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Fun Poll: What random acts of kindness have you witnessed on transit?

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If you are a regular transit user, you are bound to witness some… interesting scenarios.

For instance:

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Other times, transit riders have the unique opportunity to view complete strangers being kind to each other for no other reason than just to be kind.

In this poll, I’ve included transit random acts of kindness I’ve seen during my transit trips.

(I’m calling them TRAK… get it? Consider it trademarked!)

Maybe you’ve seen someone go above and beyond common courtesy and have never had an outlet to sing the praises of the unknown, everyday transit heroes. Now is your chance!

Vote for any and all of the TRAK moments you’ve seen or have done yourself across our transit system!

Don’t see a specific TRAK you’ve? Choose other and comment to let us know all the details.

What transit random acts of kindness have you witnessed?

  • Thanking transit employees (27%, 88 Votes)
  • Offering a seat to another rider (26%, 85 Votes)
  • Helping a lost or confused passenger find their way (21%, 70 Votes)
  • Returning a lost or dropped item (16%, 53 Votes)
  • Paying for another rider's fare (6%, 20 Votes)
  • Other - comment below! (3%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 120

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun poll results: #19 Stanley Park is your favourite summer destination route!

pyramid chartAfter 64 votes the results are in.

(Only 64 votes?? People!! I assume you’re all out there actually enjoying the summer rather than on your computers!)

Your favourite summer destination route, with 18 votes, is the #19 bus to Stanley Park!19 route map

This route heads from Metrotown right into the park and back again.

It’s a perfect transit trip to explore one of the most amazing spaces we have in this region – just minutes from bustling downtown Vancouver.

The runner up spot is actually a three-way tie with #150 to White Pine Beach, #351 to Crescent Beach and the “other” category all coming in with nine votes each.

#C26 to Buntzen Lake came in third with 7 votes while #227 to Lynn Canyon Park and #C52 to Seaside/White Rock  garnered four votes, respectively.

Last, but certainly not least were #312 to Burns Bog and #160 to Barnet Marine Park both receiving 2 votes each.

Thanks to all the voters!

What kind of polls do you want to see on the Buzzer blog?
Comment below and let us know!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun poll: What are you favourite summer destination routes?

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TransLink helps you get where you need to go this summer!

“Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind…”

… And let transit get you to your favourite summer destinations across beautiful Metro Vancouver!

Some days you feel like a lazy beach day, other days a hike in a canyon might be on the agenda.

Crescent Beach postcard circa 1920s

Crescent Beach postcard circa 1920s

How lucky are we that we can enjoy all of these wonderful outdoor adventures AND they are accessible by transit?!

What routes do you like to take to where and why?

Vote below and leave us a comment regarding your favourite summer hotspots trips by transit!

What are you favourite summer destination routes?

  • #019 to Stanley Park (28%, 18 Votes)
  • #150 to White Pine Beach (14%, 9 Votes)
  • #351 to Crescent Beach (14%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 9 Votes)
  • #C26 to Buntzen Lake (11%, 7 Votes)
  • #227 to Lynn Canyon Park (6%, 4 Votes)
  • #C52 to Seaside/White Rock (6%, 4 Votes)
  • #312 to Burns Bog (3%, 2 Votes)
  • #160 to Barnet Marine Park (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

With the delight of these gorgeous weather days, certain routes will have increased service during the summer months meaning more trips for you to enjoy the outdoors!

Be sure to check out the service changes that happen four times a year, use Trip Planner and sign up for transit alerts to be in the know, before you go!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Poll wrap-up: Riders like to carry their Compass Cards in their wallets!

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Wallet Compass Card carriers lead the pack!

I guess you can figure it out from the post title but… the wallet wins the day!

Remember, it’s important to note that carrying your Compass Card on or in your phone case may stop it from tapping correctly.

This poll has been one of the most successful we have conducted here on the Buzzer blog with a total of 669 votes!

ICYMI: A few weeks ago, we asked our readers to vote on how they carry their Compass Cards.

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)

Thank you to everyone who voted and commented on all of our channels!

Do you have an idea for a poll? Want to unearth an old poll to see new results?
Comment below or email us!

Author: Adrienne Coling

New poll: How do you carry your Compass Card?

A photo of Instagram user @cherylkwan with her Compass Card in a lanyard

A photo of Instagram user @cherylkwan with her Compass Card in a lanyard

A few weeks ago we re-posted the image above and got lots of comments about how riders carry their Compass Cards and questions about the best ways to carry and tap.

