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Canada Line’s 10th anniversary: Transit from past to present

The Canada Line has officially turned 10 years old today! It seems like it was just yesterday when Metro Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and people cheering their favourite athlete(s) and country. To celebrate the SkyTrain Line’s birthday, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to see how the community from Downtown Vancouver to Richmond has grown since the day of its opening!

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Ride into the future with TransLink and Transport 2050 at the PNE Fair this summer! 

For over a century, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) has showcased the best of Vancouver to the rest of Canada and the world at its annual summer fair.

This summer, from August 17 – September 2 (closed Monday, August 19 and 26), TransLink will be on site at the PNE Fair, bringing you the past, present, and future of transportation to Metro Vancouver!

Join us at the Transport 2050 Expo, featuring a 3D “MicroCity” animated model of Metro Vancouver and an immersive virtual reality experience. Check out the Transport 2050 Engagement Bus and take our survey for a chance to win tickets to that night’s show.

Our Transport 2050 Expo will also feature a TransLink Store pop-up shop and fun, interactive exhibits and displays from our partners.

Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog and TransLink’s social media channels in the coming weeks for more details and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look before it opens.

Take transit to the PNE

The PNE Fair’s main entrance is located at the corner of Renfrew Street and Hastings Street in Vancouver, near bus stops for the 14 16, 95 B-Line, 210 and 211.

As always, in addition to the usual service in the area, we’ll be adding extra service to take you to and from the PNE. Look out for the special buses departing from Phibbs Exchange, 29th Avenue Station and Renfrew Station:

  • The 16 PNE special runs between the Expo Line’s 29th Avenue Station, the Millennium Line’s Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra service provides an additional 4-5 buses per hour between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The 210 PNE special runs between Phibbs Exchange and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra provides an additional 2 buses per hour between 10 a.m. and midnight.

Double up your savings with Fair Fridays

Let’s take transit to the PNE Fair and save! Show your Compass Card and other Compass fare products at the PNE Fair Gate on Fridays, August 23 and 30 to receive a 2-for-1 admission for adults (14-64 years of age) and seniors (65+ years of age).

TransLink takes you to the 2019 Celebration of Light

The Celebration of Light is synonymous with summer in Metro Vancouver. There’s nothing quite like fireworks, and once again – TransLink takes you there.

This year, enjoy a celebration of food, music and light as over 1.3 million regional and international visitors take to English Bay to sample local food, experience live music performances and finally soak in the wonder of the fireworks. Arrive early, and see the skies come alive each night at 10PM.

We’re adding extra service and modifying station access in downtown Vancouver to get you to-and-from the festivities smoothly.

Celebration of Light checklist

Extra service

Bus

Coast Mountain Bus Company and West Vancouver Transit will operate extra trips to downtown Vancouver after 6:30 p.m. and additional service after the events. Some downtown and West End buses will be detoured. For a full list of detours, visit translink.ca/alerts closer to event days.

Shuttle Buses to English Bay:

  • From Burrard Station to Denman and Robson (7 pm until 10 pm)
  • From Yaletown Station to Burrard and Davie (6:45 pm until 10 pm)

Return shuttles to SkyTrain Stations (Starting after fireworks until demand subsides):

  • From Georgia and Denman to Burrard Station
  • From Burrard and Davie to Yaletown Station 

Due to closures on Davie Street, the following routes will see changes in service: 

Route 5:

  • Will take regular route to Robson and Denman then loop back with altered service along Georgia, Pender, Richards, Robson and Cambie 

Route 6:

  • Will take regular route to Cambie and Robson then loop back with altered service along Seymour, Pender, Burrard, Robson, Denman, Georgia, Pender, and Cambie

SkyTrain

Expo and Millennium Lines will run peak service with all available trains in service starting mid-afternoon, with the last scheduled train leaving Waterfront Station at 1:16 a.m.

