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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Marc Ramos

Photo of The Buzzer Illustrator Marc Ramos

Pick up the latest print edition of The Buzzer and you’ll have seen the creative work of Marc Ramos a Filipino artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s animation program. Marc’s illustration sets the stage for our Tap to Pay campaign, as well as packages up valuable information on Spring Service Changes and updates to Metrotown Station.

We asked Marc a few questions to learn a little more about him as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

Currently, I’m working in the animation industry as a 2D Layout Artist at Atomic Cartoons. I was fortunate to get a job in this industry right after graduation. I like playing basketball, playing the drums and guitar, photography and film making and drawing of course! And I also really like cats and dogs.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

Whether I’m working on something or am thinking of working on something, music, especially ambient music, helps me visualize and feel inspired to create.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy drawing funny characters, but lately I’ve been interested in illustrating through storyboards, as we call them, documenting some of the interesting things that happen in my daily life.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

This illustration represents a first person view inside the SkyTrain with a number of passengers riding comfortably on it. If you’ve seen my Instagram profile, I do a lot of sketching inside the SkyTrain and that was the driving force for this illustration. I wanted it to look like it was drawn by me while on the SkyTrain.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I use my graphics tablet at home a lot these days, but whenever I get the chance to draw on the train, it’s either a fine tip pen, a broad tip pen, a ballpoint pen or a pencil.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

The projects I am most proud of would be the animation projects I did when I was in my second year of animation school. Homework may not sound nice to some, but I really did enjoy doing those.

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Besides my daily life documentation through storyboards, I’m making video montages at the moment using my smartphone. Most of what I’ve captured so far has been the nice views on the skytrain between Edmonds and New Westminster station and on the Fraser River. Hopefully, I get good enough at making these videos so I can proudly post them on my Instagram later on.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

Hands down the Skytrain. You can’t really go wrong with the views.

Do you have any fun plans for Spring?

To be honest, I don’t really have definite “fun” plans for the Spring just yet. I plan on getting more fit. I guess we can call that a fun plan?

Thanks so much Marc for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life as an artist! We look forward to seeing your video montages and all other creative work in the future!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Wayfinding 101: the SkyTrain, B-Line and SeaBus Network map (in depth)

This is part of our ongoing Wayfinding 101 series taking a closer look at wayfinding at TransLink, bringing you the ins and outs, and answers to your questions.

This week, we’re going to do something a little different and bring you a guest post from Jada Stevens, wayfinding specialist and graphic artist at TransLink.

She designs TransLink’s myriad of maps, including the SkyTrain, B-Line and SeaBus Network map that’s found at SkyTrain’s platform level. This map is used as a high-level snapshot of our fastest, most frequent and highest-capacity modes of transit. The routes on this map create the foundation of TransLink’s  entire network, and these routes have become synonymous to the growth and liveability of our region.

It’s up against Chile’s Santiago Metro in the World Cup of Transit Maps today, so we’d thought we’d reach out to Jada to write a guest post about all the quirks and details about this map! Read more »

The April 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Welcome spring—and welcome to 2018’s first print edition of The BuzzerApril print edition of The Buzzer

This issue is dedicated in part to our annual Spring Service Changes, which include popular seasonal changes and a big change to community shuttle routes!

Stay tuned for upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at everything Spring Service Changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, April 23, 2018.

In this issue, we also go full steam ahead with a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, take a look at the all new Metrotown Station, and remind you to tap your card, not your wallet!

As always, catch our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick up your copy today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF from our website.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

TransLink leads the charge launching new electric-battery bus trial

At TransLink, sustainability is very important to us and we are always exploring innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions while providing efficient travel for our customers. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver and BC Hydro to bring four fast-charging electric-battery buses to the region starting in 2019.

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Have your say on the new B-Line routes and Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan, April 3 – May 31!

Next year, TransLink’s launching four new B-Line bus routes in 12 Metro Vancouver communities—that means shorter travel times, shorter waits and less crowding!

It’s part of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for better transportation in Metro Vancouver. The new B-Line routes are:

  • Fraser Highway (Surrey Central to Langley Centre)
  • Main-Marine (Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange)
  • 41st Avenue (Joyce-Collingwood to UBC)
  • Lougheed Highway (Coquitlam Central to Haney Place in Maple Ridge)

The public is invited to weigh in on proposed bus routes, local service changes, and speed and reliability measures! Visit us at a pop-up information session and take the survey from April 3 – May 31 at translink.ca/bline

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Friday fun poll: on all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or back doors?

