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Your transit guide for the 2018 Vancouver Pride Parade, Celebration of Light and more!

The B.C. Day long weekend is a busy one for events across Metro Vancouver, including the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and the Celebration of Light finale. Transit will get you there! Read on for the details.

Remember—plan ahead and avoid line ups at Compass Vending Machines by topping up your Compass Card or pre-purchasing your return Compass Ticket. And with Tap to Pay, you can tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on Compass fare gates and readers to pay for an adult cash fare!

Saturday, August 4 – Celebration of Light

We’re adding extra service and modifying station access in downtown Vancouver to get you to-and-from the festivities smoothly.

On bus, there will be extra trips to downtown Vancouver after 6:30 p.m. and additional service after the events. In addition to the usual transit service in the area, beginning at 6 p.m. we’ll operate special buses from Burrard Station (Bay 1) to Robson St & Denman St, and Yaletown–Roundhouse Station (bus stop #50023) to Burrard St & Davie St.

SkyTrain will operate peak service throughout the evening. The SeaBus will operate every 15 minutes until midnight with the last sailing from Waterfront at 1:22 a.m.

West Coast Express will operate a special train on August 4, leaving Mission City at 7 p.m. and arriving at Waterfront Station at 8:15 p.m. The return train departs Waterfront Station at midnight, arriving back at Mission City at approximately 1:15 a.m.

Sunday, August 5 – Vancouver Pride Parade

We’re adding extra service on the SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines to get you into downtown Vancouver for the parade! Trains will run every 2.5 minutes between Columbia and Waterfront stations, and every five minutes for the rest of the Expo Line and Millennium Line.

The 5 Robson/Downtown and 6 Davie/Downtown will be detoured to accommodate the parade. For details, visit translink.ca/alerts and follow TransLink on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.

And look for us in the parade walking alongside a 1964 GM New Look “Fishbowl”!

 

Monday, August 6 – B.C. Day holiday service

It’s a holiday so you’ll only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones!

BusSkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule, and the West Coast Express will not operate. The Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Ride for free this New Year’s Eve!

Free New Year's Eve Travel

New Year’s Eve brings about many annual traditions. Whether it be watching the iconic NYE ball drop on TV, clanging pots and pans at the stroke of midnight, or watching one of many firework displays.

Here at TransLink, our New Year’s Eve tradition dates back 42 years! Free transit is provided for all to ensure everyone in the entire region has access to a safe ride home as we ring in the new year.

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Holiday service reminder and happy holidays from The Buzzer blog!

Happy Holidays 2017

It’s that time of year again – where all of us here at The Buzzer blog send our best Christmas wishes to you, our amazing Buzzer blog readers.

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Remembrance Day 2017

Remembrance Day 2017

We Remember.

In honour of Remembrance Day, TransLink and its operating companies will once again provide free transit to our many heroes – including Armed Forces, police, fire, ambulance & Coast Guard on Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Holiday Service for Thanksgiving 2017

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Monday, October 9 is Thanksgiving day. If you’re planning to take transit to your turkey (or tofurkey in my case), remember that we will be operating on a holiday schedule.

Here’s what you need to know about upcoming holiday service:

  • BusSkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express will not operate.
  • The Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Holiday fares will be in effect, which means you can travel across all zones on a one-zone fare all day long!

Grab all the details on our website translink.ca/holidayservice.

Know before you go!

Use our handy Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. The information here is subject to change. For the latest and most up-to-date information, bookmark translink.ca on your mobile device so you can know on the go!

Regular weekday schedules for all modes return on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

For the latest transit information, follow us on twitter at @TransLink or contact our Customer Information by phone at 604.953.3333

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Holiday Service for Labour Day – September 4, 2017

Monday, September 4 is Labour Day, the last long weekend of the summer, and the final hurrah before many Metro Vancouverites head back to work and school. As such, we will be operating on a holiday schedule.

Here’s what you need to know about upcoming holiday service:

  • BusSkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express will not operate.
  • The Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Holiday fares will be in effect, which means you can travel across all zones on a one-zone fare all day long!

