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TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and FlyOver Canada tickets

So far, as part of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas, we’ve set you up with the chance to win tickets to the Vancouver AquariumScience World and Aurora Winter Festival.

Now, we’ve linked up with FlyOver Canada to set you up with the chance to win! Here’s what’s up for grabs: a pair of tickets to FlyOver Canada’s Christmas Experience and a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there!

Fly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

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

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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

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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 »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a TransLink Store prize pack — new merch launches

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Today, we’re launching 12 new products on the TransLink Store — just in time for the holiday shopping season!

The new products range from a pocket square, greeting cards, bus and SkyTrain ornaments, Vancouver icons pillow and wrapping paper, and so much more.

You can pick them up from translinkstore.ca starting today. Online shopping not your thing? Visit our Pop-Up Shop happening at Waterfront Station, December 13–15. It’s open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Vancouver Aquarium tickets

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

Today, we’re upping the ante and giving away a pair of adult tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value so you can take transit to get there.

The Vancouver Aquarium has a pair of holiday events that will be sure to be a jolly good time. Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands

On Thursday, we announced the arrival of Compass Wristbands and we’re excited to give a pair of adult Compass Wristbands with $20 each in Stored Value to kick off TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

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

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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 »

I Love Transit Week 2016 is coming! Register for kids camp!

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transit_camp_2015The week we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! I Love Transit Week is taking place from August 29 to September 2, 2016.

This is a week dedicated to all of the things that we love about Transit – like that time Jarred and Nina tied the knot on the bus or when Annie and Mike got married on the 351 Crescent Beach!

We’ve also celebrated transit through poetry, LEGO, and more!

This year, we have a bus load of fun transit love to share with you, but first we’re excited to announce that I Love Transit Kids Camp is back for its third straight year!

 

Kids! Join us for I Love Transit Camp!

I Love Transit Camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids between the ages of 8 and 12 to get a behind the scenes look at TransLink operating companies’ facilities.

Kids will learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time! Check out all the fun that was had in 2014 & 2015.

This year’s camp is taking place on Thursday September 1st.

The plan

Meet at Gilmore Station for 9 a.m. then hop on a bus and ride to Burnaby Transit Centre (BTC)!

BTC is home to little known transit operations such as fleet overhaul, where they fix and update almost everything on a bus, including the painting of buses and reupholstering of seats.

We’ll also get a tour of the bus yard with articulated and 40-foot buses!

After that, we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to BTC.

Next, we’ll hop on SkyTrain and head to Edmonds Station and walk down to where SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC) live.

At OMC, campers will get a behind the scenes look at the facility where SkyTrains are maintained and cleaned as well as visit SkyTrain Control! They will also get a chance to use the SkyTrain simulator, ask questions of SkyTrain staff.

Finally, a visit with Transit Police and Transit Security to tell us all about everything they do. I’m told they’ll be bringing their vehicles and a special guest if we are lucky!

We’ll wrap the day up around 4 p.m.

Throughout the day we’ll be taking breaks for fun games and more!

How to take part

Due to safety concerns for both OMC and BTC, we’re only able to take a maximum of 20 people in the camp. That means 10 kids (ages 8-12) and their guardians will be able to participate in the camp.

Interested in a fun day on transit? If you’d like to participate, we’ll need potential transit campers to tell us (in 50 words or less) what they love about transit!

If you like, you can also submit a photo and/or a video as part of your entry. Before you or your little one starts typing or writing, you’ll want to read the participation guidelines.

Send your submissions to thebuzzer@translink.ca with “I Love Transit Camp Kids” in the subject field, or you can mail it to The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7.
Be sure to include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Where you heard about the camp
  • The phone number and name of the guardian you wish to bring with you

The deadline for submissions is August 22.
If you are selected, participation forms are due BEFORE August 26.

Looking for some inspiration for your submission? Check out some past successful applications.

We’re looking forward to learning about why you love transit and to seeing you at camp!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Update: Check out our awesome pics from the 2016 I Love Transit camp!

Be a Mark III VIP and ride the new SkyTrains before anyone else!

Mark III and its older sibling, Mark II

Mark III and its older sibling, Mark II

Ok. This. Is. It.

THEY’RE HERRRRRRRRRRE!!!!

The Mark IIIs are here, tested and ready for service but just before they’re available to all riders, we want to give you (yes, you!) a chance to get on that train first!

What you’ll get

  • A unique Mark III transit pin
  • A Mark III VIP certificate
  • An detailed tour of the train by BCRTC’s Director of Engineering Assets
    AND…. *drumroll please*
  • Have a guaranteed seat aboard the very first Mark III ride with passengers

The big day will be on August 18, 2016 with activities beginning around 11:15ish a.m. at Waterfront Station – the first ride will be after a public open house and media event.

How to enter

This one is simple!

Tell us why you should be a Mark III VIP.

Email us with your videos, poems, songs, photos or anything else you can think of with the subject line “Mark III VIP” to enter. The more creative, the better!! :)

Be sure to read the contest rules found here.

We will choose the most innovative and awesome entries to win one of 20 spots for this much-anticipated event!

All entries must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2016.

More details of the event will follow for the lucky winners.

Please note: All entrants must have a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to enter the Fare Paid Zone.

Have contest questions? Comment below!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Congrats to our #Compass1Million winners!

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A few weeks ago, we hit one million active Compass Cards!

To celebrate we wanted to thank you, our customers, who embraced Compass and use it to tap, tap, tap their way across the system.

Hence the awesome #Compass1Million contest!

