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11 ways walking can make your life better

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Some I Love Transit campers...walking!

Some I Love Transit campers…walking!

Our good friends at TravelSmart, the group within TransLink that helps Metro Vancouverites make better travel choices by offering tips and tools on cycling, walking, carpooling and taking transit across Metro Vancouver, have some great knowledge to share with all of us. Here are 11 reasons walking rocks and makes life better!

1. Develop the memory of an elephant: Studies have shown, particularly for senior citizens, that walking improves memory skills as well as concentration and abstract reasoning.

2. Mr. Einstein, I presume: Walking improves concentration and abstract reasoning and increased cognitive functioning.

3. Reduce risk of stroke: cut that by 57% just by walking 20 minutes a day.

4. Get heart healthy: a study of women showed that those who walked three hours or more per week reduced risk of a coronary event by 35%

5. Getting in shape: walking helps to keep you fit and supplies you with some wonderful endorphins

6. Feeling good: a recent study found that after 12 weeks, the further a woman walked, the better she feels about her appearance.

7. C’mon get happy: Just 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression by 47%.

8. Lowered risk of diabetes: reduce risk of type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals.

9. Lowered risk of cancer: 30 minutes daily reduce risk of colon cancer by up to 50%, as well as decreasing lung, breast and prostate cancers.

10. Nice bones: postmenopausal women who walk about a mile a day have better whole-bone density.

11. Live long and walk: 30 minutes of walking a day adds 1.3 healthy years.

Bus Route Buzz: Vancouver

Psst. Have you heard the latest buzz? You know, about the buses?

For this edition of Bus Route Buzz, we’ll learn more about Vancouver routes with added service and the regular seasonal changes for the summer that are part of the Spring Service Changes.

We heard you!

23 Main Street/Beach

  • We’ve increased capacity between the West End and Yaletown to reduce overcrowding.
  • The 23 will operate every 8 minutes during the AM and PM peaks.
  • All trips will travel between the West End and Main Street -Science World Station (no short trips between Yaletown and Main Street).

Detoured route

49 Metrotown Station

Due to City of Vancouver construction along SW Marine Drive between Granville and Camuson streets, we are temporarily routing the 49.

  • Travel to the nearest in-service 49 bus stops (#51018, #50641).
  • Travel up to 41st Avenue and take either the 41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC, 43 Joyce Station/UBC or 480 UBC/Bridgeport Station.
  • This detour will continue until fall 2017.

Seasonal

9 Alma/Granville/Commercial-Broadway Station/Boundary (Seasonal)

  • Service between UBC and Broadway/Alma is discontinued and will resume in September.
  • If you’re travelling between UBC and Broadway/Alma, take the 14 Hastings/UBC or the 99 B-Line.

25 Brentwood Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • The 7:53 a.m., 7:56 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. trips arriving at Willington Ave/Canada Way are discontinued starting Monday, May 29, 2017 and will resume in September.

28 Phibbs Exchange/Joyce Station (Seasonal)

  • Service between Phibbs Exchange and Capilano University is discontinued and will resume in September.
  • If you’re travelling between Phibbs Exchange and Capilano Univeristy, take the 239 Capilano/Park Royal.

41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC (Seasonal)

  • 7:56 a.m. trip from Joyce Station discontinued until September.

 43 Joyce Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • 7:09 a.m., 7:33 a.m., 8:28, 8:39 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. trips from Joyce Station are discontinued until September.

44 UBC/Downtown (Seasonal)

  • Westbound A.M. peak trips run every 12 minutes, reduced from every 7-8 minutes.
  • Eastbound P.M. peak trips run every 15 minutes, reduced from every 12 minutes.

84 VCC-Clark Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. trips departing VCC-Clark to UBC are discontinued until September.

210 Upper Lynn Valley/Vancouver (Seasonal)

  • AM trips leaving Burrard Station operate at 6:20, 6:50, and 7:20 a.m. then every 15 minutes until 8:50 a.m. to better reflect seasonal ridership.

250A Dundarave/Vancouver

  • Increased Saturday service from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

258 UBC/West Vancouver

  • All trips will end after April 28, to coincide with the end of semester at UBC. Service will resume in September.
  • Travelling between West Vancouver and UBC? You can either take the 250 Vancouver/Dundarave or 257 Vancouver Express/Horseshoe Bay, transfer at Burrard at Georgia to catch the 44 UBC/Downtown.

