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Surviving the first week back-to-school and work after Labour Day weekend!

Post Labour Day Crunch

Can you hear the back-to-school bells ringing? It’s the last weekend before Metro Vancouver heads back to the books, lectures and the daily hustle!

Classes for (most) students start right after Labour Day on September 3rd after a well-deserved summer break. We’re here to provide tips on how to make your commute efficient so you have more time to enjoy the first week back to school. Read more »

Holiday Service for Labour Day Weekend

Monday, September 2 is Labour Day, and it marks the last long weekend of the summer before many Metro Vancouver residents head back to work and school. We’re giving you a heads up that holiday service will be in effect before getting back to the ebb and flow of your daily routine. Read more »

PNE Fair: 5 ways to save at the PNE!

With a few precious weeks remaining of Vancouver’s summer, have you thought about how to spend the rest of those sunny days with your friends? With deep-fried goodness and pickled-flavoured cotton candy as the new food craze, make the most of the clear weather by using these ways to save at the PNE!

The PNE Fair is back this year until September 2 (closed August 26), open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. or later. These are some deals you don’t want to miss, but be sure to plan ahead because each promo day is different.

1. 2-for-1 adult admission on Fridays from TransLink and Transport 2050

You can get 2-for-1 admission for adults (14-64 years of age) and seniors (65+ years of age) with a valid TransLink Compass card and other fare products. (Please note that the 2-for-1 admission does not apply for the PNE’s children admission rates.) This offer is only valid for August 23rd and 30th. Read more »

We’re replacing the escalators at the Waterfront SeaBus terminal as part of our ongoing terminal upgrade project!

We’ve been hard at work at the Waterfront Station SeaBus terminal since last year. So far, we’ve built an addition on the east side of the terminal, which houses a new staircase, elevator, and an improved, covered entrance for customers arriving by bike or Helijet. Although work is still underway, starting Tuesday, August 21st, the newly completed staircase is opening for your use. We all need another way to get those steps in!

While we continue these critical upgrades, we’re doing our best to minimize impacts to your SeaBus journey. So that’s why we’re letting you know about the temporary changes that are underway for your commute. To replace the escalators, we’ll need to close one set at a time. Keep reading for what you need to know!

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Canada Line’s 10th anniversary: Transit from past to present

The Canada Line has officially turned 10 years old today! It seems like it was just yesterday when Metro Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and people cheering their favourite athlete(s) and country. To celebrate the SkyTrain Line’s birthday, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to see how the community from Downtown Vancouver to Richmond has grown since the day of its opening!

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PNE Fair: Double the delight with our double-decker bus onsite!

The first of 32 new double-decker buses have arrived!

And it debuts at the PNE Fair, August 17 to September 2 (closed Mondays except Labour Day). It’s part of the Transport 2050 Expo, bringing you the past, present and future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Starting in the fall, these sparkling vehicles will enter service on selected routes in Metro Vancouver, replacing their aging highway coach ancestors. The buses will help with overcrowding and provide a more comfortable and exciting transit experience for our customers. Read more »

Transport 2050: Why Metro Vancouver’s youth should take part in the future of transportation

Did you know TransLink hires co-op students?

It’s true! Your friendly neighbourhood transit authority has opportunities for student interns. There’s plenty of students spending their summer helping with transportation planning, data analyst, quality assurance, maintenance and communications. I’m one of those students and I’m lucky enough to be working with the Social Media team! My work covers a range from writing articles for the Buzzer Blog, creating videos, live-streaming media events and scanning social media throughout the day. One of the projects I’m helping with is supporting the Transport 2050 campaign.

What is Transport 2050?

Have you seen our posts on social media or the dark pastel-tinted posters around your neighbourhood transit hubs with ‘Transport2050’? This is TransLink’s largest campaign to engage the community of those who live and work in Metro Vancouver on what they want public transportation to look like in thirty years. Read more »

Behind-the-scenes with Transit Security

Who are the sharp looking officers in the blue uniform walking around your neighbourhood bus loop?

These are Coast Mountain Bus Company’s one and only Transit Security officers, and they’re taking the spotlight on The Buzzer today!

Transit Security help protect our customers, employees and keep TransLink property safe. The officers patrol by foot, bicycle, bus and car throughout Metro Vancouver’s transit system. They also have a huge responsibility to act as a major support role for other departments within our transit network. Contrary to what you may expect, Transit Security officers are not the same as Transit Police.

While on the road, Transit Security respond to calls for assistance throughout the transit network. This can range from assaults on or around the transit system, looking for missing people, enforcing the Transit Tariff and crowd control during events. While common duties include random fare checks on buses, they also collect fare related data to present to other departments of TransLink regarding our services.

