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Buzzer illustrator interview: Katie So

Katie So's illustration for the June 2014 Buzzer!

Katie So’s illustration for the June 2014 Buzzer!

Each month we bring you a different illustration on the cover of the Buzzer and this time, we had the privilege of working with Katie So for the June 2014 issue! If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out the PDF or the Buzzer post.

She graciously took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us:

1. Who is Katie So? Katie is an illustrator and cartoonist from Vancouver.

2. How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
I was inspired by trips to the beach, and how everyone looks so nice in their summer outfits.

3. Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I like the Canada Line because it’s clean and efficient.

4. What’s your favourite colour and why?
Right now, I really like pinks and reds because roses and peonies are in bloom.

5. Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
I hope to be sitting on the beach, suntanning and reading a book.

Thanks for your time Katie and a wonderful illustration!

Author: Allen Tung

Links and Tidbits – June 20, 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.

» HUM Canada recently orchestrated a music flash mob singing songs such as Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” to spread joy and happiness on the Canada Line.

» Anat found this pin in a consignment shop in Vancouver and tweeted it to @TransLink. Fred Cummings, President and General Manager, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company says the pin was made in the early 1990s, but was not made for a specific event. It was a standard lapel pin for visitors.

» @WeAreHub noticed there are 86 spots in the brand-new Secure Bike Parking facility at Main Street-Science World Station. The facility is of course located close by to the Expo 86 grounds. Coincidence?!?

» Nethangi lost her Samsung Galaxy S3 on the bus so she contacted our folks at the Lost Property Office. There she was reunited with her phone! Her friend, Nadheera, snapped the photograph.

» Speaking of the Lost Property Office… Oh, look, an old farebox!

» Our West Coast Express signage at Waterfront Station caught the eye of George Takei, better known as Hikaru Sulu of the USS Enterprise!

» Here’s an early picture of the Knight Street Bridge from the City of Richmond Archives. #WhatsTheLink

» Krumbach, a small town in Austria, has some of the coolest bus shelters you’ll ever see! In total, there are seven of them and each was designed by an international architect. (Thanks to @heyrickie!)

» In Sweden, researchers are proposing water buses as a way to ease congestion in Stockholm and other waterfront cities.

» China is contemplating building a high-speed railway that will connect China to North America. The line would would start in northeastern China, travel over Sibera towards the Bering Strait, travel underneath the Pacific Ocean through a tunnel to Alaska, to Canada and then continental United States.

» Everybody knows the rules on transit — you don’t talk or make eye contact with strangers. Two behavioural scientists in Chicago did an experiment and asked a few commuters to break these rules in exchange for a $5 Starbucks gift card. The results? Those who talked to a stranger had a more positive experience.

» In King County, there’s a book club for transit riders! A new book is chosen by Books on the Bus each quarter for members to read during their commute. (Thanks @mdiane_rogers!)

» A heart-warming moment as a bus driver in Sweden stopped his bus to comfort a crying girl.

» Bus drivers in Vancouver, Washington competed in the 2014 Roadeo — a test of bus driving skills!

» Google has unveiled its latest driverless car prototype, but will it solve our congestion problems? Gizmodo doesn’t think so and BuzzFeed wonders too.

» This is what happens when Árstíðir, an Icelandic band, sings an 800-year-old hymn in a train station. (Thanks Jennifer S.!)

» Somebody made these hilarious fake signs for the London Underground. (Thanks to Jennifer again!)

» Miss 604 shared this video, “Commuting Over the Years: A Brief Introduction to Surrey’s Transportation History,” from the Surrey Archives:

Author: Allen Tung

Stay Connected to Transit Police with the new OnDuty Mobile App

Metro Vancouver Transit Police have released OnDuty, a new mobile app that will connect you with all Transit Police’s channels in the palm of your hand.

If you see something, while riding transit, say something! Through the app’s built-in text messaging function, users will be able to discreetly report non-emergency issues to Transit Police dispatch. There is no need to draw attention to yourself and you don’t have to wait to report crime on transit.

The OnDuty app’s Crime Maps feature will allow you to view crime hotspots along the transit system. Transit Police will be updating crime maps section weekly, so you can have a better, up-to-date understanding of where and when crime occurs.