480 Bridgeport Station/UBC (Seasonal)

  • AM, midday, PM Service operates every 20 minutes
  • Early evening service operates every 30 minutes, reduced from 15-20 minutes.
  • Last trip to UBC Loop is at 7:50 p.m. and the last trip from Bridgeport Station is at 7:01 p.m. Regular service will resume in September.

For all the route and frequency changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.
Have a question for #DenisThePlanner? Use the hashtag on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Running Rail work continues near Metrotown Station on April 10 & 11, 2017

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**UPDATE** Work has finished early on this phase of the Running Rail Replacement Project. There will be no modifications to service on Tuesday April 11th. 

The Running Rail Replacement Project marches on with work taking place on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11 near Metrotown Station.

The modified service for this work will similar to the current modified service, but the single tracking – when trains travel on the same track in alternating directions – will happen at Royal Oak and Edmonds stations.

Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront to King George Station. Please be aware that during this work, there will be no Expo Line trains to Production Way–University.

There will be a shuttle train operating between New Westminster and VCC–Clark. You can change trains to this service at New Westminster and Columbia stations.

If you are travelling on the Expo Line, please allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time. Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

Know before you go!
For more information on what this means for your commute, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Find details on the Rail Replacement Project at translink.ca/rail replacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Surrey Central buses are on the move!

Surrey Central Construction

Calling all Surrey Central bus loop users!

Starting Monday, April 10, Bay 12 will temporarily close for construction of a new entrance at Surrey Central Station. As a result, the 502, C71 and C73 will change pick up and drop off locations.

What you need to know:

**Update May 11, 2017**

  • Stop move: The 502 Langley Centre/Surrey Central Station will move to Bay 6 (stop #55714) Bay 9.
  • Stop move: The 503 Aldergrove/Surrey Central Station will move to Bay 6
  • New stop: The C71 Surrey Central/Scott Road Station and the C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station will move to a new drop off and pick up location at Bay 15 (stop #60153) in front of SFU on 102nd Avenue, or board at Bay 5A.
  • Stop move: The C71 and C73 will pick up SkyTrain passengers connecting to the bus at Bay 14 (stop #61787).

Surrey Central Construction

You can learn more about the Surrey Central Station upgrades on our website.

Not sure where to go? We’re here to help!
Look for signage at the bus exchange, tweet us @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Bus Route Buzz: Surrey/White Rock/Delta/Langley

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Oh my gosh, we’re back again. Brothers, sisters, everybody sing. Bus Route Buzz is back… alright!!

This post takes a look at Surrey along with some highlights from White Rock, Delta and Langley.

Get ready for less crowding and more service!

We heard you!

C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station

  • We’re increasing bus service in your area to reduce wait times on the C73 Guildford/Surrey Central Station.
  • Weekday afternoon peak services are increasing to run every 20 minutes.

Surrey

301 Richmond Brighouse/Newton Exchange

  • Improve weekday service to operate every 15 minutes, up from 20 minutes, from 6-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

319 Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange

  • Improve weekday service during the following times: 6-9 a.m., 3-5 p.m., 5- 9 p.m., and 9 p.m. -12 a.m.

335 Surrey Central/Newton Exchange

  • NEW LATE NIGHT SERVICE until midnight every day!!
  • Increases weekday service between Surrey Central Station and Guildford Exchange to every 8 minutes from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Increases Saturday service to every 20 minutes, up from every 30 minutes, from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Increases Sunday/holiday service to every 20 minutes, up from every 30 minutes, from 5 to 7 p.m.

311 Scottsdale/Bridgeport Station

  • Improved weekday service to operate every 15 minutes, up from every 20 minutes, from 6-7 a.m.

501 Surrey Central/Langley Centre

  • We’ve improved weekday service from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to operate every 30 minutes, up from every 60 minutes

502 Surrey Central/Langley Centre

  • Improves weekday service from 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday service runs every 12 minutes, up from every 15 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • New late night service runs every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday from midnight to 2 a.m.

555 Lougheed Station/Carvolth Exchange

  • Improved weekday service from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 8 p.m.map

White Rock

375 White Rock Centre/Guildford

  • More late evening southbound bus service from Guildford Town Centre
  • One additional bus trip on weekdays at 10:48 p.m.
  • Two additional trips on Saturdays at 9:50 p.m. and 10:50 p.m.

