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Friday fun post: guess the year of this transit ticket

Friday fun post: guess the year of this transit ticket

If you like, skip to the end of this post to guess the year of this transit ticket.

From last week: where do you get your transit information?

Last week, I asked you where you got your transit information.

And after 265 votes, it was no contest: the web and mobile solutions won hands down, with the TransLink website taking 42% of the vote, followed by the SMS service (22%) and the iPhone app or mobile site (15%). Hardly anyone said they called the transit phone line, either to speak to a rep (5%) or to use the interactive voice system (5%).

Now this is obviously a fun poll and is more than likely skewed toward web users, considering you had to be reasonably web savvy to even find the Buzzer blog and take the poll in the first place. But it still gave some illuminating insights. For instance, I was remiss in forgetting to put the Buzzer or the blog on the poll. And there were a few other crucial items I missed that people still depend on. Here’s Deano:

I thought I was going to be all alone here, but I’m with Jacob; the printed timetable is the best when I need to quickly check transfers.

Same with Reva:

I mainly use the Translink website and the trip planner for route & schedule info. But if I’m out and about I’ll refer to a schedule capsule on a bus stop pole, or even — A PAPER SCHEDULE (yeah, I went there!) that I carry around in my purse! :)

Gregory Marler mentioned a few more resources:

I got a folded map with my UPass when I arrived at UBC. It’s served me well when checking how many stops to go or what spontaneous route I should take. It’s battered and worn now, perhaps I should have got one of the slightly larger (not so pocket size) Olympic ones. But I didn’t want to seem like a tourist! is great for so many reasons and you should do a blog post about it. It’s not an official Translink website but it’s good that it can use the data.

Thanks Gregory — there is in fact is a blog post about TransitDB already :)

And Rvie and a few others said it really depended on context, too.

It depends on where I am, honestly. When I’m planning to go somewhere in the next day or so and need to know what time the bus comes, I go to the TransLink website. But when I’m at the bus stop and I don’t know what time the bus comes I use the SMS service instead. =)

As always, check out the rest of the comments for more on how people get their transit information!

This week: guess the year of this transit ticket

A while back, a treasure trove of old tickets came to reside in our office. Here’s one of them: can you guess what year it’s from?

The front side
The front side
The back of the pass.
The back of the pass.

If you get closest to the pin, I’ll mail you a set of Buzzer buttons, plus a terrible pocket-sized TransLink radio! I have two of these left, discovered after a cleanup in the office. I can also throw in an Olympic transit map because I found another of those too!


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