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Fall Service Changes set to take your commute to the next level

Our busiest week of the year for commuters is the first week of September. That’s why we’re having one of our largest service increases to date! It’s the first time we’ve ever increased all three of our modes at once!

We do quarterly service changes to accommodate the needs of our customers. This time around, we’re rolling out more bus, more SkyTrain and more SeaBus service starting September 3.

By the numbers:

  • 24 new SkyTrain cars (six trains)
  • 40,000 more annual bus hours
  • 50 per cent more SeaBus capacity

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#MyTransLink – July 16

If you’re a lover of pretty pictures, capturing moments on transit or just Metro Vancouver in general – this is the blog post for you. #MyTransLink is a culmination of photos taken by our dedicated transit photographers over the past weeks. So scroll on and check out the beautiful shots from within our region.

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TransLink takes you to National Indigenous Peoples Day events

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day and Canadians coast to coast will be celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples! While these groups have similarities, each group has some distinct differences that make them unique through cultural practice, languages and more.

Between June 16 and 28, there are a myriad National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening throughout Metro Vancouver! We’ve compiled a selection below — transit can get you to these events. Plan your trip using our Trip Planner, and sign up for Transit Alerts and know before you go.

TransLink works, operates and serves on the traditional territories of 46 Coast Salish First Nations within Metro Vancouver.

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Transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend

This weekend’s guide is for activities across Metro Vancouver

The best day of the week is here, and The Buzzer blog is back with its guide for things you can do this weekend in Metro Vancouver!

Don’t have plans and want so? The Buzzer has your back!

Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

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This 4-year-old had the best transit-themed birthday party!

Isaac’s parents decided to celebrate his love for all things transit

It’s just another day for 4-year-old Isaac. He goes to preschool three days per week and loves his classmates, and teachers. He takes transit with his mom wherever he goes. And just like any other 4-year-old, Isaac is a huge transit fan. He loves watching videos of trains, buses, and cartoons.

Isaac started riding buses when he was 3-weeks-old, and it helps with his communication skills, says his mom, Pamela Carvajal, who sent The Buzzer blog pictures of Isaac’s transit-themed birthday party!

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Driven by success: TransLink voted one of the best local employers

Image courtesy Georgia Straight

Hey Vancouver! We are here to share some great news with ya!

We were voted one of the Best Local Employers in the ‘Best of Vancouver 23rd Annual Readers’ Choice Winners‘ held by the Georgia Straight!

Wait…! There’s more because good things come in threes.

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I Love Transit 2018: Tell us your transit stories, share your love and win a Monthly Pass!

These students from SFU's School of Contemporary Arts love transit because it gets them to dance!

These students from SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts love transit because it gets them to dance. Stay tuned for our “I Love Transit” video!

I Love Transit is upon us! It’s the one week we take out of the year to celebrate what we love about transit.

We want you to tell us why you love transit! 

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Investment plan for Phase 2 of the 10-Year Vision approved!

TransLink bus

The Mayors’ Council and TransLink Board of Directors have approved the plan for Phase 2 of the 10-Year Vision

UPDATE – Nov, 06, 2018: In light of the resolution passed by the City of Surrey council we are pausing work on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project and suspending the RFQ process while we await direction from the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board. Read the full statement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond here.

Exciting news for everyone in Metro Vancouver! The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation and the TransLink Board of Directors have approved the investment plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision.

This sets the stage for unprecedented increases to transit services beginning in 2019. The investment, which totals $7.3 billion, is the largest in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver’s history!

Highlights of Phase One and Two

  • Bus
    • 900,000 more hours of new bus service on 75 different routes.
    • Two new B-Lines in Richmond and Surrey (In addition to five new B-Lines being rolled out by 2019 as part of Phase One).
  • SkyTrain
    • Extension of the Millennium Line with six new stations along Broadway from VCC-Clark to Arbutus Street in Vancouver.
    • 40% increase to service on Expo and Millennium lines.
    • 203 new SkyTrain cars (108 new, 95 replacement) for Expo and Millennium lines.
    • Increased Canada Line service during rush hours, evenings, and weekends starting in 2020.
  • Light Rapid Transit
    • Construction of Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Line along 104 Avenue, City Parkway and King George Boulevard.
  • Road
    • $75 million for rehab and upgrades to the Major Road Network.
  • HandyDART
    • 247,000 additional HandyDART trips per year by 2021.
  • Planning for the future
    • Project development and potential early works for the Surrey-Langley Line.
    • Planning for a potential Burnaby Mountain Gondola.
    • Planning for rapid transit to UBC Point Grey campus.

To learn more, visit tenyearvision.translink.ca or read the media release!

Bus Route Buzz – TransLink’s Spring Service Changes begin on April 23, 2018

Bus Route Buzz

Photo of the 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station bus

The 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station is one of the routes that will see increased service as part of the 10-Year Vision, beginning on Monday, April 23. (Photo: UltraBuizel10/Flickr)

It’s that time of the year again—Spring Service Changes is here! Most changes are effective Monday, April 23.

As part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision, we’re delivering increased service at busy times on the 229 Lonsdale Quay/Lynn Valley, 337 Fraser Heights/Guildford/Surrey Central Station and 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station to reduce wait times for our customers.

