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The December Buzzer is now out!

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

In this issue, we’ve got a list of the December service changes and holiday service, plus we’re asking what you would like to see in the Buzzer. Tell us: we really want to get it in!

We’ve also got a great story about B.K. Singh, one of our operators who also acts in his spare time! Check out his acting resume: he’s been in Punjabi soaps, has a part in the new movie 2012, and he’s been featured in a Coast Capital Savings commercial!

Again, we’re proud to have a cover from illustrator Jane Koo, who did the September cover as well! We credited her wrong on the September cover, so we’re finally recognizing her properly. (Awesome job as usual, Jane!)

And 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 now stretch back to January 2000. (Here’s the direct link to the December issue PDF.)

Remember to enter the FareCard contest too! You can win a free FareCard in every issue of the Buzzer: read the issue, then email in your info and the answer to the trivia question by Monday, January 4 at 9 a.m. — we’ll pick a winner from all the correct answers.

Enjoy the latest Buzzer as always! Comments are welcome below.


  • By snowystar, December 11, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    Regarding to the buzzer archive, seems like the pre-2006 issues are all scanned copy. I think TransLink made and posted the pdfs starting from 2002 (or maybe 2001), and I’m surprised that they didn’t make a backup of those before pulling them off the web.

    This is what I have gathered for the electronic version of 2002-2006 issues:

    There are quite a few missing issues though.. some of them, especially the 2005 ones, were never posted online.

  • By snowystar, December 11, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    I guess posts with link are removed automatically…

    I’ve noticed the buzzer archive uses scanned copy between 2002 and 2006 even though TransLink had made electronic pdf copy before. I’m surprised that they didn’t keep a backup before pulling them off the web. This is what I’ve gathered for the non-scanned 2002-2006 issues. Quite a few missing though, and some (especially the 2005 ones) were never uploaded to the website:


  • By snowystar, December 11, 2009 @ 9:57 am

    okay, they are not removed but just not showing up.. sorry about the double (or now triple) posts :(

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 11, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    snowystar: Posts with a link are held in the moderation queue to fight spam — usually I go in every day or so and get the real comments out there. The blog is getting a bit of a facelift soon to match the regular TransLink website, so we’re going to put in a captcha at that time to kill more spam and keep authentic comments.

    Anyway, I don’t really know what happened to the older stuff in PDF format. The only electronic PDFs I have on hand are sporadic issues from 2005 and 2006, then the years after that. We did however have a complete paper archive for a lot of years, so a scanning project was undertaken to get those into an electronic format. So it’s not quite as clean, but it is complete!

  • By snowystar, December 11, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    When I was putting together the zip file, I’ve noticed some of the issues are different (ie. missing from the archive or have the wrong date), for instance the May 12, 2006 issue, so you may wish to take a closer look. Sorry about the nitpicking >.<

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 11, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    OK! Give me a list of ones you’ve noticed differences with, that would be helpful!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 11, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Also, I just talked to our web production team and I can have the paper copies replaced with your crisp digital versions. So thanks for this — it’s awesome! Expect them to start going up over the next month or so… I’ve got to change the filenames and make explicit where each one has to go.

  • By Donald, December 29, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    I just realized there are no service changes whatsoever. This is totally weird… at least almost all the new Skytrain cars are in service.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 4, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    Yeah, kind of strange hey? But it’s the funding plan that the Mayors’ Council approved: to continue the current standard of service.

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