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The Meniscus Series – Marpole bus shelter fun by the Emily Carr University of Art + Design

One of the seven bus shelters part of the Meniscus Series commissioned by commissioned by chART: Public Art Marpole (Photo: Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

One of the seven bus shelters part of the Meniscus Series commissioned by commissioned by chART: Public Art Marpole (Photo: Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

In the past, we have shared with you neat and cool bus shelters from around the world in our Links & Tidbits. I’m here to tell you we have ’em here in Vancouver too!

The Meniscus Series, commissioned by chART: Public Art Marpole, an Emily Carr University of Art + Design research project, has transformed seven Marpole bus shelters along Granville Street between West 63rd Avenue to SW Marine Drive.

The bus shelters, managed by the City of Vancouver and CBS/JCDecaux, have been wrapped with vinyl inspired by a photograph series from Emily Carr alumna Nathalie Lavoie!

The Meniscus Series … depicts two bodies of water merging: fresh water from the Mackenzie River as it is dropped into the salty waters of the Pacific Ocean. By mixing these specific waters, the artist is referencing her own experience of moving back and forth between her home along the river in the Northwest Territories and Emily Carr University on Granville Island. This movement between the two waters challenged her sense of place, her understanding of site, and what it means to carry history from one location to another.

The scientific term “meniscus” refers to the curved surface of a liquid in a container. In this series of macroscopic photographs, one type of water is dropped into a container of another type, thus disrupting the meniscus and making it impossible to accurately read the measurement. As the two waters mix, the transformation alters the solutions in a process that is simultaneously creative and destructive. These photographs makes visible the transformation, capturing the moment at which it is most noticeable but not measurable.

» Click here to learn more and see more pictures of The Meniscus Series

chART is a research partnership between the Marpole Business Association and Dr. Cameron Cartiere of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

More cool bus shelters!

* Note: Most bus shelters, including this one, 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.

Know some yourself? Share them with us in the comments section, tweet them to @TheBuzzer, or email it to! We’d love to see them.

Author: Allen Tung

Missed it? Markus Moos and Gil Peñalosa’s Rethinking Transportation talks are now online!


Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas, brought to you by TransLink in collaboration with the SFU City Program, was back at Simon Fraser University on Tuesday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 17!

Gil Peñalosa

Gil Peñalosa

Dr. Markus Moos

Dr. Markus Moos

Markus Moos, Assistant Professor, School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, spoke on The New Generation: Are Millennials Changing the Game? His talk looked at how Millennials’ values, preferences and priorities could affect your work, commute, home and community — now and in the future.

Internationally acclaimed “healthy cities” expert Gil Peñalosa‘s talk, Future Livability: Boast or Bust?, explored whether Metro Vancouver can maintain its “Livability Credibility” for the next 30 years

SFU Continuing Studies now has both talks archived on YouTube! Click here for more information about the talks and the speakers.

Author: Allen Tung


TransLink 101: What are detours and why do they happen?

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We’re going back to basics again with TransLink 101—explaining TransLink and its operations!

One of our buses travelling on Broadway!

One of our buses travelling on Broadway!

Detours happen when our service has to take a different route than normal for reasons such as construction, parades, and city events. Whenever possible, these are always communicated to our bus operators and customers well ahead of time so you can plan ahead!

“It is primarily communicated to the Operators via an Operator’s Bulletin posted in the Transit Centre and by email to those Operators on our email list,” Fergie Beadle, Operations Supervisor at Surrey Transit Centre, tells us.

TransLink’s Mobile Transit Alerts!

For our customers, the detour information is posted on the bus stops along the affected route. Our Customer Information team also shares it on’s Transit Alerts page (click here if our mobile-friendly site) and tweet it out on our @TransLink Twitter account as soon as they receive them.

Customers can also give them a call at 604.953.3333 and our agents will be happy to let you know where the bus is going and help you plan an alternative route if you like.