C50 Ocean Park/Peace Arch Hospital

  • Increased weekday service to every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C51 Ocean Park/White Rock Centre

  • Increased weekday service to every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C52 Seaside/White Rock Centre

  • Weekday service runs every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C53 Cranley/White Rock Centre

  • Weekday service runs every 30 minutes, up from every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For all the route and frequency changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.
Have a question for #DenisThePlanner? Use the hashtag on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

#MyTransLink – April 4, 2017

You Metro Vancouver transit riders and enthusiasts don’t seem to disappoint with your amazing transit shots! Since we started this social media photo series, you’ve shared over 400 photos with us across all platforms!

Amazing!

Let’s check out what you guys have captured since last time!

Huge thanks to all of our latest transit photogs! Keep snapping and sharing!

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

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Bus Route Buzz: Tri-Cities

Bus Route Buzz

Welcome back buzzer readers to the first Spring Service Changes post of Bus Route Buzz!

Today we’re taking a look at some of the changes coming to Tri-Cities routes plus a seasonal favourite returning for the highly anticipated summer weather!

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Spring improvements for the Tri-Cities

We heard you!

There have been instances of overcrowding and pass ups on a few routes in the Tri-Cities since the opening of Evergreen Extension.

We have been monitoring these routes closely and taking your feedback via social media, feedback forms and community events very seriously. Thank you for being a part of the conversation and helping us deliver the best service possible!

Our planning department has assessed the issues and have made changes to better serve the riders of these areas.

153 Braid Station/Coquitlam Central Station

  • We’re adding more service during peak periods to reduce crowding and pass ups.
  • Service every 12-14 minutes from 6-9 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m.

180 Lougheed Station/Moody Centre Station

  • We heard you. We’re adding more service to improve mid-day travel and reduce crowding and pass ups.
  • Service runs every 15 minutes from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

182 Moody Centre Station/Belcarra

  • Improve weekday service to every 30 minutes, up from every 60 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Customers will have access to more mid-day trips with less wait times and crowding.

 184 Noons Creek/Moody Centre Station

  • We’ve added one additional westbound weekday trip to meet the 6:15 a.m. West Coast Express train at Moody Centre Station.

Seasonal Changes

150 White Pine Beach/Coquitlam Central Station

Travelling to White Pine Beach? Get your swim trunks ready because the 150 White Pine Beach/Coquitlam Central Station is back!

  • The 150 operates every 60 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 6-June 9: weekend and holiday service only.
  • June 10-Sept 4 (including Labour Day): daily service!
  • Customers will benefit from direct service to Coquitlam Station, Newport Village and White Pine Beach.

Stay tuned on the Buzzer blog for more Bus Route Buzz and #DenisThePlanner videos as we roll out the 2017 Spring Service Changes.

For all the route and frequency changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.
Have a question for #DenisThePlanner? Use the hashtag on Twitter!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz – Spring Service Changes

Bus Route Buzz

In December, we introduced Bus Route Buzz to the blog; your one-stop-shop for bus service changes.

Service Changes are here again, just like clockwork, and so is Bus Route Buzz! In this series, we will continue to provide an in-depth look at maps, schedules and route changes as well as explainer videos with our in-house planning expert, #DenisThePlanner.

We have so many exciting changes this spring to increase frequency and efficiency across our bus network, particularly in Surrey, Langley, Richmond and the Tri-Cities.

These changes, additional service and added transit areas is have been made thanks to the funding secured for the 10-Year Vision.

You may have already had heard the news, but in case you missed it, the provincial government recently announced that they are matching the federal government’s $2.2 billion transit funding commitment dollar for dollar! This funding will improve and expand transit in Metro Vancouver. You can view the press release about the announcement here.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned to Bus Route Buzz right here on the Buzzer blog for a closer look at some of the changes coming to buses starting April 24.

Have specific route questions? Tweet us or call 604.953.3333.
For a full list of service changes, visit translink.ca/servicechanges.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Safety barriers are coming to CMBC buses

For TransLink, safety is a top priority for all people travelling on transit, including our bus operators.

Assaults on operators are unacceptable and can put the lives of our riders at risk.

