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#MyTransLink – March 27

Here’s lookin’ at you Metro Vancouver—literally! We’re back with the latest edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in our region. This week, we challenged you to capture the Metro Vancouver commuter! We were looking for the hustle and bustle of people on transit, and you captured just that in the most beautiful of ways. Photos, pencil and ink sketches, and watercolour paintings filled the #MyTransLink feed. Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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A Conversation with Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management

Photo of Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management

Born and raised in coastal Vancouver, Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management, had childhood aspirations of working with the ocean when she grew up… or becoming a hairdresser… or admittedly, hundreds of other prospective career paths. While deciding which path to take was a struggle for Mia, she’s learned over the years that very few actually have it figured out, and sometimes you just need to pick something, jump into it and it will most likely all work out.

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#MyTransLink – March 20

Hello again, and thank you for coming back for another edition of #MyTransLink. #MyTranslink is our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. Your theme this week was sun rise/sun set shots and this marks another week of amazing images captured in and around transit. Let’s take a look back at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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Announcing one of the largest transportation investments in Metro Vancouver history!

Kevin Desmond speaks at podium during 10-Year Vision funding announcement

Today marks another big day for transit in Metro Vancouver as the Mayors’ Council and the Province of British Columbia have agreed on a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision. This announcement marks one of the largest infrastructure investments in Metro Vancouver’s history!

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Giving thanks for Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Sunday, March 18, 2018 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, or #TDAD for short, but we’re celebrating early on Friday, March 16, 2018 to give weekday commuters an extra chance to say “thanks” to their drivers.

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Not your parents’ garage – Microsoft Garage brings innovation to TransLink

Photo of participants of the Microsoft Garage Intern Program

TransLink is not just wheels, rails and propellers. Behind the scenes, we are teams of innovative creative thinkers constantly looking for cutting-edge ways to bring cool technology to our customers. To the hands of our customers in this case!

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#MyTransLink – March 13

Hey there! Thanks for joining us for another edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. Your theme this week was reflections, and yet again, you wowed us with your breathtaking images in and around transit. Let’s take a look back at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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A conversation with Constable Leanne Smith, Transit Police Dog Handler

A photo of Transit Police constable Leanne Smith and police service dog Diesel

From a young age, Constable Leanne Smith, Police Dog Handler with Metro Vancouver Transit Police aspired to do the very job she does today. Cliché perhaps, but growing up with dogs of her own fostered an admiration and appreciation for the canine cop role.

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A conversation with Leanna Turcotte, West Coast Express Conductor

Leanna Turcotte, Train Conductor for West Coast Express stands outside passenger train

The days start early for Leanna Turcotte, West Coast Express Train Conductor, but that doesn’t stop this cheerful, happy go lucky and self-proclaimed morning person from being head over heels in love with her career. Leanna has a growing career on the rails. After 12 years of working for CP Rail, she found herself with West Coast Express and Bombardier. Leanna’s on the job training as both an locomotive engineer and conductor paved the way for her current role.

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A conversation with Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner

Photo of Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner at TransLink

From a young age, Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner, Strategy and Plan Development at TransLink knew she would do great things.

“I loved the idea of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wanted to make fun, wonderful things for other people to enjoy. It just took me a long time to realize that could include our cities and our infrastructure: parks, roads, housing, water treatment, and so on.”

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#MyTransLink – March 6

Hey there! Thanks for joining us for another edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. Your theme this week was black and white, and we were once again wowed by the images you captured. Let’s take a look back at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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Keeping transit accessible

Customer using wheelchair getting on the bus

TransLink recognizes and celebrates the diverse demographic of transit users on our system. In fact, we have an entire team of Access Transit professionals dedicated to breaking down barriers and improving the accessibility and overall transit service experience for people with disabilities, seniors, new immigrants and young people alike. We’re proud to be a leader in providing an array of accessible travel options to passengers. Buses, Community Shuttle, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express vehicles are all fully accessible.

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Nice Needs No Filter – Pink Shirt Day 2018

Pink Shirt Day 2018

This year’s shirt says it all – Nice Needs No Filter.

Pink Shirt Day, now a global movement, was started back in 2007 by two boys attending a Nova Scotia high school. After witnessing the bullying of a new student for wearing a pink shirt to school, the boys rallied dozens of classmates to wear pink in solidarity of the bullied student. The movement has gained traction over the years, with worldwide support and participation. Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

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The focus for this years movement is Cyberbullying, something that we are no stranger to here at TransLink. Sadly, online bullying can come in many forms, from spreading rumours, threats, and just overall harassment. This year, we rallied our troops internally to show our support of anti-bullying. We stand with Pink Shirt Day and encourage others to choose kindness first, and encourage those online to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative and remembering that Nice Needs No Filter. Read more »

#MyTransLink – February 27

Welcome back to another edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. This week, your theme was Motion, and it’s no surprise that your submissions captured the bustle of this busy city in a beautiful way. Let’s take a look back at the week that was, and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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Big News! SkyTrain cars are arriving ahead of schedule!

 

Today marks yet another great day for transit in Metro Vancouver as TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, along with members of the federal and provincial government, announced the early arrival of new SkyTrain cars for our system!

The deal was inked on a cold day in 2016, as part of funding provided through Phase 1 of the Mayors’ 10-year Vision. Today, the big news is that 28 additional Expo and Millennium Line SkyTrain cars will arrive by the end of 2019! That’s three years ahead of schedule!

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