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I Love Transit: 2018 I Love Transit Camp Winner announcement!

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Another I Love Transit week has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops here. We are thrilled to announce our winners… yes, you read that right, WINNERS of this year’s I Love Transit Camp. Once again, so many amazing entries rolled in for this unique opportunity that we couldn’t choo choo choose just one!

This year, our theme was Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We asked teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. From solar-powered transit vehicles to automated buses, there were no shortage of creative ideas from these up-and-coming transit fans.

Once again, Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, helped us announce the winner! And this year, we had a dedicated team of TransLink judges to pick a winner.

*drumroll* The winners are…

Mr. Andrews’ Grade 4/5 class from Cape Horn Elementary School in Coquitlam! They rallied together to edit, direct and star in a fun video sharing what they love about transit as well as their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Here’s a summary of their written portion:

I Love Transit Camp Entry

Our class feels there will be great changes happening in the future. With the population increasing in the same amount of space (rezoned duplexes), there will be more frequent services, and more SeaBus. Because of the aging population there will be more services for HandyDART and more bus service during peak hours. The Millennium Line will expand to go out even further east. As more communities are connected, there will be an increase in bicycling with the rising fuel costs, so there will be more bike lanes put in. Beside the bike lanes there will be more nature planted like in New Westminster and Burquitlam. Far into the future, there will be underground tunnels like the Boring Company and people will be transported from one city to another in a matter of minutes. SeaBus will be replaced by faster catamarans that are super quiet to not disturb the whale population

And Ms. Szelagowicz’s Grade 3/4 class from Tomekichi Homma Elementary School in Richmond. They dedicated weeks of class time to work on an in-depth group project sharing their love about transit and future vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver through pictures, poems, stories and more! Here’s a summary of their written portion.

I Love Transit Camp Entry

We would like to contribute to the future of transit by learning more at transit camp so that we can improve our models of speedy electric trains, hydro-powered buses that self-drive and submarines as well as looking at technology and safety improvements. With air traffic being used by transit in the future we would connect easily to the whole of the Lower Mainland. We, of course, would want transit to always be inclusive of wheelchair users and pet-friendly options. We are so very excited to be a part of the project and ideas for the future!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our I Love Transit Camp contest! While we could only award two winners for I Love Transit Camp, we loved all of the entries and all of the creativity shared.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

 

I Love Transit 2018: TransLink keeps sustainability in focus

It is expected that each electric bus in operation will reduce on-road CO2 emissions by close to 300,000 kg annually

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year’s theme is…Connections: the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. One of the key elements of what the future of transit entails is sustainable transit. So, we chatted with Sarah Buckle, Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability at TransLink what that actually means.

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I Love Transit 2018: Metro Vancouver’s growing and we’ve got a plan for it

Metro Vancouver’s growing and we’ve got a plan for it!

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. Keeping the momentum of last year, this year’s theme is Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Over the next two decades and beyond, one million more people are set to call Metro Vancouver home and the economy’s set to add more than 500,000 jobs.

How do we meet the transportation needs of the growing population, ensuring they are connected to where they live, work, and play, while maintaining the quality of life we’ve come to expect?

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I Love Transit 2018: BC Transit tells us why they love transit

 

BC Transit operates in over 130 communities across BC

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year’s theme is…Connections: the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Our friends at BC Transit are in charge of public transit outside of Metro Vancouver, so we sat down with them to ask why they love transit.

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I Love Transit 2018: Submit an item for a time capsule!

Premier Bill Bennett seals commemorative time capsule at New Westminster Station in 1985.

We’re fast approaching TransLink’s 20th anniversary year in 2019 and we’re looking to do something fun to commemorate and mark this occasion — a time capsule!

