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Free Wi-Fi on the entire Metro Vancouver transit system!

You heard it here first!

TransLink and Shaw Communications Inc. are teaming up to deliver free Wi-Fi for transit customers across Metro Vancouver.

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market and DayPasses

On the final day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Christmas Giftmas, we’ve linked up with the Vancouver Christmas Market to set you up with the chance to win your way to the market.

Here’s what up for grabs: a pair of tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market and a pair of Compass DayPasses so you can take transit to get there!

A treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) through December 24, 2018, with extended hours from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This year, the city’s signature yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures, coupled with an increased lineup of large-scale activities and live entertainment.

The prize:

  • 2 x adult Compass DayPasses
  • 2 x tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the Vancouver Christmas Market if you win. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLinkBC and @VanChristmas on Instagram and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink and the Vancouver Christmas Market on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink and @VanChristmas on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry)

    Enter to win two tickets to @VanChristmas in @TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways! #TL12Days https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=54939

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. And make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry.

The rules:

Check out the official contest terms and conditions, but here’s the lowdown:

  • The contest will open on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.
  • One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
  • We’ll announce the winners from a random draw on the blog and contact you via the email provided in the comments.

That’s a wrap for TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas! Make sure your check your emails on Monday to find out if you’re a lucky winner.

Photo: Lindsay Elliott

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a Monthly Pass

We’re nearing the end of our first ever TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, but there’s still time to enter for the chance to win!

We’re giving away an adult Monthly Pass for January loaded onto your Compass Card to help you get to where ever you may need to go in the new year. The number of zones will depend on where you travel.

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a “Vancouver icon” merch prize pack

Let us help you fill the presents underneath the Christmas tree this holiday season. We’re giving away another prize pack consisting of “Vancouver icons” merchandise from the TransLink Store as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets and DayPasses

We’re taking you to new heights with TransLink’s 12 Days of Christmas Giftmas!

On the 9th day, we’ve collaborated with the folks at Capilano Suspension Bridge to set you up with the chance to win!

In today’s contest, you can get your hands on: a pair of tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and a pair of Compass DayPasses, so you can take transit to get there!

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass DayPasses and tickets to Grouse Mountain

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 8

There are so many things to see and do in Metro Vancouver this time of year, and so far, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’ve set you up with chances to win tickets to the Vancouver AquariumScience World, Aurora Winter Festival and FlyOver Canada!

Today, we’re cooling things down a little by giving you a chance to win two lift tickets to Grouse Mountain, and Compass DayPasses so you can take transit to get there!

The Peak of Christmas

Celebrate Christmas at Vancouver’s North Pole with Santa, skating, the light walk and more! Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, the warmth of Santa’s smile as he greets you in his workshop and the joy of witnessing real reindeer – only at Vancouver’s North Pole.

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Attention Delta residents! Westham Island bridge closures coming soon

Westham Island BridgeThe Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below.

The bridge is 108 years old and requires maintenance and rehabilitation work as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program to keep it safe and reliable.

Major rehabilitation work on the bridge began this fall and will continue until spring 2019. Work involves repairing and replacing components across the entire bridge, including piles and pile caps, floor beams and stringers below the deck, deck and handrail, and the swing mechanism.

During closures, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists will be allowed to cross with an escort; the bridge will be closed to all other traffic.

 Overnight closures will be from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • December 10 – 15
  • December 17 – 22

There will be no closures from Sunday night into Monday morning and no daytime closures during December. Daytime closures will be scheduled in the new year.

Closure details, including dates of future closures, will be shared through the following channels:

There may be closures of the swing span, the details of which will be communicated regularly to ensure users of the navigational channel are aware of any restrictions.

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 Why does the bridge have to be closed?

The bridge must be closed at various times throughout construction to ensure the safety of the workers and bridge users, and to accommodate construction equipment.

Is the bridge safe?

The bridge is safe for use; however, as one of the oldest bridges in the region, there are elements of it that are nearing the end of their useful lives. The upcoming rehabilitation work ensures the bridge remains safe and reliable.

We thank bridge users and nearby residents for their patience while we improve one of the oldest bridges in the region.

Make sure you check www.translink.ca/westham for up-to-date information.

Have questions? For more information, please email Westham.Island.Bridge@TransLink.ca or contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

 

4 Winter safety tips for transit this season

Winter is coming to Metro Vancouver, and we want to help you be weather-wise by giving you four Winter Safety Tips for transit this season.