Looking for evidence of wire theft is a recent example of what Transit Security does during their patrols. Their work provides Transit Police the information needed to inform the public on what to do if they spot swinging wires with the video you see below.

Women in the workforce

Being one of the few female Transit Security officers, Rumali’s favourite part of the job is working with the people in the community, whether it be with an assigned partner or helping customers with their commute.

Rumali notes that while she works in a male-dominated environment, she believes that women have an advantage working in the security workforce because she can de-escalate volatile and tense situations, as disruptive individuals tend to be less confrontational with women compared to their male counterparts. This is why communication is the most essential skill for this job.

TransLink is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and that includes the work environment at CMBC’s Transit Security! We’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace and encourage you to consider a career with us.

Fun facts:

Sometimes a Transit Security officer may carry a limited (keyword) supply of the super-cool Transit Security car stickers during their patrol. If you politely ask for it when an officer is patrolling at a bus loop, they may grant you one!

What should you do if you feel unsafe on transit?

You can text this number with the situation: 87-77-77, call 604-515-8300 or find more information on the stickers throughout the bus that are placed on the windows and interiors.

Thinking of a career change?

Looking for a job that isn’t a 9 to 5 and grants you the freedom to work outside the office? If you want to contribute to the safety of your community, then being a Transit Security officer might just be for you! TransLink is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and that includes the work environment at with Transit Security! We’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace and encourage you to consider a career with us. Check our TransLink Careers Page (under Coast Mountain Bus Company) for more info.

Introducing a new TransLink service… say hello to RapidBus!

We know that fast, frequent service is key to getting more people onto transit — that’s why we’re introducing a new service called RapidBus! This new service builds on the success of the B-Line routes it comes to three new corridors in Metro Vancouver in January 2020.

We’re excited to share what RapidBus means for you and its cool amenities that will provide a much more comfortable transit experience for our passengers.

What are the features?

RapidBus is going to mean faster travel times, more reliable service and new customer amenities.

On these routes, customers will enjoy service that’s up to 20 per cent faster than local bus service. Time-savings will be achieved by introducing bus priority on roadways, such as bus lanes and signal priority, and less frequent stops.

The RapidBus amenities aren’t just onboard the buses and in the service — they’re also at bus stops! We’re introducing new bus stops, called RapidBus posts, that have real-time information, telling you upcoming departure times for all the buses that use that stop. There will be an audio button customers can push to hear these next-bus announcements too.

But don’t take our word for it, let Denis the Planner over explain it for ya.

But why blue and green?

RapidBus is fast, frequent and reliable, so we wanted the colours to reflect that! That’s why the buses use a blue and green colour scheme. Living up to its name, we also wanted our customers to be able to rapidly identify RapidBus from a distance, so they know when a RapidBus is approaching their stop.

What are the routes for RapidBus?

The five RapidBus routes will serve 11 communities:

  • R1: King George Boulevard (Guildford Town Centre to Newton Exchange) – upgraded 96 B-Line
  • R2: Marine Drive (Park Royal to Phibbs Exchange)
  • R3: Lougheed Highway (Coquitlam Central Station to Haney Place)
  • R4: 41st Avenue (UBC to Joyce–Collingwood Station)
  • R5: Hastings (SFU to Burrard Station) – upgraded 95 B-Line

So, what happens to the B-Line?

Many of its features, such as all-door boarding and articulated buses, live on in the new RapidBus routes, which builds on the success of B-Line! The 95 and 96 B-Lines will become RapidBus routes in January 2020 and the 99 B-Line will remain as it is for the near future. Decisions will be made at a later time about what will happen to it in the future.

Will there be more RapidBus routes in the future?

These five new RapidBus routes are a part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision. Two additional RapidBus routes are planned to launch in 2021 to Surrey, Delta and Richmond, with five more routes planned for Phase Three of the 10-Year Vision, so stay tuned!

Still want more RapidBus info? Watch the live stream of the announcement below and visit translink.ca/rapidbus.

New details on Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project!

We have new details and cost estimates for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project!

The project could be completed within five-and-a-half years from a full project approval date. Currently, we have about $1.6 billion available to fund the project, which is enough to the SkyTrain go from the current King George Station to Fleetwood. Any more work needed for the project to reach Langley is unfunded and would require additional financial contribution from other sources. The total cost to take the SkyTrain to Langley is about $3.12 billion. Take a peak at the breakdown of the financial costs and project components for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project below. 👇

This project would see trains operate every 4 to 5 minutes during peak periods and the total travel time from King George Station to the proposed Langley City Centre Station would take approximately 22 minutes. Proposed stations for this new SkyTrain line include eight in the locations below:

  • 140 Street, City of Surrey
  • 152 Street, City of Surrey
  • 160 Street, City of Surrey
  • 166 Street, City of Surrey (Fleetwood scenario, interim terminal)
  • 184 Street, City of Surrey (Clayton scenario, interim terminal)
  • 190 Street, City of Surrey
  • 196 Street, Township of Langley
  • 203 Street, City of Langley (Langley scenario, final terminal)

TransLink will recommend that a full business case be developed for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project by early next year. In the meantime, the Mayors’ Council will look over these proposals at their next meeting on Thursday, July 25.

