We continue to salt and sand bus loops and SkyTrain stations, but please use caution in these areas and remember to dress warmly in anticipation of potential delays.

Expect extra crowding on some routes To provide improved traction, many articulated buses have been switched with standard, 40 foot buses. This will mean some modified service, with increased crowding and the possibility of passups in some areas.

HandyDART is currently operating regular service.

Translink Buzzer Blog

Know before you go! Wintry weather in Metro Vancouver

SkyTrain Attendants will be staffing all trains.

In anticipation of the wintry weather, preparations are underway to provide as much service as possible for customers, but expect less frequency on SkyTrain than you may be used to. Read more »

Pilot project introduces birth control for pigeons at SkyTrain’s VCC–Clark Station

Pigeons are a nuisance in most cities. Not only are their droppings messy, but for an automated rapid transit system like SkyTrain, the birds can also put customer safety at risk.

Despite our best efforts to control them, they can trigger track intrusion alarms, causing our driver-less trains to brake automatically. These hard stops can lead to customer falls and unnecessary service delays as staff must investigate each delay before SkyTrain service can resume.

That’s why TransLink and BC SPCA are teaming up on an innovative pilot project at SkyTrain’s VCC–Clark Station to humanely reduce the pigeon population — using birth control! Read more »

Photos: all-door boarding at New Westminster Station in the late 1980s

A photo of a SkyTrain stopped on Platform 2 with the temporary structure on top of Platform 1.

The upgraded Commercial–Broadway Station is now open and with that, all-door boarding has arrived at the station!

But, eagle-eyed readers pointed out that technically this is not the first time. SkyTrain temporarily had all-door boarding at New Westminster Station in the late 1980s. Read more »

First look: the upgraded Commercial–Broadway Station

Get ready to experience Commercial–Broadway Station in a whole new way! The new platform, Platform 5, opens on February 2, along with two new elevators, four new up/down escalators, a new walkway over Broadway and two new “next train” information displays.

TransLink invited news media for a behind-the-scenes tour in advance of its opening. Of course, The Buzzer blog was there too! Check out the photos:

Have your say in the next generation of SkyTrain cars!

We want your feedback on our expanding SkyTrain fleet!

The SkyTrain fleet is expanding! Already on the way are 80 new SkyTrain cars for the Expo, Millennium, and Canada Lines.

On top of that, we’re thrilled to share we’re planning to purchase an additional 203 SkyTrain cars for the Expo and Millennium Lines, arriving in 2023–2024. It’s all part of the 10-Year Vision – Phase 2 to add 100,000 new service hours on SkyTrain. Read more »

Enter to win tickets to watch the bronze or gold medal game at the 2019 World Juniors!

 

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“You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky

Take your shot — enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to either the bronze or gold medal game at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver on January 5! Games will be randomly awarded. Read more »

Canada set to defend gold at 2019 World Juniors: win tickets and take transit

On December 26, Vancouver (and Victoria) will welcome the world – the World Juniors, that is! The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship is in its 43rd year and will run until January 5, 2019. TransLink is proud to partner with the World Juniors Hockey Championship to help move volunteers, fans and visitors during its week-and-a-half run.

Win tickets

If you haven’t snagged your tickets to the sold-out tournament, here’s your chance! Thanks to World Juniors Hockey Championship, we have pairs of tickets to the preliminary games in Vancouver to give away to our customers. You read that right! (Psst… you’ll want to stay tuned for chances to win tickets to the elimination and medal games.)

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the World Juniors and how you’d get there using transit (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLinkBC on Instagram, like this post, and tag three friends who would love to win. Comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry) Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the #WorldJuniors in #Vancouver, courtesy of @TransLink and @HockeyCanada https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=55011

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. Don’t forget to make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry.

World Juniors Hockey

The rules:

Check out the official contest terms and conditions, but here’s the lowdown:

  • The contest for preliminary games will open on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 and all entries must be received by 11:59 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.
  • One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
  • We’ll announce the winners from a random draw on the blog and contact you via the email provided in the comments.

At last year’s tournament in Buffalo, New York, Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 to win their first gold medal since 2015. Now they’re back to defend the gold on home soil.