What goes into determining a detour route? It’s actually not as simple as finding a way to get around the obstacle! A number of considerations and factors have to be weighted.

“First and foremost, we try to have our buses miss as few stops as possible when we have to divert our service,” Lance A., a Work Leader from Customer Information says. “But many things can affect where we can actually send a bus.“

Fergie says the primary consideration is to ensure our buses can travel along the streets safety. Is the street wide enough? Can the bus make any turns required?

Having trolley wires can affect which streets we can use when our trolley buses have to detour and if they need to travel long distances. For shorter detours, they are equipped with a battery that allows them to travel about eight blocks with the poles off the wire.

View of T-Comm from Duty Manager’s desk.

A glimpse inside T-Comm from 2010

Transit Communication (T-Comm) tries to stick to main roads because it has to be able to corner and navigate on a street that we don’t normally use,” Lance adds.

“We can only turn down a street that our buses are actually able to use, that’s why we often try to detour buses onto roads where we already have regular bus service, whenever possible.”

Detours can sometimes mean missed stops along a route, but operators at their discretion and when safe to do so, will provide service along a detour route. A good idea for riders is to let the driver know where you would like to go.

“I’d always recommend waving a bus down when it’s not on its normal route, especially on those unexpected detours. The driver may not be aware of where all these new stops are, and you don’t want to miss your bus!,” says Lance.

In the rare event of an unplanned detour, such as due to heavy congestion, a police incident, or a motor vehicle accident, T-Comm and Transit Supervisors use TMAC (Transit Management and Communications System) to deliver the detour information to affected operators.

Reroute messages can be delivered solely to drivers of affected routes via TMAC.

A reroute message delivered to 341 drivers on TMAC

Operators get a text message on their screen letting them know about the specific detour. The system is smart enough to only alert operators on the affected routes.

At Customer Information, they publish text/email alerts as soon as they receive them. These notifications can involve planned detours, which they often know of weeks in advance through internal bulletins.

These service-related updates could also be related to unplanned detours. The information in the text message that is sent to drivers is seen by Customer Information in a report form as soon as that report is received. At that point, Customer Information will send it out as an alert to riders.

“Detours are a huge part of this job, we need to update the public as quickly as possible when our service is on detour,” says Lance. “Subscribe for text andemail alerts for your route, and follow @TransLink on Twitter so you’re never be out of the loop!”

Author: Allen Tung

Kids and high school students ride free for International Walk to School Week, Oct 6-10, 2014

International Walk to School Week (IWALK) is October 6 to 10!

International Walk to School Week (iWalk) is October 6 to 10!

Once again, TransLink is inviting children and high school students to ride for free during International Walk to School Week (iWalk) from October 6 to 10!

Note: Regular fares apply to adults accompanying children and high school students on the system. 

Did you know?

  • Two of three Canadian children are not getting enough exercise each day.
  • Active school travel can increase a child’s ability to concentrate.

TransLink has been supporting iWalk for the past seven years. It is part of the TravelSmart for Schools initiative for children, educating them about all of their travel options and building a future generation of transit riders.

Both walking and taking transit promotes good health and independence, while keeping greenhouse gases to a minimum. Our transit system is fully accessible to riders of all abilities.

This year we’re adding something new. TravelSmart is launching Walktober – a month long campaign to encourage walking to school, walking to work and walking for pleasure!

To make walking even more fun, TravelSmart is hosting a geocache challenge for the month of October! Find out how you can win prizes by hunting down one of the nine TravelSmart caches hidden throughout Metro Vancouver. Start now!

Plan a field trip!

If you’re a teacher, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of this offer by organizing a field trip during iWalk. Here are some tips:

  • Travel off peak hours: Try planning trips during “off-peak” hours – between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Plan ahead: Use TransLink’s online resources including the Trip Planneror Translink’s mobile website with real-time Next Bus. Planning the trip could be a fun class project in itself!
  • Play: TravelSmart’s online interactive game, Tripsters, is a fun way for kids to learn about walking, cycling, carpooling and public transit as well as a great way to engage children about transportation issues in the region.
  • Author: Allen Tung

Poetry in Transit returns for its 18th year!

