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.
It’s an annual, week-long celebration of our customers, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit.
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!
Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be able to ride the bus for free, Oct. 1–5, 2018!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 2014, 2015, 2016 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 email@example.com 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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
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!
Do you have an amazing story that showcases your love for transit? We want to hear it! Email email@example.com with your story pitch. We’ll reach out if we’re interested in featuring it during I Love Transit Week.
Our popular Monthly Pass contests will return! Stay tuned for contest dates and details, but here’s the skinny:
We’re once again inviting teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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 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 »
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 »
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!
You asked for it, and we answered!
Yesterday, with our friends at TravelSmart, Transit Museum Society (TRAMS), and Mobi, we hosted a pop-up event celebrating I Love Transit at the EasyPark lot on the corner of Cambie and Georgia Street in Vancouver. The sun was shining bringing transit enthusiasts young and old out to play some games, win some prizes and learn all about transit in our community outreach vehicle.
It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. For the first time this year, we have a theme: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Battery-electric buses are poised to be the next big leap in technology for the transit industry, so we decided to ask a planner to explain what it means for us!
By David Cooper, senior planner, TransLink
One of the exciting technology advances in the public transit world is the deployment of battery-electric buses.
As we are seeing a transition in the auto industry from the internal combustion engine to electricity, transit agencies including TransLink are exploring the suitability of adopting this technology for our future bus fleet. Read more »
Thank you teachers and students for your amazing response for our I Love Transit Camp contest! For the first time, we had a theme for I Love Transit: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.
We received entries from a range of grades and throughout the Metro Vancouver region, sharing their vision for a chance to win their way to I Love Transit Camp!
Our judges are busy reviewing all the entries, so stay tuned for the name of the winning class! We’ll be announcing the winner early next week on the Buzzer blog. In the meantime, we’d like to share a few of the entries we received! Read more »
It’s I Love Transit Week! A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. For the first time this year, we have a theme: Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Who better to ask about the future than a planner that’s helping to plan for the future!
Today marks the official start of I Love Transit Week. A week where we celebrate our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit. This year, we’re kicking it off with none other than a love story, in transit.
SkyTrain is no stranger to romantic stories. From chance meetings to proposals and even weddings on board, the next stop for many SkyTrain passengers is love.
The majority of school-aged children and youth in our country are not getting enough physical activity. That’s why it’s so important to encourage active transportation from a young age!