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Customer Alert! 232 routes detour due to watermain work

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Attention all 232 riders!

Staring on Monday November 14, 2016 in conjunction with Capilano watermain project and the closure of Edgemont Blvd at Capilano Rd, the 232 route will be detoured.

Detour routes:

**changes shown in bold**

232 Grouse Mountain: From Phibbs Exchange via Lonsdale Ave and then regular routing to Queens Rd (at Woodbine Dr), continue Queens Rd to Edgemont Blvd, then via Edgemont Blvd, Highland Blvd, Montroyal Blvd, Capilano Rd, then continue Nancy Greene Way to Grouse Mountain.

232 Phibbs Exchange: From Grouse Mountain to Phibbs Exchange via Nancy Greene Way, Capilano Rd, Montroyal Blvd, Highland Blvd, Edgemont Blvd, then via regular routing to Phibbs Exchange.

There will be two sets of northbound and southbound temporary 232 stops on Highland Blvd.

The first set at Highland (Stop #: 54493 and 54534) and the other set at Woodbine (Stop #: 54485 and 54359).

There will also a temporary stop at 60109 eastbound Montroyal Blvd after Capilano Rd for the 232 Phibbs Exchange bus.

This detour is anticipated to be in place until Spring 2017.

Have questions about the detour? Tweet us or call Customer Information at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Kids ride free on buses for iWALK, October 3–7, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-28 at 10.05.17 AMFACT! The majority of school-aged children and youth in our country are not getting enough physical activity to meet the current Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.

“Children and youth aged 5 to 17 spent an average of 8 hours and 27 minutes, or nearly two-thirds of their waking hours, being sedentary each day.”

Directly measured physical activity of children and youth (2012, 2013)
Statistics Canada

That is why it’s so important to encourage active transportation from a young age!logo

iWALK (International Walk to School Week) is one week out of a month-long, global event that celebrates active transportation, gets kids AND parents out of cars and introduces communities to safe routes for kids to take to school.

To support this fantastic initiative, TransLink is offering free bus travel for students in kindergarten through to grade 12 on any and all bus routes from October 3 to October 7.

Free travel will not include SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express this year.

Put your walking shoes on and get trip ready with our Trip Planner, use Next Bus or reach out to our Customer Information team on Twitter or by phone at 604-953-3333.

Please note: Regular fares apply to adults accompanying children and youth on buses.

Talk to your school or visit the iWALK website for more information.

Author: Adrienne Coling

I Love Transit: The journey from bus fan to transit operator

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Chris and his trusty steed, a 2008 Orion V Suburban

Chris and his trusty steed, a 2008 Orion V Suburban

The words “I love transit” mean a lot to Chris Cassidy.

His foray into the transit world was years ago. His grandfather drove a bus for BC Hydro back in the day and as he grew up, Chris became fascinated with buses and bus routes.

Chris’ passion for transit soon brought him two great friends with similar interests who decided to take and collect thousands of amazing photographs of buses!

That was then when he was a teenage transit fan and this is now. Now, Chris is a bus operator!

Read on about his journey from enthusiast to operator!

Hello,

My name is Chris Cassidy and I’m a transit operator with Coast Mountain Bus Company. Some of you may know me from BusShots.com and a I’m a huge transit enthusiast!

The interest with transit started when I was quite young. My grandfather used to be an operator, hired back in the BC Hydro days and retired a few years ago with CMBC.

I remember riding around on my grandfathers bus going through White Rock in the early 2000’s. He always got one of the brand new, New Flyer low floors. I liked keeping track of all the different runs we’d do, and watching the world pass by us from the big windows.

Cherry blossoms? Check. Big yellow bus? Check.

Cherry blossoms? Check. Big yellow bus? Check.

A few years after my grandfather retired I came across a local message board, the primary topic? Vancouver transit. At first I thought it was a bit strange, but I joined anyways to see what it was about. Not long after that, I picked up a camera and started making my own little trips around the system.

Through these little adventures I’d end up meeting two of my best friends and fellow bus nerds, David Lam and George Prior. Over the following years I tracked down, rode and documented hundreds of buses across Vancouver. Riding all the new routes, riding routes being replaced (like the 98 B-Line) and exploring this city.

The beautiful farm fields of Delta. Taken while I was heading back to the depot after a PM trip through Tsawwassen

The beautiful farm fields of Delta. Taken while I was heading back to the depot after a PM trip through Tsawwassen

During these travels I became close friends with a few operators. I was a young teen, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and doing ride-alongs with the operators was a good time filler. A routine was developed with one operator who turned out to be my neighbour.