One of the 20 poems that will be featured around the system on buses and transit shelters! (Photo: Gerilee McBride)

One of the 20 poems that will be featured around the system on buses and transit shelters! (Photo: Gerilee McBride)

TransLink will once again be partnering with the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) to bring you the eighteenth year of Poetry in Transit!

Running since 1996, this program is a great way to profile talented British Columbian and Canadian poets and provide our customers with poetry to read on their commutes.

There will be a total of 20 poems on the system – 10 poetry car cards on buses and 10 transit shelter ads – over the next year. We’ll be profiling one poet and their poem each month on the Buzzer blog for the next ten months, so be on the look out for those!

To mark the launch of this year’s Poetry in Transit, ABPBC will be presenting an event on Sunday, September 28 at 4 p.m. as part of Word Vancouver. A bus with all car cards will be on display on Homer Street by the Vancouver Public Library on Georgia Street.

The event will be hosted by Vancouver’s outgoing Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau. She tells us Poetry in Transit is an important initiative that allows poets to reach more people – bringing poetry into everyday life.

Evelyn Lau (Photo by Pearl Pirie / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Evelyn Lau (Photo by Pearl Pirie / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

“Every year, poets who are selected for the program tell me how they appreciate having their work reach audiences that wouldn’t normally pick up a book of poetry or attend a poetry reading,” she says. “I think we all as poets feel our audience tends to be narrow and tends to be fellow poets. Something such as Poetry in Transit reaches far beyond that community.”

Evelyn credits the program for bringing poetry into public spaces so people who wouldn’t consider themselves poetry fans can run into one while waiting for a bus.

“It’s such an amazing way for them to engage with literature and in a way that is just part of everyday life. Here you are going home from work and you’re having an intimate experience with a poem. You can react to it in a really emotional way or just find it amusing,” she says.

“I’ve heard from a number of writers who have had emails from complete strangers who have read their poem on the bus and had some kind of response to it. It is extremely gratifying.”

TransLink is proud to be supporting this program by donating ad space from the company’s reserve. It is also supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), Creative BC, BC Transit, and the Vancouver Writers Fest.

You can join the conversation about Poetry on Transit by leaving a comment or on Twitter by searching and using the hashtag #PoetryInTransit!

Author: Allen Tung

TransLink is proud to support Raise-a-Reader Vancouver 2014

TL employee Cheryl reads to her son

TransLink Media’s Cheryl Ziola reads to her son

TransLink is proud to be supporting this year’s Raise-a-Reader program on Wednesday, September 24!

Ian Jarvis (TransLink CEO), Fred Cummings ( TransLink VP, Engineering and Infrastructure Management), Colleen Brennan (TransLink VP, Communications and Customer Engagement), and Neil Dubord (Transit Police Chief) will all be volunteering their time to hand out special editions of the Vancouver Sun in exchange for donations.

They will be out and about at Waterfront Station from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. – rain or shine!

Wednesday, September 24
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Waterfront Station
Corner of Seymour and Cordova Street

All proceeds raised will go to children and family literacy programs, such as the Canucks Family Education Centre, Vancouver Public Library Foundation and Decoda Literacy Solutions.

TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company office employees are also voluntarily supporting this annual literacy event. They’re doing this by donating their favourite books to help promote this important event. TransLink is part of a month-long youth book donation drive in support of literacy programs and non-profit organizations throughout the region. Books will be donated when the drive ends in mid-October.

Stop by Waterfront Station tomorrow, say ‘hello’, grab a free paper, and help support literacy among young people and their families!

Author: Allen Tung

Buzzer illustrator interview: Dino Pai

Here's Dino's illustration on the left and Dino on the right!

Here’s Dino’s illustration on the left and Dino on the right!

