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Celebrate Halloween with fun costumes

Halloween is approaching 🎃 🎃 🎃. Even though this year might look quite different, it doesn’t mean we cannot get into the Spooky Spirit and celebrate it safely and with fun!

No matter how you will be celebrating – having fun with pumpkin carving, decorating your place into the Stranger Things house or Hogwarts, picking a scary movie from your to-watch list, or all of the above – dressing up in an epic costume can make the day even more memorable.

Brainstorming costume ideas will be a great activity for kids and your close ones to come together and get into the holiday mood. Time to get that old clothing item you haven’t worn in ages and put it to a good use 👻!

To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve pulled out some examples of the great costumes spotlighted on our system over the past couple of years.

For this year, please remember to be safe, wear a mask, and maintain physical distancing.

Let us know in the comments what are some of the fun costumes you’ve seen in the past or would like to try out 🧛🧙👾🤖.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycles to be temporarily allowed on SkyTrain during rush hours

 

TransLink customers can now take their bikes on SkyTrain at all times and in all directions on both the Expo and Millennium lines. This change will make it easier for customers to cycle and take transit during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the ridership is still low.

“We’re always looking at ways to improve our customer experience, especially as we navigate these unprecedented times,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “This change will give customers more opportunity to integrate cycling into their daily commute with transit and will hopefully encourage more people to leave their cars at home and support more greener modes of transportation this fall.”

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I Love Transit: Kevin Desmond on why he loves public transit and more

This photo was taken before 2020

Cats or dogs? Pepsi or Coke? Football or hockey? The CEO of TransLink, Kevin Desmond, sat down with us to discuss a few of the Internet’s most debated rapid fire questions, but also all things transit! With his long record of growing transit systems in North America, Kevin shares some of the most memorable moments of his journey to becoming the CEO and things he loves the most about public transit. Hit the play button to start listening below or on SoundCloud.

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I Love Transit: Enter the draw to win a Monthly Pass

I Love Transit Week is back for the 11th year! It’s a week-long celebration of all things transit and we are excited for you to be part it. In keeping with tradition, we’ll have a host of awesome opportunities prepared for you for this exciting week.

Feeling lucky? Take part in our social media contest and share your responses about what you love about public transit for a chance to win one of the three Dr. Bonnie Henry Compass Cards loaded with a Monthly Pass.

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Enter to win a “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” Compass Card with a DayPass!

New compass card with "Be Kind Be Calm Be Safe"

As part of fall ridership campaign, we’re releasing a commemorative and limited edition, adult Compass Card to remind customers to “Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe” as we return to transit. This card recognizes the extensive efforts that have been made by leaders and individuals in B.C. in response to the pandemic.

Starting on Sept. 15, you can purchase the card at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station, with a $6 refundable deposit, while supplies last. We ask everyone to practice physical distancing, and to wear a mask while on transit, in line and inside the service centre. You’ll also have the chance to win one with a DayPass loaded on it. Keep reading to find out how to you can enter to win!

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TransLink launches fall ridership campaign

TransLink is launching a new campaign aimed at boosting transit ridership while also reminding customers of the safety and reliability of its transit system.

“Since the restart of British Columbia’s economy in June, our regular riders have gradually been returning to transit,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We want to continue to build ridership over coming months, with systemwide ridership currently sitting at around 43 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. TransLink’s Safe Operating Action Plan includes several enhanced safety initiatives to ensure customers know that transit is a safe and reliable alternative to driving as British Columbia’s economy continues to reopen.”

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New interactive tool supports transit use for people of all abilities

TransLink is launching a series of online tools designed to help people of all abilities, including those on the autism spectrum, confidently and independently utilize Metro Vancouver’s transit system. The tools include an interactive 360-degree virtual tour of a TransLink bus and eight educational videos about how to use transit throughout Metro Vancouver.

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Bus bulbs reduce the travel times and transform Metro Vancouver streets

If you’ve taken a stroll along Robson street lately, you might noticed some recent changes. Temporary patios now line the sidewalk, live music playing at the street corners, murals coat the walls of buildings and three temporary bus bulbs have been constructed at the intersections of Burrard and Bute. These transit improvements are funded through TransLink’s Bus Speed and Reliability Program to support TransLink’s and the City of Vancouver’s response to COVID-19.

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5 mask hacks you should know about

Who knew one year ago that face masks would become an inseparable part of our experience in 2020? With fall approaching, masks will remain an essential item in our wardrobe. So why not make mask-wearing more comfortable and better? If you ever foggy glasses, chaffed ears and or any other mask-related problem , check out our five hacks below that will hopefully make your life a little easier!

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Enter our #WearingIsCaring Instagram contest for masks and sooooo much more!

With face covering being mandatory on all modes of public transit in Metro Vancouver, we want to make sure that masks become a regular part of our transit system experience 😷.

