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Spot the Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle Contest and help TransLink spread some holiday cheer!

TransLink Reindeer Bus at Pan Pacific

The Reindeer Bus at Pan Pacific

You may have already seen these two cheerful transit characters around Metro Vancouver. The Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle have been making there way on different routes in Metro Vancouver since mid-November and will continue to be in service into January. Have you spotted them yet?

The Reindeer Bus’ most recent public event appearance was visiting the Christmas Wish Breakfast, hosted by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau at the Pan Pacific Hotel on December 11, 2013 (see picture). That particular Reindeer bus had Santa, Mrs. Claus and the bus operating elf Sparky inside.

The festive threesome also visited mystery stops between December 10-13 throughout Metro Vancouver; and will be part of the Toys for Tots campaign run on December 19-20. Both the Reindeer Bus and Community shuttle will deliver two buses full of new, unwrapped toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau as part of its employee-driven Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots was created in 1985 by a group of eight BC Transit bus operators out of the Surrey Transit Centre. TransLink and its employees are invited to donate to the cause throughout November and December.

Spot the Reindeer Bus or Shuttle and Win one of two monthly January 2014 FareCards!

Want to win? Send your picture our way of the Reindeer Bus or Shuttle in one of three ways:

1. Tweet it to @TransLink with the hashtag #TLReindeerBus.

2. Email it to thebuzzer@translink.ca and make sure to include #TLReindeerBus in the subject line.

3. Post it on our Facebook page with hashtag #TLReindeerBus.

* Remember to read our terms and conditions to get the specifics – contest terms and conditions.

We’ll be randomly drawing two winners on these dates:

Draw #1 will be on Friday, December 20, 2013. Cutoff for entries will be 11:59 p.m. on December 19, 2013.

Draw #2 will be on Friday, December 27, 2013. Cutoff for entries will be 11:59 p.m. on December 26, 2013.

There you go. Get those camera and phones out and snap some holiday transit magic and you might be getting an early or late Christmas present for your trouble!

Photo by Laura Wilby

Photo by Laura Wilby

Author: Angela Chang

#TL40K Twitter contest. What are you grateful for?

I'm grateful to be part of the Buzzer community!

I’m grateful to be part of the Buzzer community!

It was only this February when we were celebrating reaching 30 000 followers on Twitter. Now, we’re on the cusp of reaching 40 000! Our Twitter handle, @TransLink has been extremely popular since we started really getting going with tweeting during the Winter Olympics and the channel became officially staffed in February 2011.

To celebrate both the 40 000 follower milestone and the festive season, we’ve put together a contest.

Get on Twitter and do the following to win one of four January FareCards

First off, you’ll want to read the #TL40K terms and conditions. Next, complete this tweet – “I’m grateful for…” and include the hashtag “#TL40k”. Here’s an example:

@TransLink I’m grateful to be part of the Buzzer community! #TL40K

December is a time when many of us give thanks for family, friends, Santa on transit…all sorts of things!

A winner will be randomly chosen on December 23, 2013

We’ll be collecting tweets until December 22, 2013, and randomly choosing four winners the next day.

Oh, and staff who tweet for @TransLink will be tweeting all week about what they’re grateful for, including yours truly – ^rw.

Thanks to all our followers! Next milestone: 50K!

Halloween Photo Contest 2013

It’s Halloween tomorrow! Have you picked out your costumes yet?

One of our bus operators!

One of our undead bus operators.. scary!

There are lots of festivities happening all over Metro Vancouver for this spooky holiday. The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) will host their annual Halloween SkyTrain party tomorrow Thursday, Oct 31! Take a look at their website for more details.

If you were on the SkyTrain or anywhere else on the system last weekend, today, tomorrow, or sometime in the next week, and dressed in costume, we want to see pictures!

Before you enter, please take a read through the contest terms and conditions. Below are the basics to enter the contest:

We’re giving away a FareCard for one lucky person who tweets, posts or emails us a photo that falls within these guidelines:

  • A photo of yourself in costume on transit
  • A photo of yourself wearing a transit-related costume
  • Your photo must be submitted no later than November 3, 2013 at midnight.

