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All aboard the first-ever Canada Day Express!

WCE Holiday Train

For the first time ever, West Coast Express will be running its newest holiday train on Saturday, July 1  – the Canada Day Express. This July 1 isn’t just any ole Canada Day, this year marks 150 years since Confederation. Given the significance of this sesquicentennial celebration we’re giving our riders an additional opportunity to check out some of the amazing celebratory events being held in and around Vancouver.

The Vancouver bound West Coast Express train will be leaving Mission at 11 a.m., arriving at Waterfront Station in Vancouver by 12:15 p.m. This will give riders plenty of time to experience all there is to offer at the various venues in Vancouver and beyond – before the train departs Waterfront at 7:00 p.m.

Don’t forget! The Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line connects with West Coast Express Stations at Moody Centre Station and Coquitlam Central Station, so if return train schedules don’t fit with your party plans, you can connect through SkyTrain at one of these stations.

Regular fares apply for this special holiday train. Use your Compass Card or purchase a ticket at a Compass Vending Machine located at the West Coast Express stations.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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

Happy almost summer Metro Vancouver! June Print Buzzer

This issue of the Buzzer takes a look at summer service changes, coming June 26.

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Happy 40th birthday SeaBus! #SeaBus40

The SeaBus on a sunny day during the Olympic period!

Fit and fabulous at 40!

Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40!!

On June 17, 1977 the SeaBus (or Sea•Bus as it was known then) sailed into the Burrard inlet connecting downtown Vancouver and the North Shore. Retro SeaBus

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#MyTransLink – June 13, 2017

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it bears saying again – You guys sure set the transit photography bar high! In just six months, the #MyTransLink series has grown to almost 700 photos shared on Instagram and Twitter.

Photos from daily commutes, one off adventures, worldly travels and more.

This week in #MyTransLink is one of my faves to-date. Check out the drool worthy captures from some of Metro Vancouver’s most talented on-transit photogs!

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Get on board with the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project – June 13 to July 7

Surrey Newton LRT

Curious about the plans for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit (LRT) line? You’re invited to attend an upcoming open house to learn more about Surrey LRT and share your thoughts.

On June 13, we’re kicking off the next round of consultation, in partnership with the City of Surrey. You may remember that back in January 2017 we launched the first phase of consultation and we heard from more than 500 people at in-person events and 4,000 people through our online survey and feedback forms. Now it’s your turn!

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Bus Route Buzz: Seasonal Summertime Changes 2017

Bus Route Buzz

That’s right, folks. The Buzzzzzz is back.

We know y’all are hitting the beach this summer, and we’re making sure you can get there!

Summer service changes are happening on June 26, meaning more trips to the beach and fun summer destinations and a lot of other great improvements. Many of these improvements are courtesy of the 10-Year Vision – bringing approximately $2 billion in investments in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Let’s check out the seasonal changes taking place.

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Join us for TransLink’s AGM and Open Board Meeting on June 23, 2017

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If you followed along with our TransLink On The Move series, you’ll recall we featured five weeks of highlights from our 2016 Annual Report.

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Running Rail Replacement work June 12-14, 2017

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TransLink keeps chugging along with our Running Rail Replacement Project. Starting back in February, we’ve been replacing 7,000 aging rail pads and 5,000 linear metres of running rail on the Expo Line.

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#SeaBus40: Celebrating four decades with a contest! Share your memories and you could win!!!!!

Burrard Otter - Photo Courtesy of SeaBus Marine Attendant Shirley DeRusha

Burrard Otter – Photo Courtesy of SeaBus Marine Attendant Shirley DeRusha

Look at that beauty. All the style and swagger one would expect from a sea-faring vessel that ferries more than 17,000 passengers between downtown and the North Shore each and every weekday. Not to mention the 11-15,000 daily riders on weekends!

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SeaBus 40th Birthday Kick off

Some celebrate their birthday over the course of a day, or even a week but here on The Buzzer Blog, we’re kicking off June with the start of a month long celebration for the SeaBus’ upcoming birthday. On June 17th, the SeaBus (or Sea•Bus as it was first named) turns the big Four-O! That’s right, four decades of SeaBus service through the Burrard Inlet between North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver.

To celebrate fabulous fourty, let’s throw it back to this amazing retro rarely before seen video from the archives!

Or take a more recent trip on the Burrard Otter II with SeaBus Captain Marvin Warnock!

Whether you rode the SeaBus way back then, or ride it today, we want to hear from you! Help us celebrate the berth of SeaBus by sharing your memories, new and old!

Share your SeaBus photos or stories, write a poem, draw a picture, or sing a song! It’s up to you, but if you share it on social media make sure to tag TransLink and use the hashtag #SeaBus40.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The Transit Network Review Report is here!

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Back in February, we asked you, our riders and neighbours to weigh in on some proposed new bus routes in Silver Valley, Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek communities as well as changes to the 159 and 169 in Port Coquitlam–South Coquitlam.

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Take the Commuter Challenge from June 4 – 10 and be less driven!

Commuter Challenge
First we had the Rush Hour Challenge, followed by Spring Bike To Work Week.

Now, it’s time to continue the sustainable transportation celebration with the Commuter Challenge!

What is the Commuter Challenge?

The Commuter Challenge is a week-long event held in conjunction with Canadian Environment Week, June 4–10, 2017.

This fun and friendly competition challenges Canadian cities and workplaces to leave their cars at home in favour of walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting.

Commuter Challenge BCHow to register

1. Register for the Commuter Challenge as an individual (or join an existing workplace team), workplace, or region.
2. Walk, cycle, carpool, take transit or telecommute during the event week (June 4 – 10).
3. You log your commutes online and watch your impacts add up!
4. Share your progress on social media using the hashtag #CommuterChallenge.

Join the multi-modal movement and celebrate, compete and win some great prizes while boosting both your physical and mental health!

Looking for additional multi-modal fun from May 29 – June 8? Take part in the City of North Vancouver Walk-Bike-Bus Scavenger Hunt! Check out the City of North Vancouver website for full details, and to download the passport.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – May 30, 2017

Welcome back to another week of #MyTransLink, a reader curated photo series featuring on-the-go transit shots from around Metro Vancouver. This week captures summer making it’s appearance around the region! Cityscapes, blue sky’s and sunsets on the horizon are just some of what you found interesting on and around the system this week. Check out all the snap happy shots below!

Dont know what to caption this… #photography #like4like #skytrain #vancity #mytranslink

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. . . . #seabus #sonya6000 #sonyalpha #silhouette #vancouverisawesome

A post shared by Paul H. Paulino (@paulhpaulino) on

Welcome home. #NewWestminster #skytrain #bridge #landscape #cityscape #mytranslink

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Once again, thanks to all of our latest transit photographers for snapping and sharing your shots with us! Keep them coming!

Want to be featured on the blog?
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

 

Saying goodbye to Amazing Grace

Grace McCarthy 2011 OMC

Grace McCarthy at SkyTrain OMC, 2011

If you remember Expo 86, that was Grace McCarthy. If you remember the name SkyTrain, that was Grace McCarthy.” – Norman Stowe

It is with great sadness and fond memories that we bid adieu to a visionary woman who, for decades, helped shape and grow the province and our region. Grace McCarthy has passed away at 89.

Before SkyTrain was SkyTrain, there was Grace McCarthy.

Under the leadership of B.C. premier Bill Bennett, McCarthy was appointed deputy premier and the minister responsible for BC Transit.

A tireless and optimistic leader in British Columbia with the Social Credit Party, McCarthy’s efforts helped bring Expo ’86 to Vancouver and she oversaw construction (and the naming!) of our beloved SkyTrain.

When asked about the impact of SkyTrain on this region, McCarthy said, “It transformed the way we travel throughout the region and made this great area one of the very best to live in.”

McCarthy received the Order of Canada in 1992 and the Order of B.C. in 2004.

Amazing Grace, thank you for being our SkyTrain champion and an inspiring leader. Your legacy will always live on in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia.

Read more about Grace McCarthy’s life and achievements including SkyTrain.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Spring Bike to Work week is May 29–June 4, 2017. Register, ride and win!

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Register, ride and win with Bike to Work Week!

Cycling is an environmentally friendly, cost effective and healthy way to get around and with Spring Bike to Work Week coming up, this is the perfect opportunity to start pedaling to work and maybe win some sweet prizes!

What is Bike to Work Week?

Bike to Work Week, or BTWW for the cool kids, is a community event to celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. With over 75 Celebration Stations offering free drinks, snacks, bike mechanic services and great prizes, why wouldn’t you register to enjoy the outdoors and commute in a fit and fun way?!?

Getting involved is easy! Here’s the breakdown:

1. Register for Bike to Work Week. You can start a team, join a team or register solo.

2. Encourage your colleagues to join your team and help you win prizes!

3. Log your trips during Bike to Work Week to be entered to win more amazing prizes. Each day you log you’ll be entered to win a new bike!

4. Check out the Celebration Station Map to find out where you can stop for free snacks, free mechanic services and more prize draws throughout the week.

5. Consider becoming a member of HUB Cycling to support cycling improvements and bike education around the region.

**Please note** If you are or have ever been a HUB member, please login before registering. If you registered for Bike to Work Week between 2014 and 2016 you do not need to re-register. Simply login and log a trip to be a participant in the 2017 event.

Some of the great events surrounding this year’s BTWW include a free ‘bike-in’ movie night on May 27 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and a free wrap-up BBQ on June 2 at Creekside Park near Science World.

If you need more inspiration, check out HUB’s 2017 Rush Hour challenge! Each year teams of three take cars, transit, and of course bikes, and race through Metro Vancouver to see which mode will come out on top!

Who rolled to victory? Watch the recap of our Instagram story and see!

Need some help getting started? Be sure to visit HUB’s Cycling Resource Centre for helpful information on biking in Metro Vancouver.

Bike and be social! Share your Bike to Work Week pics with others online using the hashtag #BTWW.

Author: Adrienne Coling