Canada Line will provide rush-hour level service all evening, with every train in service following the fireworks. Last train will depart Waterfront at 1:15 a.m.

SeaBus 

Extra and extended service will be provided for each of the Celebration of Light events.

The SeaBus will operate every 15 minutes until 12:30 a.m. and then 30-minute service until the last sailing from Waterfront at 1:22 a.m.

West Coast Express

West Coast Express will operate a special train on August 3 only, leaving Mission City at 7 p.m. and arriving at Waterfront Station at 8:15 p.m. The return train departs Waterfront Station at midnight, arriving back at Mission City at approximately 1:15 a.m.

Station access

To ensure passenger comfort and safety after the events, bikes will not be allowed on SkyTrain after 10:30 p.m. until the crowds have cleared. As well, the following stations will be open with modified access after 10:30 p.m.

Waterfront Station: SkyTrain access from the Cordova Street entrance will be restricted to Canada Line, SeaBus and West Coast Express (on Aug. 3 only) passengers, as well as persons with wheelchairs or strollers. All other passengers, including those transferring from SeaBus to the Expo Line must enter from Howe Street, until crowds have cleared.

Burrard Station: Bikes cannot be locked at the station entrance’s bike rack until the expected crowds have cleared. After 10:30 p.m., SkyTrain boarding at this station will be limited to eastbound travel only.

Granville Station: The Granville Street entrance will be closed until crowds clear (note: the Seymour entrance remains closed as part of the escalator replacement project). Passengers will lineup for the SkyTrain at this station west along Dunsmuir, south on Granville. Platform 1 towards Waterfront will be closed.

Make sure to check out some important tips for a safe ride from our friends over at Transit Police.

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TransLink awarded Transit System of the Year

TransLink has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

TransLink has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Read this open letter to our customers from our CEO, Kevin Desmond! 

To our valued customers:

It is with great pride and humility that I share with you the news that TransLink has been awarded the prestigious American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award for 2019. While the award recognizes the work that has been done to improve our organization’s customer service, on-time performance, and efficiency – the real recognition should go to you, TransLink’s customers.

It hasn’t always been an easy path forward. Four years ago, public confidence in the organization was at an all-time low, and you asked us to do better. To the credit of our employees, and with the support of our customers, board of directors and policy-makers, we stepped up and took on these challenges. Because of you we brought in a new culture of public accountability, holding ourselves accountable for our actions, finances, and commitments. This was a major milestone for us as we shifted our focus to the Customer Experience, ensuring customers are at the heart of every decision TransLink makes.

Today, I’m writing on behalf of all of us at TransLink to express our deepest appreciation for sticking with us and encouraging us to do better each and every day. Read more »

Call for Volunteers + enter to win a ticket to Rail~Volution!

Rail~Volution Vancouver 2019

For over 20 years, Rail~Volution has been the place to engage in thoughtful discussions with change makers and influencers. It’s the place to share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration about building livable communities with transit. Rail~Volution provides opportunities to learn, connect and expand your network with leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields. Read more »

Get to celebrations and home safely with Canada Day 2019 holiday transit service!

Making my way downtown, walking fast… because I want to see the firework show!  🎉

We know that Canada Day celebrations are a big thing, cause we are excited for them too! That’s why on Monday July 1st, the SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses will be running on the holiday schedule, but with additional service to help you get to the celebrations and getting you home safely. 🤗

Because of this spectacular event, that also means that there will be changes to our regular bus routes and access to SkyTrain stations downtown. Don’t worry, it’s just for Canada Day! Read more »

Transit your way to these awesome Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!” by Ian Muttoo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Canada Day is Monday July 1st!

We want to see you get out there and be the proud Canadian you are! Here is a list of Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver lined up for this year and how to enjoy them taking transit. Ever wonder what Canada will be like in the next 30 years? Or specifically, what will your transit to Canada Day in 2050 would look like? Help your community shape the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver with the Transport 2050 survey. Keep an eye out for our Transport 2050 Engagement Bus at a couple of these events and more throughout the summer too! Read more »

Talk Transport 2050 with us at Car Free Days this weekend, June 15–16

Last year’s Car Free Day on Main Street!