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I Love Transit 2018: the future of mobility—disruptions of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Eve Hou, TransLink's project manger for new mobility

Eve Hou, TransLink’s project manger for new mobility

It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. Keeping the momentum of last year, this year’s theme is Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Experts believe we’re on a cusp of a revolution in the way we move around, which they call “new mobility.” With that in mind, TransLink’s harnessing innovations in new mobility to create a more livable region. Eve Hou, who is TransLink’s project manager for new mobility, gives us the 411! 

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(VIDEO) I Love Transit 2018: Customers share why they love transit!


Welcome to I Love Transit 2018, Oct. 1–5! Today marks its official start.

It’s an annual, week-long celebration of our customers, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit.

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I Love Transit 2018: Tell us your transit stories, share your love and win a Monthly Pass!

These students from SFU's School of Contemporary Arts love transit because it gets them to dance!

These students from SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts love transit because it gets them to dance. Stay tuned for our “I Love Transit” video!

I Love Transit is upon us! It’s the one week we take out of the year to celebrate what we love about transit.

We want you to tell us why you love transit! 

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I Love Transit 2018: K–12 students ride the bus for free, Oct. 1–5

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be eligible for free bus travel during I Love Transit Week, Oct. 1–5, 2018.

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be able to ride the bus for free, Oct. 1–5, 2018!

It’s all part of our annual I Love Transit celebration and our long-standing participation in iWALK, promoting transit use and active transportation to children.

Teachers! This is a perfect opportunity for teachers to take their class on a field trip using transit.

We ask teachers who are planning to take advantage of this offer to plan the transit portion during off-peak hours, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Please note that this does not include SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. As well, regular fares apply to teachers and adults accompanying children and high school students on the system.

Want to plan a field trip for another time?

Enter our contest to win up to 35 DayPasses for your entire class to travel on a day of your choice during the rest of the school year! You can also purchase Compass Tickets for your entire class by emailing a request to bulkorders@translink.ca.

A DayPass provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for one day of your choice.

Also, your kids could win an all-inclusive field trip to attend I Love Transit Camp.

Let’s go! Put your walking shoes on and get trip ready with our Trip Planner, use Next Bus or reach out to our Customer Information team on Twitter or by phone at 604-953-3333.

Teachers! Send your class on a behind-the-scenes field trip to TransLink


I Love Transit Week is back this year, October 1-5, and our theme is Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Teachers, unleash your inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom! We have two exciting contests for you and free bus travel for your students:

I Love Transit Camp contest (Grades 3–12)

I Love Transit Camp 2018

I Love Transit Camp is a unique opportunity for kids (and their teachers and chaperones!), grades 3 through 12, to get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink operating companies’ facilities, tour the bus and SkyTrain yards, and much more!

One winning class will get the opportunity to attend I Love Transit Camp in October (date will be determined with the winning teacher) to learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time. Check out all the fun that was had in 201420152016 and 2017.

To enter, visit translink.ca/ilovetransit, fill out the form and tell us in 150 words or less what the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver looks like and what/where will it connect you to! Is it to your best friend’s house, perhaps Toronto, or somewhere even more ambitious like Mars? Photos, videos, drawings, recordings, poems and whatever else you can dream up that best represents your vision can accompany the submission. Let your imagination go wild. There are no wrong answers. Wanna put your class’ application over the top? Send us a video/drawings/poetry/song or whatever to thebuzzer@translink.ca with the subject, “I Love Transit Application” or drop it in the mail to The Buzzer, c/o Social Media Team, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7. See below for some ideas of winning submissions.

Contest closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 and you’ll want to read the terms and conditions.

Need some help to get started? Here’s the rubric our judges will be using and some prompts for your class:

  • Its 2028, describe your trip to work using public transportation of the future.
    (What’s new and changed? What’s stayed the same? What’s surprising about public transit 20 years from today?)
  • You are riding on a bus, reading with your head down. The bus stops to pick up some passengers and you look up. The view out the window is not what you expected! You’ve been fast forwarded to the future! What do you notice? How has transit changed for the better?
  • Use all of the following words in your essay about the future of transit: New, Faster, Fun, Moving, Sustainable, Future, More, Less, Happy.

The day will start at 9 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m. It will include snacks, a pizza lunch, prizes, t-shirts and a chance meet some of the key people (and the Transit Police dog!) that help TransLink move close to a half-a-million people a day and plan for the future.

Here’s the tentative itinerary:

Depending on the school of the winning class, we will pick up the winning team at their school and take a ride to the 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 bus painting and seat re-upholstering. We’ll also tour the bus yard where we’ll see both articulated and 40-foot buses! After that, we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to BTC.

Next, we’ll hop on the SkyTrain to head down to Edmonds Station where we’ll walk down to SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre. There, campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility where SkyTrain cars are maintained and cleaned, and visit SkyTrain Control! They will also get to try the SkyTrain simulator and SkyTrain staff will be on hand to answer questions.

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

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

Questions? Email thebuzzer@translink.ca and we’ll be happy to answer them!

Want an idea of what we’re looking for? Check out these submissions from the last year that impressed us!

DayPass contest (K-12)

K-12 students can ride the bus for free during I Love Transit Week (Oct. 1–5), so it will be a perfect time for teachers to plan a field trip on transit! You may have taken advantage of this in previous years during iWALK.

Want to take your class on transit another time? Enter for a chance to win up to 35 Compass Cards with a DayPass loaded for your class, including teachers and chaperones, to use for your next field trip! DayPasses provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for one day from the first tap in until the end of the service day.

*Please note that we have a limited number of Day Passes available, so not everyone who applies will necessarily win

Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 and you’ll want to read the terms and conditions.

Free bus travel for students (K-12)

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will eligible for free bus travel during I Love Transit Week.

We ask teachers who are planning to take advantage of free bus travel for field trips to plan the transit portion during off-peak hours, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

*Please note that this does not include SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. As well, regular fares apply to adults accompanying children and high school students on the system. 

You’ll want to visit translink.ca/ilovetransit to learn more and enter our contests!

Author: Allen Tung

Save the date: October 1–5, 2018 is I Love Transit Week!

I Love Transit 2018 illustration

Celebrate with us! I Love Transit Week 2018 is October 1–5, 2018.

Yippee—it’s back! This fall, we’re once again inviting you to celebrate I Love Transit Week with us, October 1–5.

Since 2009, this award-winning week, dedicated to the region’s love of transit, has shared interesting stories celebrating our customers, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit! In 2017, we added free bus rides for K-12 students during I Love Transit Week.

Here’s what we have lined up for you this year so far!

For everyone

Tell us (and read!) transit stories

Amazing transit stories are a staple of I Love Transit Week! Everything from a wedding on the SkyTrain to the journey from transit enthusiast to operator and amazing LEGO transit models.

Do you have an amazing story that showcases your love for transit? We want to hear it! Email thebuzzer@translink.ca with your story pitch. We’ll reach out if we’re interested in featuring it during I Love Transit Week.

Share your transit love and win!

Our popular Monthly Pass contests will return! Stay tuned for contest dates and details, but here’s the skinny:

  • Tell us why you love a transit using the hashtag #ILoveTransit during I Love Transit Week and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.
  • Be on the look out for the special I Love Transit issue of The Buzzer on the system, which will be on the system in late September. Colour the illustration and you could win!

For K-12 teachers and students

We’re once again inviting teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom!

K-12 Students Ride the Bus for Free

Take learning beyond the classroom with FREE bus rides for K-12 students from October 1 to 5, 2018. Note: SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express travel are not included. Regular fares apply to adults accompanying students on the system. 

Win a Field Trip to I Love Transit Camp 

One lucky class in grades 3 through 12 will win their way to I Love Transit Camp, a behind-the-scenes field trip to TransLink’s facilities. Meet with key people and see how we move about half-a-million people a day and plan for the future.

Check out this video from 2017 showcasing all the fun the winning class had!

