The results were mixed beyond the one, clear winner.
Coming in second with 126 votes is a phone case while 103 riders voted that they carry their cards loose.
Plastic sleeves, lanyards (that’s me!) and “other” came in with 89, 78 and 43 votes, respectively.
Many people commented to let us know exactly what some of those other methods were.
Some riders said they like a retractable cord that can sit on their belt and snap their card back into place after a tap. Others like a change purse to keep their card handy and one person even carries their Compass card in an Altoids box! (sans mints, I assume)
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The answers varied, but the front runner ended up being the youngest ages! Between birth and five-years-old garnered 35% of the vote. That’s so awesome!
In second with 22%, we have school-aged children between 6 and 12 years of age and following close behind for third are the teenage years at 21%.
What I loved so much about this poll was reading all the comments on the blog and on Facebook as to why you started taking transit when you did.
Here are some of the stories riders have shared:
“I’ve been riding I was about 2, my mom was one of the very few women drivers back in the early 80s. My son took his first bus ride when he was 4 days old. He’s a year old now and still a daily rider.” – Arwen
“I live in Surrey and my boyfriend lives in Coquitlam, neither of us drive. I started taking transit when I started dating him just over a year ago. I have to transfer 4 times taking buses and SkyTrains but if it weren’t for transit our relationship wouldn’t be possible. <3” – Sam
“After moving halfway across town, transit allowed me to continue going to the same high school when I was a teenager. Using the Upass through university was a great, affordable way to get around, and then taking transit to work once I graduated helped me to avoid the expenses associated with owning a car. Although I bought my first car when I was 26, transit is still my preferred mode of transport.” – Cody
Thank you to everyone who voted and shared their transit history with us!
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Right to left: Live Transit, Bus Tracker and City Mapper screen shots
Ever since the release of our transit data in 2012, new transit applications (apps) based on TransLink’s open API have been popping up on a regular basis.
TransLink’s mobile website, m.translink.ca, can get you similar info as many of the new apps, but I thought I’d check in with the Buzzer blog readers to see what everyone is using these days.
Before diving into the poll, why not go over a few transit apps and maybe a mobile site, to see what they’re all about?
While it would be awesome to do an overview of every app listed on our mobile phone applications site, I thought it might be more useful to highlight just a handful and add in a few new ones for good measure.
This app is beautiful in its simplicity. Basically, this app uses your smart phones GPS to find out where you are and displays all the available transit and their departure times. You can plan your trip, set reminders and get notification about service disruptions as well as book ride shares in case you decide not to take the bus.
If you already know where you are going, this app maybe all you need.
TransitDB is a quick and offline guide to public transit in Metro Vancouver.
This mobile site has full offline schedules for all bus routes and stops, first and last departure information and helps you find nearby bus stops. Transit DB also lets you keep a list of your favourite bus stops, see route diagrams and has information on station and stop accessibility and other transportation contact numbers (i.e. Taxi).
Unfortunately, this lil’ guy does not have real time bus schedules or trip planning capabilities.
Features include live departure times for buses, real-time TransLink service alerts from Twitter and multi-modal planning from departure to arrival. You can also save home and work locations and get directions to those places from anywhere.
There’s also a feature that estimates the calories you’d burn if you decide to ditch transit and opt to walk or bike instead!
TransLink Bus Tracker is a mobile web app that lets you view bus arrival times using on-board GPS coordinates.
This free app enables multiple bus selections for each stop and has a find me feature that allows you to search for nearby bus stops. The app also lets you use Google Maps to track your next bus. Frequently used buses and stops can be saved for quick access.
While not specifically a transit app, good ol’ Google Maps app is a useful way to track Vancouver transit.
This app offers real-time transit information like predicted departure times, transit directions and maps, live traffic conditions and offers automatic rerouting to find the best route. Google Maps also features voice-guided GPA navigation for driving, biking and walking, so you can see how far your destination is from your stop!
Google Maps is available on iPhone, tablets and Android devices.
Do you use any of the above apps? Take the poll and let us know which is your favourite!
If your app of choice is not listed, tell us in the comments section what you use to get around the city!
43 per cent voted that the one-zone bus fare has saved them money per trip, while 40 per cent voted that the change in fare structure did not affect them one bit.
12 per cent voted they are trying to avoid the bus altogether because they feel the one-zone bus fare has made their commute too busy.
And a handful of voters (5 per cent) are a bit confused as to what one-zone bus fare is all about!
Those of you who cast their vote in the last category, feel free to ask away about the one-zone bus fare in the comments section. You can also check out videos and one-zone bus fare information on our website.
So why in my daily commute do I see so many people gazing into their smartphones?
Maybe I’m just sensitive because I don’t have data on my phone. Confined to WIFI zones, my internet connection is rarely mobile.
So despite previous poll results, from personal observation I’m inclined to believe that a good portion of riders are still hanging out with their smartphones while in transit.
So here’s my question: what are you doing on your phone?
Playing games? Streaming videos? Reading the news? Maybe you are randomly clicking your way deeper into the internet abyss?
I want to know! Take the poll and let a girl in on what it’s like to be connected.
Let us know by voting for your top-seven below, leaving a comment, tweeting us @TheBuzzer, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Also, let us know in the comments if we missed anything you like to do on your smartphone while on transit!
How do you use your smartphone on transit?
catch up on emails, texts and other messages (27%, 57 Votes)