And don’t forget! Fall Service changes, our single largest bus service increase as part of the 10-Year Vision, also begin on Labour Day, September 4!

For more information on our fall service change visit our Transit Service Changes page.

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Don’t forget to check out our post on how to survive the Post-Labour Day Crunch!

Know before you go!

Use our handy Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. The information here is subject to change. For the latest and most up-to-date information, bookmark translink.ca on your mobile device so you can know on the go!

For the latest transit information, follow us on twitter at @TransLink or contact our Customer Information by phone at 604.953.3333

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Your Guide to B.C. Day Holiday Service, Pride, Celebration of Light and more!

B.C. day is August 7 and that means a long weekend packed with events and of course, holiday transit service!

What’s happening this BC Day long weekend?

Honda Celebration of Light

The Honda Celebration of Light is one of Vancouver’s largest and most well-known festivals, and is recognized as the longest-running offshore fireworks competitions in the world. You can watch Canada put on a magical display of light on Saturday, August 5. For everything you need to know about the Celebration of Light, take a look here and here.

Vancouver Pride Festival

Vancouver Pride Week is on to paint the city in rainbows and celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community.

The Davie Street Block Party takes place on Friday, August 4 from 6 p.m. until midnight along Davie Street, between Burrard Street and Jervis Street.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Sunset Beach Festival happens on Sunday, August 6 at Sunset Beach.

One of Vancouver’s most impressive parades, the Pride Parade, takes place on Sunday, August 6 at noon at the corner of Robson Street and Thurlow Street. It proceeds west along Robson Street, then south down Denman Street and finally along Beach Avenue before finishing at Sunset Beach.

Look out for us in this historical, 1937 Hayes Anderson in the Pride Parade!

Harmony Arts Festival

The Harmony Arts Festival is a ten day long arts festival that begins this August long weekend on Friday, August 4. The festival is free and takes place in West Vancouver, along the water between Ambleside and John Lawson Park. The festival features live music, free nightly movies and art displays. To learn more, check out the Harmony Arts Festival website.

White Rock Sea Festival

Complete with live music, a torchlight parade, beachside yoga and fireworks, White Rock’s free Sea Festival takes place from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6. For a complete list of activities and more information, go to White Rock Sea Festival.

Service Information

Celebration of Light Service

There will be added service for the finale of the Celebration of Light on Saturday, August 5. For more information on service changes, take a look here and be sure to check out our Buzzer blog post here for everything you need to know to have a fun and safe time at the Celebration of Light!

Vancouver Pride Parade

On Sunday, August 6 SkyTrain will have increased midday service from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. and will then move to the Sunday/Holiday schedule.

The Seabus and the Canada Line will operate regular Sunday hours and service.

Busses will operate regular Sunday hours and service, however there will be route changes to the 5 Robson and the 6 Davie to accommodate the parade route.

B.C. Day 

On Monday, August 7, Bus, SkyTrain, Canada Line and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. The West Coast Express will not operate.

Transit Tip: Holiday fares will be in effect. You only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones!

Know before you go! For full detours and maps, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Help us plan your transit trip by using Trip Planner.
Have questions on the go? Tweet @TransLink or call us at 604.953.3333.

Author: Christina Jakopin

Canada Day service—by the numbers


Photo mosaic by: translinkbc @ Mosaically

By land or by sea, Metro Vancouver residents flocked to the various public transit options to get to, from and around downtown Vancouver this past Canada Day. Compass Card data tells us that passengers tapped in and out approximately 182,000 times at Waterfront Station! That’s a nearly 190 per cent increase in the number of passengers travelling through on Saturday, July 1 compared to an average Saturday of the previous month.

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Canada Day Weekend Holiday Service for #Canada150

Saturday July 1 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation!

SkyTrain, SeaBus, and bus will all be running on a Sunday/Holiday schedule with additional service to help you get to and from your Canada Day celebrations.

