We continue to salt and sand bus loops and SkyTrain stations, but please use caution in these areas and remember to dress warmly in anticipation of potential delays.

Expect extra crowding on some routes To provide improved traction, many articulated buses have been switched with standard, 40 foot buses. This will mean some modified service, with increased crowding and the possibility of passups in some areas.

HandyDART is currently operating regular service.

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Know before you go! Wintry weather in Metro Vancouver

SkyTrain Attendants will be staffing all trains.

In anticipation of the wintry weather, preparations are underway to provide as much service as possible for customers, but expect less frequency on SkyTrain than you may be used to. Read more »

From first kiss to getting engaged on transit!

Brigitta and Brendan are self-proclaimed transit nerds with public transit playing a strong supporting role in each of their lives.

From childhood, when they learned to ride transit, to taking them to and from dates as they grew older. Read more »

Finding love on the N19

Finding love on the N9

The date was September 25, 2009. The time was 2:39 a.m. Michael was heading home after a night out in downtown Vancouver. The N19 pulled up, and Michael piled on with the rest of the late-night crew. The bus was packed and everyone was feeling chatty after a night on the town. Michael joined a conversation with a few people he didn’t know — one of whom was Crystal, a woman who would later become his wife. Read more »

The February 2019 special edition issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

February Special Edition The Buzzer

We’re kicking of 2019 with a special edition issue of The Buzzer which you can find on the system now.

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Pilot project introduces birth control for pigeons at SkyTrain’s VCC–Clark Station

Pigeons are a nuisance in most cities. Not only are their droppings messy, but for an automated rapid transit system like SkyTrain, the birds can also put customer safety at risk.

Despite our best efforts to control them, they can trigger track intrusion alarms, causing our driver-less trains to brake automatically. These hard stops can lead to customer falls and unnecessary service delays as staff must investigate each delay before SkyTrain service can resume.

That’s why TransLink and BC SPCA are teaming up on an innovative pilot project at SkyTrain’s VCC–Clark Station to humanely reduce the pigeon population — using birth control! Read more »

Photos: all-door boarding at New Westminster Station in the late 1980s

A photo of a SkyTrain stopped on Platform 2 with the temporary structure on top of Platform 1.

The upgraded Commercial–Broadway Station is now open and with that, all-door boarding has arrived at the station!

But, eagle-eyed readers pointed out that technically this is not the first time. SkyTrain temporarily had all-door boarding at New Westminster Station in the late 1980s. Read more »

Upgrades coming to 22nd Street bus exchange!

You asked, we listened!

As part of the approved Phase 1 investments in the Mayors’ 10-year Vision, upgrades for the 22nd Street Bus Exchange were identified.

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#MyTransLink – February 5

All-door boarding pulled into the new platform 5 on February 2, and to celebrate, we’re dedicating this entire edition of #MyTransLink to this newly completed station upgrade. If you’re new here, #MyTransLink is a curated sample of transit photos shot in and around our region by none other than you – our customers, neighbours and transit enthusiasts. So take a scroll through the week that was!

 

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the next station is

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Q&A: Transportation expert David Zipper talks ride hailing, new mobility, and more!

TransLink’s second annual New Mobility Forum brought together leaders in government, industry and academia to discuss how we regulate, manage and deliver transportation in Metro Vancouver as we forge ahead into the future.

Transportation expert David Zipper, resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund, was the keynote speaker at the forum. He shared his insights on the future of new mobility and it what it means for Metro Vancouver.

After the event, Andrew McCurran, TransLink’s director of strategic planning and policy, caught up with Zipper to get his unique perspective on new mobility.

Watch the video above or read on for the the interview’s transcript!

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First look: the upgraded Commercial–Broadway Station

Get ready to experience Commercial–Broadway Station in a whole new way! The new platform, Platform 5, opens on February 2, along with two new elevators, four new up/down escalators, a new walkway over Broadway and two new “next train” information displays.

TransLink invited news media for a behind-the-scenes tour in advance of its opening. Of course, The Buzzer blog was there too! Check out the photos:

#MyTransLink – January 29

Another week of #MyTransLink is upon us, and one thing is glaringly obvious. Mother Nature in Metro Vancouver has her wires crossed on what season it. From bright sunny skies, to foggy SkyTrain guideways and rain spattered windows, you–our customers, neighbours and transit enthusiasts once again captured our most photographic side.

Have a look at the photos that follow to see the beauty caught in and around transit in our region.

 

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glad that we’re getting more photogenic architecture in this city

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Talking transit and the future of mobility with Tim Papandreou

As TransLink prepares to update Metro Vancouver’s transportation plan through to 2050, we brought in Tim Papandreou, a leading global expert in the future of mobility and automation, to introduce the challenges and opportunities of next generation mobility.

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#MyTransLink – January 22

Welcome back to another edition of #MyTransLink. Our little corner of the internet dedicated to sharing photos taken by you, our customers, neighbours and transit enthusiasts in and around Metro Vancouver. Transit in our region spans roadways, waterways, railways and guideways!

In recognition of the SkyTrain Fleet Expansion Survey taking place until January 25, we’re dedicating this edition of #MyTransLink to our SkyTrain fleet. So after you’ve browsed the best in transit photography, head on over to the survey page and have your say on how you want to sit on future Metro Vancouver SkyTrain.

 

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All-door boarding coming to Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain station!

Starting February 2, 2019, there will be a new option for getting on and off Expo Line trains heading westbound towards downtown Vancouver. A new platform at Commercial–Broadway Station will soon be open for customers, bringing all-door boarding to SkyTrain for the first time.

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Transit-friendly skiing and snowboarding places near Vancouver

Grouse Mountain

Vancouver and snow might not be the best of friends, but you can call them long-lost friends. They meet occasionally and everyone is pleasantly surprised. Until snow bids adieu and heads to its favourite friends on the North Shore.

So, what do Vancouverites do when they want some snow? They head to the mountains that offer breathtaking views – and of course, there’s snow! Read more »