Stay connected to the Transit Police’s Twitter and Facebook pages and real-time alerts will keep you informed about public safety concerns, missing persons or major service disruptions. You will also be able to access TransLink’s Next Bus and Trip Planner features directly from the app!

The OnDuty app, for iOS and Android devices, is free and is now available in the App Store and Google Play.

 

*This app is for non-emergency reporting only. For emergencies, please call 911.

Author: Allen Tung

#WhatsTheLink: TransLink transit is working hard in Metro Vancouver

The 99 B-Line, SeaBus, and SkyTrain — our transit superheroes!

The 99 B-Line, SeaBus, and SkyTrain — our transit superheroes!

We’ve let you know TransLink is responsible for much more than just transit — our mandate includes roads, bridges, cycling and walking paths.

But for #WhatsTheLink this week, we’re going to what we’re famous for — transit! We shared with you a number of Metro Vancouver transit photos from yesteryear and introduced you to our transit superheroes, the 99 B-Line, SeaBus, and SkyTrain.

How are they transit superheroes? The 99 B-Line is one of the busiest bus routes in North America, with nearly 17 million boardings in 2012. The SeaBus moves six million people each year across the Burrard Inlet between Downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. And SkyTrain? It’s on-time 95 per cent of the time!

Miss 604: What a Grade 6 Student Knows About TransLink

Boya Yang

Boya Yang

Boya Yang is a grade six student at Marlborough Elementary in Burnaby and he knows TransLink’s transit system is hard working, helping to keep Metro Vancouver moving and livable.

He used TransLink as the subject of his project, which won him the Rotary Club of Burnaby Ambassador Award at the Rivers to Sea Regional Heritage Fair a couple of weeks back.

» Click here to see a picture of Boya’s project

Boya’s knowledge about TransLink is quite impressive! In his project, he highlights TransLink’s history and its importance as well as the different transit services TransLink offers including buses, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express.

As he points out in his project, TransLink helps connect people and make the region a better place to live.

To do this, TransLink connects the 418,000 people who take transit each day with a reliable system that is multimodal and seamlessly connected.

Vancity Buzz: Your hard working transportation system

Angus McIntyre

Angus McIntyre

How reliable? Well, here are a few facts from 2013:

  • The SkyTrain is on time 95% of the time for both the Expo and Millennium lines.
  • The West Coast Express is on time 98% of the time.
  • TransLink delivered 99.4% of scheduled service for bus and SkyTrain last year.

Angus McIntyre retired in 2011 after over 40 years as a bus operator in Metro Vancouver.

During his years as a bus operator, Angus has seen a lot of changes to the system. These changes include the buses he operated and people he served.

As you can see from the photo below, he was a bit of a shutterbug and things looked a little different in the 70s and 80s.

Buses at Stanley Park

Buses at Stanley Park

Storify: TransLink transit is working hard in Metro Vancouver

Check out our Storify summary!

Check out our Storify summary!

What hasn’t changed since Angus’ time is a commitment by TransLink to move people and goods across the region.

TransLink has been providing transportation options to people in Metro Vancouver since 1999. For 15 years we’ve been part of your communities, getting you where you need to be.

Check out our Storify to see more of Angus’s photos and others, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We’ve also launched a #WhatsTheLink microsite at http://www.translink.ca/wtl.

Author: Allen Tung

Notes and Questions & Answers from TransLink’s 2013 AGM at Surrey City Hall

It was a packed house at TransLink’s 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the new Surrey City Hall on Wednesday, May 28 as hundreds joined us to hear more about our accomplishments and financial highlights of the past year.

TransLink’s achievements in efficiency and customer service were shared by TransLink Board Chair Marcella Szel, TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis and TransLink CFO Cathy McLay.

In 2013, TransLink achieved $16.3 million in efficiencies and reduced costs while maintaining strong customer service ratings. Other achievements shared at the AGM include:

  • $248 million invested in infrastructure and transit fleet upgrades to keep the transit system in good repair today, and for years to come.
  • 58,600 new bus service hours for the new 555 bus route between Langley to New Westminster over the Port Mann Bridge, and for the new King George 96 B-line.
  • Transit customer satisfaction ratings of 7.6 out of 10.
  • 1,760 fewer tonnes of CO2 emitted by reducing bus idling by 161,000 hours since 2009.
  • 10,000 customers participated in Compass Card Beta test, and 80,000 Compass cards are now in circulation.
  • Moved an estimated 233.9 million transit passengers in 2013.
2013 TransLink Annual Report

2013 TransLink Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

TransLink’s Annual Reports highlight the accomplishments of each fiscal period. The Reports are prepared under the direction of the Board of Directors. Each report contains performance measures, selected by the Board, as well as a consolidated Financial Report.

