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Burrard Corridor upgrades

Burrard St Bridge

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The affected area – City of Vancouver

Over the next 18 months, the City of Vancouver will be doing major upgrades to the Burrard Corridor – from Davie Street to 16th Avenue – which includes necessary structural rehabilitation work on the Burrard Bridge.

Work has commenced between Harwood Street and Pacific Street, where they will be replacing aging water, sewer and road infrastructure and improving safety for all modes at the Burrard–Pacific intersection.

This work will impact bus routes that normally travel on and around the Burrard Bridge.

Affected routes include the 2, 4, 22, 32, 44, 258 & N22.

Please allow extra time if travelling either direction on these routes.

What to expect during construction

  • One travel lane in each direction that will stay open on Burrard Street on the north side
  • Some full road closures on weekends on the South side to allow for major roadwork and final paving
  • Access for cyclist, pedestrian, and motor vehicle over the Burrard Bridge

Click here more information and up-to-date closures.

Throughout the course of the construction, we will monitor service reliability and make service adjustments/changes as necessary.

We thank our passengers for their patience while the City of Vancouver makes these critical upgrades to the Burrard Corridor and bridge.

Authors: Adrienne Coling and Jordan Keim

Meet the TransLink Buskers: Amine

We’re back for another installment of Meet the TransLink Buskers; the new series where we interview and profile your favourite SkyTrain station busking musicians!

Last time we met Nikita and today, classically trained string instrument aficionado, Amine Bouzaher is in the hot seat!

Let’s find out what makes this incredible musician tick!

What do you like about Busking?

I’ve been busking for a years now, starting out at Granville Island doing the indoor acoustic thing. When I found out I could play in high-trafficked transit locations that was enough for me to audition. I love people’s reactions when they really connect with your music, especially when people actually stop and turn around in the middle of a busy day.

How many years have you been playing music?

I’ve been playing music since I was a kid, when my parents paid for piano lessons while I lived in Egypt. It’s pretty funny because my parents never really even played musical instruments or listened to much music that I remember. The first cds they got me were when I was 15, Godsmack, Britney Spears and 50 Cent, quite the combo package… I play violin, guitar, keys, bass and general percussion, all at the same time with a loop pedal when I play gigs actually!

What is your favourite type of music to play? And how about to listen to?

I will listen to almost anything, but I’m not a fan of overly-poppy music, or really heavy bass music that has no melody. These days I’m loving the future bass sound, especially artists like NoMBe, or similarly soully hip-hop inspired tunes like Tom Misch produces. I also really love atmospheric, cinematic music like some of Hans Zimmer and Nikolas Frahm’s movie scores. Oh, and I can’t forget some of the amazing music that is being produced by Japanese producers like Dasuke Tatanabe and Yosi Horikaw!.

All-time favourite song? (I love asking this one!)

Wow. That’s like asking me which sibling is my favourite…(my brother). I think the only way to answer that question, because my taste changes all the time, is to mention the first really good down-tempo song that blew my mind and got me on the musical thought-train I’m on now…Bonobo’s “Days to Come” feat. Andrea Triana.

What can riders passing by expect to hear/see as you perform?

Smiles. A lanky, curly-haired goof-trooper who’s probably shoe-gazing pretty hard. And a lot of looped violin : )

If you see me/hear me playing don’t hesitate to stop and ask questions, I can usually just sit back and let the looper do it’s thing; I always have time for a chat!

What are you up to music-wise beyond busking?

I’m working on an EP produced right at home in my own office-room-conversion studio. Most of the songs are found-sound beats with live-instrumentation and a bunch of keys/synths/basses and such.

Be sure to head on over to SoundCloud to listen to some of Amine’s music!

Stay tuned to the Buzzer blog for more busker fun in the coming months as we profile other artists in the program!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blooms for the 10th year

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Join other cherry blossom enthusiasts online using the hashtag #VCBF10

Cherry blossoms are blooming all around the region and that means two things: 1) spring is definitely on its way and 2) the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is nearly here!