After class was dismissed, I’d run home, drop off my bag, grab my camera and run over to his house. From there we’d drive to the depot, take a bus out for the afternoon rush and complete a few trips. Once we did our trips, we’d take the bus back to the depot and I’d get a ride home. It was my daily routine and really pushed me into the seat. After a few months of this routine it finally dawned on me, I HAD to get behind the wheel!

After high school I worked a few customer service jobs, got my full class 5 license and kept myself out of trouble. To be honest, the thought of driving a full sized 40′ bus through downtown seemed a bit overwhelming and I planned to apply for community shuttle first. But, all those operators that I knew, told me to go big and apply for conventional. So, I did… and I got called in for the video test on a crisp November day.

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Posing the bus at the perfect angle for photos before leaving the depot, a daily routine for me.

It’s been just over a year since I finished training and I’ve enjoyed everyday as much as I can. Some expected my passion for transit to diminish but, if anything, it’s only grown! Driving has opened up a whole new technical side to things that I haven’t experienced before. You learn all the neat quirks of each bus, how some have a certain shake at a certain speed, or how some have faster lifts. It can get quite geeky when you get down to the minor details, like horns, but I love it.

I drove in Vancouver for 7 months before I was transferred out to Richmond, a mecca for bus nerds. There are the old low floors, the Orion highway coaches and, of course, the big diesel articulated buses. It was love at first sight with me and the Orion highway buses so, I’ve tried to drive them as much as possible. There’s nothing quite like an early evening cruise down highway 99, watching the sun set over the fields in Delta, while behind the wheel of an Orion V. Just the thought of it makes me smile.

Starting Labour Day, I’m off on another new adventure. I’ll be transferring out of Richmond, and into the Burnaby depot. This gives me a chance to drive the famous 99 B-Line, the ever popular runs to SFU and everything on the North Shore. I’ll miss Richmond quite a bit, but a new challenge is good. Plus, I’ll get to knock off some routes that I’ve never driven before, or ever rode for that matter!

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Overall, I’m a transportation geek. So, when I had a chance to get a photo of my coach for the day with a train in the background, I had to use it!

While I’m still quite young and I’m not sure if I’ll keep driving for the rest of my career, I know I’ll never leave transit. What started as a silly hobby, turned into dozens of lifelong friendships and a career I truly love.

My name is Chris Cassidy, I’m a transit operator with Coast Mountain Bus Company and I Love Transit.

Transit enthusiasts take note because this could be you! Thanks to Chris for sharing his awesome experiences and inspiring the next generation of transit fans.

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.

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

Fun poll results: #19 Stanley Park is your favourite summer destination route!

pyramid chartAfter 64 votes the results are in.

(Only 64 votes?? People!! I assume you’re all out there actually enjoying the summer rather than on your computers!)

Your favourite summer destination route, with 18 votes, is the #19 bus to Stanley Park!19 route map

This route heads from Metrotown right into the park and back again.

It’s a perfect transit trip to explore one of the most amazing spaces we have in this region – just minutes from bustling downtown Vancouver.

The runner up spot is actually a three-way tie with #150 to White Pine Beach, #351 to Crescent Beach and the “other” category all coming in with nine votes each.

#C26 to Buntzen Lake came in third with 7 votes while #227 to Lynn Canyon Park and #C52 to Seaside/White Rock  garnered four votes, respectively.

Last, but certainly not least were #312 to Burns Bog and #160 to Barnet Marine Park both receiving 2 votes each.

Thanks to all the voters!

What kind of polls do you want to see on the Buzzer blog?
Comment below and let us know!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The June 2016 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to summer service changes. Print Buzzer front

Which means more service for popular summer destination routes! Woot!

Also in this issue, we invite you to attend Pattullo Bridge Replacement consultation events in person and online.

There is a reminder to take the Fare Review Survey before June 30 as well as a call out for YOU to become part of the team as a bus operator!

Of course, we still have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

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

Author: Adrienne Coling

Relocation of bus stops at UBC

Bus stop relocations begin June 17

Bus stop location changes begin June 17

Construction is underway to develop a new bus loop at UBC!

Due to the construction at the loop and along Wesbrook Mall, starting June 17, some bus stops on campus need to be relocated.

The 84 (stop #60045), 44 (stop #59936) and Community Shuttles C18 and C20 (stop #60040) stops will be relocated along Student Union Boulevard – just across the street – until September 2019.

The 480 will be temporarily relocated to University Boulevard for approximately three weeks.