» Read the 2013 Annual Report

Questions and Answers

Due to time constraints, we were unable to get to many of the online questions, but fear not! We have gotten you the answers!

Please note: questions may have been edited for clarity.

Why aren’t there power outlets on the buses and SkyTrain? There are power outlets on the SeaBus and West Coast Express, so why can’t they be on the buses and SkyTrain as well? In the US, there are power outlets on every single bus, so why can’t that happen here? Richard via email

Convenient outlets on SkyTrain cars and buses are not considered necessary most passenger trips are short – the typical passenger trip is about 17 minutes. The cost of putting in the wiring and outlets in an already crowded space would likely be significant. Furthermore, electronic devices plugged into power outlets are likely to be an obstacle for the smooth flow of the heavy traffic in and out of SkyTrain cars.

I would like to know if you [TransLink executives] regularly use public transit in the Metro Vancouver area? This will tell me if you are aware firsthand what issues us transit commuters are faced with. –Chris via email

All executives at TransLink do frequently use transit, particularly when traveling to meetings around the region.

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The June 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

junebuzzercoverIt’s mid-June — that means we’re back with another issue of the Buzzer! It’s also the Buzzer’s 98th birthday!

Much of this issue is dedicated to the June service changes, which go into effect on Monday, June 23. Among them, the seasonal Granville Mall detour, expanded 178 Coquitlam Station/Port Moody Station service, and a brand-new express bus service connecting Langley and Aldergrove to Surrey Central Station.

Find the Penguin and you could win one of five amazing Metro Vancouver attraction prize packs.

#WhatsTheLink between cycling and TransLink? Each day, there are 107,000 cycling trips in Metro Vancouver and over 1,000 bikes that ride SkyTrain. TransLink helps make it possible by providing bike lockers, bike racks, infrastrucutre funding, and now Secure Bike Parking.

We have a new SeaBus, the Burrard Otter II, that will be arriving in late July. The Railway Avenue Greenway in Richmond opened on June 7.

Service on Canada Day will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule, which means a one-zone fare will take you across all zones! Transit Police continues with “Don’t Touch the Operator” campaign.

And the Buzzer wouldn’t be complete with our usual favourites, the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick yours up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express or online by downloading it here.

Author: Allen Tung

Friday fun poll results: Many of you have biked to work or school

Use tranit as part of your cycling commute or use your bike the whole way to work!

Use transit as part of your cycling commute or use your bike the whole way to work!

HUB‘s Bike to Work Week was held May 26 to June 1, so we thought it be a perfect poll question to ask you, the Buzzer readers — Have you ever biked to work or school?

In sum, we received 51 votes and 65 per cent of you said you’ve biked to work and school before.

Friday fun poll results

 

TransLink makes it easy for you to bike to work with our bike accessible system as well as bike paths, racks, lockers, and now a Secure Bike Parking at Main Street-Science World Station.

Didn’t get a chance to vote in the poll? It’s not too late! Let us know in the comments section.

How to Use Main Street-Science World Secure Bike Parking

Author: Allen Tung

#WhatsTheLink: We’re also really into cycling (win a FareCard and so much more contest)

It's all about biking this week!

It’s all about biking this week!

Did you know there 107,000 bike trips made each day in Metro Vancouver? That’s right!

TransLink is unique in North America as a transportation authority that links so many ways of moving people and goods.

Part of TransLink’s multimodal mandate is to help support the people making these 107,000 bike trips.

We help provide connections to the wider transportation system of the region by making transit bike accessible, maintaining the Major Roads Network and five bridges, and providing cycling options:

  • The BC Parkway – A 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.
  • The Central Valley Greenway – A 24-kilometre route for cycling, jogging, walking, wheelchairs, skateboarding and blading that connect Vancouver with Burnaby and New Westminster

What’s the contest and prize?

