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The Buzzer Birthday Giveaway!!

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You may have heard that The Buzzer is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary!

To honour this momentous occasion, we want YOU, our biggest Buzzer supporters to share a #Selfie and/or your favourite Buzzer memory on your social (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) channels with the hashtag #BUZZER100.

Entrants are allowed one entry, per channel, per day for a chance to win a Monthly Pass loaded on your Compass Card!

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Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 10th, 2016 and we’ll randomly select a winner on June 14th, 2016. Make sure to check out the contest terms and conditions for all the details on the contest.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Happy 100th Birthday, Buzzer!!!!! – The 100th anniversary edition of the Buzzer is now on the system

First Buzzer front page

The 100th anniversary issue!

The Buzzer has come a long way since June 2, 1916!

In fact, the first official publication didn’t even have a name! It was the riders of the trams and streetcars that named our dear Buzzer.

Print Buzzer masthead from 1917 and 2016

Print Buzzer masthead from 1917 and 2016

In the beginning, the Buzzer was on area jitneys – competition for public transit ran by private individuals. It wasn’t until the GM of B.C. Electric who ran the transit thought that the Buzzer could keep people informed about service and entice riders to stick with the streetcar that the Buzzer became what we know it to be today.oldbuzzerillustration

The Buzzer is a mix of everything – an events pamphlet, a transit newsletter, a service bulletin, fun stories, interesting factoids, and more!

Over the years, the Buzzer has changed companies, themes, mastheads, editors and content but the focus is always the same: to deliver informative, fun and interesting transit and community related tidbits to the riders of the transit system.

We had so much material to work with for our special collectors edition, not everything could make it in the print Buzzer but lucky you! We’ve included some here:

Be sure to pick up the double-length special collectors edition of the print Buzzer on the system now or you can download it here.!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pattullo, the Buzzer turns 100 and more in our second Facebook Live

Last Thursday I sat down with TransLink spokesperson Jennifer Morland for our second Facebook Live. If you missed it, here it is.

We’re planning on doing live broadcasts more often. Do you have a topic or location you’d like to suggest for a future broadcast? Let us know and we’ll try our best to make them as interesting, informative and as fun as possible. Enjoy!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Vivian Lau


Meet Vivian! TransLink employee and latest print Buzzer illustrator.

Our April 2016 edition of the print Buzzer was illustrated by one of TransLink’s own employees, Vivian Lau!

Vivian works in the Wayfinding department as a graphic artist.

She created the wonderful, spring-inspired image with little furry friends riding the bus – which is just fantastic!

I caught up with Vivian to find out a little bit more about her artistic process and what inspires her work.

Tell us about yourself…

I’m a graphic designer, and I’m currently a part of TransLink’s Wayfinding team. I make maps and directional signage for the SkyTrain stations, as well as other print materials. In my spare time, I run a casual lifestyle blog where I review restaurants, as well as discuss historical cookery and antiquarian books.

What inspires you when create your art?

A few of my close friends are video game artists. Their amazing work pushes me to practice more, though I feel I still have a ways to go before I can even call myself an artist. For this particular design, I was inspired by paper-cutting and wanted to give the design a simple, layered effect.

What tools do you use?

I predominantly use Adobe Illustrator, but I have a background in watercolour and oil painting. I’m currently branching out into 3D printing and laser cutting.

How would you describe your design style?

I wouldn’t say I have a particular design style – I’m pretty adaptable. I find the constraints of a project usually helps determine the style used.

What’s your favourite mode of transit?

My favourite mode of transit is the SkyTrain! It’s easy to get everywhere, and it’s usually reliable. It helps that I live super close to a station.

Do you have any fun plans or activities you’re up to this spring?

My schedule has been packed lately! I’ve been enamoured with the idea of being more in control of my body and mind, so I’ve invested some time into weightlifting and starting classes on dance, voice acting, and singing. Also, I’ve just been put on a monthly schedule with my tattoo artist, so I have a lot of art to look forward to in the next while!

Thanks Vivian!

If you haven’t got a copy of the latest Buzzer, what are you waiting for?!

Pick one up on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses or download it here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

The April 2016 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to spring service changes.

There’s also an update about full fare gate closures starting on April 4.

imageedit_5_4412239644Transit Network Review consultation last fall and news about the Pattullo Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Buzzer illustrator interview: Kalena Mackiewicz

Kalena and her illustration!

Kalena and her illustration!

Our December issue of the print Buzzer was illustrated by the talented Kalena Mackiewicz.

She not only captured the holiday spirit, she wrapped it up! Her bright and brilliant illustration perfectly embraced our winter service changes while still offering a festive seasonal feel.

To learn more about what makes Kalena tick, I checked in with her for a quick interview.

Who is Kalena Mackiewicz?

I’m originally from Calgary, but now live in North Burnaby. I’m an Emily Carr University alumni and have perfected making cabbage rolls in a slow cooker.

How would you describe your illustration style?

My style stems a lot from my experience with cartooning and animation. I like my work to have humour and colour, and seem as if it’s going to come to life any second. The style of illustrations I do now are kind of like if a rainbow bouncy castle was a sophisticated art gallery.

