Summer transit survival guide

Summer transit survival guide

summer bus
Hop aboard!

Summer is most definitely upon us – despite some rainy weather as of late!

If you’re like me and take transit most places all year round, being prepared for any scenario is the way to go, especially when the temperature rises!

Take a look at some general and summer specific transit survival tips to make your summer transit journeys a soft, summer’s breeze.

Your Compass Card!

Compass CardWith Compass, you can travel seamlessly across the transit network with one electronic fare card. This means transferring from bus to SkyTrain to SeaBus is as simple as a tap!

Did you know that at SkyTrain Stations, you can use your Stored Value on your Compass Card to buy a Compass product for a friend? Simply tap your card on the blue reader at any Compass Vending Machine and purchase a single Compass Ticket for the zones you need.

Layers (+ an umbrella!)

We all know what it’s like living on the West Coast. One minute you’ll need an umbrella, the next you’ll need shades, then the wind turns and you’re chilly!

Making sure you bring a variety of clothes for those summer adventures is a must and will save you in those ‘just in case’ situations.

Plus, being able to take off a few layers on a warm, afternoon bus is very handy!

Drink lots of water!


It’s so important to stay hydrated, especially during high temperature weather —  and I know I probably sound like your mother right now, but the point stands!

Having a water bottle with a sport top is a great idea! No spills and lots of H2O goodness top keep you cool.

A mobile phone

Tweet us! Call us! Stay in the know and get to your gorgeous summer destination ASAP!

You can also visit our mobile site and have all of our transit resources at your fingertips.

Transit Map

Sunscreen beach
Protect yourself from the sun!

Sometimes technology can fail us when we need it the most!

And when all you want to do is get to the beach, the last thing you want is to get lost or get on the wrong bus! That’s why I always carry a printed copy of the transit network in my bag.

You can download entire system maps, maps by municipalities, NightBus, key transit connections and many more transit maps on our website.

A hat/sunglasses/sunscreen.

Waiting at a bus stop can often mean you are in direct sunlight and during these summer months, that sun can get oh, so hot!

So, be sure to wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself.

Did you know that most bus shelters are managed by the municipality they’re found in and not TransLink? The majority of TransLink managed bus shelters are found in or around exchanges and stations.

Follow these summer transit tips and you’ll be ready for any summer adventure!

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Do you have some summer transit survival tips? Comment below!

Author: Adrienne Coling