast Express riders and were updated on a weekly basis – creating a level of anticipation amongst the riders since some of the lines were created by them.

The real key is that in order for the people on the platform to be able to read the pay-off lines (printed on the pavement), they’d have to stand back so that they aren’t stepping on the printed lines. As a result, they’d actually be standing further back from the Yellow Line!

The messaging at work forcing people to stand back from the yellow line!

The messaging at work forcing people to stand even further back from the yellow line!

This five-week campaign started on July 7 and was developed with five different lines to be used. Each week, a new line appears at a station and will culminate with a final line that isn’t a joke, but a sobering reminder of the realistic dangers from standing too close to the platform edge.

So far, the pay-off lines that have been released are:

  • As far back as you’d stand from the guy doing the robot with no music playing.
  • As far back as you’d stand from the guy wearing a speedo.
  • As far back as you’d stand from the boss before their morning coffee.

There are still two more lines to be released, so keep an eye out for them at West Coast Express stations!

What are your suggestions for a pay-off line? Let us know in the comments section below! No promises, but we might even feature some of the best ones!

More bus and train service to get YOU to the Celebration of Light!

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See fireworks performances by teams from the United States, France and Japan.

 

How are you getting to the fireworks? There will be additional bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express service on July 26, July 30 and August 2 to help you get to the Honda Celebration of Light performances safely and conveniently.

Full details on all the service changes can be found by visiting our Calendar of Events.

Just a couple of reminders:

  • To avoid lineups at ticket vending machines after the events, you can pre-purchase return tickets at King George, Scott Road, Granville, Burrard, Bridgeport, Yaletown-Roundhouse and Vancouver City Centre stations. These fareboxes only accept exact cash and tickets are valid until the close of service.
  • Before, during and after the events transit stations will remain open, but Waterfront, Burrard and Granville stations will have modified access to ensure your comfort and safety.
  • TravelSmart continues to sponsor BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer cyclists free, secure temporary bike storage at Sunset Beach from 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Due to crowding and safety concerns, please wait to take your bikes on SkyTrain until the crowds clear.
  • The Train2Main will be in operation for those travelling to or from the Main Street-Science World Station. See OnTrack for more details.
  • In anticipation of an increased volume of passengers, Transit Police will deploy additional officers to ensure that everyone is able to travel to and from the event safely. You can text all non-emergency reports to Transit Police at 87-77-77 or call 604.515.8300. In case of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

Service adjustments for other summertime events can also be seen here and here.

For transit service information throughout the summer, sign up for Transit Alerts, visit m.translink.ca, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

 

 

Update on cause of SkyTrain disruptions

An update on SkyTrain

An update on SkyTrain

UPDATE: Besides apologizing for the recent SkyTrain disruptions, TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis says TransLink will be bringing in an outside adviser to help TransLink better prepare for future disruptions. 

Hello Buzzer readers. Below is an update about the SkyTrain disruption yesterday. We’ll try our best to answer your questions. We’re still reviewing the disruptions yesterday and last Thursday, so bear with us!

Human error led to yesterday’s Millennium and Expo Line disruptions.

An experienced electrician was installing a new circuit breaker for the Evergreen Line at a power distribution panel when he accidently tripped the main breaker feeding the critical systems at SkyTrain’s operations centre, causing a system-wide shut down of train controls.

TransLink is still reviewing the details of the incident.

The power outage halted trains and impacted TransLink’s ability to communicate with customers over SkyTrain’s PA systems.

Additional resources were quickly mobilized to ensure continued customer safety and to help people get to their destinations.

Every available bus was used, and employees from all areas were called in to help or stayed well beyond their shifts for several hours.  TransLink also relied on the news media, social media, television screens in the stations, and its website to communicate with customers.

Bus-shuttle hubs were set up at the busiest locations, with 42 buses running to keep people moving.

“Our trains are reliable 95% of the time, but we know that is little consolation for customers who are delayed for hours when we do have a significant breakdown,” said Doug Kelsey, TransLink Chief Operating Officer.

“Two major disruptions in one week is unprecedented, and the two incidents are completely unrelated.”

To show appreciation for customers, TransLink will offer a free day of transit on BC Day with details to be later announced.

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.

Links and Tidbits – July 18, 2014

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us.

» Chris shared this photograph of his family riding SkyTrain on Twitter:

» Paging all armchair transit planners! Transitmix lets you draw your own bus route, pick the frequency, and the number of buses required and the cost per year to operate will be calculated for you. (Thanks Sean!)

» The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed an electric bus that can charge in as little as 15 seconds at each bus stop.

» Six men from Great Britain recently broke the Guinness World Record for riding the entire New York City subway system in the shortest time. Their time? All 1,355 kilometres in 22 hours, 26 minutes, and 2 seconds.

» Langara College recently uploaded the 2014 iteration of their Merging Time Vancouver series of  “creatively fused images of old and modern Vancouver.” I see streetcars on Granville Street!

» TriMet in Oregon has this clever poster warning on its buses warning commuters to stay alert for oncoming light-rail trains. Not to toot our own horn, but our West Coast Express signage is not too shabby either.

» SkyTrain map in Super Mario Brothers 3 style? You betcha!

» skyTran—not a typo! Dubbed as the “future of public transportation on private vehicles,” this proposed public transport system will see people travel in elevated pods.

» Austin, Texas is wants to build a light rail-streetcar hybrid system. What’s that? “Austin’s urban-rail cars will be designed to accommodate the tighter turning radii of a streetcar as well as the higher speeds of light rail.”

» In London, they built an entire bus stop using 100,000 Lego pieces!

» CFL players are like us too! Ride the SkyTrain and you might just catch them studying their playbooks.

» Looking for some SkyTrain pictures? Check these out from @wetcoastlife, @bcorchard, and @maitomike!

» Have you ever seen two people beg in the same subway car at the same time? Check out “Panhandler Party” on the New York City subway! (Might not be suitable for all audiences!)

» This one’s for you, transit enthusiasts! Here’s a video of train and subway door closing, beeps and chimes from rapid transit systems around the world. SkyTrain is at 1:36 of the video: