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I Love Transit: 2018 I Love Transit Camp Winner announcement!

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Another I Love Transit week has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops here. We are thrilled to announce our winners… yes, you read that right, WINNERS of this year’s I Love Transit Camp. Once again, so many amazing entries rolled in for this unique opportunity that we couldn’t choo choo choose just one!

This year, our theme was Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We asked teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. From solar-powered transit vehicles to automated buses, there were no shortage of creative ideas from these up-and-coming transit fans.

Once again, Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, helped us announce the winner! And this year, we had a dedicated team of TransLink judges to pick a winner.

*drumroll* The winners are…

Mr. Andrews’ Grade 4/5 class from Cape Horn Elementary School in Coquitlam! They rallied together to edit, direct and star in a fun video sharing what they love about transit as well as their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Here’s a summary of their written portion:

I Love Transit Camp Entry

Our class feels there will be great changes happening in the future. With the population increasing in the same amount of space (rezoned duplexes), there will be more frequent services, and more SeaBus. Because of the aging population there will be more services for HandyDART and more bus service during peak hours. The Millennium Line will expand to go out even further east. As more communities are connected, there will be an increase in bicycling with the rising fuel costs, so there will be more bike lanes put in. Beside the bike lanes there will be more nature planted like in New Westminster and Burquitlam. Far into the future, there will be underground tunnels like the Boring Company and people will be transported from one city to another in a matter of minutes. SeaBus will be replaced by faster catamarans that are super quiet to not disturb the whale population

And Ms. Szelagowicz’s Grade 3/4 class from Tomekichi Homma Elementary School in Richmond. They dedicated weeks of class time to work on an in-depth group project sharing their love about transit and future vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver through pictures, poems, stories and more! Here’s a summary of their written portion.

I Love Transit Camp Entry

We would like to contribute to the future of transit by learning more at transit camp so that we can improve our models of speedy electric trains, hydro-powered buses that self-drive and submarines as well as looking at technology and safety improvements. With air traffic being used by transit in the future we would connect easily to the whole of the Lower Mainland. We, of course, would want transit to always be inclusive of wheelchair users and pet-friendly options. We are so very excited to be a part of the project and ideas for the future!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our I Love Transit Camp contest! While we could only award two winners for I Love Transit Camp, we loved all of the entries and all of the creativity shared.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

 

#MyTransLink – October 23

Unseasonably beautiful weather has brought out some stunning photo submissions for our weekly #MyTransLink commuter photo series. If you’re new to the blog, each week we seek out the best perspective of our regions transit system by looking to you, our riders, neighbours and transit enthusiasts to capture and share your favourite moments on and around transit.

This past week, we offered up a random prize to one lucky photo submission, so scroll thorough a small sampling of the photos that were submitted and see which lucky shot captured the prize!

 

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#MyTransLink – October 16

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, there’s no denying that our Metro Vancouver photog community has a whole lot to say! This week’s edition of #MyTransLink  features evolving fall colours, the golden hour glow, those brisk clear blue sky’s that fall in this region is know for.

Every week, we ask you, our snap happy customers, neighbours and transit users to shoot and share with us your greatest photo captures in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to see what’s happening next week!

 

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#MyTransLink – October 9

Line. Shape. Form. Texture. Pattern. Colour. Space.

The seven elements of photography which, intentionally or not, are contained in each and every photograph. By design, transit photography often contains strong leading lines, creating power and emotion in a single click. A highlight of the week is perusing Instagram for all of the amazing #MyTransLink shots that have made this weekly commuter series what it is today.

Last week we asked you to share your photographic love of transit in celebration of I Love Transit, and as always you did just that. Scroll down and check out the shots from all across the system and to see how to have your captures featured in the coming weeks.

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#MyTransLink – October 2

This week, we’re celebrating I Love Transit, a week dedicated to all of the things we love about… well… Transit! And if anyone loves transit, it’s you guys, our unofficial team of dedicated transit photographers who roam Metro Vancouver’s transit system in search of the perfect shot. At least, that’s how I see you guys anyways! Sun, sleet, snow or fog as requested for this edition of #MyTransLink, are no match for your keen eye.

Once again this post is full of just a sampling of the gorgeous shots from across the region. Scroll through the awe inspiring shots from the weeks that were and grab the upcoming theme at the bottom of this post!

 

 

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#newwestminster #sunrise #bridge #river #morningrunviews

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The I Love Transit 2018 special edition issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

I Love Transit Week is just around the corner, which means you can now find the corresponding annual special edition of The Buzzer on the system!

