The date was September 25, 2009. The time was 2:39 a.m. Michael was heading home after a night out in downtown Vancouver. The N19 pulled up, and Michael piled on with the rest of the late-night crew. The bus was packed and everyone was feeling chatty after a night on the town. Michael joined a conversation with a few people he didn’t know — one of whom was Crystal, a woman who would later become his wife.
It was a long ride to Surrey with people getting off, seemingly at every single stop. But, Michael didn’t care – he was having a great conversation.
Michael’s car was parked near Scott Road, so as the bus crossed the Fraser, he knew he had to do something. He mustered the courage to ask Crystal if she was single. They exchanged numbers.
The next day, Crystal called Michael. It was early in the morning and he looked at his phone in disbelief. “Do you want to go out for Vietnamese food?” she asked.
Michael and Crystal had a great time and talked a lot about transit. Michael, a Systems Analyst in Business Technology Services, had been at CMBC/TransLink for some time, so he thought he knew the system pretty well, but it turned out, Crystal knew the system backwards and forwards after years of commuting from Surrey to Vancouver.
Michael and Crystal dated for a few years and after many adventures on planes, trains, buses and automobiles, Michael was ready to pop the question. They flew down to Los Angeles, took a few rides on the LA Metro and got engaged with the Hollywood sign in the backdrop. Naturally, a transit-themed wedding was in their future. They were married in 2016, complete with a Wayfinding map-inspired seating chart and bus-shaped table numbers. And, the rest is (transit) history…
You can also pick up their love story in print in the February Special Edition of The Buzzer – on the system and online now.
Author: Sarah Kertcher