This being Bike to Work Week, TransLink would like to spread the word about how cycling is an important part of the transportation system in Metro Vancouver. To do this, we want you to help us spread the word and possibly win some great prizes for doing so!

We have one super cycling prize pack ($467.30 value) to give away ! It includes:

  • A 3-Zone FareCard ($170 value)
  • A TravelSmart cycling helpers ($30 value)
    • A bike multitool
    • A bike seat cover
    • An LED bike light
    • Reflectors
    • A tote with can put on your back
    • Metro Vancouver Cycling Map
  • Four tickets (2 adult, 2 child) to Science World ($85.50 value)
  • A Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children) to the Vancouver Art Gallery ($50 value)
  • Two tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (up to $71.90 value)
  • Two tickets for a Vancouver Harbour Tour with Harbour Cruises (up to $59.90 value)

How do I win?

We’re giving away this prize pack to one lucky person who tweets, posts or emails us a photo that falls within these guidelines:

  • A photo of yourself with your bicycle: (1) on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express; or (2) riding on the Central Valley Greenway, BC Parkway, Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycling Bridge, in a TransLink Secure Bike Parking area or on one of the roads or bridges TransLink manages.
  • Your photo must be must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 3, 2014. Late entries will be rejected.

How do I enter?

Check out the terms and conditions. You have three ways to enter:

Photos may be used in the print Buzzer, the Buzzer blog, tweeted by @TransLink and posted on the TransLink Facebook page.

One winner will be drawn at random. We’re looking forward to seeing your entries and you on bikes this week!

#WhatsTheLink: 107,000 cycling trips each day in Metro Vancouver

Check out our Storify summary!

Check out our Storify summary!

 

We received multiple entries on the Buzzer, through email, and over at Miss 604! Head on over to our Storify summary to see some of our entries.

Author: Allen Tung

Reminder: Take part in the TransLink 2013 annual general meeting in person or online May 28, 2014!

You're invited!

You’re invited!

Just a reminder that we’ll be holding our 2013 annual general meeting at Surrey City Hall, this Wednesday, May 28, 2014!

It’s your chance to hear more about our accomplishments and financial highlights of the past year.

Following the main presentation, there will be a panel discussion and an opportunity for the audience and webinar participants to ask questions.

Please note, we have limited time to answer all of the questions we receive in person and online. However, if we can’t get to your questions during the AGM, we’ll do our best to answer them afterwards.

If you’d like to participate in our annual general meeting, you can do so in person or from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how:

Participate in person

The AGM will take place in the Surrey City Hall Council Chambers and will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC

It is located one block from Surrey Central SkyTrain Station and paid parking is available beneath the city hall plaza for $1.50 per hour.

You can plan your trip using Google Maps or our Trip Planner!

Participate online

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person, we will be live streaming it online and it will be archived on our YouTube page.

Just click on this webcast link, fill in the required fields (first name, last name and email address), then click on “Register,” and you’ll be redirected to the live stream.

If you’d like to ask a question, which will be read on your behalf during the AGM question and answer period, you have a few options:

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the AGM on Wednesday! See you there or online!

Watch the archived webinar

Author: Allen Tung

#WhatsTheLink: 418,000 people take TransLink transit each day

What's 418,000?

What’s 418,000?

We’ve let you know TransLink is responsible for more than just transit — we are also responsible for roads, bridges, cycling and walking paths.

TransLink manages 2,300 lane kilometres of roads through the Major Road Network (MRN) and five bridges — the Knight StreetPattulloGolden Ears, and Westham Island bridges as well as the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge.

There are 200,000 crossings each day on TransLink bridges and roughly 100,000 crossings a year happen by bike on the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge.

And we’re back to share another fact with you for #WhatsTheLink!

Have you ever wondered how many people take TransLink transit each day? 418,000 people do!

That’s more than 10 Vancouver Sun Runs, more than the population of Richmond and Burnaby combined, and enough to fill BC Place Stadium seven times!

We decided to talk to nine of our 418,000 riders to learn more about their transit story and to get a few snapshots of riders in the region.