This new loop will provide eight pick-up bays under continuous weather protection.

There will also be 15 layover bays integrated into the ground level of the future Gage South Student Housing.

You can download the map of the stop changes here.

Always know before you go! Sign up for transit alerts and use our Trip Planner.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Some minor bus stop changes for #49 route detour

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Minor bus stop changes during the #49 detour

Due to construction work by the City of Vancouver, the #49 has had significant detours since early May.

This work includes replacing the sewer main and rehabilitating the roadway along Southwest Marine Drive.

Starting on Monday, June 13, 2016 there will be some minor changes to the temporary bus stop location for the #41,#43, #49, and #480 routes.

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Details:

  • Stop #60745 will be removed and cancelled.
    • Customers will need to walk to the east side of Dunbar Street to get to the nearest bus stop location #50641.
  • Stop #50641 is temporarily moved from EB West 41st Avenue west side of Dunbar Street to EB West 41st Avenue eastside of Dunbar Street.
  • The temporary stop #51018 is moved from West Boulevard at 49th Avenue to West Boulevard at between 48th and 47th Avenue.

The Southwest Marine Drive Upgrades Project is estimated to be completed by September 2016.

We appreciate your patience as the City of Vancouver completes this necessary road work.

For more information on changes and detours, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Questions or concerns? Let us know!
Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Twitter: @TransLink

Author: Adrienne Coling

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign… New bus stop signs, that is!

Say hello to your new bus stop signs!

Say hello to your new bus stop signs!

Late last year we mentioned how some bus stop signs around Surrey Central were getting a new look.

Now, you may have noticed that these new signs are popping up at bus stops across the region!

That’s because they will become the new bus stop standard for TransLink.

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Transit Information Panel

As current signs come to the end of their lives, we will be switching all of our bus stop signage across the region to mirror the new look.

The new signs include the “T” for transit, route numbers, Next Bus information and the bay number are placed in prominent locations.

To differentiate from regular bus service, B-Line information will be highlighted in orange and NightBus in navy blue. Plus, they are reflective and easily seen at night!

The best part is really the fact each new sign will list EVERY route at that stop. No more wondering if you’re waiting in the right place, just check the sign!

Another change you may start to see is the end of infotubes at bus stops where they exist and the installation of Transit Information Panels (TIPs).

The new TIPs bump up the font of the scheduled times, include the stop number as well as the recognizable “T” for transit.

The hardware used is much more durable than the old infotubes, which makes them longer lasting and more cost effective.

Thirty-six stops in downtown Vancouver have been updated with these awesome TIPs!

Next up is Surrey City Centre starting mid-May. The rest of the infotube stops will be updated throughout this year.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Communicating bus stop relocations and closures in a new way

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Bus operators will now have up to date info on moved or closed bus stops

Bus stops can get cancelled or have to be relocated for a variety of reasons.

Construction, motor vehicle accidents, special events, police incidents and more.

To help our bus operators and riders have the most up to date information, operators will now be informed about any bus stop changes at the beginning of the route trip and again one bus stop before the closed or relocated stop.

This measure allows for a text to be sent to operators about bus stops that have been moved or closed.

“This is great for our customers. Closed stops won’t be announced as ‘next stop” any longer, so there’s less confusion and better communication for everyone,” says Louise Hearty, CMBC’s Director of Service Support and Security.

When a bus stop is moved, the stop will remain in the system and still be announced to riders and the operator will verbally tell passengers the new location.

When a bus stop is closed (not relocated), the stop and announcement will be removed from the system.

I actually just experienced this on my route this week! It was great to see this practice being put into action to help out riders be aware of changes to the stops on their route.

Has anyone else noticed this change? What are your thoughts?
Comment below and let us know!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Significant detours on the #49 bus between West Boulevard and Dunbar Street

The #49 will detour from May 2-Sept 5 2016

The 49 will detour from Monday, May 2 to September 2016

As the warm, summery months draw near, many construction and road rehabilitation projects around the region will take place that may have an impact on your commute.

From May until September 2016, the City of Vancouver will be replacing the sewer main and rehabilitating the roadway along Southwest Marine Drive.

This project requires a full closure of Southwest Marine Drive from Granville Street to Camosun Street, which will affect service of the 49 Metrotown Station/Dunbar/UBC route between 49th Avenue and West Boulevard and 41st Avenue and Dunbar Street.

Effective Monday, May 2, the 49 will be re-routed and no longer service stops along:

  • 49th Avenue between West Boulevard and SW Marine Drive;
  • SW Marine Drive between 49thAvenue and Dunbar Street; and
  • Dunbar Street between SW Marine Drive and 41st Avenue.

