This allows customers paying with their Compass Card to board the bus through the front, middle or rear doors. You choose! Which door do you usually board from?
During my days as an SFU student, I was an everyday commuter on the 145 from Production Way–University Station. My door was the rear and still is today when I take an all-door boarding route.
I observed most passengers who boarded through the front and middle door moved as far as the bus’s articulated joint. That meant two lines were merging for the front half of the bus, while it was only one line for the back half of the bus. It felt like I was able to board the bus sooner from the rear.
Have you observed the same thing as me? Which is your door and why? Let me know by casting your vote and leaving a comment!
On all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or rear doors?
Ryan said: “Much prefer an aisle seat, as I like to be prepared to get up and close to the door BEFORE the bus gets there. That way I can quickly get off the bus and allow it to continue delivering passengers to their destinations.”
I recently came back from a trip to the United States and when you fly, often you get to choose where you sit on the plane. I always choose the aisle seat when flying. This way if I need to get up from my seat, I don’t have to awkwardly squeeze my way out.
It got me thinking about where I like to sit on transit—is it the window or aisle seat?
On shorter commutes, I prefer an aisle seat so I can easily disembark when it’s my stop. But for longer commute such as riding the 410 from 22nd Street Station to Richmond, I like the window seat so I can have an uninterrupted commute where I can doze off or look out the window to pass the time.
It’s over to you, the Buzzer blog readers, again! Do you prefer a window or aisle seat? Let us know why in the comments section.
The results are in! We asked you what your favourite summer spot is to visit with transit and with 27 per cent of votes, Stanley Park is your favourite summer spot!
Coming in second and not too far behind with 20 per cent of votes is “Other”. Granville Island and New Westminster River Market both tied for third place with 14 per cent of votes each.
If you answered other, where do you love to go with transit in the summer? Summer isn’t over yet so comment below and let us know!
Following the top three summer destinations are White Pine Beach and Lonsdale Quay, each with eight per cent of votes, Queen Elizabeth Park with four per cent of votes, and Kitsilano Beach and Capilano Suspension Bridge coming in with three per cent of votes.
#DenisthePlanner talks about White Pine Beach and other fun places you can get to on transit.
The birds are singin’, the sun is shinin’ and it’s summertime! Here in Metro Vancouver, that means getting out and enjoying all that the city has to offer – from a relaxing day at the beach to a summertime hike.
How lucky are we to have so many fun, beautiful places to pick from that are ALL accessible by transit!
Vote below and let us know what your favourite summertime destination! If you don’t see your favourite summer hot spot, leave us a comment and tell us where you love to go.
What is your favorite summer spot to visit on transit?
Stanley Park (29%, 22 Votes)
Other (19%, 15 Votes)
Granville Island (13%, 10 Votes)
New Westminster River Market (13%, 10 Votes)
White Pine Beach (8%, 6 Votes)
Lonsdale Quay (8%, 6 Votes)
Capilano Suspension Bridge (4%, 3 Votes)
Queen Elizabeth Park (4%, 3 Votes)
Kitsilano Beach (3%, 2 Votes)
Crescent Beach (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 77
We did this poll last year with a few different summer destinations. Take a look here for more transit accessible summer fun spots!
Did you know? TransLink has seasonal service from Coquitlam Central Station to Buntzen Lake and White Pine Beach! Use our Trip Planner to plan your route.
Looks like the number one first transit trip destination for 25 per cent of voters (85 votes) was off to school!
Which doesn’t surprise me. Public transit in urban settings can often take the place of a “big yellow school bus” for many children!
Let’s see how the other destinations fared in our little poll.
Coming in second was shopping grabbing 16 per cent (14 votes)! Like, obvi.
Entertainment (movies, concerts and such) came in third place with 15 per cent (13 votes). In fourth place is the road to nowhere. Literally! 12 per cent of voters (10 votes) said their first transit trip was just for fun and had no destination.
Next in the voting hierarchy comes trips to see family or friends with eight per cent (seven votes), seven per cent (six votes) of you headed home and the same number of people voted for transiting to an appointment or meeting.
“Other” garnered six per cent(5 votes) and some great stories!
Sporting event trips got two per cent (two votes) GO SPORTS!! And bringing up the rear is heading to work with only one per cent (one vote).
Other Buzzer readers and Facebook followers commented that they genuinely couldn’t remember where their first transit trip took them because they were just wee little ones.
Mine was pretty early in my life (‘baby me’ found TTC subways quite soothing) but the first transit trip I actually remember is when I was five and we took the bus to the library to meet Robert Munsch.
I gleamed as I saw the driver who was smiling and welcoming me aboard. I felt excitement as I got to drop the coins into the farebox and choose our seats. I remember the feel of the vinyl as my legs stuck to the material in the hot summer weather. I can even recall the ding as I yanked on the stop request cord.
To me, this was a totally new experience that was exhilarating and fun and that was BEFORE meeting my childhood literary hero!
There are first time riders at every age with many different and interesting stories. So, tell us! Where did your first transit trip take you?
Our latest poll was something of a hybrid. Dubbed as a Learn ‘n’ Poll, we posted many of the ways you can get information about your transit trips and TransLink.
Then, you voted on which were your “go-to” spots for transit info.
You did some learning, you did some voting and now we know that the majority of you head to the source, the mothership that is translink.ca! The TL website took the top spot with 88 votes.
Next up were the ever-popular transit apps with 54 votes, followed closely by @TransLink on Twitter with 48 votes.
Transit Alerts (either by SMS text or on the Alerts page) garnered 26 votes, “Other” – with a special nod to tcomm.bustrainferry.com – grabbed 13 votes, Facebook, radio and in-person info gathering tallied 12, six and five votes, respectively.
Thanks for everyone who voted! Until the next Learn’n’Poll, keep on keepin’ on!
It looks like the majority of people like to have some alone time on transit.
It’s always interesting to take examine our transit behaviour. Let’s get down to the results!
Taking the top spot, people who like to keep to themselves with 54 votes (36%), in second are those who don’t have a secret transit friend but want one with 34 votes (23%)!
Following the leaders are those who see their transit friends but don’t interact garnering 23 votes (15%), a quick nod to riders who acknowledge familiar faces who weighed in with 20 votes (13%), those who chat occasionally with their transit buddies totaled 13 votes (9%) and the chatty Cathy’s who love to liven up a commute rounded out the poll with 6 votes (4%).
Remember! There are some people out there looking for a friendly face on transit.
I urge you to pop those ear buds out, look up and interact with someone around you. It might make you smile – or, someone else. Wouldn’t that be great?