A lineup for the 99 B-Line at Commercial-Broadway Station.

On January 1, we began piloting all-door boarding on the 95 and 96 B-Lines, joining the 99 B-Line and 145 (at select stops) as all-door boarding routes!

This allows customers paying with their Compass Card to board the bus through the front, middle or rear doors. You choose! Which door do you usually board from?

During my days as an SFU student, I was an everyday commuter on the 145 from Production Way–University Station. My door was the rear and still is today when I take an all-door boarding route.

I observed most passengers who boarded through the front and middle door moved as far as the bus’s articulated joint. That meant two lines were merging for the front half of the bus, while it was only one line for the back half of the bus. It felt like I was able to board the bus sooner from the rear.

Have you observed the same thing as me? Which is your door and why? Let me know by casting your vote and leaving a comment!

On all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or rear doors?

  • Rear (45%, 96 Votes)
  • Middle (31%, 66 Votes)
  • Front (24%, 50 Votes)

Total Voters: 212

Did you ride the 95 or 96 B-Line during the all-door boarding pilot? Let us know about your experience at translink.ca/alldoorboarding!

Last poll’s results

In our previous poll, we asked you whether you preferred a window or aisle seat on transit and the results are in! Seventy-six per cent of you preferred the window seat.

Ryan said: “Much prefer an aisle seat, as I like to be prepared to get up and close to the door BEFORE the bus gets there. That way I can quickly get off the bus and allow it to continue delivering passengers to their destinations.”

Gail on Facebook said she preferred the driver’s seat since she’s a bus operator! (Psst…we are hiring bus operators right now, so you too could sit in the driver’s seat!)

Also on Facebook, Wilson said: “Window because it would be really awkward (and rude) to lean on a person instead of the wall 😅.”

Author: Allen Tung

Double the fun: Double-decker buses will add to the fleet in 2019

TransLink double decker bus

Back in November of 2017, we launched our highly anticipated Double-decker bus pilot project, with two, double tall buses rolling out on various long-distance commuter routes.

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Holiday service reminder and happy holidays from The Buzzer blog!

Happy Holidays 2017

It’s that time of year again – where all of us here at The Buzzer blog send our best Christmas wishes to you, our amazing Buzzer blog readers.

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Bridgeport Station bus bays are on the move!

Bridgeport Station bus passengers can expect a change in where they catch their bus starting December 22, 2017. 

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The December 2017 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Happy holidays! The December 2017 print Buzzer is now on the system.

This season’s issue is dedicated in part to Winter Service Changes as well as tips for winter transit travel to keep you on the go!

Make sure to watch out for our upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at our seasonal service changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, December 18, 2017.

In this issue we introduce all-door boarding to the 95 and 96 B-Line buses and remind you how you can take transit home!

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Coquitlam Central Station bus bays are on the move!

Heads up Coquitlam Central Station bus users, come October 30, 2017, your bus bay may be moving to make catching your bus a little easier. If you catch a bus at Bay 1, 2, or 4, or ride any of the following bus routes: 153, 171, 172, 173, 174, 185, 186, 187 or 189, on October 30, 2017 you’ll be tapping in from a different bay.

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I Love Transit 2017: Electric buses—exploring the transit industry’s next frontier with our customers

I Love Transit 2017

The new fast-charge battery-electric bus operating in Seattle.

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. For the first time this year, we have a theme: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Battery-electric buses are poised to be the next big leap in technology for the transit industry, so we decided to ask a planner to explain what it means for us! 

David Cooper

By David Cooper, senior planner, TransLink

One of the exciting technology advances in the public transit world is the deployment of battery-electric buses.

As we are seeing a transition in the auto industry from the internal combustion engine to electricity, transit agencies including TransLink are exploring the suitability of adopting this technology for our future bus fleet. Read more »

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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The September 2017 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system!

Fall is upon us! This means kids are gearing up to back-to-school, fall service changes are coming (make sure to follow our Bus Route Buzz series to get full details!) and of course, the September edition of the Buzzer is now on the system!

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UBC Exchange bus stops are moving September 4!

UBC Bus Stop Move

Riders of the 99 B-Line and the 49 Metrotown Station this announcement is for you! The bays for both routes will be moved to improve customer queuing. These changes will take effect on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Where can you find your bus as of September 4?

The bays will be switched to their new location at the UBC Exchange as follows:

  • Bay 4 (61935) – 99 B-Line
  • Bay 5 (61979) – 49 Metrotown Station

UBC Bus Stop Moves

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

Author: Christina Jakopin