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The March Buzzer is out!

The March 2009 Buzzer is now on all our buses, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express!

(Sorry for the late notification — I should have written this last Friday, but there was a bit of a mixup and we didn’t get the PDF on the website until today. So here’s the update now!)

The issue gives everybody a recap of I Love Transit Week here on the blog, sharing your system secrets, favourite SkyTrain stations, I Love Transit Night, and more!

There’s also a little bus route puzzle, an update on the Easter weekend holiday service, and a 1975 Back Issues that shows how much transit operators were paid back then.

Once more, we are pleased to feature the work of a Canadian illustrator on the cover, from illustrator Randy Laybourne.

And this issue marks the first issue produced by Carol Evans, a colleague who now works with me on the print Buzzer, since the blog takes up quite a lot of my time! I’m sort of the Buzzer’s editor-in-chief now, I guess you could say — I direct content and oversee production, and Carol’s doing more of the actual writing and layout.

As always, if you can’t get the Buzzer on the system, you can always read it in PDF form on our website. Visit our Buzzer PDF archives, which stretch back to the heady days of June 2006. (Here’s the direct link to the March issue PDF.)

Don’t forget to enter the FareCard contest too: you can win a free FareCard in every issue of the Buzzer. Read the issue, then answer the question right by Thursday, Apr. 9 at 9 a.m. to win!

Enjoy the latest Buzzer: comments are welcome below!


  • By Eugene Wong, March 17, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    I’m so glad that my name got into the Buzzer. :^D It actually feels kind of cool. Thanks!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 17, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    Randy’s Buzzer cover is also mentioned on Vancouver Is Awesome, too — check it out!

  • By David, March 17, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

    Jhenifer. Your cycling article won’t open and doesn’t accept comments.

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  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 18, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    Fixed — it was a rogue apostrophe in the URL messing things up. Thanks for the heads up!

  • By daniel, March 18, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    dear jen,
    glad to hear about the march issue out now. i got it on my way home yesterday!
    and i like to say congratz to carol too!
    say hi to her for me! =)

  • By ;-), March 18, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    As a followup to my tip… Here the blackberry link for Doppler image.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 18, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    That Doppler map is pretty great. Thanks for sharing!

  • By Robert, March 18, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    Speaking of Doppler maps, slightly more detail in these links (especially the second one):

  • By ;-), March 20, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    Here’s another link might be of interest. When you hear snow is coming to higher elevations. My blackberry goes to this link to see how bad it is.

    The link changes every few months with site upgrades. But this works now.

  • By david avery, April 2, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

    I tried to enter your ‘Buzzer’ contest (about the l,500 people hired), but found no place enclose my details. You could make entering contests quite a bit simpler!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 2, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    Hi David,

    The contest states that you should email your entry to, with full name, phone number, and where you got the Buzzer.

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