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#MyTransLink – January 15

If be more creative, get out more, take more pictures, or be more environmentally conscious” are on your New Years Resolutions list for 2019, we’ve got you!

#MyTransLink is a weekly commuter photo series featuring photos taken by you, our customers, neighbours and transit enthusiasts in and around Metro Vancouver. This series has been capturing our hearts and fleeting moments on transit from every corner of this region.

So scroll to through the shots shared below for a glimpse into the daily lives and views of our riders on their commutes.

#MyTransLink – January 8: Another trip around the sun

Two years and 6,176 photos and counting shared.

January 11 marks the inception of #MyTransLink, a fun photo series sharing YOUR content.

My TransLink Photo Fun: A new series with YOUR content!

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Christmas came early: Over 3,000 toys donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Toys for Tots

It was a beautiful downtown Vancouver morning, when Sparky the Elf, alongside Mr. & Mrs. Claus, delivered a promissory note of 3,000 new, unwrapped toys on behalf of TransLink and its operating companies to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB).

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We’ve teamed up with the IIHF World Junior Championship: win tickets!

Take Transit to the World Juniors

Canada’s set to defend their gold medal at this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship taking place in Vancouver (and Victoria) from December 26, 2018 – January 5, 2019. We’re thrilled to team up with the IIHF World Juniors Hockey Championship to help move volunteers, fans, and visitors during its week-and-a-half run.

Win tickets

Missed getting your tickets to this sold-out tournament or didn’t win any tickets the first time around? You’ve still got a chance to go! Thanks to our partnership with the World Juniors Hockey Championship, we have multiple pairs of tickets to take you to a relegation, quarterfinal or semifinal game! You read that right! Keep reading to find out how you can win! (Psst… you’ll want to stay tuned for chances to win tickets to the medal games for an EPIC night out.)

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 our 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

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.


The rules:

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

  • The contest for preliminary games will open on Saturday, December 22, 2018 and all entries must be received by 11:59 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 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.

Take transit to the World Juniors

The Vancouver games are being played at Rogers Arena, conveniently located steps away from the Stadium–Chinatown Station, a stop on the 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!


Good Luck!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Hot Chocolate for bus drivers: Van Tech students sweeten commutes

Van Tech hot chocolate for bus drivers

Each year, students from the Summit program at the Vancouver Technical School brave the early morning cold to show appreciation to their bus drivers by hand-delivering sweet cups of hot chocolate and a little gift to each passing bus.

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The December 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Happy Holidays! 2018’s final edition of The Buzzer is now on the system.

In this issue, we’re welcoming the world – the World Juniors that is! That’s right, from December 26 – January 5 the World Junior Hockey Tournament will be taking place at Rogers Arena. Don’t have your tickets yet? Enter to win until January 2 at

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass DayPasses and tickets to Grouse Mountain

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 8

There are so many things to see and do in Metro Vancouver this time of year, and so far, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’ve set you up with chances to win tickets to the Vancouver AquariumScience World, Aurora Winter Festival and FlyOver Canada!

Today, we’re cooling things down a little by giving you a chance to win two lift tickets to Grouse Mountain, and Compass DayPasses so you can take transit to get there!

The Peak of Christmas

Celebrate Christmas at Vancouver’s North Pole with Santa, skating, the light walk and more! Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, the warmth of Santa’s smile as he greets you in his workshop and the joy of witnessing real reindeer – only at Vancouver’s North Pole.

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4 Winter safety tips for transit this season

Winter is coming to Metro Vancouver, and we want to help you be weather-wise by giving you four Winter Safety Tips for transit this season.

1. Hold on!

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a retro transit-themed prize pack from the TransLink Store

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 6

Earlier this week, the TransLink Store launched some awesome new merch, just in time for the holidays! Today, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’re giving away a TransLink Store prize pack with some of our favourite retro transit-themed items from Santa’s nice list! 

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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Aurora Winter Festival tickets

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 5

Another day, another giveaway! We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we want to help you experience Canada’s largest winter festival. Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, tube park, massive light displays, Christmas market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters and plenty of other exciting activities.

For this, we’ve joined forces with the brand new Aurora Winter Festival to provide one winner with a pair of tickets to Aurora Winter Festival AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there! Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Science World tickets

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 4

We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we want you to take a peek inside The Science Behind Pixar, experience Nikon’s Small World art display, or catch an immersive film on the worlds largest OMNIMAX dome by partnering TELUS World of Science with a pair of general admission tickets to Science World AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there!  Read more »

T’is the season for holiday events

T’is the season — transit is the season, get it? ? — for holiday cheer and we’ve jam packed December with a bus load of fun, festive activities for the whole family. Read more »

T’is the season for giving with TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways

12 Days of Giftmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… well, not weather wise, but that calendar’s been steadily creeping closer and closer to those holiday days.

To kick off the holiday season, we’re launching 12 Days of Giveaways on the blog giving readers a chance to win some awesome prizes! Twelve days, 12 unique giveaways! While we won’t be sending you French Hens, Golden Rings or a Partridge in a Pear Tree, we’ll be gifting some drool worthy prizes like our all new Compass Wristbands, TransLink merch, and a host of other gold medal winning gear. Read more »

Tap into style with Compass Wristbands

Compass Wristbands

We know transit takes you to school, work, and everywhere in between. To help make Metro Vancouver’s transit system a little more convenient, we’re introducing Compass wristbands. A wearable Compass Card made of food grade silicone that you wear on your wrist!

To gauge public interest in Compass wristbands, we’re doing a limited release of 1,000 adult wristbands and 1,000 concession wristbands starting December 3. Compass wristbands work the same as Compass Card—tap in and out when travelling on transit and reload online, at a Compass Vending Machine, by phone or in person.

There’s no cost for the Compass Wristbands, however just like a Compass Card, your Compass Wristband includes a $6 refundable deposit that will live on the wristband. Remember to tap the part of the wristband that displays the contactless symbol or your tap won’t work. Read more »

Join us for TransLink’s last Open Board Meeting of the year – December 6, 2018

TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend the last meeting of the year taking place next week.

If you have an interest in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works, this is the meeting for you! Get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate, responsibilities, budget and more! Read more »