For Vancouver Canucks fans, there will be a familiar name in net for Canada as Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro is the projected number one. Other Canucks suiting up in the tournament will be defenceman Quinn Hughes — the team’s 7th overall pick in 2018 — who will represent the United States, and Toni Utunen, another 2018 pick, will play for Finland.

Take transit to the World Juniors

The Vancouver games are being played at Rogers Arena, conveniently located steps away from Stadium–Chinatown Station, a stop on SkyTrain’s Expo Line. Use our Trip Planner to find your transit route!

Watching games in Victoria? Take the SkyTrain’s Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and the 620 Tsawwassen Ferry bus will connect you to the terminal where you’ll catch the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry to Victoria. At Swartz Bay, you’ll want to take the 72 Downtown bus to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Note: separate fares apply for the ferry and the 72 bus.

New to taking transit?

Watch the video below, or read our Rider Guide, and check out Transit 101!


Author: Allen Tung

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market and DayPasses

On the final day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Christmas Giftmas, we’ve linked up with the Vancouver Christmas Market to set you up with the chance to win your way to the market.

Here’s what up for grabs: a pair of tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market and a pair of Compass DayPasses so you can take transit to get there!

A treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) through December 24, 2018, with extended hours from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This year, the city’s signature yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures, coupled with an increased lineup of large-scale activities and live entertainment.

The prize:

  • 2 x adult Compass DayPasses
  • 2 x tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the Vancouver Christmas Market if you win. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLinkBC and @VanChristmas on Instagram and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink and the Vancouver Christmas Market on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink and @VanChristmas on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry)

    Enter to win two tickets to @VanChristmas in @TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways! #TL12Days https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=54939

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. And make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry.

The rules:

Check out the official contest terms and conditions, but here’s the lowdown:

  • The contest will open on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.
  • One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
  • We’ll announce the winners from a random draw on the blog and contact you via the email provided in the comments.

That’s a wrap for TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas! Make sure your check your emails on Monday to find out if you’re a lucky winner.

Photo: Lindsay Elliott

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a Monthly Pass

We’re nearing the end of our first ever TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, but there’s still time to enter for the chance to win!

We’re giving away an adult Monthly Pass for January loaded onto your Compass Card to help you get to where ever you may need to go in the new year. The number of zones will depend on where you travel.

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a “Vancouver icon” merch prize pack

Let us help you fill the presents underneath the Christmas tree this holiday season. We’re giving away another prize pack consisting of “Vancouver icons” merchandise from the TransLink Store as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and FlyOver Canada tickets

So far, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’ve set you up with the chance to win tickets to the Vancouver AquariumScience World and Aurora Winter Festival.

Now, we’ve linked up with FlyOver Canada to set you up with the chance to win! Here’s what’s up for grabs: a pair of tickets to FlyOver Canada’s Christmas Experience and a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there!

Fly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

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A look at the new TransLink buses entering service in Vancouver

Vancouver Transit Centre’s set to receive 104 of these new buses, built by Nova Bus.

Last week, the first of our new 40-foot hybrid buses, built by Nova Bus, went into service on route 25 UBC/Brentwood Station!

The buses have a diesel-electric hybrid drive system, which means they’ll have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption in our fleet (aside from our electric trolleybuses). Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a TransLink Store prize pack — new merch launches

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 3

Today, we’re launching 12 new products on the TransLink Store — just in time for the holiday shopping season!

The new products range from a pocket square, greeting cards, bus and SkyTrain ornaments, Vancouver icons pillow and wrapping paper, and so much more.

You can pick them up from translinkstore.ca starting today. Online shopping not your thing? Visit our Pop-Up Shop happening at Waterfront Station, December 13–15. It’s open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Vancouver Aquarium tickets

We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we’re upping the ante and giving away a pair of adult tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value so you can take transit to get there.

The Vancouver Aquarium has a pair of holiday events that will be sure to be a jolly good time. Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands

On Thursday, we announced the arrival of Compass Wristbands and we’re excited to give a pair of adult Compass Wristbands with $20 each in Stored Value to kick off TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

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