Beginning at 4 p.m., access to Waterfront Station will be modified to ensure customer comfort and safety during crowded periods. The Howe Street entrance will become exit only. SkyTrain staff and Transit Police will be on hand to redirect customers to the Cordova Street entrance.

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Victoria Day Holiday Service

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Monday, May 22nd is Victoria Day, better known as the May Long Weekend, May Long, May Two-Four, or May Run (really?!) – a Canadian public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.

So, what’s this mean for transit users?

This means we’re bringing you holiday service!

SkyTrain, Bus, and SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

Expo Line passengers should allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time. Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

West Coast Express service will not operate.

The Compass Customer Service Centre and Lost Property Office will be closed.

Holiday fares will be in effect, which means a one-zone fare will get you to your destination regardless of zones!

Regular week day service returns for all modes on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Know before you go!

Use our handy Trip Planner to check your route and schedule times prior to leaving. The information noted here is subject to change. For the latest and most up-to-date information, bookmark translink.ca on your mobile device so you can know on the go.

Customer Information can be reached at 604.953.3333 or tweet us @TransLink.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Easter weekend 2017 Holiday Service

Easter customer alert

Remember! Check your schedule when travelling on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Are you hopping on transit this weekend?

Remember that we have the Easter long weekend coming up!

That means on Friday, April 14 transit will be running on Sunday/Holiday schedules for bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus. West Coast Express will not be running.

Because Friday is a statutory holiday, you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones!

Monday, April 17 is Easter Monday.

Bus service will be operating on a modified weekday schedule and regular fares apply.

There will be reduced AM and PM peak service for SkyTrain. SeaBus will operate regular weekday schedules. West Coast Express will be running trains 1, 3 and 5 westbound and 1, 3 and 5 eastbound.

From everyone at the Buzzer blog, we wish you a safe and happy Easter weekend!

Know before you go! Visit the Holiday Service page to see up-to-date schedules.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Free transit service on New Year’s Eve!

CEN_screen-01It’s that time of year again!

Time for auld lang syne, festive merriment and free transit on New Year’s Eve!

That’s right, we’re continuing to provide a safe ride home for the entire region as we ring in 2017.

From 5 p.m. December 31, 2016 until 5 a.m. January 1, 2017 there is free service across the entire system!

Fare gates will all be open during the free service hours.

If you tap in before 5 p.m., you must tap out on SkyTrain and SeaBus to ensure you’re charged the correct fare.

Remember! Compass tickets expire at the end of the service day on which they are purchased.

Bus service

Buses will run on their usual Saturday schedules with some routes running additional evening/late-night trips after their normal schedules.

SkyTrain service

SkyTrain hours will be extended by approximately one hour and include more frequent trains throughout the evening.

SeaBus service

SeaBus runs will be extended by one hour. The last sailing from Lonsdale Quay will be at 2:02 a.m. and the last sailing from Waterfront will be at 2:22 a.m

On January 1, 2017 Buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate on their regular Sunday schedule. West Coast Express and extended 701 buses to Mission will not operate.

**Please note** Bicycles coming into downtown Vancouver may be subject to restrictions on SkyTrain due to crowd conditions at the discretion of the SkyTrain staff on hand. Bikes will not be allowed to board trains at downtown Stations from 11:45 p.m. until the bulk of the crowds have cleared.  

Map out your NYE route with our Trip Planner and head to translink.ca/holidayservice for more information and last run times for buses and SkyTrain.

Author: Adrienne Coling

An important service reminder plus the Buzzer blog wishes you happy holidays!

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Yet again I have roped my colleagues into a group photo – this time, to spread some Christmas cheer to you, all of our amazing Buzzer blog readers.

We strive to bring you informative, fun and interesting transit happenings from our agency and from across the globe.

Thank you for being a part of our online community!