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How do you carry your Compass Card?

Some customers have used sticker sleeves on the back of their smartphones, soft plastic mini-wallets or many simply take the card out of their regular wallet and tap that way.

It’s important to note that carrying your Compass Card on or in your phone case may stop it from tapping correctly.

Some newer smartphones can inhibit a successful tap on the readers. The Compass Card and/or reader won’t harm your phone or vice versa but you may have issues with your tap.

Traditional wallets can cause interference because of your other chip cards held there.

For me, I’m like Cheryl. I like my Compass Card in a plastic case attached to a lanyard so I can quickly find it in either my pocket or bag to tap.

Now, we want to know how YOU carry your Compass Card!

If you have other ideas that work, please comment below after voting!

How do you carry your Compass Card?

  • Wallet (34%, 230 Votes)
  • Phone case (19%, 126 Votes)
  • Loose (15%, 103 Votes)
  • Plastic sleeve (13%, 89 Votes)
  • Lanyard (12%, 78 Votes)
  • Other (6%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 669

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun poll results: 35% of voters started taking transit very early in life!

20160216080914The votes are in… 226 votes to be exact!

The question? When did you start taking transit?

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!

Do you have ideas for a fun poll? Comment below with your suggestions!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun Poll: When did you start taking transit?

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When did you first ride public transit?

The first time I was on transit, I was only knee-high to a grasshopper.

Story is, my mum used to take my on the subway in Toronto to get me to sleep when I was an infant so I’m a transit rider almost since birth!

But not everyone needs the roar of the tracks to get some shut eye as a wee babe so first time transit users can be of all ages and all walks of life.

Vote below to let us know when you started using public transit.

Be sure to comment and let us know why you started taking transit and what mode of transit you took!

When did you start taking transit?

  • 0-5 years old (35%, 79 Votes)
  • 6-12 years old (22%, 49 Votes)
  • Teenager (21%, 48 Votes)
  • 18-24 (14%, 31 Votes)
  • 25-32 (4%, 9 Votes)
  • 33-40 (2%, 5 Votes)
  • 41-50 (1%, 2 Votes)
  • 51-60 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 65+ (0%, 1 Votes)
  • I've never taken public transit (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 226

Fun poll results! There’s no clear transit app champ

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Last year (isn’t it weird to say that?) we asked you which transit apps you use to get around Metro Vancouver.

Well, we’ve tallied votes and the results are in!

Transit DB squeaked into top spot with 40 per cent with Transit App and Google Maps tying for a close second with 38 per cent.

City Mapper took in 13 per cent and Radar for Metro Vancouver buses followed with 10 per cent.

The apps with the least votes were Live Transit and Bus Tracker with six and three per cent respectively.

Funny that in a best app poll, the one listed mobile site (Transit DB), took home the most votes!

Thanks to everyone who participated and for all your app suggestions in the comments section!

**NOTE: Results are based on multiple votes per person**

Author: Laura Tennant

Fun Poll! Which transit apps do you use?

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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.

Here we go!

Transit App

Transit AppThis 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.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

Radar for Metro Vancouver Buses

radarLike the Transit App, this app is like a simplified version of nb.translink.ca.

Radar is great if you know what route you want to take, but need the schedule. Simply type in the route number, and it shows all of the buses running the route in real-time.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

Transit DB

transitdbTransitDB 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.

City Mapper

City MapperCity Mapper won App of the Year in 2014 and is an urban transport app that uses open data to help you get around.

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!

Available for iPhone and Android.

Bus Tracker

bus trackerTransLink 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.

Compatible with iPhone, Android and tablets.

Live Transit

Live TransitThis app lets you view the real-time GPS location of any bus in Vancouver, or look up the scheduled arrival times at any stop in the lower mainland.

You can select your preferred routes from a filterable list and check out real time bus locations, arrival time predictions and static schedule arrival times.

Only available for Android devices.

Google Maps

Google MapsWhile 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.

Poll time!

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!

Which transit apps do you use?

  • Transit DB (27%, 50 Votes)
  • Transit App (26%, 48 Votes)
  • Google Maps (25%, 47 Votes)
  • City Mapper (9%, 16 Votes)
  • Radar for Metro Vancouver buses (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Live Transit (4%, 8 Votes)
  • Bus Tracker (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 125

Poll Results: one-zone bus fare has made travel less expensive for some

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The numbers are in and New Poll: How has the one-zone bus fare changed the way you travel?! The results are split. Here’s the break down:

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.