Miss 604: Three Out of 418,000 Riders – Surrey Central Station

Alisha

Alisha

Albe

Albe

Nick

Nick

Surrey Central Station is a major transit hub in our system — connecting commuters to SkyTrain and by bus to White Rock, North Delta, Ladner, Tsawwassen, and Langley.

There we met riders NickAlbe, and Alisha.

Nick was travelling by transit from Coquitlam to Surrey Central. He says, “It’s pretty good. It gets me to where I want to go. The bus isn’t a car, but it’s a tradeoff. I don’t have to pay for insurance or the car itself.”

Albe says she doesn’t use transit too often, but she takes the bus and SkyTrain to go downtown on the weekends, four-to-five times a month. “It’s easier to use public transit because it’s hard to find parking downtown,” she explains.

Alisha is heavy transit user. She says, “I take transit more than once every day. I take my step-daughter to school. I take it to the mall. I go everywhere on the bus.”

Vancity Buzz: Three Out of 418,000 Riders – Production Way-University Station

Sergei

Sergei

Emily

Emily

Esther

Esther

EstherEmily, and Sergei shared their transit story with us at Production Way – University Station. 

This station is a major transfer point between SkyTrain and Simon Fraser University‘s Burnaby campus.

Each day, 13,300 rides are made from the station on bus route 145 to SFU. In all, the 145 takes half of all the daily trips to and from the University.

Esther lives in Surrey and parked her car at our Scott Road Park and Ride facility to catch the SkyTrain and 145 to get to SFU. “I’m okay with a long commute because I like to read and listen to podcasts. I don’t have to focus on the road. That’s why I like it,” she says.

Emily is also a student at SFU and she says she takes transit at least five days a week when school is in session. She also drives, but tries using transit whenever possible.

Sergei isn’t a student at SFU, but he relies on the 145 to get to work as a computer programmer at the bottom of Burnaby Mountain. He says, “I take transit five days a week as well as on the weekends to most places I want to go.”

Vancouver Observer: Three Out of 418,000 Riders – Braid Station 

#WhatsTheLink Jason

Jason

Ecil

Ecil

Amand

Amand

Imagine taking transit from Victoria, B.C. to your place of work in Metro Vancouver.

That’s exactly what Amand does! We met him along with Ecil and Jason at Braid Station.

The station is a transfer point from SkyTrain to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and Langley. Presently, the station is also the terminus for the 555 Port Mann Express from Carvolth Exchange in Langley.

Amand comes into town on Tuesday mornings and returns home on Saturdays. It takes three buses and two SkyTrain trips, between one-and-a-half to two hours, to take Amand from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to his place of work.

Ecil takes both the bus and SkyTrain roughly three to four times to get to work in the health care industry. On the day we spoke with her, she was on her way to catch the SkyTrain with her two-year-old son to walk around Downtown Vancouver and enjoy the day.

Jason is also in the health care industry, working as a nurse. He says he takes either the 155 or 156 from the Brunette Avenue area to Braid to catch the 555 to Langley roughly four times a week.

Storify: #WhatsTheLink: 418,000 TransLink riders strong!

Check out our Storify summary!

Check out our Storify summary!

In sum, we talked to 19 different riders of our 418,000 strong to to learn more about their transit story and to get snapshots of riders in the region.

Everybody’s transit story was a little different, but all of them revolved around common themes.

Many of them depend on transit to get to school and work and we had both “transit lifers” as well as transit newbies.

We’re proud to have all 418,000 as one of our 418,000 riders strong!

Author: Allen Tung

Friday fun poll: Have you ever biked to work or school?

Photo Courtesy of Paul Krueger

Photo Courtesy of Paul Krueger

Cycling can be one of the fastest ways to get around in the city, especially in more urban areas of Metro Vancouver. It’s also one of the healthiest and most enjoyable ways to travel.

In the past, we asked the Buzzer readers if you’ve put a bike on the bus bike rack. With Bike to Work Week starting on Monday, May 26, we want to know if you have ever biked to work or school?

Are you a fair-weather cyclist or do you bike everyday? Do you bike the entire way or is transit part of your cycling commute? Cast your vote and let us know in the comments section!

Have you ever biked to work or school?

  • Yes (65%, 33 Votes)
  • No (35%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

Planning to hit the road with your two-wheeler to ride your bike to work for the first time? Check out the May 2014 Buzzer for a few things you need to know before you go!