The 49 will now route off 49th Avenue via West Boulevard and 41st Ave (Westbound direction) and 41st Avenue and East Boulevard (Eastbound direction).

There are no direct impacts to the 41, 43 and 480; however, there may be increased traffic congestion along the 41st Avenue, potentially causing some delays.

Stopping procedures during detour

The 49 will run express – between East Boulevard and Dunbar Street, along 41st Avenue and East and West Boulevards– not providing local service along its detour routing (no pick up/drop off) so that it stays reliable and for our customers and delays are kept to a minimum.

There will be two additional temporary stops to minimize travel distances for passengers:

  • Last Stop Westbound (prior to express section) – #51018 (Northbound West Boulevard far side W 49th Avenue)
  • Last Stop Eastbound (prior to express section) – #60745 (Eastbound W 41st Avenue far side Alma Street)

The Southwest Marine Drive Upgrades Project is estimated to be completed by September 2016.

We appreciate your patience as the City of Vancouver completes this necessary road work.

For more information on changes and detours, visit translink.ca/alerts

Author: Jordan Keim

Bus stop changes to Richmond-Brighouse Station

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Bus stops and bay assignments will be temporarily changing at Richmond–Brighouse Station on Canada Line

**UPDATE**

As of Monday, June 27, 2016 the temporary relocation of the bus stops at this station will be returning to their original spots.

The City of Richmond is conducting work on the plaza by the entrance to Richmond-Brighouse Station.

The work begins on March 28, 2016 and is expected to last several months.

During this time, SkyTrain and bus service will continue to run as scheduled but station access will be partially impacted and some bus stops and bay assignments will shift.

What to expect

Effective March 28, until the end of May, the following bus stops and bays will be shifted along No. 3 Rd:

  • Bay 2 will be moved to the current location of Bay 3
  • Bay 3 will move to the other side of Saba Road and temporarily replace bus stop #56452
  • Bay 3 will serve the same bus routes as before and will now include the C96 and N10 previous serviced by stop # 56452.
  • Signs will be installed at bus stops and the station entrance to direct customers to the correct locations

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We thank our passengers for their patience while the renovations to the plaza by the entrance to Richmond-Brighouse Station are completed.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Capilano Road Bus Detours update

Customer Alert generic busTo accommodate the ongoing Capilano Road water main construction, the 232 Capilano Road route continues to be affected.

Here are the updates and what you need to know:

  • From March 14 to 18, 2016 the 232 will route temporarily via Edgemont Boulevard and Capilano Road on a single lane alternating traffic.
  • The 232 will detour and operate on Eldon Road, Ruby Avenue and Sunset Boulevard between March 19 to April 3, 2016.
  • Beginning on April 4, 2016 the 232 will return to its regular routing via Edgemont Boulevard and Capilano Road.

For more details, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

On this day in Buzzer blog history: January 16

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Welcome to Throwback City. Population: Buzzer blog!

With this series we re-publish some awesome old pieces from days in the Buzzer blog’s history.

Today we look at January 16, 2008. The Buzzer blog was a mere pup, not even a year old!

The Canada Line was shiny and brand new and the Buzzer blog editor at the time took to interviewing two talented photographers who just happened to be the artists behind the largest collection of Canada Line construction photos!

Go back in time and enjoy!


 

Profile: Tafyrn & Seamora Palecloud, Canada Line construction photographers

Author: Jhenifer Pabillano

A double rainbow over the Operations and Maintenance Centre --- one of the many fabulous photos found at Canada Line Photography.

A double rainbow over the Canada Line’s Operations and Maintenance Centre — one of the many fabulous photos found at Canada Line Photography.

For Friday, here’s the second profile in a series on Lower Mainland transit enthusiasts — our first was on the Trans Vancouver bus photo archive.

Look up “Canada Line photos” in Google, and the first hit you’ll get is Canada Line Photography, an enormous repository of terrific photographs chronicling the train line’s construction.

There are two people behind the site, Tafyrn and Seamora Palecloud, who were kind enough to do an interview with me for the Buzzer blog. (And I did ask about their unusual names: Tafyrn just laughed, saying, “As you probably know, it’s good practice not to use our real names on the internet.”)

So, here’s the interview, and sprinkled throughout you’ll find some of the Canada Line photos that Tafyrn and Seamora consider favourites—they link back to related pages from the Canada Line photo blog, too.

Tafyrn, Seamora — thanks again so much for helping me put this together!

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