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I Love Transit 2019: 3 Reasons Why

I Love Transit 2019

It’s I Love Transit week, October 7–11, and we’re bringing you stories about our customers, staff, transit enthusiasts and all things we love about transit. 

TransLink’s a team of nearly 8,000 employees. We’re all united in support of our customers — all 500,000 of you — who depend on us to get to and from work, visit an old friend and everything else in between. We asked another employee, Mariee Devereux, to share why she loves transit. 

Mariee on the left!

By Mariee Devereux, Transportation Demand Management Officer at TransLink

When I first heard about, I Love Transit week, I thought it was a joke. I didn’t think anyone could LOVE taking transit. I was mistaken! In the past eight years, I’ve fallen in love with transit too (and it’s not just because I work for TransLink). Here are the top three reasons that I love transit:

Secret Exercise

Every transit trip starts with a walk or a bike ride. In a world where sitting has become the new smoking, taking transit helps me get 10,000 steps in a day and I always feel better for it.

More ‘Me’ Time

Taking transit means that I’ve got more time to read, to text my friends, or to just relax and get things sorted without having to worry about the ‘car-stipation’ situation’ on congested roadways.

Climate Champion

You don’t need to own an electric car to enjoy a zero-emissions trip. My commute is already zero-emission in that it combines a trolley bus trip with SkyTrain. It feels good to get where I need to go in a climate friendly way. Did you know that over half of TransLink’s fleet are already powered by clean and renewable energy sources? By 2050, the entire fleet is set to be zero-carbon.

Those are three reasons that I love transit, what are some of yours? Share your stories with us via email at thebuzzer@translink.ca with the subject “I Love Transit Stories” or share using the hashtag #ILoveTransit for a chance to have your story featured in the Buzzer blog!

I Love Transit 2019: 40 years behind the wheel

I Love Transit 2019

It’s I Love Transit week, October 7–11, and we’re bringing you stories about our customers, staff, transit enthusiasts and all things we love about transit. 

TransLink’s a team of nearly 8,000 employees. We’re all united in support of our customers — all 500,000 of you — who depend on us to get to and from work, visit an old friend and everything else in between.

Some people come to TransLink for a job, and others come for a life-long career. Angus McIntyre is the latter, retiring from Coast Mountain Bus Company after nearly 41 years of service.

I Love Transit - Angus McIntyre

Angus began his bus operator training in August of 1969, back when buses had no right side mirrors and part of the job was to sell tokens to passengers and provide change as needed.

Through nearly 41 years of employment, Angus steered his way through four different employers, three unions and four major labour disputes.

Driving trolleybuses almost exclusively, Angus was a night owl working the evening shift most days. Even 41 years ago, a career as a bus operator provided ample flexibility with shift trades and holiday work taking Angus and his diesel buses to Richmond, Surrey and White Rock. Read more »

I Love Transit 2019: Mapping it all out for the customer

I Love Transit 2019

It’s I Love Transit week, October 7–11, and we’re bringing you stories about our customers, staff, transit enthusiasts and all things we love about transit. 

TransLink’s a team of nearly 8,000 employees. We’re all united in support of our customers — all 500,000 of you — who depend on us to get to and from work, visit an old friend and everything else in between.

We asked one of our employees, Jada Stevens from our wayfinding department, to share why she loves transit and what she loves most about serving you, our customers. Wayfinding designs the maps and directional signage you find at transit stations. 

Jada Stevens, Wayfinding Planner at TransLink

By Jada Stevens, Wayfinding Planner at TransLink

What I find fascinating about working in wayfinding is that this field encompasses three of my personal interests: graphic design, urban design and using transit to get around the city.

I am a lifelong transit user who has made the decision to use transit as my primary form of transportation. As a child, taking transit was my first introduction to independence in the city, and as an adult I see transit as being an affordable and environmentally sustainable alternative to car use.

From a young age, I have been curious about cities and how people use shared spaces and public amenities like parks, streets, and transit. I like to observe changes happening in the city and I try to understand how urban planners, elected officials, and community groups are transforming our cities to better serve the people who live in it.

This same curiosity extends into my profession. I’m fascinated in learning how our customers use and experience the transit network – where are they going, what transit services are they connecting to and what information they need to make that connection. Read more »

I Love Transit 2019: Enter to win a Monthly Pass!

I Love Transit 2019

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.

I Love Transit is here and we love that you love transit! That’s why we want to give you the chance to enter to win a Monthly Pass on your Compass Card. Read more »

This is how teachers can win a TransLink field trip for their class

I Love Transit 2019

I Love Transit Week is back this year, October 7-11, and our theme is A Greater Vancouver — 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:

Win a Field Trip (Grades 3–12)

I Love Transit Camp 2019

We call it I Love Transit Camp! It’s a unique opportunity for kids (along with their teacher and chaperones!), grades 3 through 12, to get a behind-the-scenes field trip to TransLink where they’ll learn how transit works and have some fun at the same time.

One winning class will get the opportunity to attend I Love Transit Camp in early November (exact date will be determined with the winning teacher). Watch the video above, and check out all the fun that was had in 2014201520162017 and 2018.

We’ll pick up the winning class from their school in a transit bus, equipped with snacks to fuel your day, around 9 a.m. We’ll visit a bus depot — the place where our buses sleep at night — and SkyTrain Control, which is the heart of our automated SkyTrain network, before returning you back to your school by 4 p.m.

The day 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. Read more »

I Love Transit 2019: K–12 students ride the bus for free, Oct. 7–11

I Love Transit 2019

Kids Ride Free

Every day is a great day to take transit, but there’s no better week to hop on a bus than I Love Transit week! From October 7–11, 2019, students in kindergarten through Grade 12 ride the bus for free! Read more »

That’s a wrap on I Love Transit Camp 2018!

Remember I Love Transit 2018? We still do. The end of 2018 was a busy one, so we never got to tell you about I Love Transit Camp 2018! Last year was special because we had two winning classes – that’s right!

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

I Love Transit

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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