After a two-year process of piloting various barrier designs, assessing effectiveness, collecting user feedback and modifying designs, we are now ready to equip our buses with bus safety barriers.

Safety barriers allow operators to do their job, getting you where you need to go efficiently and safely, while maintaining driving sightlines, communicating with riders and protecting themselves against attacks.

Other tools CMBC currently utilizes to keep staff safe include security cameras, GPS radio system, emergency button, Transit Security, Transit Police, Violent Incident Prevention training and campaigns like “Don’t touch the operator.”

Bus barriers by the numbers:

  • All future orders of new 40′ and 60′ buses will come with safety barrier already installed. Buses will start arriving by early 2018.
  • 208 air-conditioned New Flyer Excelsior buses will be retrofitted with safety barriers.
  • Six trolley buses will be retrofitted as part of the expanded pilot program.
  • Retrofit of 214 buses will be underway by the end of 2017 and completed within two years.
  • Within 10 years, about 75 per cent of the fleet will have safety barriers installed.

Design features:

  • Sliding front portion allows easy customer communication and controls glare.
  • Fixed solid portion means barrier prevents attacks from behind—even when the sliding portion is open.
  • Offers protection from assaults including jumping assailants, thrown objects, climbing over and spitting.

What does this mean for riders?

Nothing changes! The bus barriers don’t affect your commute at all.

You will still be able to talk to and communicate with your favourite bus operator!

Want to know more? Check out the backgrounder!

Have you spotted one of these new bus barriers on your route?
Tweet us @TransLink and let us know what you think!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Running Rail work continues on the Expo Line

The Running Rail Replacement Project continues with work near Main Street–Science World Station is starting April 2. Work will not be done on Fridays and Saturdays and is weather dependent.

From 9:30pm until the end of service, Expo Line trains will be single tracking – when trains travel on the same track in alternating directions – between Main Street-Science World and Commercial-Broadway stations.

Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront to King George Station. Please be aware that during this work, there will be no Expo Line trains to Production Way–University.

There will be a shuttle train operating between New Westminster and VCC–Clark. You can change trains to this service at New Westminster and Columbia stations.

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If you are travelling on the Expo Line, please allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time. Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

Tips for a faster trip using Special SkyTrain Service

  • If you are travelling from downtown Vancouver and your destination is Sapperton, Braid, Lougheed Town Centre or Production Way–University stations, take an Expo Line train to Commercial–Broadway station and change trains to a VCC–Clark – New Westminster train operating from platform 2.
  • If you are travelling from Commercial–Broadway to Braid, Sapperton, Columbia or New Westminster stations, board a VCC–Clark – New Westminster train operating from platform 2.
  • If you are travelling from New Westminster Station to a destination along the Millennium Line, including Commercial–Broadway Station, take the New Westminster – VCC–Clark train.
  • If you are travelling from Surrey to a destination along the Millennium Line, including Commercial–Broadway Station, ride the Expo Line to Columbia and transfer to a New Westminster – VCC–Clark train.
  • If you are travelling on the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension to New Westminster Station or beyond, transfer at Lougheed Town Centre as you normally would and catch the VCC–Clark – New Westminster train from Platform 2 at Lougheed Town Centre. If required, change to the Expo Line at New Westminster to continue west.

Schedule Adjustments due to events

  • Sunday April 2: Service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30pm, to accommodate the Canucks hockey game.
  • Wednesday April 5: Service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30pm, to accommodate the Canucks hockey game.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary maintenance to our SkyTrain system.

Know before you go!
For more information on what this means for your commute, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Find details on the Rail Replacement Project at translink.ca/rail replacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

New permanent C9 routing starts April 3!

New C9 Route

New C9 Route

On April 3, 2017, the C9 New Westminster Station/Lougheed Station will now permanently travel through the Fraserview neighbourhood in New Westminster via Cumberland and Richmond streets.

Construction of a new bus-only turning light by the City of New Westminster is complete and, as a result, the C9 will be able to make a fancy left-hand turn onto East Columbia Street.

Travelling to New Westminster or Lougheed Stations?

Make your way to any in-service bus stop on Cumberland Street (bus stop #60079, 60166, or 60167).

C9 bus stops

Bus stops

Did you know?

Permanent changes to the C9 are being implemented as a result of the 2015 Transit Network Review.