Yer! Yer! Time for another Buzzer illustrator interview!

The September issue of the Buzzer is now on the system and we had the pleasure of working with Dino to illustrate our cover this month. If you didn’t know, we feature a different illustration and artist on each issue of the print Buzzer and on the blog!

He was kind enough to take some time out to answer a few questions about the illustration and himself:

How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
The idea was fairly simple: I went on the bus and SkyTrain with a drawing pad and tried to capture the blissful, tranquil moments on transit with pen and paper.

Your illustration has a tiny bit of retro feel. Are you a fan or are you inspired by illustrators/artist of yesteryear?
Thanks, I take that as a compliment. I definitely look at a lot of illustrators and artists from the past. I suppose my preference for traditional mediums contributes to the retro feel too.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I take the SkyTrain quite often. I really enjoy observing the people and trying to make up stories of where they’re going to and coming from, what the couples are whispering to each other, or sometimes I make goofy faces at the children when their parents don’t notice.

Your illustration is in blue. Any chance that blue is your favourite colour? Why?
My favourite colour is blue indeed. I’m a boyish boy, what can I say?

What’s next for you?
Aside from freelance illustration gigs I am also working on my second graphic novel right now. That, and taking over the world!

Thanks Dino! If you want to check out more of his work, be sure to check out his website and follow him on Twitter at @diinnnoooo.

Author: Allen Tung

TransLink 101’s back: We’re going to explore some more basic questions about our services


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We're back with another iteration of TransLink 101!

TransLink 101 is back!

We’re dusting off an old special series and bringing you another iteration of the TransLink 101 posts where we explore some basic questions about TransLink and the work that we do!

What’s TransLink 101 all about?

Last time, we covered off what TransLink does, TransLink’s responsibilities for roads and bridges, fare zones, how TransLink gets its funding, where buses and trains sleep at night, why can’t SkyTrain run 24 hours, and how do we keep the system in a stage of good repair!

We’re going back to basics again, but this time we’re going to focus more on the operations side of things! Our planned topics include:

  • What is interlining?
  • What does it mean when a bus is an express?
  • What is short turning?
  • What does far-side and near-side bus stop mean?
  • What are detours and why do they happen?

As well, we’d like to answer a burning TransLink question you’ve always wanted the answer to! Suggest your topic in the comments!

Author: Allen Tung

Richmond invites your feedback on the city’s Canada Line art plinth

The Art Plinth at Brighouse Station

The Art Plinth at Brighouse Station

Richmond is inviting the public to provide feedback on the city’s Art Plinth at Brighouse Station!

The Art Plinth, fully funded by the City of Richmond, is located at the end of the Canada Line guideway at Richmond-Brighouse. It will be the site of two temporary public artworks over the next two years.

The first piece of artwork, titled Cluster by artist Carlyn Yandle, was installed by the city on Friday! It will be in place for approximately one year before being replaced by another piece designed by artist Nathan Lee.

Feedback can be emailed to or tweeted to @Richmond_BC using one or more of the hashtags #artplinth #cluster or #richmondpublicart.

You can also comment online at

All respondents will be eligible to win monthly transit passes or iTunes gift cards!

TransLink and InTransitBC are supporting this city-initiative by providing access to the Canada Line guideway to install the Art Plinth projects.

Author: Allen Tung


The September 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

September 2014 BuzzerHurrah! The September 2014 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system!

I Love Transit Week was from August 25 to 29 this year and we have lots of highlights from our I Love Transit Camp and vintage bus event as well as your submissions and tweets to share with you!

We also hit 50,000 followers on Twitter! 50,000 high fives to our 50,000 followers. We love ya!

Transit Police has some advice for you when travelling with children on transit and we have information on Thanksgiving Day service. Transit will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule on October 13 and it will be a one-zone fare across all zones!

A reminder to students: GoCards from last school year are valid until October 31 and new ones will be issued to students once school is back in session. The card gets you concession fares on all TransLink services in Metro Vancouver. Just make sure you have it with you when travelling on the system.

