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Transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend

This weekend’s guide is for activities across Metro Vancouver

The best day of the week is here, and The Buzzer blog is back with its guide for things you can do this weekend in Metro Vancouver!

Don’t have plans and want so? The Buzzer has your back!

Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!

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

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Q&A: Spotlight on Emily Carr student Autumn Quigley

As a transit user in Vancouver, Autumn loves the cultural diversity of the city

When illustrator Autumn Quigley first moved to Vancouver, the diversity of the city really appealed to her. So, when the time came to design a transit etiquette illustration for TransLink, she went back to this cultural aspect of her new home.

Autumn is a recent graduate who majored in illustration from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), whose artwork depicting transit etiquette is currently displayed on our transit system.

TransLink’s recent collaboration with ECUAD aims to take a look at transit etiquette through the eyes of students who are also transit users themselves.

More than 40 students of the fourth-year illustration course at ECUAD, taught by Professors Justin Novak, Amory Abbott, and Daniel Drennan ElAwar, brought their own sense of creativity to the project.

Autumn chatted with our social media team about how art in public places serves a purpose.

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This 4-year-old had the best transit-themed birthday party!

Isaac’s parents decided to celebrate his love for all things transit

It’s just another day for 4-year-old Isaac. He goes to preschool three days per week and loves his classmates, and teachers. He takes transit with his mom wherever he goes. And just like any other 4-year-old, Isaac is a huge transit fan. He loves watching videos of trains, buses, and cartoons.

Isaac started riding buses when he was 3-weeks-old, and it helps with his communication skills, says his mom, Pamela Carvajal, who sent The Buzzer blog pictures of Isaac’s transit-themed birthday party!

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Driven by success: TransLink voted one of the best local employers

Image courtesy Georgia Straight

Hey Vancouver! We are here to share some great news with ya!

We were voted one of the Best Local Employers in the ‘Best of Vancouver 23rd Annual Readers’ Choice Winners‘ held by the Georgia Straight!

Wait…! There’s more because good things come in threes.

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TransLink gives green light to green bonds

We will be the first transit agency in Canada to issue green bonds

At TransLink, we take environmental stewardship very seriously. We also constantly spend capital to improve our transit network, so YOU, our customers, can benefit from it.

We all know public transit is a greener choice – it takes away cars from the roads, thereby reducing our cumulative carbon footprint.

With this responsibility in mind, TransLink’s Board of Directors has given the green light to issue green bonds as one way to finance the largest expansion to transit service in our region’s history — the 10-Year Vision.

What are green bonds, you might wonder?

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South of the Fraser: transit-friendly things to do this Thanksgiving weekend

This week, go to the South of the Fraser for events on the Thanksgiving weekend

Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy – ‘tis the season to be stuffed! Thanksgiving is this weekend, and we thought we’d help you decide what to do and where to go. A lot of the feedback you give is about things to do outside of Vancouver – Surrey, Delta, Langley, and Richmond.

So, this time, The Buzzer blog is pumped to help you carve out some fun South of the Fraser this weekend! Orange you pumped?!

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

Monday, Oct 8 is Thanksgiving Day! Bus, SkyTrain & SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Holiday fares will be in effect, you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones! West Coast Express will not operate. http://ow.ly/BPrj30lAPOO

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I Love Transit 2018: TransLink keeps sustainability in focus

It is expected that each electric bus in operation will reduce on-road CO2 emissions by close to 300,000 kg annually

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year’s theme is…Connections: the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. One of the key elements of what the future of transit entails is sustainable transit. So, we chatted with Sarah Buckle, Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability at TransLink what that actually means.

By Sarah Buckle, TransLink’s Director of Enterprise Risk & Sustainability

As TransLink provides people with alternatives to driving cars by expanding transit service, we dramatically reduce the region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve the air quality. Yet, for every bus we put on the road, we also emit GHGs by consuming fossil fuels. Extending transit is essential for our region and the environmental benefits of doing so can’t be understated. But, it’s also critical that we use low-carbon technologies to reduce our own environmental footprint.