What tools do you use?

I work entirely digital with a tablet for the final work, but the initial idea phase is all hands on. I do pen doodles on napkins or receipts using markers, crayons and hi-lighters.

Your Buzzer cover literally gave the gift of transit! What was the inspiration behind your illustration?

When you’re a kid, opening the biggest present is the most exciting! My main influence was those commercials for cars with the big red bow that are always on around Christmas. I also thought it would go well with the new Compass Card ads.

Do you ride transit? If so, do you have a favourite mode?

Since I moved here in 2005, I’ve used transit almost every day. It’s my ride! I’ve travelled by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and Aquabus, but still have yet to try the West Coast Express.

Any fun plans for the holidays?

Riding the West Coast Express!

Thanks Kalena!

If you haven’t got a copy of the latest Buzzer you can download it here.

Author: Laura Tennant

The December 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to Winter Service Changes.

There is update from Compass for Monthly Pass users. Remember! December is the last month to use a traditional paper FareCard. Starting January 1st, all Monthly Pass users will be required to load their pass onto a Compass Card.big

Also in this issue is a quick wrap up from our Transit Network Consultation survey and some winter safety tips for pedestrians from Transit Police.

And as always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next regular issue of  the Buzzer will be out in April 2016!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Buzzer illustrator interview: Meghan Latta


Meghan and her illustration!

This September issue was all about fall service changes and we were lucky enough to have Meghan Latta illustrate the cover!

Capturing our seasonal shift into autumn, Meghan’s work perfectly depicted our move into fall and the service changes that this time of year brings.

Here’s a brief interview we did with Meghan to learn more about her and her work.

Tell me a bit about yourself

My name is Meghan, illustration is not my day job, but I try to work it in whenever I have spare time.

How would you describe your illustration style?

I usually do things that are pretty detailed and realistic. I have been working on more pattern-focused illustration in the last year.

What inspired your illustration?

I knew that the emphasis of this issue of the Buzzer was going to be about fall service changes, some of which included night bus service, so I wanted to do something about the night and the transition from day into night. I really wanted to include some raccoons, but they didn’t make it into the final design.

Have you ever drawn transit before this gig?

I have not.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?

I take transit every day! I live in a really well connected part of town, so it is easy to get anywhere from my house, and that is great. I don’t take the Canada Line as much anymore because it is not on my everyday route, but I do really like that train.

Did you have a good summer? Any fun fall plans?

Summer ended kind of abruptly and I am thinking a lot about fall and fall clothes. I’m wondering if I can get away with wearing a blanket around outside all of the time. Also, pie? Pie is in my fall plans. Both the making of and the eating.

Thanks Meghan! If you haven’t picked up the latest Buzzer you download it or find it on the system!

Author: Laura Tennant

The September 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to Fall service changes that began September 7th.

There’s also information on Compass Card and upcoming bus anywhere with one-zone fare changes.

Details on International Walk to School Week (IWALK) can also be found in this issue.

And as always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next regular issue of  the Buzzer will be out in December 2015!

Author: Laura Tennant

Buzzer illustrator interview: Hiller Goodspeed

Illustration and Hiller!

Illustration and Hiller!

This summer we put out a Special Edition of the Buzzer to celebrate both I Love Transit Week and 125 years of transit in the region!

While one side recounted the history of Metro Vancouver’s transit, the flip side was dedicated to the I Love Transit colouring contest created by illustrator Hiller Goodspeed.

His beautiful illustration depicted many of  Metro Vancouver’s landmarks as well as captured the spirit of our transit system!

To learn more about Hiller and his illustration style, we did a quick interview:

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a 27-year-old who is originally from Florida, but now lives in Vancouver by way of Portland, Oregon. I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Library and Information Studies at UBC and have a background in illustration and design. This time of year I enjoy hanging out around a BBQ and eating popsicles to beat the heat.

How would you describe your illustration style?
My work is filled with lumpy shapes and little faces and cute things, but not too cute— I try to keep it a little weird. I work almost exclusively with pencils because I think they are the best.

What was your inspiration for the I Love Transit illustration? Was it your LOVE of transit?
Yes! I love public transportation and use it every day. Riding the bus gives me time to reflect and process all kinds of things, and I get some of my best ideas while riding public transportation. I like that a few dollars can take you to a place you’ve never been before, isn’t that cool? Sometimes, I wish I could live on the bus.

The colouring page is so detailed! How long did it take you to create?

I drew three different versions of the cityscape, the last of which was an amalgamation of the first two. I also reserve time to daydream before I start working, which is an important and necessary step in my creative process. All in all, I probably put 8-10 hours into developing my illustration. Plus many more hours if you include all my time spent on the bus as preliminary research.

How did you pick which iconic parts of Metro Vancouver to include in the drawing?
I tried to include as many references to my favourite places in Vancouver as I could: the downtown VPL branch, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, and of course, the sculpture from Dude Chilling Park. These places are all integral to what makes Vancouver so great. There’s even a Nardwuar reference hidden in the illustration because Nardwuar is the coolest.

