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Contest inspiration: the 10 most entered names in the contest so far

Our farecard naming contest closes at midnight next Monday, November 8, 2010, so make sure to get your names in! An iPad, plus a year of free transit in 2013 could be yours for the taking.

So far, there are 30,000 entries in the contest, but don’t let this faze you. As you have probably guessed, lots of people have entered the same names, and there’s plenty of room for more.

As well, to possibly help inspire you, I did a bit of wrangling with Excel and hashed out a rough list of the most entered names in the contest. In no particular order, they are:

  • Green
  • Salmon
  • Coast
  • Orca
  • Whale
  • Totem
  • Otter
  • Canuck
  • Lobster
  • Go

Lots of single word wonders! Well, hopefully this will help get those creative juices flowing. Go opposite, go bigger, go smaller, pick something slightly similar but not the same. Remember, you can enter as many times as you like, so all the names you come up with are fair game.

For more inspiration, check out this earlier post on farecard names in other places. And then of course, enter the contest!


  • By D, November 2, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    Lobster? The people entering that name do realize that Vancouver’s on the Pacific coast, right?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, November 2, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    D: Maybe we just like eating lobster? :D

  • By Allan Kuan, November 2, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    “Orca”… ehh, they have it Seattle, so it might confuse cross-border tourists unless we actually joined their system (which would be pretty cool btw). “Lobster”!? I still can not see the connection between that and our west coast… or how that is related to transport either. Finally… “Go” may be confusing because there’s already “GO Transit” which is the regional bus service in Toronto, Ontario.
    (Admittedly I did submit “CoastCard” and BC Ferries is also using that so it may confuse ferry riders from Victoria.) =O

  • By Allan Kuan, November 2, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    Also I want to ask… how does the prize allocation work if there have been so many duplicated entries? =S

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, November 2, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Allan: It’s just like the Buzzer FareCard contest — if many people submit the winning answer, we do a random draw from that group and select someone to win the prize.

  • By TK, November 2, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Go card = student card
    Green card = US permanent residence
    Orca card = Seattle transit system
    Coast card = BC Ferries
    Canuck card? Could be confused with Canucks membership card of sort
    Lobster = east coast

    I’m probably going to root for Otter to keep the tradition of cards with name of marine animal starting with O (Oyster, Octopus). It’d be super awesome if they can make the card shaped like shellfish so we can wear it on our neck and make us look like an otter!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, November 2, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    TK: Good analysis! I like otters because of the Vancouver Aquarium otters too :)

    But you should bear in mind that even though these are the most entered names, they won’t necessarily be the finalists. If you’ve got a better O-name, enter it!

  • By Sheba, November 2, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    I’m still going for GoCard – why not just call student cards *gasp* student cards.

    If you want I could try to come up with a name that sounds x-rated – that might get more people to take transit ;D

  • By Audacity, November 3, 2010 @ 2:05 am

    I’m surprised nobody went the simplest route possible and suggest simply, “The Card.”

  • By mezzanine, November 3, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    Whatever it is, make sure that we can create a little mascot for it. IMO it should really help with marketing and get kids and teens into transit. Something Quatchi-like, too bad Quatchi has been retired by VANOC!

  • By Alex2000, November 3, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    wow. Agree with TK. A lot of those are pretty terrible.

    What happened to “George”? Didn’t Jhennifer say it was a leader a couple weeks back? I liked that name. Georgia Straight, King George… and the George Card?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, November 3, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Alex2000: George definitely is entered in the contest, but I didn’t say it was one of the most entered names so far. Maybe that was in an article where one of my colleagues is quoted?

    Again, just because these are the most entered names doesn’t mean they will be the eventual finalists!

  • By Nicholas, November 3, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

    Will the winning name be chosen based on its number of entries? Or are we going to vote for a final 5 perhaps? Thanks! :)

  • By ;-), November 3, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    If you really want to promote your mascott, bring him down to Hastings Park in June….

    I think Mr. Buzzer would be a good candidate.

  • By David Arthur, November 4, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Why not call it the Buzzer card? :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, November 4, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    Nicholas: check out the contest rules to see how the name will be chosen. Basically a panel from TransLink and its agencies will narrow the names down to a few finalists, then the shortlist will run through focus groups and the TransLink Listens panel, and then the TransLink Board will make the final selection.

  • By Annie, November 7, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    if there are duplicate entries, shouldn’t the winner be the FIRST person by date to suggest it? That way you know it is original.

  • By JeffB, November 7, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    PLEASE please — no stupid quatchi-like mascots. Grow up Vancouver.

  • By Devin, November 8, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    I like the idea of the clam shaped Otter card that you could wear on a lanyard. Something kind of amusing about picturing a Skytrain car filled with human-otters wearing their little shells.

    If the Orange County Transit Authority, aka OCTA, weren’t part of the Transit Access Pass/TAP card program we have in the LA area then I’ve thought that their pass should be octagonal and called the OCTAgon.

  • By Mike, January 7, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    City of Vancouver is known as “City of Glass”. The card name should have been REFLECTIONS.

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