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Have your say in the Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan, April 2–18!

People who live, work, play, or travel through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are invited to have their say in the next phase of the Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows Area Transport Plan!

You may remember last year we reached out to find out from you what are some of the issues and opportunities for improving transit and transportation in the area.

And the results are in! We’ve analyzed your input and developed a range of potential strategies and actions aimed at improving transit, strengthening regional cycling connections and making walking to transit safer and more enjoyable.

But first, we need your feedback to help prioritize and refine the potential strategies for improving transit, walking, and cycling.

So don’t wait, have your say in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows ATP! Help shape transportation in your community by taking the survey from April 2 to 18 at translink.ca/mrpm.

Transit Network Review proposes new service areas and more!

Public engagement for the 2019 Transit Network Review is open from April 2 to 18.

We’re inviting customers and neighbours across the region to have their say on potential transportation changes as part of our 2019 Transit Network Review!

It’s all part of our efforts to deliver a better transit system so it serves more people, supports areas of high ridership, provides transit options in growing areas, and delivers a basic level of transit access across Metro Vancouver.

Among the proposals in this review:

  • Provide new service to three neighbourhoods: River District in Vancouver, East Fraser Heights, and 68th Ave Crosstown in Surrey
  • Increase service along Fraser Highway before the proposed rapid transit project is approved and implemented
  • Changes to the transit network to make certain routes more efficient and reliable, and provide better connections
  • Redesign NightBus routes to Richmond and YVR, and provide transit service to YVR at all times

It’s important you take part.

The 2017 Transit Network Review informed the new bus routes in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights, and Morgan Creek communities that launched in September 2017, and the decision to extend the 159 to Coquitlam Central Station.

No final decisions have been made. We’re considering these changes and asking for feedback now, so we can implement changes as part of our quarterly transit service changes that happen every spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Have your say in the Transit Network Review and help shape transit in your community. Taking the survey from April 2–18 at translink.ca/networkreview.

Innovators set sights on TransLink Tomorrow’s Open Call for Innovation

Metro Vancouver’s brightest will be putting their innovation caps on to come up with creative solutions to answer TransLink Tomorrow’s Open Call for Innovation this spring.

We’re looking for innovative ideas to address the new challenge statement:

How can we make the customer experience at TransLink’s stops, stations and exchanges more enjoyable?

Competitors are vying for an opportunity to partner with TransLink to receive support to help further develop their idea, access to their assets to test or demo their idea and the opportunity to pilot the idea on a larger scale in partnership with TransLink.

It’s open to anyone – we believe good ideas come from anyone and everyone. Learn more and submit your idea at translink.ca/opencall! The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM PDT.

The inaugural Open Call for Innovation launched on June 6, 2018 under the theme Seamless Mobility. Our first partnership is with Mobi bikeshare and carshares Evo and Modo to explore how together we can deliver a mobility-as-a-service app in Metro Vancouver.

#TransLinkTomorrow: all transport modes with one fare in one app

We all got to move – we have people to see and places to go.

You can take transit, drive your own car, use Mobi bike share, use car share services like Modo and Evo, or a combination of these services to get there.

But we’re on the cusp of a revolution in how we move around, called new mobility, and with that, a shift in how we pay and plan for our journeys on transport services. We’re moving towards mobility as a service (MaaS).

The idea behind mobility-as-a-service is that consumers in the near-future will – through a single web interface like a smartphone app – be able to plan, book, and pay for a journey that may include segments on transit, ferry, car share, bike share, taxi and rental car. Wouldn’t that be great? Read more »

Capture Photography Festival brings new public art to Stadium–Chinatown Station

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball by photojournalist Alana Paterson

Over the last three years, we’ve activated the space on the third platform at Expo Line’s Stadium–Chinatown Station to showcase thought-provoking public art as part of Capture Photography Festival.

This year, we’ve teamed up with the festival to install Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball by photojournalist Alana Paterson and curated by Justin Ramsey.

Paterson’s images work to empower young Indigenous women in the face of continuing racism and intergenerational trauma caused by a dark history of colonization and the residential school system in Canada. The project both captures a visual identity of Indigenous women through sport and revitalizes the sense of strength, perseverance, and passion for which Indigenous “Warrior Women” are renowned.

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Get involved! Take this benchmarking survey for bus and SkyTrain until April 14

From now until April 14, please tell us what you think about bus and SkyTrain service by completing the short surveys.

TransLink is a part of the International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG) and CoMET and Nova benchmarking groups, which measure the performance of larger transit agencies across the globe.

Each year, we ask our riders to participate in benchmarking surveys that help us look at best practices, customer satisfaction and performance measurements. Your feedback is extremely important to help make our bus and SkyTrain service even more awesome!  Read more »

Introducing the new SeaBus: Burrard Chinook

We’re adding a new SeaBus to the fleet as part of the 10-Year Vision and we’re thrilled to announce today the new vessel’s name — the Burrard Chinook!

What’s exciting about the new vessel is once it’s in service, it will allow us to deliver increased SeaBus service to our customers. It will increase every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 15 minutes at other times.

Construction began in November 2017, starting upside down with a sheet of metal. A keel-laying ceremony with a commemorative Canada 150 coin was held in February 2018.

In January, the vessel was christened in the Netherlands (watch the video above) where it’s now undergoing sea trials. It will then embark on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the coast to Vancouver. After the vessel arrives in local waters, it will go through some additional sea trials, and SeaBus employees will be trained on it before it starts carrying customers between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay.

You can learn more by reading our media release!

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