Map of the 129 and 133 routes

Map of the 129 and 133 routes starting on Apr. 23 (click to enlarge)

The 129 route is renaming into the 129 Patterson Station/Holdom Station and 133 Holdom Station/Edmonds Station to make the routing easier understand and more intuitive for our customers.

Bus routes that service post-secondary institutions, including the 125, 145 and 480, will be adjusted to better reflect ridership during summer semester.

C-ya later! We’re phasing out the “C” on more community shuttle routes this round of service changes, so your route number may be changing. Among them is the C18 and C20, which are now the 68 UBC Exchange/Lower Mall and 70 UBC Exchange/Westbrook Mall.

The letter “C” used to indicate that a route was only served with community shuttle buses. Today, we can better serve our customers by operating different sizes of buses interchangeably, depending on demand.

These are just a few highlights from the Spring Service Changes! For a complete list of the improvements we’re bringing to your neighbourhood, visit translink.ca/servicechanges and stay tuned for Bus Route Buzz.

Four times a year (spring, summer, fall, and winter), TransLink updates its bus service schedules to reflect seasonal changes in customer demand and to optimize service.

 Plan your trip at translink.ca/tripplanner! Have specific route questions? Tweet us @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

TransLink recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2018!

TransLink is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2018! Pictured is a New Flyer battery-electric bus that the enterprise will be testing next year.

Each year, Earth Day (April 22) aims to encouraging and educating people to be more environmentally friendly!

TransLink works diligently in our day-to-day operations to protect our planet, and this year—just time for Earth Day—our efforts have been recognized with a placement among Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2018!

The Canada’s Greenest Employers designation, selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. TransLink earned this distinction as an enterprise, which includes British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company and Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Read more »

TransLink leads the charge launching new electric-battery bus trial

At TransLink, sustainability is very important to us and we are always exploring innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions while providing efficient travel for our customers. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver and BC Hydro to bring four fast-charging electric-battery buses to the region starting in 2019.

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#MyTransLink – March 27

Here’s lookin’ at you Metro Vancouver—literally! We’re back with the latest edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in our region. This week, we challenged you to capture the Metro Vancouver commuter! We were looking for the hustle and bustle of people on transit, and you captured just that in the most beautiful of ways. Photos, pencil and ink sketches, and watercolour paintings filled the #MyTransLink feed. Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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A conversation with Leanna Turcotte, West Coast Express Conductor

Leanna Turcotte, Train Conductor for West Coast Express stands outside passenger train

The days start early for Leanna Turcotte, West Coast Express Train Conductor, but that doesn’t stop this cheerful, happy go lucky and self-proclaimed morning person from being head over heels in love with her career. Leanna has a growing career on the rails. After 12 years of working for CP Rail, she found herself with West Coast Express and Bombardier. Leanna’s on the job training as both an locomotive engineer and conductor paved the way for her current role.

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Friday fun poll: on all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or back doors?

A lineup for the 99 B-Line at Commercial-Broadway Station.

On January 1, we began piloting all-door boarding on the 95 and 96 B-Lines, joining the 99 B-Line and 145 (at select stops) as all-door boarding routes!

This allows customers paying with their Compass Card to board the bus through the front, middle or rear doors. You choose! Which door do you usually board from?

During my days as an SFU student, I was an everyday commuter on the 145 from Production Way–University Station. My door was the rear and still is today when I take an all-door boarding route.

I observed most passengers who boarded through the front and middle door moved as far as the bus’s articulated joint. That meant two lines were merging for the front half of the bus, while it was only one line for the back half of the bus. It felt like I was able to board the bus sooner from the rear.

Have you observed the same thing as me? Which is your door and why? Let me know by casting your vote and leaving a comment!

On all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or rear doors?

  • Rear (45%, 96 Votes)
  • Middle (31%, 66 Votes)
  • Front (24%, 50 Votes)

Total Voters: 212

Did you ride the 95 or 96 B-Line during the all-door boarding pilot? Let us know about your experience at translink.ca/alldoorboarding!

Last poll’s results

In our previous poll, we asked you whether you preferred a window or aisle seat on transit and the results are in! Seventy-six per cent of you preferred the window seat.

Ryan said: “Much prefer an aisle seat, as I like to be prepared to get up and close to the door BEFORE the bus gets there. That way I can quickly get off the bus and allow it to continue delivering passengers to their destinations.”

Gail on Facebook said she preferred the driver’s seat since she’s a bus operator! (Psst…we are hiring bus operators right now, so you too could sit in the driver’s seat!)

Also on Facebook, Wilson said: “Window because it would be really awkward (and rude) to lean on a person instead of the wall ?.”

Author: Allen Tung

2016 Transit Service Performance Review: what are the top five routes in your area?

Last week, TransLink released the 2016 Transit Service Performance Review, a comprehensive look at ridership and service productivity for bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express.

We know there’s tons of information in there to wade through so we’re back this week to share with you a couple more tidbits about boardings from the report!

What is a boarding?  A boarding is considered each time a passenger enters a fare paid zone using Compass fare media or any other proof of payment.

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