Translink Buzzer Blog

PIVOT 2019: TransLink supports students’ innovative solutions for cleaner transit

PIVOT by CaseIT

Photo courtesy: PIVOT by CaseIT

Undergraduate students across a variety of faculties, including business, computer science, interactive arts and technology, and engineering recently got a chance to showcase their solutions for sustainable transit, thanks to TransLink.

In February this year, CaseIT presented PIVOT, a local undergraduate ideathon proudly supported by TransLink. Beginning as a spark to an idea, PIVOT was conceptualized in 2018 to celebrate CaseIT’s 15 year anniversary within the Vancouver business community. TransLink proudly supported PIVOT as a theme sponsor, providing powerful insights to this year’s theme of traffic congestion.

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Meet Tania Willard: The artist behind Commercial–Broadway’s public artwork

Tania Willard

Tania Willard. Photo: Kyla Bailey

For those of you accessing the new platform at Commercial–Broadway, a stunning new piece of public art awaits!

Produced by Tania Willard, of Secwépemc and settler heritage, Rule of the Trees is a work that acts as a reminder of the Indigenous lands beneath our feet.

Tania works within the shifting ideas around the contemporary and traditional. She often works with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Besides, Rule of the Trees, Willard has also worked on If the Drumming Stops, with artist Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton, AB. Willard’s ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an Assistant Professor at UBCO (Kelowna, BC).

We chatted with Tania about the role of art on public transit.

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From first kiss to getting engaged on transit!

Brigitta and Brendan are self-proclaimed transit nerds with public transit playing a strong supporting role in each of their lives.

From childhood, when they learned to ride transit, to taking them to and from dates as they grew older.

It’s no surprise that their first kiss took place on the platform of Commercial–Broadway Station as they waited for their trains.

As their relationship blossomed, Brigitta knew it was time – she was ready to propose to Brendan! What better location to pop the question than on transit!

The couple hopped aboard SkyTrain to Waterfront for dinner in Gastown. As dinner ended, they received an “emergency phone call” to help a friend at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Read more »

Upgrades coming to 22nd Street bus exchange!

You asked, we listened!

As part of the approved Phase 1 investments in the Mayors’ 10-year Vision, upgrades for the 22nd Street Bus Exchange were identified.

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Q&A: Transportation expert David Zipper talks ride hailing, new mobility, and more!

TransLink’s second annual New Mobility Forum brought together leaders in government, industry and academia to discuss how we regulate, manage and deliver transportation in Metro Vancouver as we forge ahead into the future.

Transportation expert David Zipper, resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund, was the keynote speaker at the forum. He shared his insights on the future of new mobility and it what it means for Metro Vancouver.

After the event, Andrew McCurran, TransLink’s director of strategic planning and policy, caught up with Zipper to get his unique perspective on new mobility.

Watch the video above or read on for the the interview’s transcript!

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Talking transit and the future of mobility with Tim Papandreou

As TransLink prepares to update Metro Vancouver’s transportation plan through to 2050, we brought in Tim Papandreou, a leading global expert in the future of mobility and automation, to introduce the challenges and opportunities of next generation mobility.

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All-door boarding coming to Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain station!

Starting February 2, 2019, there will be a new option for getting on and off Expo Line trains heading westbound towards downtown Vancouver. A new platform at Commercial–Broadway Station will soon be open for customers, bringing all-door boarding to SkyTrain for the first time.

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Transit-friendly skiing and snowboarding places near Vancouver

Grouse Mountain

Vancouver and snow might not be the best of friends, but you can call them long-lost friends. They meet occasionally and everyone is pleasantly surprised. Until snow bids adieu and heads to its favourite friends on the North Shore.

So, what do Vancouverites do when they want some snow? They head to the mountains that offer breathtaking views – and of course, there’s snow! Read more »

Best breakfast in Metro Vancouver near transit

breakfast spots in Metro Vancouver near transit

The Buzzer blog lists some spots that serve delicious and hearty breakfast

Warm buttery pancakes, steaming hot cups, a cheesy and creamy omelette – you get the gist! Today, on The Buzzer blog, we’re talking breakfast, baby!

And now that it’s a bit chilly, weekends (and even weekday mornings) are best spent eating a wholesome and healthy breakfast to your heart’s content!

Hungry yet? We are too, so let’s get this one rollin’, shall we?

Note: Restaurant timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details. 

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TransLink partners with Evo, Mobi, and Modo to improve connectivity in the region

Modo carsharing

With more options of shared mobility, you can conveniently travel in the region.

Getting around Metro Vancouver just got easier!

We are excited to say we are partnering with with Evo Car Share, Modo Co-operative, and Mobi by Shaw Go bike share to help make multimodal travel easier, more convenient and more seamless for residents in Metro Vancouver. Read more »

Stunning new art-wrapped buses – coming to a bus loop near you!

Vancouver-based artist Diyan Achjadi is a known name in the local art scene. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to a West-Javanese father and an English-Canadian mother, Diyan grew up moving between Jakarta, Hong Kong, London, and Washington DC.

Diyan’s work will now be adding a vivid visual experience to your commute!

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That’s a wrap on I Love Transit Camp 2018!

Remember I Love Transit 2018? We still do. The end of 2018 was a busy one, so we never got to tell you about I Love Transit Camp 2018! Last year was special because we had two winning classes – that’s right!

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Year in Review: a look at some of TransLink’s 2018 milestones

As 2018 ends, The Buzzer blog takes a look at some of TransLink’s milestones from the year that was!

Improving the customer experience was a big focus for us this year.

We made paying for transit even more easier with the roll-out of Tap to Pay. For customers without Compass Cards such as tourists, this feature means no more ticket line-ups, digging for exact change, or worrying about pre-calculating zones — just tap your Visa or Mastercard contactless credit card or mobile wallet, and be on your way. In less than two months of its launch, Tap to Pay hit a milestone with more than one million taps. Read more »

New bus shelters and more coming to Nanaimo Bus Exchange!

Nanaimo Bus Exchange rendering

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 and conclude in late 2019

Exciting news for those of you who access the Nanaimo Bus Exchange on your daily commute!

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Free Wi-Fi on the entire Metro Vancouver transit system!

You heard it here first!

TransLink and Shaw Communications Inc. are teaming up to deliver free Wi-Fi for transit customers across Metro Vancouver.

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