Just as a reminder, with Christmas drawing nigh, transit will operating slightly differently over the next few days.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule; some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedule to reflect ridership levels. Use the Trip Planner (with the date of Dec. 25) to check your route and bus times, or read the Christmas Day Schedules below.
  • SeaBus and SkyTrain will operate with a modified Sunday/holiday schedule.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2016

  • Buses will run on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule; some routes will be adjusted from their normal schedule to reflect ridership levels. Use the Trip Planner (with the date of Dec. 26) to check your route and bus times, or read the Boxing Day Schedules below.
  • SeaBus will operate regular Sunday/holiday service with extended evening trips.
  • SkyTrain will run Saturday service with extra trains running midday to accommodate shoppers.
  • West Coast Express and TrainBus service will not operate.

**Please check the website as timings are subject to change.

Bonus! On Sunday/holiday schedules you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones on all modes!

Remember, if you’re enjoying some libations during your merry merriment, please plan ahead for a safe ride home.

The social team will be off on December 24 and back December 28.
If you have questions please tweet @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Happy holidays!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Attention all Boxing Day Metrotown shoppers!

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We know that you are keen to get a good deal but we also want to make sure you get where you need to go smoothly on Boxing Day.

On Monday, December 26, there will be temporary changes to the way you access Metrotown Station.

What you need to know:

  • We expect large crowds and we will change pedestrian traffic patterns, depending on the conditions.
  • Customers should plan for additional travel time on the system and out of the station as we expect an influx of thousands of passengers on Boxing Day.
  • You will tap in and out of the station as normally, to ensure you are charged the correct fare.
  • Shuttles will continue to operate as elevator and escalators are out of service.
    • Customers who require the use of an elevator or escalator are strongly encouraged to take the accessible shuttle from Patterson Station.
    • Customers travelling with strollers or large bulky items should take the shuttle from Royal Oak or Patterson stations.
  • Always follow signage and directions from traffic flaggers, SkyTrain staff and Transit Police
  • Please travel up and down staircases slowly as we expect additional crowding on stairways.

**Please note: Depending on crowding, SkyTrain staff may choose to change pedestrian travel patterns.

Four flaggers will be at the crosswalks on Central Boulevard,  additional SkyTrain attendants and Transit Police officers will be at the station to help direct customers to the mall and the platform.

We understand that this is a busy shopping and travelling day for our customers and we want to make sure the platform is cleared quickly to ensure crowding is kept to a minimum.

Have questions about boxing day plan? Tweet us @TransLink and ask away!

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Santa Claus is rolling into town on the West Coast Express!

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Alllllllllllll aboard the West Coast Express Santa Train!

For its 21st year, the West Coast Express Santa Train is back spreading holiday cheer and bringing smiles to children’s faces on the train trips and on Christmas morning.

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Hi Santa!

This annual toy drive makes the beautiful 65 km trek from Mission to Vancouver for two Saturdays of festive frivolity before Christmas arrives!

The toys are collected on behalf of the Northeast sector Christmas Bureau – including SHARE Society in the Tri-Cities, the Maple Ridge/ & Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society and the Christmas Bureau in Mission.

Last year, we had nearly 3,000 riders on the Santa Trains who generously donated 3,272 toys!

Here’s how it works:

On December 10 and December 17, you will receive a return ticket for the special Santa Train in return for a new, unwrapped toy. You can donate the toys at any of the West Coast Express Stations in exchange for the one, same day return ticket.

Carolers

There they are a’wassailing on WCE!

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m. and stops at all WCE stations along the way. Once in Vancouver, you can enjoy a day of holiday fun before returning home from Waterfront Station at 4 p.m.

Santa will be available for pictures at The West Coast Express North Pole Station (aka Waterfront Station) at 2:45 p.m. so be sure to bring your camera!

This year is especially cool because if you can’t stay downtown for the whole day, you can take the SkyTrain out to the Tri-Cities now with the newly opened Evergreen Extension!

**Please note that if you choose to take SkyTrain home, regular fares will apply.

The full schedule and more details can be found here.

All ages are welcome! Bring your friends, family and neighbours out for this great event that helps make Christmas brighter for those in your communities.

Author: Adrienne Coling