Car Free Day Vancouver is back on June 15, 16 and July 7 and we’ll be there to talk Transport 2050 with you.

Transport 2050 is a new shared regional strategy that will help navigate the next 30 years of transportation in Metro Vancouver!

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Raven Rescued by Your Friendly Neighbourhood SkyTrain Attendant

Being a SkyTrain Attendant means you’re a jack-of-all-trades. On any given day, you may need to help someone find their destination, assist a customer having a medical issue, or even manually drive the SkyTrain (if needed in extreme weather). The list of situations SkyTrain Attendants may find themselves in is long and often falls into the, ‘and other duties’ portion of the job description.

That’s what SkyTrain Attendant Pat discovered last week when he encountered a distressed raven that trapped itself behind a fenced off area.

During his shift at Holdom Station, Pat heard what he described as a child crying loudly. After analyzing the area, he found a raven mimicking the call for help, and a friend circling around to keep it company.

If you ever find a distressed animal by transit centres and don’t know what to do, we recommend notifying our SkyTrain Attendants or call the Wildlife Rescue Helpline (604-526-7275) with a message detailing what you have observed. This is for the best interests of the animal and you.

In this situation, Pat was able to help. Going beyond the ordinary is just one of the things our SkyTrain Attendants do everyday.

Your friendly neighbourhood SkyTrain Attendants have a broad responsibility to provide all our passengers (feathered or not) with a smooth transit experience. To learn more about what they do, take a look at Cheri’s interview as she talks about her 17+ years dedication to the job.

8 ways TransLink promotes accessibility

National AccessAbility Week

May 26 – June 1 is National AccessAbility Week – a week dedicated to changing the way we think, talk and act about accessibility and inclusion. TransLink is proud to offer a fully accessible fleet to people with different types of mobility, enabling everyone to travel by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express. Our fleet of vehicles has low floors with ramps and high floors with lifts, and all SkyTrain stations have elevators. It’s all part of our commitment to making transit accessible for as many people as possible. Read more »

Commuters treated to a whale-y great morning

While some people dread their Monday morning commute, that was not the case this Monday morning as SeaBus passengers destined for both Downtown and the North Shore were treated to a five-minute whale of a show in the Burrard Inlet. Read more »

Best Bubble Tea Spots by SkyTrain Stations

Last Thursday, we launched Dine the Line to explore local eateries with three journeys, one for each Skytrain line.  But no matter what kind of foodie you are, there’s a fun drink in town that has captured the hearts of many in our community.

Whether you are a novice drinker of boba milk tea or acquired an advanced taste of taro slush, bubble tea is the beverage that’s buzzing today on The Buzzer Blog! As a favorite beverage of many in Metro Vancouver, here are some by Skytrain stations that you can check out while you are venturing on your Dine the Line journey:

Surrey Central Station (Expo Line)

Chatime
Address: 10255 King George Blvd
Walking time: 4 minutes

Chatime is one of the few franchises in the lower mainland, and provides a wide variety of signature drinks, but also colourful toppings like rainbow jelly to add more fun to your drink.

 

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Bubble 88
Address: Unit 102- 10209 King George Blvd
Walking Time: 4 minutes

If you or your friend are cramming for the summer semester, (we can hear your struggles SFU Surrey students) Bubble 88 offers a selection of Taiwanese dishes to accompany your drink. Take your tea and food to go at the same time!

Metrotown Station (Expo Line)

OneZo Tapioca
Address: 4929 Kingsway
Walking Time: 12 mins (but 5 mins with the 144 bus)

Boba pearls are the dark starchy balls at the bottom of most drinks, but OneZo makes their drinks more fun with colored and flavoured pearls! They also make them fresh in house everyday.

