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Listen to all the Seth Rogen transit announcements


All good things must come to an end. As planned, we bid adieu to the Seth Rogen announcements on transit at the end of October this year.

A big thank-you to our customers for making this happen and joining us on this epic adventure. Above all — thank you Seth for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this for your hometown.

Before we close this chapter of Metro Vancouver transit history for good, we’re dropping all 43 announcements that Seth recorded for us.

Many them are outtakes that we didn’t get the chance to load onto the transit system. Our editor, Robert, and Seth wrote them along with feedback and the odd great suggestion from others at TransLink. Have a listen in the player below! *Note that many of these are satirical in nature and do not reflect the views of TransLink.

The reception was exceptional and you responded in a big way. You watched our promotional video more than 2 million times (and counting!) and you made tens of thousands posts on social media about this.

Our friends at the Toronto Transit Commission also joined in on the fun with Seth voicing similar etiquette announcements with a Toronto spin. Other transit agencies asked their customers who they’d like to be a celebrity guest voice. Stay tuned — a celebrity guest voice could be coming to a station near you the next time you travel.

Business magazine Fast Company recognized it as a top ad of the week next to Burger King and Apple. There was international media coverage, including CNN, BBC, Washington Post, CBS, GQ and even the Times of Israel.

So thank you again to our customers for coming along for the ride and we’re open to doing it again! *cough* Ryan Reynolds Detective Pikachu *cough* Ask your celebrity friends to hit us up!

Last chance to hear the Seth Rogen announcements!

As we bid adieu to fall sunshine for winter rain, we get ready to bid adieu to the Seth Rogen announcements.

Starting today and until Oct. 31, it’s your last chance to hear Seth announcements on the system! We’ve loaded three new ones onto the Expo and Millennium Line.

Hear them onboard trains travelling from Burquitlam to Moody Centre station, as well as the platforms at Burrard and Waterfront station.

What does Seth say? It’s a surprise! A little bird tells us he talks about hipsters, Waterfront Station and Hotel Vancouver.

On the Canada Line, you’ll hear his etiquette PSAs about courtesy seats, feet on seats, and walking left and standing right on the escalators.

We announced Seth as our guest voice back in July with plans to play his announcements until the end of October.

Even though these are the last that will play on the system, you’ll want to stay tuned to The Buzzer blog and our social media channels.

We have a dozen “outtakes” that will be released online next month!

Want to hear all the etiquette PSAs? We’ve now released all of them on TransLink’s YouTube account.

 

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 »

New Seth Rogen announcements are now on the system!

The idea to have Vancouver actor Seth Rogen as a guest voice on transit came from our customers and the media. That’s why last week, we asked for your help to pick what Seth says next!

*Drumroll* please! 

The results are in… and the winner is “bags on seats” with 38 per cent of the vote! You can now hear it on trains travelling from Nanaimo Station to Commercial–Broadway Station, at Canada Line platforms, and onboard buses when played by the operator.

We’ve also added a few other new ones too — feet on seats, perfumes and colognes, cellphones, and taking your backpack off.

Seth’s voice can be heard on transit until the end of October and each announcement will run for roughly three weeks or longer.

Author: Allen Tung

Help pick what Seth says next!

The idea to have Vancouver actor Seth Rogen as a guest voice on transit came from our customers and the media. That’s why we want to hear from you again!

Help pick what nuggets of Seth wisdom will be on transit next by taking the poll below. We’ll start playing one or two of the highest voted announcements on transit next week!

Seth volunteered to be a guest voice on transit earlier this summer and results so far have been fantastic! Besides mentions on The Tonight Show, BBC, Fast Company and more, transit users have been sharing their love of Seth’s humorous take on transit dos and don’ts.

Seth’s voice can be heard until the end of October at most SkyTrain stations on all three lines (Expo, Millennium and Canada Line) as well on buses across Metro Vancouver (up to bus operators discretion). You might have heard Seth say something like this:

Reminder! Seats closest to the doors are for persons with disabilities, seniors and those who need it. People appreciate you offering these seats to them. It’s worth remembering that some people have disabilities that aren’t always obvious. If someone asks you to give up a seat because they have a disability, please take their word for it.

That’s right. Seth has been helping transit users at SkyTrain stations and buses on their travels with his take on courtesy seats, cellphone use and more!

Each announcement will run for roughly three weeks or longer. To find out more about the Seth announcements, leave a comment below.

Happy voting!

Seth Rogen – A Guest Voice on Transit


Want to know what would make public transit even more awesome? Seth Rogen!

That’s right, the Vancouver-born actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director has donated his time and love of Metro Vancouver and TransLink in the form of public announcements on our system!

In the coming weeks and into the fall, Seth Rogen’s distinctive voice (and laugh) can be heard on SkyTrain platforms, SkyTrain cars and buses across the region. Seth will be tackling transit etiquette as well as interesting tidbits about Vancouver and his relation to it.

If you don’t already know, Seth grew up in Vancouver using our public transit system and still does so today! We were overjoyed that Seth wanted to help make the customer experience on transit better…and funnier!

We’re also stoked that this idea of having Seth be the guest voice on transit came from our followers on social media and that we were able to make it happen.

Author: Robert Willis