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#MyTransLink – September 25

Fall in Metro Vancouver is synonymous with rain, but with rain comes rainbows and those gorgeous rainbow coloured skies. Last week, we asked you – our mighty army of transit photogs to share your rainbow pics with us for our weekly #MyTransLink photo series, and as always you did not disappoint.

Pictures from this week came in from all across the region, spanning land, sea and sky proving that transit really does have the best seat in the house. Scroll through our favourite shots from the weeks that were and grab the upcoming theme at the bottom of this post!

 

 

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the real pot of gold is that i didn’t even have to wait for the 84. #publictransport #vancouver

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#MyTransLink – September 18

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Transition: the changing of one thing to another.

Seasons, colours, modes and so much more are currently in a state of transition which is why it was the natural choice for this weeks edition of #MyTransLink. Metro Vancouver is graced with such beauty each month of the year, but fall brings arguable some of the most stunning sights. Each week, we look to you, our snap happy customers, neighbours and transit users to snap and share with us your greatest photo conquests in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom for the upcoming theme!

 

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#MyTransLink – September 4

While the calendar, and the weather outside may still say it’s summer, we all know the real mark of the season change is when the fall edition of The Buzzer, and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s hit the market. Fall is upon us, so last week we asked you, our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts to share your shots of fall for this week’s edition of #MyTransLink. So sit back with your infinity scarf and your PSL and check out this week’s photos. Want in on the action? Scroll to the bottom of the post for next week’s challenge!

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[CLOSED] Listen and take this poll to choose the best Morgan Freeman Tap to Pay announcement on transit!

In light of information we’ve learned through news stories on May 24, 2018, of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system. We will be reaching out to VISA to discuss further.

– TransLink Media Relations

If you’re of the 35% of poll respondents who opt not to listen to anything while traveling on transit, you’ve likely heard a familiar voice during your commute. In celebration of Tap to Pay launching on May 22, 2018, you will now hear Morgan Freeman welcoming SkyTrain and bus riders into Vancouver by sharing some fun facts, etiquette reminders and a heads up that you can now Tap to Pay with your contactless Visa and Mastercard credit card or Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay at Compass Card readers across the system.

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#MyTransLink – May 22

Welcome back to this week’s edition of #MyTransLink! Longer and sunnier days are upon us and it’s shown in the amazing shots you’ve been submitting each week. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series we asked for your mountain view shots in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

 

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Traveling on transit just got easier!

Hey Metro Vancouver! As of May 22, 2018, you have more ways to pay for your transit trip!  You can now tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard Credit Card along with Apple, Google and Samsung Pay for your adult cash fare to get you from A to B on transit!

No more ticket line-ups, finding exact change or worrying about determining how many zones you intend to travel through. Just make sure to tap your intended payment method separate from your wallet to ensure the correct card is charged.
Already love your Compass Card? No worries! Keep using your Compass Card on the system to ensure that you are receiving the maximum discounted fare.

Watch our live stream for a full recap of the event.

For more information on Tap to Pay, check out translink.ca/taptopay

Will you pay with a contactless Visa or Mastercard Credit Card or stick to your Compass Card?

Author: Sarah Kertcher

9 epic transit-friendly hikes in Metro Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain

Metro Vancouver is regularly coined one of Canada’s most livable cities, with sprawling mountain ranges, picturesque views and a public transit system that’s leading the country when it comes to growth in proportion of ridership. Statistics Canada’s most recent report noted that Vancouver’s proportion of public transit commuters grew by 6.1% to 20.4% between 1996 and 2016. In contrast, during the same period, Toronto only saw a growth of 2.3% while Montreal experienced an uptick of 2.5%.

With many Metro Vancouverites living an active and outdoorsy lifestyle, we’re sharing 9 epic transit-friendly hikes in Metro Vancouver.

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#MyTransLink – May 15

It’s National Police Week, and we’re paying respect to our partners in blue by dedicating this entire week of #MyTransLink to Metro Vancouver Transit Police. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series were showcasing your best shots of our Transit Police at work in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

106 new CNG buses roll into Surrey

Compressed Natural Gas Bus

Clean energy initiatives and safety are two high priorities at TransLink, which is why we’re excited to be adding 106 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to the fleet at the recently upgraded Surrey Transit Centre. All 106 of these new buses will also be equipped with bus safety barriers to help keep our operators, and passengers safe. Transit riders can expect to see these new CNG buses in operation in Surrey starting this week, with full roll out of all remaining new clean energy buses by the end of 2018.

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