This year, the festival is celebrating its tenth season and will run from March 24 until April 17, 2016.

The festival always has so many fun events for all ages and this year is no exception!

Submit your cherry blossom-themed lines in the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic form for the Haiku Invitational.

Entering will get you the chance to be recognized as top winning poem, win the Sakura Aware or honourable mention in your category!

The inspiration for this year’s poems is celebrations and the contest runs until June 1.

Here are some tips from the organizers to help you get started:

Be clear. The best haiku present clear images that everyone can understand. Of course, deeper meanings may take many readings to fathom, but you’ll make a great start by focusing on sensory images – things you can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste.

Be suggestive. A haiku should hint at some sort of emotion or point of view rather than naming or analyzing it. Usually a haiku will have two parts, and deeper meanings or emotions often arise out of the unstated relationship between the two parts.

Practise. No poet has ever written a top-notch haiku without writing dozens of forgettable ones first. Keep a notebook where you can jot down haiku as the inspiration hits and then review them at your leisure.

You can take a look at last year’s winner, here.

A new experience for this year’s festival is the Blossom Barge where 40 beautiful, blooming cherry trees will be pulled by a tugboat up False Creek for everyone to enjoy.

Exciting performances will be happening at the moorings and it’s free to go!

Here is the Blossom Barge schedule:

April 16, 2016
10:40 am Blossom Barge parades from Science World to Granville Island
12:00 pm -2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring Tetsu Taiku & Tzo’kam collaboration, Kutapira and Langley Ukulele Ensemble.

April 17, 2016
12:00 pm-2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
3:00 pm Blossom Barge parades from Granville Island to Science World
5:25 pm Blossom Barge passes by Canada Place Viewing Station

*Unfortunately, there will be no audiences allowed
on the actual voyage of the barge due to safety regulations*

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Cherry Jam Downtown Concert 2015

The big “to-do” each year is the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert at Burrard SkyTrain station sponsored, in part, by TransLink.

On March 24 from 12-1:30 pm in the indoor concourse, you can catch Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko and more!

With so much happening this year, be sure to head to vcbf.ca for more event listings and further details.

Looking for blossoms? Visit the festival’s interactive map on where the blossoms are blooming!

Author: Adrienne Coling

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

Spring forward this weekend!

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Set your clocks forward one hour this Saturday night

It’s that time again for daffodils and early season flowers to pop up out of the ground and welcome spring.

Another spring behaviour that is slightly less appealing is springing forward to Pacific Daylight Time where we lose and hour in the day.

Ok, we don’t really lose it but it can feel like it in those first few days!

This year, the time change officially occurs at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

However, our transit services will finish their Saturday night service on standard time and the time change will take effect for the start of Sunday service.

So, remember to change those clocks before you head to bed on Saturday!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit Driver Appreciation Day is March 18th, 2016

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On March 18, give your bus operator a big thank you! (logo courtesy of transitdriverday.org)

Do you have a favourite transit operator that goes out of their way to make your commute just that much better?

I know I do and I’ve heard so many stories and have seen countless posts on our social media channels about wanting to thank operators for all that they do.

Take a look at just few of the tweets we have received about our great bus operators:

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Well, now it’s your ‘official’ chance!

This Friday, March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day!

This day of recognition falls on this specific date because it marks the debut of bus service in Paris in 1662! (Albeit the buses were carriages drawn by horses.)

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Download your thank you card at transitdriverday.org

This day is set aside to recognize those great operators out there who get you to and from work, school and everywhere you need to go on transit systems all around the world.

Here at home in Metro Vancouver, that means the dedicated drivers at CMBC.

Showing your thanks is simple! You can give them a smile, say thank you when you get ON the bus (to switch it up) or even download and print out transit-themed thank you cards to give out to your favourite operator.

To show your appreciation online, like TDAD on Facebook and share #tdad with your family and friends to use on Twitter and Instagram!