In addition to our weekly weekday free mask giveaway events, this is another opportunity for you to win our singular prize that includes two great-looking masks alongside some awesome summer items that will help you to make a day of fun on transit:

  • 2 adult Compass Minis with a DayPass loaded
  • 2 Retro SeaBus Bottles
  • 2 TransLink-branded sunglasses
  • 1 multi-colour TransLink mode icon design mask
  • 1 two-tone TransLink mode icon design mask
  • 1 beach towel
  • 1 Vancouver Icon Tote Bag.

    The picture doesn’t include all the prizes. The size and colors of the actual prize may differ.

All you have to do is enter the contest. Keep reading to find out how 🙌

How to Participate

Our contest will take place across The Buzzer, Instagram (@translink), and Twitter (@TransLinkNews).

To enter, simply complete one or all of the following actions:

  • Share your response in the comment section below telling us you’d like to enter the draw. (1 entry)
  • Follow us on @TransLinkNews and retweet this Twitter post (1 entry)
  • Follow us on Instagram, like our Instagram post and tag three friends under this Instagram post. (1 entry)

If you do all three actions, you’ll have three chances to win!

The rules

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

  • The draw for the TransLink-branded face coverings will open on Friday, August 28, 2020 and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PDT on September 7, 2020. Late entries will not be considered.
  • The winning entries will be chosen randomly from all qualified entries on September 8, 2020.
  • The selected winners will be notified by TransLink within 48 hours of the random draw via the social media account provided by the entrant at the time of entry.

6 Instagrammable spots to check out in Vancouver

Joyce–Collingwood Station Public Art

It’s not secret that Vancouver is an incredibly photogenic city and offers numerous opportunities for taking great photos. If you’re looking for some spots to organize a fun photo shoot with your family and friends, while enjoying some other activities along the way, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of instagrammable spots below 📷 🙌 Read more »

PHOTOS: How we rolled out the mandatory mask message to 1600 buses

Things are buzzing at TransLink and its operating companies as the mandatory mask policy came into effect today, Monday, August 24. We’re rolling out a robust marketing campaign and social media push that includes new and updated decals and signs, as well as customer notices and a new message for the destination sign on more than 1,600 buses.  

That means starting today, the destination signs found on the front and sides will not only show the route information, but also “MASK MANDATORY.” This is another highly visible way we’re communicating the message about mandatory masks to our customers. 

Photo provided by Derek Lee

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A guide to a cycling adventure along the Central Valley Greenway

Planning your next cycling trip? The Central Valley Greenway (CVG) provides a 24-kilometre of mostly flat route through a hilly region with safe corridors for commuters and entries to some local parks. It runs from Falser Creek in Vancouver through Burnaby and along a shallow valley south to the Fraser River in New Westminster.

A multi-purpose route, you can explore CVG through cycling, jogging, walking, travelling on a wheelchair, skateboarding and blading. The route closely follows the Millennium Line and links to both Millennium and Expo SkyTrain stations, which means you can hop on the SkyTrain with your bike if you need a break.

If you would like to explore the cycling routes along the Expo SkyTrain Line alone, check out our adventure guide along the BC Parkway

What do you need to know about the route

CVG varies greatly throughout the length of its route. In some sections it is fully constructed as a separated urban greenway or a rural recreational trail. In other sections the route runs parallel to a railway corridor or the edge of an industrial roadway. Most sections of the trail are suitable for all kind of walking and wheeling. The exception is in Burnaby where there are some compacted gravel paths less suitable for in-line skating. Some sections of the Greenway are composed of interim routes that will be upgraded in the future.

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A guide to a bicycle adventure along the BC Parkway

Thinking of spending more time outdoors with family and friends? Why not plan a cycling trip so that you explore things locally while enjoying some awesome activities along the way?

BC Parkway is a great route to take if you’d prefer a mostly flat 25-kilometre ride with scenic park views, murals and local destinations across Metro Vancouver. It extends from Vancouver to Burnaby, New Westminster and all the way to Surrey City Centre. The route offers multiple opportunities to explore vibrant neighborhoods and parks.

If you’re up for a pedal-powered adventure, we’ve prepared an epic guide along BC Parkway for you! This guide takes you from west to east, from Vancouver to Surrey.

*The BC Parkway closely parallels the Expo Line, so you can plan a multi-modal trip by biking to your end destination and hop onto the SkyTrain with your bike to head back home or whenever you feel like taking a break and commuting to your next stop. View the map here and check our Bikes on Transit page for rules on taking your bike on trains.

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Our new report highlights the success story of our entire region in 2019

We just released the 2019 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR)! This is basically a report card on transit service. It provides a comprehensive review of ridership and service productivity for bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express and HandyDART.

You can find the full report, complementary resources, and CSV files here

By using the data in the TSPR we can identify opportunities to reduce overcrowding, improve performance and reliability and meet the needs of our customers as the region continues to grow.

Given the significant impact of COVID-19 on our ridership in 2020, we are now facing an entirely new set of circumstances. While the data provided by the report is less relevant for immediate planning purposes, the 2019 TSPR will be instrumental as we map out our blueprint for ridership recovery in 2020 and beyond.  Read more »