Here’s how to enter:

 

Photos may be used in the print Buzzer, the Buzzer blog, tweeted by @TransLink and posted on the TransLink Facebook page. Send us what you have – we’d love to see your pictures, whether they are silly, scary or spooky!

 

 

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Update: Thank you to everyone who submitted photos via Buzzer email, Facebook, or Twitter! It was fun to see so many creative or spooky costumes on our transit system. Congratulations to the winner: Kevin F.,  who posted a picture of his Ironman costume on the Canada Line on our Facebook page.

TransLink Halloween Photo Contest 2013

Kevin as Ironman on the Canada Line

Author: Angela Chang

2012 Reindeer Bus and shuttle and photo contest

Photo by Laura Wilby

What’s a sure sign of the holiday season in the Lower Mainland? Sightings of our annual reindeer bus and shuttle, appearing on routes throughout December! If you spot one of the popular buses, be sure to snap a picture and send it our way by December 20 for your chance to win a monthly FareCard.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the bus operating elf will also be on the bus periodically and stopping at mystery stops between December 10-13 throughout Metro Vancouver. The bus and shuttle will also be part of the Toys for Tots run on December 19-20.

Want to win? Just tweet us your picture of the reindeer bus or shuttle in one of three ways:

1. Tweet it with the hashtag #tlcontest.

2. Email it to thebuzzer@translink.ca.

3. Post it on our Facebook page.

The winner will be announced on December 21, 2012.

Update: The randomly chosen winner of the contest is Kevin W. Congratulations to him and everyone who participated!

Kevin W’s winner Reindeer Bus photo!

 

 

Halloween Photo Contest 2012

Our co-worker Paul dressed as a U-Pass from 2006

Did you take transit this past weekend? If you did, you’d have noticed Halloween started a little early this year. This was certainly true is took the SkyTrain. The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) held their annual Halloween SkyTrain Party on Saturday!

If you were on the SkyTrain or anywhere else on the system last weekend, today, tomorrow (or afterwards) and dressed in costume, we want to see pictures!

We’re giving away a FareCard for one lucky person who tweets, posts or emails us a photo that falls within these guidelines:

  • A photo of yourself in costume on transit
  • A photo of yourself wearing a transit-related costume
  • Your photo must be submitted no later than November 12, 2012 at midnight

Here’s how to enter:

One of our undead operators... or is he Gollum?

All photos may be used in the print Buzzer, the Buzzer blog, tweeted by @TransLink and posted on the TransLink Facebook page. Send us what you got. We don’t care if it’s scary, silly or sweet!

UPDATE: Our friends at The Canada Line are also running a Halloween photo contest to win a pair of tickets to any of the many tours on the Vancouver Trolley!

The conclusion of the Transit Pet Peeve Battle

Funkey Ferret vs. Blocking Bunny

The final pet peeve battle - Funky Ferret VS. Blocking Bunny

Well, that was fun! I’m talking, of course, about the Transit Pet Peeve Battle that happened on the TransLink Facebook page between November 17 and yesterday, November 28. If you are unfamiliar with the battle, the idea was to collect the eight most popular complaints customers have of other customers’ etiquette on transit. The eight complaints were then translated into illustrations of pets that personified (or should I say, petsonified) these etiquette faux pas. Each weekday, two pet peeves battled each other by having Facebook users vote for which pet peeve they thought was the biggest. Draws for prizes were given away after each weekday of the contest. In the beginning, there were eight pet peeves. For the final battle, only two remained. Read more »

Transit Pet Peeve Battle #3

The Transit Pet Peeve Battle has been a lot of fun so far. Battle #1 between Birdie Big Bags and Lounge Lizard resulted in an early exit for the unconscious reptile who lost by 185 votes to the bird who feels her precious bags are more deserving of seats than people riding the bus.

Hungry Hamster

Hungry Hamster

If you ask me, I thought that Battle #2 was a big upset. People decidedly voted that Funky Ferret’s excessive odor on transit is more atrocious than Chatty Chihuahua gabbing too loudly on his phone. I’ve witness loud phone talkers far many more time than smelt unpleasant or unwanted odors on transit, but I guess smell pounds out sound this time around! Funky Ferret received 580 votes compared to only 171 votes for Chatty Chihuahua.