Have you illustrated transit systems before? Was it difficult to capture the essence of an entire system?
No, I haven’t! The most difficult part was deciding which elements made it into the illustration. I really wanted to include the Alex Fraser Bridge, but when I tried to draw it, there were just too many supports and it turned out looking like some kind of spaghetti disaster.

What has been the best part of your summer so far?
In June I proposed to the most beautiful and wonderful lady in the world and she said “yes”. We’re now engaged!

Still haven’t got your hands on the Special Edition Buzzer? You can download it here.

Author: Laura Tennant

This Summer’s Special Issue of the Buzzer is Now on the System!

I Love Transit

The Special Edition Buzzer is now on the system!

This edition is dedicated to celebrating both our love of transit and the 125th anniversary of transit in the region!

Acting as a hybrid issue, one side takes a look at the last 125 years of transit in BC and the other is devoted to I Love Transit Week running this summer from August 31st to September 4th!

Just like I Love Transit issues of years past, half of the edition is yours to colour! And if you take part in the colouring contest and send a coloured copy our way, you could win one of two fare cards drawn on September 9th.

If colouring isn’t your thing, but you still want to participate, you’re in luck because we have a few more activities up our sleeves!

During I Love Transit week there will be contests, transit camps and opportunities to share your I Love Transit stories!

Transit camp details and how to share your transit stories are inside the issue, but you will have to check back on the blog for contest info.

Finally, this issue also includes a back issue, TransLink contact information as well as information on where to send your Compass Card questions.

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The regular issue of the Buzzer will be out later in August!

Author: Laura Tennant

Buzzer Illustrator Interview: Mouki Butt

Mouki (well, her interpretation of herself at least) and her illustration!

Mouki (well, her interpretation of herself at least) and her illustration!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…bus!

The cover of this summer’s Buzzer print edition is inspired by both transit and the Women’s World Cup.

Featuring the wonderful work of Mouki Butt, the cover of the June 2015 issue captures the excitement of the FIFA event while still remaining true to our transportation roots.

We were lucky enough to do a quick interview with Mouki about her work:

Who is Mouki Butt?

I’m an illustrator who loves to draw all things cute.

Describe your illustration style in three words.

Cute, clean, colourful.

How did you arrive at this illustration? What was your inspiration?

With such a big soccer event happening this month, and so many attendees taking transit, it seemed appropriate to incorporate both.

Have you ever drawn a flying bus before? Any Keanu Reeves/Speed inspired drawings in the past?

No, this was my first flying bus, but it won’t be my last.

In our last interview you said you love taking the SkyTrain. Still riding and taking in those views?

Yes! The SkyTrain is great! I see so many wonderful faces when taking transit. It’s very inspirational for illustrating.

Any cool summer plans?

Exploring more of BC, stargazing, and swimming in the ocean.

Thanks Mouki! Haven’t picked-up the June 2015 issue of the Buzzer yet? You can download it here!

Author: Laura Tennant

The June 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system


Much of it is dedicated to summer service changes that begin June 22.

You can also find an update from Transit Police about the one year anniversary of their OnDuty app and text line.

Don’t forget to TravelSmart to all the great summer events this region has to offer.

Finally, a thank you from us to you. Because you keep us moving!

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next regular issue of the Buzzer will be out in August 2015 but keep your eyes peeled for a special edition this summer!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The April 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

The April 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system!April-2015-Buzzer

Much of it is dedicated to the Spring Service changes that begin to take place on April 13.

There are seasonal and permanent changes to routes AND times so be sure to check out all the updates.

There is information on the Transportation and Transit plebiscite and station and elevator upgrades at Metrotown station.

We’ve also included a new series about TransLink and its operating companies called The Facts Matter.

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next issue of the Buzzer will be out in June 2015.

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We apologize for any confusion to our readers and riders!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Buzzer illustrator interview: Christel Chan



Christel with her illustration for the February Buzzer

Another Buzzer issue means another ridiculously talented artist illustrated the front page! Christel Chan captured our theme for the February issue perfectly, showing the modes of transit we use across the region in a really bright and fun way! (Jealous. I can barely draw plausible stick figure!)

We got a chance to ask Christel a few questions about herself and her work:

Who is Christel?
I am a fourth year Illustration student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. My website is

How did you get into drawing and illustrating?
I’ve been drawing all my life so I cannot really pinpoint a time when I “got into it”. However, I wasn’t aware of Illustration as a field until I started at Emily Carr University.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Portraiture. I love studying faces and capturing them in 2D…it is very satisfying.

What tools do you like to use?
Recently I have been very interested in oil painting, but for a more graphic approach, I like using my tablet on Adobe Illustrator. Both media are very flexible which I enjoy.

What’s your favourite route or mode of transit?
I take transit everyday to and from school. Since efficiency is important to me (I am from Hong Kong, after all), the 99 B-line is my favourite bus line because it’s frequent and fast.

What’s next for you in the land of art?
I am graduating this May and I aspire to be a freelance Illustrator for publications and children’s books. I would also like to cultivate a gallery practice.

Thanks Christel! Pick up your copy of the February 2015 issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out April 2015 – that means the next illustrator interview will be then too!

Author: Adrienne Coling