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Category: Something Neat

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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7 transit-friendly stops to get pie this Pi Day

7 transit friendly stops to get pie this Pi Day

March 14 or 3/14 marks International Pi Day. Pi Day is not just an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of π (pi) and talk to their friends about math, it’s also a great day to stuff your face with all of the pie!

While Pi may be irrational, our love of pie is not, so we’re giving you a list of 7 transit-friendly stops to get pie this Pi Day.

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Meet some of the women who help keep you moving

Metro Vancouver’s regional transit system is full of employees who have dedicated their careers to helping keep the region moving. Today, in honour of International Women’s Day, we recognize some of the amazing women on the front lines and behind the scenes.

Make sure to check out some of the other women profiled in previous years, Sarah Tseng, Senior Planner, Mia Pears, Manager, Transit Network Management and The Conductorettes.

Interested in a career that moves you? Head over to translink.ca/careers to get started.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

From first kiss to getting engaged on transit!

Brigitta and Brendan are self-proclaimed transit nerds with public transit playing a strong supporting role in each of their lives.

From childhood, when they learned to ride transit, to taking them to and from dates as they grew older.

It’s no surprise that their first kiss took place on the platform of Commercial–Broadway Station as they waited for their trains.

As their relationship blossomed, Brigitta knew it was time – she was ready to propose to Brendan! What better location to pop the question than on transit!

The couple hopped aboard SkyTrain to Waterfront for dinner in Gastown. As dinner ended, they received an “emergency phone call” to help a friend at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Read more »

Finding love on the N19

Finding love on the N9

The date was September 25, 2009. The time was 2:39 a.m. Michael was heading home after a night out in downtown Vancouver. The N19 pulled up, and Michael piled on with the rest of the late-night crew. The bus was packed and everyone was feeling chatty after a night on the town. Michael joined a conversation with a few people he didn’t know — one of whom was Crystal, a woman who would later become his wife. Read more »

Transit-friendly skiing and snowboarding places near Vancouver

Grouse Mountain

Vancouver and snow might not be the best of friends, but you can call them long-lost friends. They meet occasionally and everyone is pleasantly surprised. Until snow bids adieu and heads to its favourite friends on the North Shore.

So, what do Vancouverites do when they want some snow? They head to the mountains that offer breathtaking views – and of course, there’s snow! Read more »

Best breakfast in Metro Vancouver near transit

breakfast spots in Metro Vancouver near transit

The Buzzer blog lists some spots that serve delicious and hearty breakfast

Warm buttery pancakes, steaming hot cups, a cheesy and creamy omelette – you get the gist! Today, on The Buzzer blog, we’re talking breakfast, baby!

And now that it’s a bit chilly, weekends (and even weekday mornings) are best spent eating a wholesome and healthy breakfast to your heart’s content!

Hungry yet? We are too, so let’s get this one rollin’, shall we?

Note: Restaurant timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details. 

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Stunning new art-wrapped buses – coming to a bus loop near you!

Vancouver-based artist Diyan Achjadi is a known name in the local art scene. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to a West-Javanese father and an English-Canadian mother, Diyan grew up moving between Jakarta, Hong Kong, London, and Washington DC.

Diyan’s work will now be adding a vivid visual experience to your commute!

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Year in Review: a look at some of TransLink’s 2018 milestones

As 2018 ends, The Buzzer blog takes a look at some of TransLink’s milestones from the year that was!

Improving the customer experience was a big focus for us this year.

We made paying for transit even more easier with the roll-out of Tap to Pay. For customers without Compass Cards such as tourists, this feature means no more ticket line-ups, digging for exact change, or worrying about pre-calculating zones — just tap your Visa or Mastercard contactless credit card or mobile wallet, and be on your way. In less than two months of its launch, Tap to Pay hit a milestone with more than one million taps. Read more »

Christmas came early: Over 3,000 toys donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Toys for Tots

It was a beautiful downtown Vancouver morning, when Sparky the Elf, alongside Mr. & Mrs. Claus, delivered a promissory note of 3,000 new, unwrapped toys on behalf of TransLink and its operating companies to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB).

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Hot Chocolate for bus drivers: Van Tech students sweeten commutes

Van Tech hot chocolate for bus drivers

Each year, students from the Summit program at the Vancouver Technical School brave the early morning cold to show appreciation to their bus drivers by hand-delivering sweet cups of hot chocolate and a little gift to each passing bus.

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Choo-choo-choose the West Coast Express Santa train this holiday season!

West Coast Express Santa Train

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m.

The West Coast Express Santa Train is back on track again, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all your friends on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community! Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Science World tickets

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 4

We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we want you to take a peek inside The Science Behind Pixar, experience Nikon’s Small World art display, or catch an immersive film on the worlds largest OMNIMAX dome by partnering TELUS World of Science with a pair of general admission tickets to Science World AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value, so you can take transit to get there!  Read more »

T’is the season for holiday events

T’is the season — transit is the season, get it? 🤣 — for holiday cheer and we’ve jam packed December with a bus load of fun, festive activities for the whole family. Read more »