And no Buzzer is complete without our usual favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues, and Coming Events!

Pick up your copy today on your favourite bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express route or by downloading it here.

Author: Allen Tung

Links and Tidbits – September 12, 2014

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us.

Vintage buses, trucks and more this Sunday!

Vintage buses, trucks and more this Sunday!

» Check out the Main Street Heritage Transportation Jamboree and Livable Laneways at the Autumn Shift Festival happening on Sunday, September 14 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the northwest corner of East 7th Avenue at Main Street!

» In the last iteration of Links & Tidbits, we shared with you Transitmix – an online map that lets you design your own bus network. Here’s one transit enthusiast’s redesigned network for Vancouver!

» A blast from the past indeed! “breeone” shared this photo on Instagram of an old bus transfer before the switch was made to current transfers.

» Human is an app that tracks walking, running, and biking for people for the app. The activity data for Metro Vancouver was compiled in this map.

» Brill trolleys roamed the streets of Vancouver for over 40 years, but why are there eight of them parked in Sandon, B.C.? Global News investigates! We have pictures of these buses on the Buzzer blog too!

» Aw, no more singing on Winnipeg buses or riding a unicycle on transit property. The city’s bylaw calls for a $100 fine if you sing. =(

» Helsinki wants to make the private car “pointless” in the city. The Mayors’ Council Vision for Regional Transportation wants to do the same here. Read their vision to find out more!

» This must be catching on! In January, we shared a link to a story about Beijing installing machines that accepts recyclable bottles for transit fares. Now Sydney has done the same!  (Hat-tip to @Gitsegukladud)

» Pretty cool German street art – they’ve turned an articulated bus’s gangway into an accordion!

» Here’s an interesting historical picture from Heritage Vancouver! The B.C. Electric Railway Company (responsible for operating the streetcar in the Lower Mainland) proposed to create an elevated streetcar system in the early 20th century.

» Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird. This little fox was found sleeping onboard an OC Transpo bus in Ottawa. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?

» This I didn’t know! A hidden gem on TransLink’s website – there’s a map showing where you can find carshare vehicles within one kilometre of SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals. 

» Darryl Pogue tweeted us this picture of FareSavers, circa BC Transit days. Are they still valid? Unfortunately, no, since they are without the magnetic strip and were meant to be deposited in the old fareboxes =(

What about my FareSavers when Compass Card launches, will they become obsolete like the old B.C. Transit FareSavers? Not to worry. FareSavers will still be valid as we transition to the Compass Card and you’ll be able to exchange your FareSavers for Stored Value on the Compass Card!

» Stockholm has three lines in its Tunnelbanan system (Green, Red, and Blue) and they are turning to the public to crowdsource the colour for the fourth line.

Author: Allen Tung

#TLHIGHFIVE0: ^at talks to @TransLink’s ^DA about 50,000 followers

Customer Information Workleader Desirée, better known as ^DA!

Customer Information Workleader Desirée, who you know as ^DA on Twitter!

Have you ever called 604.953.3333 for transit information, checked our Transit Alerts, or tweeted @TransLink?

Our fabulous Customer Information team are the folks at the other end of the line when you call and the Customer Information Work Leaders are the ones behind the Transit Alerts and Twitter account!

At the rate TransLink’s Twitter account responds to tweets and pushes out information to our customers, you would imagine a throng of staff all behind rows and rows of computers. But nope, it’s usually just one person – the Customer Information Work Leader!

Desirée, better known as ^DA on Twitter, has been a Work Leader for the past few years. I had the opportunity to ask her a couple of questions about what it’s been like helping to look after the Twitter account!

What does 50,000 followers mean to you and the TL Twitter Team?

It feels like a reward to see this many people follow us! It means over 50,000 of you are looking to us and trust us for accurate and timely information. We always keep that at the front of our minds – just how much impact the information we share can have on our customer’s day.