 

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Stadium-Chinatown Station (Expo Line)

Shiny Tea – International Village
Address: Unit 2113 88 W Pender Street
Walking Time: 6 minutes

If you are a classic tea drinker, Shiny Tea is a bright spot that offers more traditional tastes in tea bases and tea-flavoured soft serve. Check out Daily Hive’s video on their tea-flavoured soft serve. (There is a shortcut if you get off the SkyTrain and head toward TransLink’s Lost Property Office to find an exit on the right.)

 

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Lougheed Town Centre Station (Millennium Line)

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Address: E-501 North Rd
Walking time: 5 minutes

Close to the Lougheed Town Center bus loop, Coco offers tropical yogurt-based drinks using Yakult, which adds more of a refreshing taste rather than creamy.

 

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Lincoln Station (Millennium Line)

Bubble World
Address: Unit 120 – 2991 Lougheed Hwy
Walking Time: 3 mins

Another casual Taiwanese eatery, Bubble World offers a wide variety of bubbly and shaken beverages. Their menu also offers desserts to share with friends.

Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line)

The Alley
Address: 985 Hornby Street
Walking time: 8 minutes

A bit a farther than the others listed in this article, but still great for a power walk! The Alley recently opened, making themselves known for their colorful and photogenic drinks, but a bit more expensive than the others on the list.

Passion Tea Room
Address: 1020 Howe Street
Walking time: 8 minutes

Another power walk for tasty bubble tea: Passion Tea Room provides lots of specialty fruit slush, milk teas and ice tea blends for a hot summer day!

 

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How about one for each day of the long weekend? 🤤 … OR just bring 2 more friends and you can try them all at once 😌 ….. . 🍓 STRAWBERRY COLADA … Fresh strawberries and coconut blended with milk and ice cream . . 🍁 KUROZATO MILK TEA … Japanese roasted black tea sweetened with Japanese black sugar . . 🍵 PURE MATCHA SHAKE … 100% matcha blended with milk and ice cream . . Which is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below! 👇🏽 . . . . #bubbletea #boba #bobatea #milktea #bbt #thefeedfeed #vancouverfoodie #vanfoodie #vancityfood #vancouver #yvr #vancity #f52grams #yvrfoodie #yvreats #getinmybelly #bobameup #foodporn #veryvancouver #foodphotography #dishedvan #nomnomyvr #instafoodie #goodeats #604food #teamchomp #gastropostvan #vancityvibe #vancityhype #passiontearoom

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Richmond-Brighouse Station (Canada Line)

Gong Cha
Address: Unit 130 – 6068 No. 3 Road
Walking Time: 2 minutes

If you like cappuccinos, try out a drink with milk foam at Gong Cha! This place has the shortest walking time from a Skytrain station, so you might as well grab a waffle too.

How far will you go for boba? Let us know what your favourite drink and bubble tea place is in the comments below!

 

 

Explore local eats through Dine the Line and TransLink

Foodies get ready for the next big food event: Dine the Line is a community-based initiative throughout the Metro Vancouver for you to explore our city and local culinary offerings within short walking distances from major transit stops!

Dine the Line

As a partnership between TransLink, Tourism Vancouver and West Coast Foods, there are a total of three food journeys to choose from, one for each SkyTrain line and each with a unique cuisine. Check out your options below!

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17 transit things that were totally normal in 1999

A lot can change in 20 years, including these 17 transit things that were totally normal in 1999. Take a trip down memory lane and remember these iconic moments in Metro Vancouver’s transit history.

Carrying a coin purse around to pay for your transit fare

Now you can tap your Compass Card or contactless credit card and be on your way!

Nervous Spongebob Squarepants GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

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TransLink takes you to BC Uncorked

Metro Vancouver is over flowing with amazing places to go and things to see and do.

TransLink takes you to 9 (or more) epic hikes, to at least 7 drool worthy pie shops, to your favourite slop-side destinations and now BC Uncorked!

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