Win Transit Passes for the Class

Enter to win DayPasses for your entire class to use for your next field trip. A DayPass provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for one day of your choice.

TransLink’s I Love Transit Week is now award winning!

The TransLink Social Media Team and their APTA AdWheel Award!

The TransLink Social Media Team and their APTA AdWheel Award!

We have some exciting news to share with our Buzzer blog readers and everyone who has been part of I Love Transit Week since it’s inception in 2009—it’s now award winning!

The 2017 edition of I Love Transit Week, our week-long celebration of all things public transit, won a First Place Award in the 2018 American Pubic Transportation Assocation (APTA) AdWheel Awards for Best Marketing and Communications Educational Effort (Special Event).

Steve Vanagas, TransLink's vice-president of customer communications and public affairs, accepted the award for TransLink at APTA’s 2018 Marketing & Communications Workshop in San Francisco earlier this week with JC Vannatta, Chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee.

Steve Vanagas, TransLink’s vice-president of customer communications and public affairs, accepted the award for TransLink at APTA’s 2018 Marketing & Communications Workshop in San Francisco earlier this week with JC Vannatta, Chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee.

The annual AdWheel Awards, arguably the most prestigious marketing and communications award program in public transportation, recognizes the outstanding efforts of APTA members. TransLink competed among “public transportation systems with more than 20 million annual passenger trips,” which means we were up against some of the largest public transit systems in North America!

The 2017 I Love Transit campaign, while still celebrating our love of transit, expanded to included a week of free transit on bus for kids. This year’s focus was to get youth excited to use transit, and enhance their positive perceptions and understanding of public transit.

Throughout the entire week, Oct. 2–6, K-12 students rode the bus for free and teachers were challenged to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom through field trips on transit. As well, two new contests were launched where classes could win DayPasses for field trips or a behind-the-scenes “I Love Transit Camp” field trip to TransLink’s operating facilities. We also added theme for the first time, Beyond—the future of transit in Metro Vancouver. 

This is TransLink’s fourth AdWheel Award recognizing our social media initiatives, previously snagging three awards in 2012 for best social networking (Pet Peeves campaign, best blog (The Buzzer) and best Twitter account (@TransLink). The Pet Peeves campaign also won a prestigious Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators. Last year, TransLink won an AdWheel for its Evergreen Means Go campaign.

Putting I Love Transit together couldn’t have been done without the huge contributions of our larger TransLink Customer Communications and Public Affairs team…especially our good pals in TravelSmart! We’d also like to congratulate our colleagues from across North America on their APTAwins!

We’re starting to plan for I Love Transit 2018, so stay tuned for what we have in store!

I Love Transit Camp 2017: fun-filled (and educational!) days at TransLink’s facilities

I Love Transit Week’s theme this year was Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

We wanted teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. So we challenged them to come up with their own vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver to enter for a chance to attend I Love Transit Camp, a unique opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of TransLink’s operating facilities. Read more »

Check out one of the winning I Love Transit Camp entries!

I Love Transit 2017

This Thursday, October 19, I Love Transit Camp is in session!

A class of Grade 4 and 5 students from Pebble Hill Elementary School in Delta will get a unique opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of TransLink’s operating facilities. They will visit the Coast Mountain Bus Company bus depot at Burnaby Transit Centre and SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre where they’ll visit control and the maintenance yard.

Have I got you excited? Want to join us on camp? Make sure you follow @TransLinkBC on Instagram and check out our Story this Thursday. Don’t miss out! Stories disappear after 24 hours.

To win their way to I Love Transit Camp, the students wowed our judges with their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We’ve kept their winning entry under wraps—until now! Read more »

I Love Transit: 2017 I Love Transit Camp Winner announcement!

I Love Transit 2017

Another successful I Love Transit Week has come to a close and we’re pleased to announce the winners, that’s right… WINNERS of I Love Transit Camp! We received so many amazing entries for I Love Transit Camp that we couldn’t pick just one!

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