My role is to lead the adoption and achievement of environmental commitments and the advancement of strategic sustainability initiatives that align with enterprise priorities. An example of this is developing a low carbon fleet strategy, demonstrating zero-emission battery electric buses, and procuring renewable fuels. These are no small tasks!

Just recently, TransLink’s Board of Directors and the Mayors’ Council approved the adoption of two very significant environmental targets – reducing TransLink’s GHG emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, and utilizing only renewable energy sources by that same year. These are ambitious goals that will require bold action through policy decisions, investment planning, and funding support.

One challenge when looking at new technology is the lack of benchmarking. To help overcome this challenge, starting in 2019, we’re piloting four zero-emission battery electric buses. TransLink was the first transit agency in Canada to commit to and gain funding for the first ever $40M Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration Project being led by Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

TransLink’s 2.5-year demonstration project will deploy four battery electric buses and two fast chargers into service in the Metro Vancouver region. It is expected that each electric bus in operation will reduce on-road CO2 emissions by close to 300,000 kg annually, and will save approximately $50,000 in fuel costs by switching to electricity from diesel. These buses will be able to recharge within 4―7 minutes at charging stations at each end of their route, which makes them both environmentally-sound and an efficient ride for customers. The results of the pilot program will provide further certainty to target fleet-replacement procurement in the early to mid-2020s, when experts believe the life cycle costs will provide a positive return on investment.

Before we transition to a zero-emission battery electric fleet, we are looking into lower-carbon interim options, including renewable natural gas and renewable diesel. The main challenges associated with renewable fuels is the price premium compared to conventional fuels and limited supply. By forming strong partnerships with our fuel suppliers, the success of utilizing renewable fuels for our fleet looks promising. Procuring low-carbon intensity fuels will provide a near-term bridge to a zero emission future.

It is expected that each electric bus in operation will reduce on-road CO2 emissions by close to 300,000 kg annually

Our environmental commitments don’t stop with our fleet, we have bus depots, operations and maintenance centres and passenger stations that we need to consider. At our facilities, we have done a lot over the years to reduce our energy consumption, including lighting retrofits, mechanical system upgrades, and building control projects. We are piloting heat-exchange projects at two of our transit centres with the goal of reducing our natural gas consumption and transitioning to renewable energy.

We are determined to reduce our carbon footprint of our fleet and our facilities at the same time.

As one of only five North American transit agencies (and the only one in Canada) recognized as a Platinum Level signatory of the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) sustainability commitment, it is not a commitment we take lightly. While transit is a more sustainable method of travel, we know we have to do our part to reduce our own environmental footprint.

Looking for more ways to celebrate I Love Transit week? Check out the blog for more opportunities to share your stories and win! Follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram too!

I Love Transit 2018: BC Transit tells us why they love transit

 

BC Transit operates in over 130 communities across BC

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year’s theme is…Connections: the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Our friends at BC Transit are in charge of public transit outside of Metro Vancouver, so we sat down with them to ask why they love transit.

Matthew Boyd is the Acting Director of Corporate and Strategic Planning at BC Transit. He’s worked at BC Transit for six years and previously worked at Coast Mountain Bus Company. He’s a regular transit rider and never misses an opportunity to sit on the top deck of Victoria’s Double-Decker buses. Find him on Twitter: @mtthwbyd

Tell us what BC Transit loves about transit.

The people! First, our customers. Whether you’re someone that takes transit daily to get to work or to go on weekend adventures, our customers are why we provide our service. Of course, we cannot forget the people that get the service on the road: drivers, mechanics, schedulers, transit supervisors, the finance team, and more! We’re proud of the hard work of our team that gets the service going.

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Transit-friendly things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Your guide to transit-friendly things to do this weekend

It’s official – fall is over and sweater weather is here to stay. Warm scarves and oversized hoodies, all things pumpkin, and chilly mornings to wake up to – who needs anything more? We know some of us would love to stay home on the weekend, but there are people who like to go out!

Remember, there are only few more sunny days left, so make hay while the sun shines!

Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!

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Q&A: Emily Carr student Kimberly Parker talks transit etiquette

Illustrator Kimberly Parker chats about why transit etiquette is important

For Kimberly Parker, art isn’t just a hobby. As a recent graduate who majored in illustration from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), Kimberly is one of the six students whose artwork depicting transit etiquette is currently displayed on our transit system.