Disco Dog

Disco Dog

Today’s battle is between two well-know pet peeves. We’ve all observed or been a hungry hamster ourselves before. You’ve just visited the grandparents, and they’ve given you some of their wonderful food to take home. But who can wait for home to dig into that splendid comfort food? Hungry Hamsters don’t think about others on transit when they chow down on food that may not be as appetizing to their fellow travelers as it is for them, not to mention dangerous if someone else travelling on transit is allergic to something in the food. Food on transit can also be hazard if it is dropped or spilled.

Facing off against the Hamster is Disco Dog. This peeve can be witnessed daily on transit. Music is great, as long as you don’t force others to listen to it. People should be able to listen for their stop and to generally have a pleasant experience on transit. If music is too loud, it can make taking the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express difficult. Turn down the tunes. If you think of no one else but yourself, it will at least save your hearing. Oh, and as someone who listens to music on transit myself, I recommend using closed headphones instead of open headphones or earbuds. Closed headphones are much better at reducing sound leakage.

Thanks to everyone who’s voted so far. I’m curious to see which pet peeve will be declared the biggest in one week’s time. Do any of you have a hunch on who the champion will be? Place your votes to make sure your pet peeve wins!

Transit Pet Peeve Battle starts today!

Today is the big day. From now until November 28, 2011, the TransLink Facebook page (www.facebook.com/translink) will be transformed into a tournament-style battle to determine the biggest transit pet peeve is.

How the battle works

Each weekday, two pet peeves will do battle by having people vote for the one they think is the biggest pet peeve.

Birdie Big Bags

Will Birdie Big Bags win today's battle?

The day after each battle, you can check the Facebook page to see which pet peeve won that round of the battle. The first round takes place during the first four days. The semi-final round happens during the next two days. The final battle that will determine the biggest pet peeve will be held on Monday, November 28.

Lounge Lizard

Or will Lounge Lizard be victorious?

Prizes

The day after each battle day, we’ll be randomly drawing for two prizes. On the final day of the battle, November 28, we’ll be giving away the grand prize. Here’s what you can win:

November 17:
Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Draw #2 – A $50 Chapters/!ndigo/Coles gift card + a TravelSmart umbrella and bike light
November 18:
Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Draw #2 – A $40 Blenz Coffee card + a TransLink travel mug
November 21:
Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Draw #2 – A $50 iTunes card + a TravelSmart umbrella and bike light
November 22:
Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Draw #2 – A $50 Earls gift certificate + a TravelSmart umbrella and bike light
November 23:
Semi-Final Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Semi-Final Draw #2 – A pair of headphones + a TravelSmart umbrella and bike light
November 24:
Semi-Final Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Semi-Final Draw #2 – A $50 Lush gift certificate + a TravelSmart umbrella and bike light
November 25:
Final Draw #1 – A 3-Zone FareCard
Final Draw #2 – A $50 Bay/Zellers/Home Outfitters gift card + a TravelSmart umbrella and bike light
November 28:
Grand Prize Draw – A 16-GB (Black) iPhone4S (Unlocked)!

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Win a pair of tickets to EP!C 2011

It's EP!C!

Andria S is the winner of the pair of tickets to EP!C 2011! She knew that CMBC’s anti-idling policy has reduced CO2 emissions by 1.365 million kg, with a savings of approximately $500,000 in fuel costs. Thanks for all the entries everyone, and congratulations Andria!

The 2011 edition of EP!C, the Vancouver Sun Environmental Living Expo, is this May 13th – 15th. CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos (try spelling that twice) is one of the many interesting speakers for the event. There are also scads of earth-friendly exhibitions that most anyone would find relevant to their daily lives. If you are wanting to attend, we can save you and a friend the cost of admission! We have a pair of tickets to give away for the event (a $30 value). All you have to do is email thebuzzer@translink.ca with your name, address and answer to this sustainable-minded question:

Question: How many kg of CO2 emissions has CMBC reduced with their anti-idling policy? *Hint: The answer is in TransLink’s Sustainability Report found on the TransLink website.

I’ll be mailing the tickets to the first person who emails me with the correct information.  If you don’t win here, do check our facebook page because I’ll be giving another pair of tickets away there! If you make it down to EP!C, make sure to visit the TravelSmart booth. I’m told they have a bike some lucky person can win. Good luck!