 

Things to do on Bowen Island this summer with the new Transit On-Demand App

Looking for something to do this summer for an adventure close to nature and away from the city? Have you tried out our new Transit On-Demand app for a day out on Bowen Island? TransLink has launched a new pilot program that will test on-demand transit services for Bowen Island residents and visitors.

To summarize the program, with more details can be found here, it gives Bowen Island transit customers and tourists the freedom to explore the area and hail for a public transit ride when you need it. It’s just as simple as visiting translink.ca/bowen to download the TapRide app. There’s also an option to use the online and phone-in booking system instead (more info on that via translink.ca/bowen).

This pilot project will run until this September 15, so we’re providing our recommendations as a head start of your Bowen Island adventures!

Hiking & cycling trails

Get in tune with nature and find your inner peace with Bowen Island’s hiking trails. Whether it be a peaceful walk, or an adrenaline filled challenge with friends, there are a variety lush emerald-green forest trails to choose from.

More info here.

Tours & food

What is there to explore on the island you ask? These tours are an introduction to the lesser-known hidden gems of the island, something like a treasure hunt! There’s a little something for everyone, a piece of history, a touch of culture, and maybe a slice of pie too!

Speaking of food, there are plenty of specialty coffee shops and restaurants with tasty offerings throughout the island. You might find a hidden gem that keeps you coming back for more! Let us know your favourite fish-and-chip spot in the comments below.

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking the coastal waters of BC is the best way to cool down in hot weather. Paddle by the coast and watch the view of the aquatic ecosystem, or you can people watch the visitors off-boarding the ferry. Either way, you are moving at your own pace. (Please note, a guide to participant ratio of 1:6 is always needed to provide safety for everyone.) You can register for some sessions here.

Golfing

There’s a nine-hole golf course on Bowen Island with awesome views of Howe Sound! A great place to spend times with friends and family as social centre too! Plan your family gathering and social events with information that you can find on this site.

Plan your own adventure!

If you know what you like, there are definitely plenty of places for you to explore and build experiences with friends and family throughout the day. Let us know your how you’ll like to spend a day at Bowen Island and how you’ll use the Transit-on-Demand app on your next adventure!

 

 

 

Transport 2050 ideas and survey update – nearly 5000 new submissions!

We’re creating a new Regional Transportation Strategy, called Transport 2050, that will outline our options for getting around between now and 2050.

Since TransLink launched this public engagement initiative – the largest in our history – on May 3, we’ve heard from thousands of Metro Vancouverites about what they want in the future of transportation. And so far, nearly 13,000 surveys and 1,400 ideas for the future have been submitted.

Have an idea, but haven’t submitted it yet? Don’t worry, you have until September 22 to tell us what’s important to you, your transportation priorities and your ideas for the future. Take part now at transport2050.ca!

Want to talk with us in person instead? This summer, we’re all over the region. Read more »

Get to celebrations and home safely with Canada Day 2019 holiday transit service!

Making my way downtown, walking fast… because I want to see the firework show!  🎉

We know that Canada Day celebrations are a big thing, cause we are excited for them too! That’s why on Monday July 1st, the SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses will be running on the holiday schedule, but with additional service to help you get to the celebrations and getting you home safely. 🤗

Because of this spectacular event, that also means that there will be changes to our regular bus routes and access to SkyTrain stations downtown. Don’t worry, it’s just for Canada Day! Read more »

#MyTransLink – June 26

A weekly friendly reminder that the next installment of the #MyTransLink series is up again! Through #MyTransLink, we share photos of the region submitted by you, who represent our beautiful community of residents and visitors. Scroll on down to see where transit takes you in all of Metro Vancouver’s glory! Thanks again to all you dedicated transit photographers! Without you, this series would be impossible.

Want to be featured? Snap and share your photos on social media using #MyTransLink.

 

Transit your way to these awesome Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!” by Ian Muttoo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Canada Day is Monday July 1st!

We want to see you get out there and be the proud Canadian you are! Here is a list of Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver lined up for this year and how to enjoy them taking transit. Ever wonder what Canada will be like in the next 30 years? Or specifically, what will your transit to Canada Day in 2050 would look like? Help your community shape the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver with the Transport 2050 survey. Keep an eye out for our Transport 2050 Engagement Bus at a couple of these events and more throughout the summer too! Read more »