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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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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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