We had 500+ entries and the lucky eight chosen at random will receive $50 of Stored Value on their Compass Card and a nifty transit prize pack.

Congratulations to our winners!

Jason – Surrey (Twitter)
Ben – Vancouver (Instagram)
John – Port Coquitlam (Twitter)
Jeannie – Vancouver (Instagram)
Michal – Vancouver (Twitter)
Claire   (Twitter)
Katelyn – Surrey  (Facebook)
Romela – Vancouver (Twitter)

Thank you to everyone who took pictures with us out on the system, shared the photos across social channels and celebrated one million Compass Cards with us!

Did you miss this contest? Fret not!
Stay tuned to the Buzzer blog for many more contests coming up for
I Love Transit, Mark IIIs & more!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Celebrating 1 Million active Compass Cards! #Compass1million

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond and some other familiar faces celebrating!

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond and some other familiar faces celebrating!

One million active Compass Cards are being used on our transit system.

One. Million. Wowza!

So, who is using a Compass Card? (spoiler alert – YOU ARE!!)

Check out these stats:

  • 100 per cent of Monthly Pass users are using Compass
  • 95 per cent of all other trips (Stored Value or other pass products) use Compass
  • Compass Cards have been tapped upwards of 400 million times since its launch

We are so happy that you, our riders, have embraced the change and switched over to tapping your way to seamless travel across Metro Vancouver whether it is on the bus, SeaBus, West Coast Express or SkyTrain.

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we want to thank you by having a super cool contest! You could be on of eight winners of $50 stored value!

How to enter (you can choose one or all entry modes!):

1. Tweet the following on Twitter (1 entry):

Celebrating 1 million @TransLink Compass Cards! Eight chances to win $50 of Stored Value & a transit prize pack! #Compass1million

2. Regram any of our contest photos on Instagram with the hashtag #Compass1million and tag @TransLinkBC. (1 entry)

3. Retweet any of our contest photos photo on Twitter with the hashtag #Compass1million and tag @TransLink. (1 entry)

4. Find us out on the system at SkyTrain stations this week and take a photo with our #Compass1million Instagram photo booth.

5. Share one of the TransLink social team’s #Compass1million photos on Facebook. (1 entry)

**Privacy settings for your #Compass1million posts
must be set to public to be entered**

The contest will run from Tuesday, July 19, 2016 to Sunday, July 25, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The winners will be chosen at random and notified within 48 hours of the contest closing.

Please read our official contest rules for more information.

Have questions about the contest? Ask away!
Comment below, email us or send us a tweet.

Author: Adrienne Coling

#ThankYou100K: Celebrating 100,000 followers with a contest!

ThankYou100KWe’ve been celebrating a lot here at TransLink! There was 40,000 followers on Twitter, then 50,000 of you following us and now you’ve helped us reach a monumental 100,000 Twitter followers!

The @TransLink Twitter account started way back in February of 2010 during the Winter Olympics, providing riders with breaking news and key service updates.

In November of 2010 we launched a one-month pilot project in an effort to better serve our customers. It was extended multiple times before becoming a permanent service in February 2011!

In fact, our Customer Information team is in such high demand, on March 14th of this year, we extended our Customer Information service hours on Twitter from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., seven days a week to:

Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

to answer all your service-related questions and provide service updates, tips, and information to all 100,000+ of you!

Contest time!

To celebrate this excellent milestone, we’re having a giveaway (Prizing to be announced soon!) To enter, simply follow @TransLink and retweet one of the following tweets from our Twitter team:

 

Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 1st, 2016 and we’ll randomly select a winner on June 2nd, 2016. Make sure to check out the contest terms and conditions for all the details on the contest.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Find the Compass Elf, take s-ELF-ie and win!

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Meet the Compass Elf!

During this time of year we see a lot of elves helping out the big guy in the red suit, but this is no ordinary elf.

THIS is the Compass Elf!

From December 14 to December 18 you have the chance to get a free Compass Card ($6 value) on SkyTrain!

Here’s how:

  • Spot the Compass Elf along SkyTrain lines and stations
  • Take a s-elf-ie with the elf
  • Tweet your s-elf-ie and tag @TransLink with the hashtag #CompassElf

We will be giving away 10 Compass Cards per day.

So, get out there next week and make a new elfy friend to win!

 

I Love Transit 2015 contest winners

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Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations to our colouring contest winners!

We received so many great submissions for our I Love Transit contests across our social channels.

Our big winner for the “#ILoveTransit because…” contest is Kevin (@KevKevs)!

Kevin Kevins I Love Transit 2015 winner TwitterSubmitted via Twitter, Kevin is all about the stress-free transit life!

Kevin is going home with a super awesome prize pack of great transit swag including a monthly FareCard.

The fabulous Vancouver blogger, Miss604 was also in on the I Love Transit fun.

The winner from her contest is Jenny Chung!

We had over 100 entries for our Buzzer colouring contest with ages ranging from 3 all the way up to people in their 60s!

There are some really imaginative and talented artists/transit lovers out there!

A draw was held for both the under 15 group and the over 15 group.

For the kids contest, nine-year-old Lucy came out on top!

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Lucy says she loves transit because “it’s very clean and fast. It’s not too expensive. The transit takes me to where I want to go. I *heart* transit!”

In the adult category, our winning submission was from Anh, age 20.

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Anh says she “loves transit so much and that it is a wonderful way to travel.”

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated! It was wonderful to see your creativity and learn why you love transit.

Stay tuned for a full wrap-up of all of our I Love Transit adventures!

Author: Adrienne Coling