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Choo-choo-choose the West Coast Express Santa train this holiday season!

West Coast Express Santa Train

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m.

The West Coast Express Santa Train is back on track again, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all your friends on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community! 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 »

Transit-friendly Christmas activities in Metro Vancouver this weekend

A round of Santa-plause because The Buzzer blog is back with some cool things to do this weekend – all of which are transit-friendly! We take you from Vancouver to Surrey, from New West to Langley – because, Xmas has us feeling extra santa-mental!

Read on, you snow the drill!

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

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Donate a blanket! Drive on the Line is back and needs YOUR help

Gregory Ould heads BlanketBC and his kids volunteer to help collect blankets for those in need

When Gregory Ould offered a blanket to a homeless man back in 2005, he didn’t realize he was about to change his life’s focus.

Ould is the co-founder, along with his son Ben, of BlanketBC Society, an organization based in Mission that collects and distributes blankets to those in need.

Ould is a Canada Line Attendant and his organization has collected over 400,000 blankets to date!

This year, BlanketBC’s ‘Drive on the Line’ celebrates 10 years of changing lives and bringing warmth to people blanket by blanket.

North America’s largest blanket drive, this two-day donation initiative involves over 175 blanketeers ranging from individuals to families to corporate and sporting teams.

These volunteers collect blankets from our customers and the public at eight stations from downtown Vancouver to Richmond.

If you’d like to donate, you can head to:

  • Waterfront Station
  • Yaletown/Roundhouse
  • Vancouver City
  • Broadway/City Hall
  • Oakridge/41st
  • Marine Drive
  • Bridgeport, and
  • Lansdowne

Donations accepted are: socks, scarves, mittens, toques, and of course – blankets. All donated items are divided up and distributed to over 100 shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

BlanketBC requests that you ensure the items you donate are clean.

Last year’s blanket drive successfully collected over 6200 blankets, 1200 articles of clothing and over $7600! Every year, the goal is to collect over 10,000 blankets.

For more information, or to volunteer, please visit the BlanketBC website, or contact Gregory Ould.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

Transit-friendly fantastic Phở and more places in Metro Vancouver

Did you know there are two styles of Phở?

A piping hot bowl of Phở sounds quintessential of rainy Vancouver evenings, or rather late nights. This simple beef noodle soup – traditionally, but you can also get different kinds of stock – from Vietnam has come to be its most-prized culinary assets.

In fact, this humble dish even had Vietnamese poet Tu Mo wax eloquent about it in his poem, ‘An Ode to Phở’. This flavoursome mix of beef bones, charred onion and ginger, spices that include star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and coriander – all used to make the slow-cooked broth that defines Phở – is the epitome of egalitarianism. The Phở brings the rich and poor together. Period.

Did you know there are two styles of Phở?  Phở bac, which is Phở from the northern regions of Vietnam, is made quite differently from how Phở is prepared in southern Vietnam (Phở Sài Gòn). The northern-style broth is traditional and simple with wider noodles, while the one from the south is somewhat sweeter, with lots of herbs, and even hoisin and chilli sauce. An important takeaway – not all Vietnamese-noodle-in-hot-broth-in-a-bowl dishes are Phở!

And since Metro Vancouver has so many fantastic Phở and more places, we thought we’d list some of those that are easily accessible by transit. Why? Because, we love all things transit, and we sure love us some Phở – Phở-real!

Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite Vietnamese restaurant!

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

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Transit-friendly weekend Halloween jaunts that’ll haunt!

Happy Haunting, ghoulfriends!

Costume parties, haunted houses, jack-o’-lanterns – you get the gist! Halloween is next week, and you are probably out hunting for that spooktacular costume.

If you’re wondering what Halloween-related events to go to this weekend, you came to the right place. The Buzzer blog is pumped to bring you this list of action-packed events, haunted houses, and all other spooky things in between!

Eat, drink, and be scary!

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

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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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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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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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Things to do near transit this Labour Day long weekend

There’s a plethora of things you can do this long weekend – that too on transit!

 

It’s that time of the year again – summer’s over, so back to school! Before timetables and schedules start, let’s give summer a goodbye kiss – fare thee well, long days; hello, fall foliage!

But, there’s still the Labour Day long weekend, and lots to do in Metro Vancouver on transit. Don’t know where to go? Don’t worry, The Buzzer blog has your back!

