Another successful I Love Transit Week has come to a close and we’re pleased to announce the winners, that’s right… WINNERS of I Love Transit Camp! We received so many amazing entries for I Love Transit Camp that we couldn’t pick just one!
In it’s inaugural year, we had a whopping 26 entries from Metro Vancouver classes vying for a chance at an all-inclusive field trip to learn all things transit at some of the regions bustling transit centres. Entries came in from nearly all 11 school districts with classes ranging from Grade 3 up to Grade 12.
This year, our theme was Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We asked teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. From solar powered transit vehicles to automated buses, there were no shortage of creative ideas from these up and coming transit fans.
With the help of Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, and a small team of TransLink judges, we settled on two winning entries!
Ms.Melville’s Grade 4/5 class from Pebble Hill Elementary School in Delta shared with us a heartwarming video about why they love transit as well as their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We hope to be able to share it with you guys soon! Here’s some of their written entry.
Ready for take off? Why should BC Ferries have names and not other BC modes of transportation? Let’s personify buses, trains and sea buses by giving them names, a pair of eyes, and some personality. Some transit vehicles could be extra sweet and include a candy shop; others entertaining with an arcade! Buses and trains should be ecofriendly and use sustainable power such as solar power, charging at an electric plug in station at nighttime. Sea buses might as well be powered by water. We also envision a hover bus, powered by the wind and air we breathe! No need to pay for AC! Lastly, let’s leave less of a carbon footprint and reach new heights by making quadruple decker buses with less wheels and a brighter future for this planet we love!
And Rakshin Kandola’s Grade 12 IB Geography class from Richmond Secondary School in Richmond who starred in, directed and produced a 5:53 video titled “All The Stations”. Check out their submission below.
Our vision for the future of transit in Vancouver and its surrounding communities is a fully automated and environmentally-conscious system that every citizen can rely on. For example, buses would be replaced by electric self-driving models, increasing the efficiency and timeliness of bus lines, while reducing costs and the constraint on the environment. Skytrains would operate using faster and more cost-efficient models as well. This is while the transit system would be expanded to currently underserved regions, such as Delta, Langley, and the North Shore, allowing for the further development of urban cores in those areas. This future transit system would allow the distances between people in the Lower Mainland to be shortened, even for those who are unable to afford an automobile.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our I Love Transit Camp contest! While we could only award two winners in this contest, all the entries were winners in our hearts!
Author: Sarah Kertcher