 

 

New poll: How has the one-zone bus fare changed the way you travel?

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TransLink’s one-zone fare structure for buses and HandyDART vehicles has been up and running for a month.

This means that no matter the distance or time of day, you travel anywhere in our region by bus for a single zone fare.

So, we want to know, how has this change affected your transit travel?

Weigh in with our latest poll that will be open until November 22.

Choose from the given answers, leave us a comment with your thoughts below or email us.

How has the one-zone bus fare changed the way you travel?

  • It has saved me money reducing the amount of zones per trip. (42%, 62 Votes)
  • Not at all. I only use the SkyTrain, West Coast Express and SeaBus. (40%, 58 Votes)
  • My bus is much busier than before so I try to avoid it. (12%, 18 Votes)
  • I'm still confused as to what it all means! (5%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

 

 

 

Fun Poll Results: 52% of you chose the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge as your favourite!

 

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Well, it seems when it comes to the TransLink bridges we love, there’s a clear winner!

More than half of you chose the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge as your favourite.

The Golden Ears Bridge came in second with 20% of the votes, followed by the Westham Island Bridge at 12%, Pattullo Bridge at 11% and Knight Street Bridge at 6%.

Although my heart still belongs to the Westham Island Bridge, I can see why the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge got the most votes.

Its beautiful views, accessibility and the fact you can cross the bridge without the help of a vehicle, likely contributed to this bridge coming out on top.

Let us know in the comments section why you chose the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge. Or, tell us why another bridge got your vote!

Author: Laura Tennant

 

 

 

Fun Poll! Which is your favourite bridge that TransLink owns and maintains?

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The Golden Ears Bridge is just one of five bridges TransLink owns and maintains!

It’s time for another fun poll! This time we want to know if you have a soft spot for one of our bridges.

Did you know we own and maintain five bridges? The Knight Street Bridge, the Pattullo Bridge, the Golden Ears Bridge, the Westham Island Bridge and the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge are all under our care.

Do you have a favourite? Maybe you love the view on the Golden Ears Bridge or the thrill of crossing the bike and pedestrian bridge under the Canada Line.

Me? I’ve stayed true to my Ladner roots and simply adore the Westham Island Bridge!

Take the poll and let us know your pick. You can also tell us why a bridge got your vote in the comments section!

Which is your favourite bridge that TransLink owns and maintains?

  • The Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge (52%, 66 Votes)
  • Golden Ears Bridge (20%, 25 Votes)
  • Westham Island Bridge (12%, 15 Votes)
  • Pattullo Bridge (11%, 14 Votes)
  • Knight Street Bridge (6%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 128

Author: Laura Tennant

Fun Poll Results! 27 percent of you use your smartphone to catch up on your messages!

Smartphone poll resultsA number of weeks ago we asked how you use your smartphone on transit.

Well, the results are in! Of the 97 votes we received, 57 (27.4%) of you said you use your smartphone to catch up on texts, emails and other messages.

A close second was reading, with 24% of you reporting that you use your phone to read news, articles and blogs.

A couple of you left comments on the blog saying you use your smartphone to check transit information!

Ric told us he uses his phone for various tasks including checking the bus schedules.

 “While on transit, with my smartphone I mainly listen to music, go on social media, or check transit apps to see when my next connecting bus will be arriving if I need to make a transfer.”

Thanks to everyone who let us know how they use their smartphone on transit!

Didn’t get a chance to vote in the poll? It’s not too late! Let us know in the comments section.

Author: Laura Tennant

Fun Poll: How do you use your smartphone on transit?

Many riders turn to their phones on transit!

It’s pretty normal to be surrounded in a sea of smartphones while in transit.

Gone are the days of chatting to your neighbour, burying yourself in a book or daydreaming out the window.

Now, I know this isn’t necessarily true—lots of people still participate in these activities.

A past Buzzer Blog poll on how you spend most of your time on transit confirms it even.

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 thebuzzer@translink.ca! 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)
  • read (news, articles, blogs) (24%, 50 Votes)
  • connect on social media (18%, 38 Votes)
  • play games (12%, 24 Votes)
  • stream music (11%, 22 Votes)
  • other (7%, 14 Votes)
  • stream videos (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

Author: Laura Tennant