What do you want to say to the 50,000 followers?

Thanks for the taking the time to contact us, whether it is for good or bad feedback! Thanks for taking the time to notify us when you see something – like an accident on the road or a knocked over bus pole – out on your route that that we should know about. And thanks for sending us positive and kind tweets when you think we might need it. Some of those get passed along so that everyone in our group can see it because we are a team.  We really do feel that we have some of the best followers around the Twitterverse!

One of Desirée's colleagues at the Customer Information Work Leader desk!

One of Desirée’s colleagues at the Customer Information Work Leader desk!

What’s the favourite part of your job?

There are a couple of things. One, I really love the team that I work with. Seriously, they are such a great group of people and they’re so knowledgeable. I learn something new all the time from them. Another favourite part is figuring out some of the mysteries of transit. Being part of the Twitter team involves so much more behind the scenes than just what gets tweeted out. I love figuring out why something is the way it is or why something happened.

What’s the most memorable question you’ve received from a tweeter?

We’ve received so many and it always amazing to see how creative people are. Also, I think it is so great to hear how passionate our riders are about transit. Some pretty fantastic and constructive conversations have been had via Twitter about transit so it’s tough to narrow it down to just one. Although, I personally love it when our followers send us funny or interesting pictures – like the one of Darth Vader riding the Canada Line that said he was “Forced” to take transit due to rising gas prices.

What’s it like having to convey information in less than 140 characters on Twitter?

It’s a challenge to be reduced to such a small number of characters, that’s for sure. I’m usually a pretty descriptive person, so I cringe and joke about having to commit “a grammar crime” in order to squeeze it all in one tweet.  I think I’m probably the biggest offender for sending multiple tweets to get an answer out! Sometimes you need to get creative.

How does one become a tweeter for @TransLink?

Apply to work at Coast Mountain Bus Company and TransLink! Most of the people who tweet and respond using @TransLink are Work Leaders in the Customer Information department. The majority of the Work Leaders have been with Customer Information for some time and most of us have worked in other Coast Mountain departments and depots during our tenure with the company. Being a Work Leader requires a higher level of knowledge about the transit system and also we have access to additional tools and contacts within the company.

How has @TransLink changed 50,000 followers later? 

It has evolved. There is a lot more discussion happening and we’re not just using Twitter to push out information. Information is now being exchanged in both directions, between our followers and us. We learn a lot from our riders and often, if there is an issue going on, they have been the first to alert us (accidents, delays, clean ups required, etc.). Also, in addition to our 50,000 followers, when there is any sort of disruption people who don’t follow @TransLink on Twitter are turning to us first for information and updates.

To cellebrate 50,000 followers on Twitter and to show appreciation, we are giving away three FareCards! To enter, simply follow @TransLink and retweet one of the tweets on this page. It’s that simple. =)

Author: Allen Tung

Fall service changes: Increased service to SFU gets the thumbs up from Amanda

Amanda is thankful for the increased SFU service!

Amanda likes the increased SFU service!


Amanda doesn’t own a car, so she relies on public transit and walking to get her where she needs to go everyday. In her words, she takes transit “pretty much every day, several times a day.”

On a regular weekday morning, she takes the 22 Knight from her home in Kitsilano to Burrard Station to catch the 135 to Simon Fraser University, where she works.

To get home in the evening, she takes either the 144 to Sperling-Burnaby Lake Station or the 145 to Production Way-University Station before hopping on the Millennium Line to VCC-Clark Station and then the 84 to get home — taking her on a relaxing loop of Vancouver and Burnaby.

“I really appreciate being able to commute to work by bus and read or listen to music while watching the scenery go by,” she says.”It’s really fun to people watch. There’s always such interesting and diverse cross-sections of Vancouver life on the bus or SkyTrain, and I love seeing who gets on next.”