TransLink’s recent collaboration with ECUAD aims to take a look at transit etiquette through the eyes of students who are also transit users themselves.

More than 40 students of the fourth-year illustration course at ECUAD, taught by Professors Justin Novak, Amory Abbott, and Daniel Drennan ElAwar, brought their own sense of creativity to the project.

Kimberly chats with our social media team about why transit etiquette is important.

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Seth Rogen announcements version 3.0 now on the system!

Hey Vancouver! This is…you guessed it – your transit! And we are here to tell you that we have some BRAND NEW Seth Rogen announcements for ya!

Starting this weekend, and into next week, you can give a listen to (on Expo/Millennium/Canada Line platforms) Seth wax poetic 😉 about popular transit etiquette challenges like:

  • Don’t Block the SkyTrain Doors (Version 2)
  • Personal Audio Devices
  • Personal Space

You can also catch some other announcements that will play on-board Expo Line trains! That’s right, Seth Rogen has some non-etiquette musings regarding Chinatown on trains travelling from Commercial–Broadway Station to Main Street–Science World Station. If you’re taking the train from Main Street–Science World Station to Commercial–Broadway Station, then you can catch Seth talk about easing off the perfumes/colognes while taking transit. Read more »

#MyTransLink – September 11

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#MyTransLink is about YOU!

The rain is here, the sun is gone; summer clothes are being swapped for sweaters – there’s a finality about these things. There’s something magical about this time though – the sundown light is perfect for those Instagram photos. So, last week, we asked you to share photos of your commute.

If you missed the memo, #MyTransLink is our weekly feature where we showcase your photos that you share with us on Instagram.

Here are some of the images from last week. Thank you for taking those awesome photos and sharing with us! You guys rock! Read along for next week’s theme.

 

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Emily Carr student illustrations capture customers’ transit etiquette

If you take public transit, you probably have a pet peeve, right? That guy who’s talking loudly on the phone the entire time, and now everyone on the bus/SkyTrain knows why he broke up with his significant other.

Those folks occupying priority seats and ignoring senior/pregnant/people with mobility issues/people with invisible disabilities – anyone, who could really use that seat.

What about those with huge backpacks? We are sure some of you were hit by one of those flying backpacks and the owner never realized it.

When it comes to public transit, etiquette is paramount. How you behave on transit is a reflection of your ethos.

With Seth Rogen as our guest voice on transit, we aimed to shine the spotlight on transit etiquette.

And now with this collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), we aim to take a look at transit etiquette through the eyes of students who are also transit users themselves.

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9 books to read about transit

National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.

Let’s be honest, books are man’s best friend. They don’t let us down, they allow us to immerse ourselves in them, they don’t judge, and, they last forever (if you take care of them)!

September 6th is National Read a Book Day and we thought we’d curate a list of books about transit. Fellow transit enthusiasts will give an enthusiastic shout, but this list isn’t just for us transit lovers. Some of them are far more than JUST transit. Some take on a philosophical look at life through the lens of transit – why? Because, people are always on the move, in transit. And this characteristic of us humans is what defines cities, and countries.

So, without further ado, we bring to you these top 9 books about transit.

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TransLink to provide grants up to $50,000 to university researchers

NMRG projects may range from one year to two years in duration and can span a range of disciplines.

Researchers at post-secondary institutions can now apply for up to $50,000 in research funding grants to explore new mobility issues and solutions.

The New Mobility Lab is our new engagement portal for post-secondary institutions, researchers, and university students.

New mobility is commonly defined as electric, connected, automated and shared transportation. Broadly, it can be defined as use of technology or other innovations to improve movement of people and goods, both in terms of consumer experience and overall efficiency.

TransLink aims to continuously explore, test, and implement innovative ways to improve mobility in Metro Vancouver and further three key goals:

  1. Enable seamless and efficient door-to-door mobility for people and goods;
  2. Promote safe, healthy, clean, and compact communities;
  3. Ensure affordable and equitable access for all.

We provide stable, multi-year funding towards a coordinated program of applied research aimed at answering new mobility related questions of relevance to us and our local government partners.

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