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Brian, one of our transit host coordinators, with Carol Lee, TransLink's corporate secretary and a transit host for the Games. They're at King Edward Station on Sunday Feb 21!

Brian, one of our transit host coordinators, with Carol Lee, TransLink's corporate secretary and a transit host for the Games. They're at King Edward Station on Sunday Feb 21!

Here are two stories from transit host coordinator Brian, who was out at UBC on day two of the games.

Day 2 at UBC was a time to take stock of an interesting venue.

More interesting than we thought.

Episode One – Injured

We had an uninvited visitor. No we don’t mean guerrilla marketers or protesters. In this case the visitor was an ailing pigeon. An injured wing made this budgie susceptible to the feet of hundreds of travellers making a bee line from the B-Line. So the collective resources of the TransLink family (hosts, traffic checkers and others) went to work without missing a beat on our sworn duties. We protected the fowl from fiendish feet, using our own bodies to shield the lesser eagle from trouble, secured a respite chamber made of finest cardboard, gave advance warning to the bird hospital, and arranged transport (Olympic-friendly ride share of course) to hospital. All in the line of duty.

Episode Two – Lost

Our business may be transit, but recall that TransLink is a multi-modal transport authority.

UBC Loop was visited this morning by two persons intent on catching a bus to Whistler: a bus scheduled to leave British Columbia Institute of Technology in 30 minutes.

BCIT is not at UBC. BCIT is not near UBC. Buses go to Whistler from BCIT. Buses do not go to Whistler from UBC. No way!


The distraught traveller wanted directions to BCIT. Your UBC TransLink employee dug deep into his transport resources and realized that the only slim chance would be an enthusiastic taxi.

Taxis are not common at UBC. Especially not at a bus loop. So the TransLink staffer quickly got on the phone … using speed dial.

And, before the taxi company answered, a taxi hove into view. Vacant. Ready to be flagged down. And take a fare. And take on the challenge of a trip to BCIT. Which is nowhere near UBC.

How lucky is that?


  • By ;-), February 22, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    What’s the fare from UBC to BCIT? $50??? Yes that taxi driver was very lucky.

  • By Donald, February 22, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Unless the taxi was barreling down the streets at 80km/h and hit every green light, I don’t think there’s a chance they made their Olympic Bus.

    On another note, does anyone know what the loads on the 84 bus are like? I recommended a friend coming from Lougheed to go to VCC-Clark and take the 84 to Granville Island as a less congested alternate route.

  • By Cliff, February 22, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    Marine Drive->Heather->Kent->Argyle->Marine Drive->Marine Way->Boundary->Moscrop->Wayburne.

    My reasoning? Kent Drive North is underrated for cross town traffic. With no traffic lights, it’s perfect for bypassing the troublesome lights at Cambie, Yukon, and Knight. Moscrop is preferred over Canada Way because the intersections at Canada Way and Grandview often lead to traffic on Boundary backing up as far south as 22nd Avenue.

    The trip can easily be done in 25 minutes provided you have a cab driver who knows their stuff!

    Any word on the outlook for that pigeon? It’s a bit silly, but inquiring minds want to know!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 22, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    I will ask about the 84, and the pigeon :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 23, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    OK, Brian has written back about both the 84 and the pigeon.

    The 84 is usually OK. Individual trips may be full, though there is usually room.

    As for the bird, I didn’t make the delivery and I don’t have any specific word on its status. (I wonder if patient confidentiality may limit our ability to find out).

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