You can also submit an official commendation so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

My smartphone-free week on transit

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Last week, I was inspired by a link in our latest Links and Tidbits post.

It lead me to try my own smartphone-free commuting week!

Let me give you a little background of what my normal commute is like.

I hop on the bus for about half an hour, then I continue on SkyTrain for another 30 minutes. In the evening, I reverse it, obviously.

I will often just listen to music and check games or idly scroll through my Instagram feed.

For my “unplugged” week, I didn’t allow myself to touch it from the moment I left my house to the moment I stepped into work.

This required one behaviour change for me right off the bat… A CLOCK! I don’t usually wear a watch and use my phone to check the time so for the first day I had no reference of time on transit.

Other than that, I made some observations with my pen and notepad each day.

Here’s what I found out:

Monday:

  • OK, a LOT of people spend their entire trip on their phone. Is anyone concerned about becoming a society of strained-necked commuters?
  • I wish I could read my book. Motion sickness is the worst! Think of all the work I could do if I didn’t get sick reading on transit.
  • I have no idea what time it is. I really depend on my phone for telling the time. Not a lot of others are sporting watches either. Does everyone rely on their phones for the time?

Tuesday:

  • A woman is putting fake eyelashes on while on the bus. I can’t make my makeup look that good sitting still. She’s some sort of make-up wizard!
  • There are such distinct housing development and decor patterns as you cross the region. ie. Vancouver Specials, gated yards with lion statues, colourful stucco East of Main St., laneway house builds.
  • Riders say ‘thank you’ to operators much more often in the afternoon/evening rides than in the morning.

Wednesday:

  • There’s a man who I thought was talking to me but turns out wasn’t. He looked puzzled/annoyed when I said, “pardon?” Apparently it was a conversation for one.
  • It’s so foggy today I can’t even see the mountains. I should really look at the mountains more. Seriously, they’re gorgeous and you have a great view from the Expo Line trains in Burnaby.
  • I sat beside a woman with a purple bag. I didn’t notice the doggy with the matching purple bow until she licked me “hello!” Jazz was very friendly and quiet while we rode together.

Thursday:

  • How hard is it to put the free newspapers we all get handed in the recycling? There are bins at every station! Disclaimer: I sat on one that was stuffed in the side of my seat and wet so, in turn, I then got my whole side wet and I may be a little grumpy about it.
  • I just played with the air bubbles on a SkyTrain window for a good 10 minutes. I should probably wash my hands.
  • Sock fashion is in! Stripes, polka dots, bright colours – men and women; young and old seem to be rocking some funky socks. I’m liking the attention to the space in between shoes and pants.

Friday:

  • Everyone is in such a good mood today! I think TGIF culture is real because this is a total 180 from Monday
  • Someone is doing a crossword. I love crosswords. I feel like they have taken a backseat to Sudoku and I never understood why. I wonder what the ratio of Sudoku players versus crossword puzzlers on the train right now?
  • How many Starbucks drinks are sold in Metro Vancouver during the AM commuting hours? I’ve been on transit for 45 minutes and I have counted nearly 27.

I also conducted a little something I like to call the smile experiment.

Each day I tried to look someone in the eye and smile then I would record if they smiled back.

I think many people were a bit surprised, but the ones that returned the smile looked so happy!

Eye contact & smiles given = 37
Eye contact & smiles received = 11

Overall, though I did miss my commuting soundtrack, it was nice to actually LOOK UP and see the world around me and I’m going to try to leave my phone in my pocket more often!

Now, I put the challenge to you. One week’s commute with no smartphone. Can you do it??

Author: Adrienne Coling

Vancouver CelticFest is back!

12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 10

12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 13

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

**Fun fact, an appropriate response to that greeting would be, “And the rest of the day to you!”**

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CelticFest runs from March 10-17

March is here and that means spring is… springing, flowers are blooming and St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching!

CelticFest is back again this year with many lively, Irish-inspired events to celebrate from March 10 to March 17.