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

1. Richmond World Festival

Location: Minoru Park, Richmond
Transit: 
Canada Line

This free, family-friendly multicultural event features live music, lots of food, and all sorts of cultural things from different parts of the globe. New this year is the Antarctica Zone where festival goers can skate for free inside Minoru Park Arenas. Make sure you catch our community outreach bus that will be there on Sept 1 from 11 am – 10 pm. Hop on board and chat with us!

Our community outreach bus will be at the Richmond World Festival – come say hi!

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Extra service for the PNE, ways to save and more!

Catch the 16 PNE and 210 PNE specials to get to The Fair!

The Fair at the PNE returns for its 108th year, Aug. 18 to Sept. 3, 11 a.m. till late (closed Aug. 20 and 27). As always, in addition to the usual service in the area, we’re adding extra service to take you to and from the PNE! Read on for the details.

  • The 16 PNE special runs between the Expo Line’s 29th Avenue Station, the Millennium Line’s Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra service provides an additional 4-5 buses per hour between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The 210 PNE special runs between Phibbs Exchange and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra provides an additional 2 buses per hour between 10 a.m. and midnight.
  • On Aug. 21 and 28 (free gate admission days), there will be additional service from 29th Avenue Station (route 16), Phibbs Exchange (route 210) and Coquitlam Central Station (route 160) to the PNE during the morning.

Plan your trip using our Trip Planner and remember, with Tap to Pay, you can tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on Compass reader to pay for an adult cash fare!

There are a number of buses that will get you to the PNE: the 14, 16, 95 B-Line, 210 and 211. If you’re coming from downtown, you can take the 14 Hastings, 16 29th Avenue Station or 95 B-Line to SFU. Coming from SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Line? Take the 16 PNE or 16 Arbutus. From the North Shore, you can take the 210 PNE, 210 Vancouver or 211 Vancouver.

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10 top farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver to visit on transit

Top 10 farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver

Nothing describes summer like spending time wandering around the numerous farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver. Farmers’ markets are a great way for families to spend time together buying fresh, local produce directly from the vendors. You can stock up your entire kitchen with the wide variety of foods and more on display.

The Buzzer blog compiled 10 of these markets that are held in various communities across Metro Vancouver. The best part? These are all easily accessible by transit, so we listed some options on how to get there! You can use the TransLink trip planner to plan your route.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab that shopping bag and hop on board!

Which farmers’ market do you shop at? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Market details such as times, dates and venue addresses are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.

1. Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

Location: 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 8, 9, 99 B-Line

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Join us for TransLink’s Annual General Meeting and Open Board Meeting on June 21, 2018

TransLink's Annual General Meeting is on June 21, 2018

Join us on June 21, 9 a.m., at TransLink’s head office (400–287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster) for our Annual General Meeting (AGM)! You can also watch the livestream on Periscope and Facebook.

We’ll share highlights from 2017 in transit—from financial to operational milestones—for customers, regional stakeholders, senior TransLink staff, media and the general public.

We welcome questions from everyone our AGM, so come loaded with your questions about TransLink and it’s operating companies and we’ll do our best to answer them. Ask away in the comments if you’re watching the livestream. Any questions that we aren’t able to get to will be answered in a future post here.

June’s Open Board Meeting will follow at 10 a.m. after a brief break.

Details:

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 9 a.m.
What: Annual General Meeting and Quarterly Open Board Meeting
Where: TransLink’s Head Office (400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster)

Lace up your runners for the 34th annual Vancouver Sun Run

2018 Vancouver Sun Run

On Sunday, April 22, an estimated 40,000+ will lace up their runners and join Canada’s biggest start line for the 34th annual Vancouver Sun Run. To help start your Sun Run on the right foot, we’re adding service to help get you to the event.

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You’re invited to TransLink’s Open Board Meeting on March 29, 2018

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend 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!

Details:

When: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 10 a.m. – noon
What: Quarterly Open Board Meeting
Where: TransLink’s Head Office, 400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster

Apply to speak or find the agenda for the upcoming meeting at translink.ca/boardmeetings.

Can’t make the meeting in person? No problem!
You can always watch our live stream on Facebook, Periscope and Twitter.