As part of the fall service changes that began on September 1, new trips were added to the 135 and 143 to reduce overcrowding, and regular service on the 145 returns. This means that weekday frequency on the 135 has increased, operating every 12 minutes between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The 143 now operates every ten minutes during the AM/PM peak periods, every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and evening service has been extended to 9:52 p.m. On the 145 all weekday trips in the midday and AM/PM peak periods return to regular service from 7:50 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:40 to 7 p.m.

Amanda says the increased service to SFU will mean a lot for her and other commuters, especially on the 135.

“I use the 135 to commute to work, so increasing service is a very good thing,” she says. “Especially during the fall semester at SFU, that’s when the 135 is really crowded. The more buses that can run, the less time people are left at bus stops because the buses are too packed.”

TransLink undertakes a round of service changes four times a year in April, June, September, and December. These changes improve schedules and routes, ensuring a reliable, efficient and safe transit service to help get you where you need to go.

To learn more about the fall service changes and to find the schedules for the 135, 143, and 145, click here.

Author: Allen Tung

Buzzer illustrator interview: Danielle Jette

Danielle with her future corgi on the right and her illustration on the left!

Danielle with her future corgi on the right and her illustration on the left!

Another issue of the Buzzer and another illustrator interview! Yay!

We were lucky enough to have Danielle Jette illustrate the cover for the August Buzzer, which was dedicated to the fall service changes. She was kind enough to take some time out to do a quick interview with us:

Who is Danielle Jette?
Hi, I am a Vancouver based illustrator and designer!

How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
I was inspired by Vancouver’s big busy skyline.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I take transit everyday! I like taking the Canada Line SkyTrain because it is fast, clean and close to home.

What’s your favourite colour and why?
My favourite colour is turquoise because it is bright.

Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
In the future I hope to work in publishing, live by the beach, and adopt a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the Buzzer yet, be sure to do so or download it here to you check out Danielle’s illustration!

Author: Allen Tung

Fall service changes: Rebecca rides the 555 Port Mann Express to 156th Street

Rebecca is riding the 555 Port Mann Express to 156th Street in Surrey for the first time!

Rebecca is riding the 555 Port Mann Express to 156th Street in Surrey for the first time!

The fall service changes began on September 1 and a new stop at 156th Street and Highway 1 in Surrey has been added to the 555 Braid Station/Carvolth Exchange route. Customers travelling to Braid Station now have an EXPRESS service to the SkyTrain.

Rebecca L., a BCIT student, was waiting for the 555 at Braid Station when I caught up with her. She tells me it was her first time riding the route.

On a typical day, she would take the 337 to Surrey Central Station from her home in Fraser Heights, transfer to the Expo Line to Metrotown Station, then hop on the 130 to BCIT. Rebecca estimates this takes her about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.

With the help of our Trip Planner and Google Maps, she decided to try the improved 555 service since the new 156th Street stop is close to her home. She took the 25 bus to Brentwood Station from BCIT and rode the Millennium Line to Braid Station to connect with the 555.

“I just want to try it out to see what it’s like,” she says. “I think it will be faster since this bus only takes nine minutes to get to 156th Street.”

If her tweet is any indication, she enjoyed her fast ride on board our super comfy highway coach!

The 555 service operates seven days a week, with trips every 10 minutes during the AM & PM peak periods. For more details, here’s the route map and schedule.

TransLink undertakes a round of service changes four times a year in April, June, September, and December. These changes improve schedules and routes, ensuring a reliable, efficient and safe transit service to help get you where you need to go.

How do I access the stop?

  • Walking along 156th Street
  • Connecting to/from routes 337 Fraser heights/Surrey Central Station or 509 Surrey Central Station/Walnut Grove, which stop at the same intersection as the new 555 bus stop.
  • Connecting to/from routes 326 Surrey Central Station/Guildford, 335 Newton Exchange, 501 Surrey Central Station, or 590 Surrey Central Station/ Langley South, located five minutes away on 104th Avenue.

Author: Allen Tung