In fact, this is Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration!

Some of the celebrations include a Celtic village and street market on Granville street March 12 and 13, Celtic musical performances and, of course, the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on March 13 will follow the same route as in 2015, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.

Because of the route, some buses will be re-routed on the day of the parade.

Affected routes include:

004–POWELL/DOWNTOWN/UBC, 005–ROBSON/DOWNTOWN, 006–DAVIE/DOWNTOWN, 007–NANAIMO STN/DUNBAR, 010–GRANVILLE/DOWNTOWN, 014–HASTINGS/UBC, 016–29TH AVENUE STN/ARBUTUS, 020–VICTORIA/DOWNTOWN and 050–WATERFRONT STN/FALSE CREEK SOUTH.

Bus reroutes

Street closures on parade day

Know before you go!

Stay up to date with all transit alerts by visiting translink.ca/alerts or signing up for alerts via SMS text or email.

Plan your trip with our Trip Planner and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for real time service updates.

For more information on all the festivities surrounding Celtic Fest,
visit celticfestvancouver.com.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Alcuin College students show appreciation for TransLink staff and community

Alcuin College students show appreciation to SeaBus staff at Londsdale Quay

Alcuin College students show appreciation to SeaBus staff at Londsdale Quay

In recognition of the anti-bullying day last week, 70 students and parents from Alcuin College on the North Shore ventured out into the community to complete the first Alcuin Amazing Race!

Their goal was to focus on their antidote to bullying – belonging!

The students wanted to show that it takes all members of a community working together to solve challenges in a neighbourhood.

Student teams created skits, shovelled sand, created centrepieces, picked up litter, handed out paper hearts to pedestrians and shared treats with transit operators.

The students reflections of the day capture the spirit of the event.

“The Alcuin Amazing Race was, AMAZING! I loved seeing everyone’s faces. Everyone was so happy when they got the hearts and candy.  I remember I gave a heart to a homeless man and he started to cry.  My favourite place to visit was the HOpe Centre because it was quiet and we got to plant flowers”. – Mackenzie, Grade 5

“The thing I liked most about the Amazing Race was making new friends. I also liked getting to know other grades and giving out hearts because it made my day and someone else’s day.” – Anika, Grade 5

The SeaBus employees and bus operators were truly touched to be included and loved the enthusiasm of all the students involved.

What a great way to spread the idea of togetherness and inclusion.

Thank you to the students and staff of Alcuin College for including TransLink in this amazing, Amazing Race!

Author: Adrienne Coling

New Customer Information hours begin March 14, 2016

Call 604.953.333 for transit information

Call 604.953.3333 for transit information

In May 2015, Customer Information (CI) – or as you probably know them ^jkd, ^mr, ^ck, ^ah and others – extended their hours to better communicate with transit customers across the system.

The trial was so successful that the extended hours will continue!

Starting on March 14, the new hours of CI are:

Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

CI works tirelessly to provide updates about service and answer customer’s questions in real time.

So much so, that we have nearly 92,000 followers on Twitter and have tweeted 245,000 times!

Take a look at a few of the tweets from our customers thanking this amazing team!

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Have transit questions?
Reach out to the CI team @TransLink on Twitter or call 604.953.333!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Full Compass fare gate closures begin April 4, 2016

All gates closed is coming soon!

All gates closed is coming soon!

Today, 675,000 Compass Cards are in active use, with an average of 1.2 million taps on an average week day!

After months of testing and planning, we are prepared for this next step in rolling out Compass.

Starting April 4, 2016 we will begin closing remaining open fare gates.

By April 8, all gates at SeaBus and SkyTrain (which includes Canada Line) stations will be fully closed and customers will need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to pass through fare gates and travel on SkyTrain and SeaBus.

Gate closure demonstration at Commercial-Broadway Station today.

During the week of April 4, extra staff will be out on the system to help customers with the transition.