TransLink consulted the public and as a result, we received more than 12,000 completed surveys and hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls.

Thank you to residents and those who participated in the 2015 Transit Network Review.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Join us on March 30, 2017 for the next TransLink Open Board Meeting

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All of TransLink’s board meetings are open to the general public.

Interested in knowing the ins and outs of how TransLink works?

Plan on attending our March meeting and get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate,  responsibilities, budget and more!

The meeting for this quarter takes place on Thursday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TransLink Head Office in New Westminster.

You can apply to speak at the meeting and find the agenda at translink.ca/boardmeetings.

Can’t make the meeting in person? No problem!
You can always watch our live streams on Periscope and Facebook.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Secure bike parkades secure top spot at HUB awards!

HUB Bike Parkade Award

HUB Cycling recently hosted their 4th Annual Bike Awards – a celebration of organizations, individuals, schools and municipalities who have led the way in increasing biking across Metro Vancouver.

This year, we took home more than just our bikes! TransLink was awarded Best Public Bike Parking Facilities for our King George Station and Main Street Station Secure Bike Parkades!

TransLink is a big supporter of multi-modal transportation (did you know that our entire bus fleet is equipped with bus bike racks?) and participate annually in Bike to Work Week.

All of our secure bike parkades are Compass enabled, and easy to use! Check Jess out in action!

Thanks to HUB Cycling for this awesome award!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Stadium–Chinatown Station hosts Capture Photography Festival exhibit

Capture Photography Festival installation
You may have noticed some work at the third track at Stadium–Chinatown Station the past few days and now, you’ll see a lovely new art installation in this space!

What is art? Are we art? Is art, art? – Lisa Turtle

What’s going on?

TransLink is teaming up with the Capture Photography Festival running from April 1 to 28 and installing a public art piece on our SkyTrain system.

Public art is a key element to creating a welcoming environment, encourages community connections and encourages gathering places which help reduce crime and vandalism.

This temporary installation is called Precession of the Feminine by Alinka Echeverría and will be available for all to enjoy at Stadium–Chinatown for the next year.

A little more about the art

ALINKA ECHEVERRÍA, PRECESSION OF THE FEMININE, 2015

With her combined training in photography and social anthropology, Alinka Echeverría weaves critical questions of visual representation through her work. Precession of the Feminine (2015), which is part of a larger series of works entitled Nicephora, was created while she was completing the BMW Residency at the French Musée Nicéphore Niépce, named after the inventor of photography.

Inspired by Nicéphore’s biography, and the histories of ceramics and photography, Echeverría fuses blown-up images of women from the museum’s archive with ceramic vases in three-dimensional digital simulations.

Using the form of the vase as a metaphor for our understanding of the feminine, the artist invites us to see that which is invisible with our bare eyes – the underlying photographic and printing techniques behind the image itself.  The medium is the message (Marshall McLuhan 1972) and in this series the vase is the vessel through which to reflect on this fragile construction of the female image.

In this way, the works subtly reveal how economic and cultural power are linked to photography as an artistic and documentary medium, and have been carried forward through largely invisible codes and techniques, thus becoming normalized and entering our collective unconsciousness.

A precession is a change in an object’s orientation or rotation around an axis. In this work, Echeverría aims to present the precession of representations of femininity. Echeverría quietly questions the perception of photography as a marker of truth, while examining more broadly the way that codes and symbols of femininity are constructed and understood.

Keep your eyes peeled today for the installed exhibit at Stadium–Chinatown Station!

Author: Adrienne Coling

March is Fraud Prevention Month! Register your Compass Card

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March is Fraud Prevention Month and before the month comes to a close, we’re giving you a friendly reminder to register your Compass Card!

One of the added benefits of the Compass system is that it’s far safer and more secure than our old paper fare media.

Did you know?!

When you register your Compass Card online at compasscard.ca, you can to take advantage of AutoLoad, valuable record keeping information such as trip and purchase information and Balance Protection.

With Balance Protection, users can report their Compass Cards lost or stolen and any passes or Stored Value will be transferred to a new Compass Card. Additionally, a found registered Compass Card can easily be returned to it’s owner.

750,000 of our 1.1 million Compass Cards are currently registered and we’d love to see that number grow!

Register your Compass Card today at CompassCard.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher