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#MyTransLink – January 16

We’re back with another edition of #MyTransLink, the weekly curated series sharing photos captured by our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts alike. Check out a sampling of our favourites since the last week.

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Buzzer illustrator interview: Jenny Hsieh

The December 2017 edition of the print Buzzer was illustrated by the talented Jenny Hsieh, who we originally discovered through her super fun Instagram account.

Jenny’s adorable winter clad creatures don the cover in promotion of winter service changes, all-door boarding, TransLink merchandise, and more!

We asked Jenny a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator based in Vancouver. I recently graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in Illustration. When I’m not drawing I’m liking cute dog photos on Instagram.

(us too Jenny… us too!)

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

I get my inspiration from everyday life. I like to take seemingly banal moments and illustrate them in a way that makes them extraordinary.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I enjoy drawing people and dogs (especially shiba inus).

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

My illustration features three warmly dressed animals waiting for the bus. I wanted to illustrate something simple and fun to represent bus schedule changes in the winter season.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I like to switch between various mediums. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for my digital work, and watercolour, ink, or coloured pencils for my traditional stuff. I like exploring different mediums since each one can really lend to the mood of a work.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

Recently, I made a zine consisting of ink drawings that I created in October. It’s basically cute girls in cute outfits – it was a lot of fun to draw!

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Right now, I am trying to put together another zine/comic. I am also working on opening an online store, which will probably be ready early next year. You can stay updated with me on my instagram and website!

What is your favourite mode of transit?

My favourite and most frequent mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain. I’ve spent most of my time on the SkyTrain because of school. It just makes travelling downtown so convenient!

Do you have any fun plans for winter?

Yes! Winter vacation plans included spending Christmas and New Year’s in Taiwan.

A huge thanks to Jenny for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: South of the Fraser

Bus Route Buzz

Bus Route Buzz is our series that takes a deep dive into quarterly service changes. This edition takes a look at improvements South of the Fraser. 

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#MyTransLink – January 9, 2017

#MyTransLink Photography Quote

Welcome to another edition of #MyTransLink, the weekly curated series sharing photos captured by our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts alike. Take a look at our favourites since last week.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Burnaby & New Westminster

Bus Route Buzz
Bus Route Buzz is our series each service change that takes a deep dive into what’s coming to your area. In this edition, we take a look at improvements in Burnaby and New Westminster. 

TransLink makes bus service changes every quarter (spring, summer, fall and winter), to reflect seasonal changes in demand and bring more service to where customers need it most. This winter, we’re improving bus service to reduce overcrowding and wait times, expand service hours, and increase reliability.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Vancouver

Bus Route Buzz

Bus Route Buzz is our series each service change that takes a deep dive into what’s coming to your area. In this edition, we take a look at improvements in Vancouver. 

We’re improving bus service to reduce overcrowding and wait times, expand service hours and increase reliability!

More than 29,000 annual service hours of bus service are being added as part of Winter Service Changes that began on December 18, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

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#MyTransLink – January 2

Welcome to the very first #MyTransLink post of 2018! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season and we’re excited to share in your transit adventures throughout this year.

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Ride for free this New Year’s Eve!

Free New Year's Eve Travel

New Year’s Eve brings about many annual traditions. Whether it be watching the iconic NYE ball drop on TV, clanging pots and pans at the stroke of midnight, or watching one of many firework displays.

Here at TransLink, our New Year’s Eve tradition dates back 42 years! Free transit is provided for all to ensure everyone in the entire region has access to a safe ride home as we ring in the new year.

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Going the distance. Rogers LTE wireless comes to the Burquitlam Tunnel

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Earlier this week, Rogers completed installation of the LTE wireless network in the 2.5 km Burquitlam Tunnel on the Evergreen Extension. This marks the last section of SkyTrain that was without cell coverage since service expanded to the Dunsmuir and Edmonds tunnels in July 2016, and New Westminster this past August.

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Holiday service reminder and happy holidays from The Buzzer blog!

Happy Holidays 2017

It’s that time of year again – where all of us here at The Buzzer blog send our best Christmas wishes to you, our amazing Buzzer blog readers.

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Vancouver Technical Secondary students deliver mugs of cheer to bus operators (2017)

Van Tech bus operator hot chocolate

Photo courtesy of Ken Li

For over 20 years, students elves at Vancouver Technical Secondary School in Vancouver have been rolling out of bed extra early on the last day of school before winter break to give back to the bus operators who have been getting them to school all year long.

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All aboard! TransLink celebrates 400 million boardings

400 Million Boardings

Transit ridership in Metro Vancouver has been consistently breaking records this year. Today is no different as our 400 millionth boarding took place in Metro Vancouver at the tail end of this morning’s rush hour commute!

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Bridgeport Station bus bays are on the move!

Bridgeport Station bus passengers can expect a change in where they catch their bus starting December 22, 2017. 

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All doors are better than one! All-door boarding comes to the 95 & 96 B-Lines

Calling all 95 B-Line SFU/Burrard Station and 96 B-Line Guildford/Newton Exchange users… this one’s for you!

Beginning January 1, 2018, when boarding the 95 B-Line or 96 B-Line you’ll be able to pick a door, any door when boarding the bus! That’s right, we’re piloting all-door boarding on two additional routes in the New Year.

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#MyTransLink – December 19, 2017

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

— Elliott Erwitt

We’re back again with our weekly #MyTransLink series of reader-curated photos, captured by our riders, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts alike. Let’s see what you’ve captured since last week!