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VanTech students pour a cuppa cheer for the 23rd year!

The last Friday of December’s school year means early alarm bells for Vancouver Technical School’s Grade 9 students who are part of the Summit program. Each year, for the past 23 years, students make and serve hot chocolate to deserving bus operators, bright and early, as they pull up to the Broadway stop outside the school.

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Ride free New Year’s Eve!

Ride Free New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is heavily rooted in tradition, whether it be celebrating at home or a festive night out in the city.

TransLink’s New Year’s Eve tradition dates back 44 years! Free transit is provided for all of Metro Vancouver to ensure everyone in the entire region has access to a safe ride home as we ring in the new year.

From 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, January 1, 2020 service across the entire system will be free! Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Gifts for the Metro Vancouver transit lover (CONTEST)

Two years ago, due to popular demand, we launched the TransLink Store. Your one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest in Metro Vancouver transit merchandise. Over the years, the shop has grown and is now stocked with a robust collection of your favourite transit memorabilia.

With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve curated the perfect holiday gift guide for the Metro Vancouver transit lover!

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Your ultimate 2019 guide to transit trick-or-treating

Your ultimate 2019 guide to transit trick-or-treating

You and your kiddo have planned for this day for weeks, months or even years! And now the only thing standing in the way of your epic superhero Halloween costume being unrecognizable, hidden under three layers of fleece and a raincoat, is Metro Vancouver’s unpredictably predictable rainy weather. Read more »

The 160 bus: perfect for seniors

The 160 Port Coquitlam Station / Kootenay Loop bus is one of the most versatile routes in TransLink’s entire network. It connects communities and municipalities from Burnaby all the way to Port Coquitlam, allowing riders to cross three zones with a single tap.

One group that finds the 160 particularly helpful in their day-to-day lives is seniors, so we decided to take a group out on an expedition along the bus route, so they could show us how they use the route and tell us a little bit about what transit means to them. Read more »

More reasons to take the 160 bus: weekday, daytime offers!

If you’re here, you probably already know that TransLink provides one of the fastest, most convenient and affordable ways to zip around Metro Vancouver. We connect you to everything. Your errands, like grocery shopping and going to the pharmacy. Transit connects your social life, like restaurants and coffee shops. And your me-time, like exercise studios, parks and beaches. You can take transit to get anywhere and do anything – and one of our most versatile routes is the 160 Kootenay Loop / Port Coquitlam Station bus.

The 160 bus can take you from East Hastings Street in Vancouver all the way to downtown Port Coquitlam. Zoom through up to three zones with a single tap! Even if your destination is just a little further away, the 160 Bus connects you directly to the 95 B-Line into downtown Vancouver, as well as SkyTrain’s Millennium Line at Moody Centre, Inlet Centre, Lafarge Lake–Douglas, Lincoln and Coquitlam Central stations.

Along the route you’ll find everything you need for a productive day. The bus comes every 15 minutes during the daytime to ensure you’re never waiting too long to get moving. And since the 160 stops every few blocks, you’re never too far from your destination. It’s the next best thing to having a private driver to take you directly to where you’re headed. Once you’re on board, you’ll notice there’s plenty of space and plenty of seats, so you can settle in for a more comfortable ride.

If that’s not enough, there are five more great reasons to take the 160 bus. In partnership with some of the great cafés and restaurants along the route, we’re offering special deals when you show your Compass Card, Compass Ticket or bus transfer. Take advantage of these great offers with the 160 on weekdays, between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., until December 31, 2019.

So, stop thinking about traffic, parking, and all the hassles that come with it. Take the 160 bus to your destination – it’s your ticket to the neighbourhood!

Surviving the first week back-to-school and work after Labour Day weekend!

Post Labour Day Crunch

Can you hear the back-to-school bells ringing? It’s the last weekend before Metro Vancouver heads back to the books, lectures and the daily hustle!

Classes for (most) students start right after Labour Day on September 3rd after a well-deserved summer break. We’re here to provide tips on how to make your commute efficient so you have more time to enjoy the first week back to school. Read more »

Holiday Service for Labour Day Weekend

Monday, September 2 is Labour Day, and it marks the last long weekend of the summer before many Metro Vancouver residents head back to work and school. We’re giving you a heads up that holiday service will be in effect before getting back to the ebb and flow of your daily routine. Read more »

Transit for the Next Generation: CUTA seeking delegates for upcoming Young Leaders Summit

Are you a young leader aged 18-28 interested in public transit and sustainable transportation? If so, The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is looking for you!

What is the Young Leaders Summit?

The Young Leaders Summit: Transit for the Next Generation, seeks to inspire a new generation leaders, users and advocates for transit towards a more sustainable and equitable future. The summit will be held in Calgary from November 8-10, 2019 and is a unique opportunity for young leaders aged 18-28 interested in public transit and sustainable transportation to learn, share ideas and connect with peers and industry professionals in transit and sustainable transportation.

80 young leaders from across Canada will gather in Calgary to gain knowledge and skills about existing and emerging issues and approaches in the transit industry, and have the opportunity to network with each other, professional hosts and sponsors. This summit has been shown time and again to be a turning point for many young leaders and has inspired their work in transit industries in Canada and across the globe.
CUTA Young Leaders Summit

 

What’s included?

While there’s not fee to submit a delegate application to attend the Young Leaders Summit, a nominal fee will apply to secure your registration. If your application to attend is successful, a nominal fee will apply to secure your registration. Applicants who are selected as delegates will have travel to and from the summit, accommodations and meals covered!

Delegates must be willing to travel to the summit with travel options provided for their region – intercity bus, use of their own vehicle and be reimbursed mileage at a predetermined rate, or by air for select locations only.

Apply now!

While the Early-bird deadline has passed, the final deadline for applications is September 5, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as spaces are limited.

Download the application guide here: http://go.cuta-yls.com/4YYy5K, and check out the Young Leaders Summit website here: https://cuta-yls.com.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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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Author: Sarah Kertcher

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 »