Our fleet is fully equip to handle bikes — you can take your bike onto the busSkyTrainSeaBus and West Coast Express. For more details about bikes on transit, click here.

TransLink is a partner in the Central Valley Greenway and BC Parkway, and is responsible for the Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge and developing the Regional Cycling Strategy.

Author: Allen Tung

Friday fun poll results: There’s no clear-cut favourite bus!

Friday fun poll results: Do you have a favourite TransLink bus to ride?

We asked the Buzzer blog readers two weeks ago if you had a favourite TransLink bus to ride.

It was a tight race between New Flyer Industries bus models XD40/XDE60D40LF/C40LF/D60LF, and E40LFR/E60LFR.

Each commanded 27 per cent, 25 per cent, and 20 per cent of the votes respectively.

Gennifer said her favourite buses were the Orion Vs and New Flyer XD40s/XDE60s because they are the only buses on the fleet with air conditioning.

I voted for the Orion V in the poll, because I really like the comfortable seats and A/C, but I also really like the Xcelsiors, mostly also because they’re air conditioned.

Reva agreed, adding the wide aisles and seating arrangement are a nice touch.

The Xcelsiors are great… quiet, solid, ride as smooth as silk. Nice bonus features include wide aisles, sensible seating arrangement with lots of seats to choose from, and A/C. Also the chrome wheels are a nice touch. If the entire fleet were replaced with Xcelsiors I would not be disappointed. :)

Juan and ‘o‘ voted for their favourite bus today, but also chimed in with their all-time favourite buses.

My all time favourite would be the High-Floor D40′s. I remember riding them on route 340 as a kid ot my dentist appointments.

D40 LF- Detroit S50 all the way! (grew up with these in richmond.) otherwise, the (now scrapped) NFI D40 were pretty sweet with their detroit 2 stroke 6v92TA’s Also the E901A/E902s, as well as the modern trolleys

Didn’t get a chance to vote in the poll? It’s not too late! Let us know in the comments section.

Author: Allen Tung

Main Street-Science World’s new east stationhouse opens today

A rendering if the upgraded Main Street-Science World Station

A rendering of the upgraded Main Street-Science World Station

The new east stationhouse at Main Street-Science World opens today and the west stationhouse will close for construction.

This means customers that plan to take the Train2Main from Main Street-Science World Station will now have to access the station from the east stationhouse. The west stationhouse will remain closed until construction at the station is complete in early 2015.

The new east stationhouse will include new stairs, an up-escalator and a new elevator.

This is an exciting time as we make much-needed improvements at one of the busiest stations to improve your experience onboard the SkyTrain system. To learn more, visit www.translink.ca/ontrack.

Author: Allen Tung

The May 2014 Buzzer is now on the system

May 2014 Buzzer

Extra! Extra! #WhatsTheLink? Read all about it!

The May 2014 Buzzer is now on the system and we have some exciting content in this issue.

#WhatsTheLink — did you know TransLink is responsible for more than transit? We’re also responsible for roads, bridges, cycling and walking paths. TransLink manages 2,300 lane kilometres of major roads!

The 2013 Annual General Meeting is taking place on Wednesday, May 28. It’s your chance you hear more about our accomplishments and financial highlights of the past year.

HUB is organizing Bike to Work Week from May 26 to June 1, and we are here to share with you a few things you need to know before you hit the road with your two-wheeler.

Later this month, we’ll be introducing the very first Secure Bike Parking area at Main Street-Science World.

Transit Police offers five tips to ensure your journey on public transport is a success. Remember to take the Train2Main if you are travelling to Main Street-Science World. Monday, May 19 is Victoria Day — that means all transit will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

And as always, we have the usual favourites, including the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Remember to pick it up on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express, or download it here!

Author: Allen Tung

Victoria Day 2014 holiday service

SkyTrain arrives, 1” by colink. is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Long weekend, here we come!

Monday, May 19, 2014 is Victoria Day. This means bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus will all be running on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

West Coast Express trains and TrainBus service will not operate. AirCare Inspection Centres will also be closed.

Don’t forget you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones!

For transit service info, feel free to reach out to our call centre on Twitter (@TransLink) or at 604-953-3333 (6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.)!

Author: Allen Tung