1. Hold on!

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New Mark III trains undergoing testing and commissioning

New Mark III undergoing testing

This new Mark III train is currently completing a certain number of hours in a variety of different service situations

For those of you who noticed a new arrival on the Expo Line yesterday, it’s the first of the new Mark IIIs that’s getting closer each day to entering service! You heard that right!

We’re happy to say we’re testing and commissioning the newest Mark III train. You’ll see this one 4-car train on the Expo Line during non-peak hours, but no passengers are allowed on until the testing is complete.

The train will stop at all stations and the doors will open – but they will be taped and SkyTrain Attendants will be onboard to ensure no one boards the train.

Here’s what you will see when this train stops at the station and the doors open.

New Mark III SkyTrain testing

Here’s what you will see when this train stops at the station and the doors open.

The train will be tested and commissioned during non-peak hours. It is mandatory for all new trains to undergo eight hours of testing.

As you may recall, we received the first of the new Mark IIIs in September this year. Over the next year, we will be receiving a total of 56 new Mark III SkyTrain cars that will undergo mandated testing to ensure they are safe to travel on. Out of this, 24 SkyTrain cars will arrive early next year and another 28 by the end of the same year, all for the Expo and Millennium Lines.

This is all part of the 10-Year Vision – Phase One! We’re adding 80 new SkyTrain cars on the Expo, Millennium, and Canada Lines to increase service and reduce overcrowding.

All new trains must complete a certain number of hours in a variety of different service situations and testing scenarios before they are given the green light to be used in service. We do this testing to ensure that the new trains are safe for all passengers and staff.

All new trains go through three stages of commissioning:

  • Stage 1: Involves running 80 km on Expo and Millennium Line during non-revenue hours.
  • Stage 2: Includes running the train a total of eight hours during non-peak revenue service (current stage for the new trains).
  • Stage 3: Involves running the train in full revenue service (during peak and non-peak hours) while transporting passengers.

Train 2 arrived at the SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre at Burnaby in November and is currently also undergoing testing and commissioning. Train 3 is currently being tested in Kingston, ON, while manufacturing of train 4 is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

 

As the new Mark III trains are commissioned, they will be introduced to service on all-day Expo Line runs now operated by Mark III trains.

These trains are fully-articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), have more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage, and are more environmentally efficient, and so much more!

Every 4th new Mark III train will allow us to update the Expo/Millennium service timetables, thereby increasing capacity on both the lines.

Stay tuned to know when the new trains go into service! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with service information, and to share cool transit stories with us!

Author: Tanushree Pillai

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and FlyOver Canada tickets

So far, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’ve set you up with the chance to win tickets to the Vancouver AquariumScience World and Aurora Winter Festival.

Now, we’ve linked up with FlyOver Canada to set you up with the chance to win! Here’s what’s up for grabs: a pair of tickets to FlyOver Canada’s Christmas Experience and a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there!

Fly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a retro transit-themed prize pack from the TransLink Store

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 6

Earlier this week, the TransLink Store launched some awesome new merch, just in time for the holidays! Today, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’re giving away a TransLink Store prize pack with some of our favourite retro transit-themed items from Santa’s nice list! 

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Aurora Winter Festival tickets

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 5

Another day, another giveaway! We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we want to help you experience Canada’s largest winter festival. Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, tube park, massive light displays, Christmas market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters and plenty of other exciting activities.

For this, we’ve joined forces with the brand new Aurora Winter Festival to provide one winner with a pair of tickets to Aurora Winter Festival AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there! Read more »

Choo-choo-choose the West Coast Express Santa train this holiday season!

West Coast Express Santa Train

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m.

The West Coast Express Santa Train is back on track again, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all your friends on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community! Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Science World tickets

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 4

We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we want you to take a peek inside The Science Behind Pixar, experience Nikon’s Small World art display, or catch an immersive film on the worlds largest OMNIMAX dome by partnering TELUS World of Science with a pair of general admission tickets to Science World AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there!  Read more »

A look at the new TransLink buses entering service in Vancouver

Vancouver Transit Centre’s set to receive 104 of these new buses, built by Nova Bus.

Last week, the first of our new 40-foot hybrid buses, built by Nova Bus, went into service on route 25 UBC/Brentwood Station!

The buses have a diesel-electric hybrid drive system, which means they’ll have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption in our fleet (aside from our electric trolleybuses). Read more »