UPDATE: We will have staff at fare gates at all SkyTrain and SeaBus stations to assist these customers. When staff cannot be at stations, one accessible fare gate will remain open so these customers can continue to travel independently. During the period following the closure of fare gates, we will directly engage with these individual customers on the system to better understand their diverse needs.

In March, leading up to the full gate closure, we will continue to test all gates closed at different stations across the system.

**NOTE** During the closure demonstrations, staff will be at the fare gates to assist customers. Bus tickets will not be exchanged, but staff will be on hand to assist them entering the system.

Reminder!

After the full fare gate closure, FareSavers and bus transfers will continue to be valid fare on buses, but customers wishing to transfer to SkyTrain or SeaBus must switch to Compass (card or ticket).

We encourage customers to get ready and switch to Compass before April 4.

With Compass, customers can travel and seamlessly transfer across the TransLink network with a single Compass card/ticket while enjoying benefits like AutoLoad and balance protection.

Compass by the numbers:

  • More than 675,000 customers now have a Compass Card.
  • Approximately 300,000 Compass Cards are tapped on an average weekday.
  • 300,000 (45 per cent) of Compass Cards are registered.
  • 70,000 Compass customers are using AutoLoad to renew Monthly Passes or top up Stored Value.
  • Use of FareSavers is down by 80 per cent.

For more information, head to translink.ca/compasscard.
To order a Compass Card online or register you card, visit CompassCard.ca.
For a convenient, one-stop source for customer questions and answers, visit AskCompass.ca.

You can view the official press release here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Temporary bus stop relocation during Commercial–Broadway Station upgrades

Bus stop changes at Commercial–Broadway from February 29 until summer 2016

Bus stop changes at Commercial–Broadway from February 29 until summer 2016

As you’ve probably noticed, upgrades at Commercial–Broadway Station are well underway!

Upgrades will improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security at one of the busiest stations on the SkyTrain system.

What’s happening now

Construction for the new pedestrian walkway over Broadway continues.

Since January 21, 2016 crews have relocated utilities and work to build the support columns begins in early March.

These activities require lane and sidewalk closures and will impact bus stop locations for the 9 and 99 B-Line, as well as pedestrian traffic flow.

What to expect

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors. Due to the nature of the construction, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

Beginning February 29, 2016 and continuing until the summer, the westbound 9/N9 and 99 B-Line bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station will move while we build support columns for the new pedestrian walkway over Broadway.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The westbound 9/N9 bus stop will move to the other side of Commercial Drive and the 99 B-Line bus stop will move to where the 9 bus stop used to be.
  • Additional signage will be installed to help direct customers to their bus stop.
  • Temporary queuing lines will be painted onto the sidewalks to help manage lineups.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating, will continue.

We thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station.

Stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project!

Want more information?

More information about the Commercial–Broadway Station upgrades and project benefits can be found at translink.ca/commercialbroadway.

Got questions? We’re here to listen:
Customer Service: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Overnight Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
www.translink.ca/customerservice

Author: Jordan Keim

SkyTrain unplugged

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Going smartphone free on transit for one week!

If you take a look at our most recent Links and Tidbits, we included a link from the National Post.

Jonathan Goldstein, the host of WireTap on CBC Radio (which has now sadly ended), decided to put away his phone during his commute and instead observe the space around him on the subway – plus take some hilarious notes!

He says he did this as an attempt to be more “in the moment” and I love it so much so that I am going unplugged for one week!

Starting today, I will have no electronic distractions on my commute. No music playing, no Words with Friends matches or idle Instagram scrolling.

I’m also going to follow Goldstein’s lead and take notes of what I see and hear.

Stay tuned because next week I will be posting my experiences from my smartphone-free transit commuting!

Do you want to play along? Comment below with your own unplugged observations!

Author: Adrienne Coling

 

Talking Transit: 5 minutes with Lora

Talking transit is a new series that features interviews with riders sharing their transit stories!

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Lora relies on transit to get where she needs to go!

Welcome to another edition of Talking Transit!

This time we’re talking with Lora, an avid transit user and not just because she wants to, she has to!

Lora has a visual impairment that doesn’t allow her to drive, but does that stop her from jetting all across the region?

Of course not, because she takes transit!

I sat down with Lora to find out all about her transit story.

**Spoiler Alert! SkyTrain is her favourite mode!**

What do you need as a transit user?

Reliability, frequency and safety. As a transit user I really don’t have complaints. The buses here in Surrey are so accommodating and helpful. Being visually impaired, I do need that extra bit of understanding at times. The buses have really been modified with the visual component as well as the person’s voice telling you about the stops or the station connections. I really find that helps quite a bit. I’m very pleased about that because it allows me to use my hearing rather than relying on my sight.

What about the system makes you happy?

There are so many improvements to the system for people with disabilities. You guys have really stepped up for people with different disabilities because I remember as a child in the region, I was basically left to my own devices and that was scary. And at that point, trying to get through to transit on the phone was next to impossible. Now, it’s so easy!

I’ve called Customer Information when I’ve been lost or don’t know exactly where I’m going and if I tell them I’m visually impaired, they’re really good at giving me specific instructions with intersections, landmarks, etc. They really take into consideration that I’m visually impaired. I’ve always found them so, so helpful and very pleasant. Because nothing freaks me out more then getting on a bus and not knowing where to go after that. There is a feeling of relief and accomplishment when I get off the bus and arrive at my destination and I think, “I did it!”

What would your wish be for our transit system?

I’ve always thought more articulated buses would be wonderful. Particularly South of the Fraser River. Because some of the routes get really, really crowded and it’s packed. There’s a lot of strollers, people with mobility devices plus the rest of the population all trying to squeeze onto the traditional buses.

I’m not sure what would be better, SkyTrain extension or an LRT line but something a little more rapid than buses would be my wish.

What other places have you taken transit?

Hawaii, Las Vegas, Calgary, Mexico.

What were your experience as a visually impaired person on those systems?

Honestly, it was a mixed bag. Some were good, some were… less than good! Mexico was not great and while Vegas has a quick monorail that goes through the strip and beyond, it wasn’t very user friendly for someone with a visual impairment. Usually, I will take transit over any other way of travel any time, anywhere but there have been times in other cities where I’ve had to take a taxi. Here at home, I never need to.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

I like SkyTrain! I love the view. I like watching the world go by. I took it for years when I worked downtown and I never got bored. It’s very relaxing. I have been known to fall asleep and miss my stop and go around a few times!

What are your pet peeves as an avid transit user?

Oh… there are quite a few! People that leave their bags on seats they aren’t sitting on. Or those who sit on the outside and make you climb over them to get in. Then they look at your like you are the crazy one! Also, riders who listen to their music or watch videos on their phone without headphones. I loved the Buzzer’s pet peeves campaign! You need to revive that and add some more characters in there!

Thanks for talking transit with us, Lora!

Are you a transit rider and want to share your transit story? Email us with the subject line “Talking Transit” and tell us how transit is a part of your life!

*We will try our best to include all stories but we may not be able to feature everyone*

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pink is powerful!

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Pink Shirt Day 2016

Another Pink Shirt Day has arrived! What’s Pink Shirt Day? Well, let me tell you!

It’s a day to stand together (wearing pink, of course), speak up and speak out against bullying and harassment.

Wearing pink today says that you will not tolerate bullying behaviour in our schools, workplaces, communities or on transit and TransLink is committed to supporting this cause.

You can read about the original event that sparked the pink shirt movement here.

There are similar anti-bullying days all across the globe and the message is clear: kindness!

Take a look at some of the great pictures from the main event today at London Drugs Plaza, downtown Vancouver.

Looking for more ways to support Pink Shirt Day?
Head to pinkshirtday.ca.
Be sure to use #pinkitforward to show your support on social media!
Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for every use of the hashtag to
support anti-bullying programs!

Author: Adrienne Coling