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Teachers! This is how you can enter to win a visit from a TransLink bus or transit tickets for your class

Oct. 5–9 is I Love Transit: Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe. It’s a week-long celebration of all things transit and as part of that, we have myriad opportunities for teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom!

There’s free bus travel for students in kindergarten through Grade 12, while teachers can enter their class to win a visit from a TransLink bus and transit tickets for the entire class.

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The Patio Series feat. New Westminster

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. This week we’re checking out what New Westminster has to offer.

In June, New Westminster residents witnessed restaurant and pub patio extensions pop up and the installation of additional parklets (seating where cars used to park) throughout the city intended to support business recovery efforts. “The City of New Westminster is committed to maintaining and improving upon a quality, people-centred public realm, as doing so supports vibrant, active and healthy streets, which in turn has a positive impact on local business and the community as a whole,” said a report to council.

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Bike to Work Week is Sept. 28 to Oct. 4

We’re partnering with HUB Cycling once again for the fall edition of Bike to Work Week. Whether you’re working from home or commuting regularly, there are plenty of ways to get involved this year.

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I Love Transit 2020: K–12 students ride the bus for free, Oct. 5–9

Kids Ride Free

Every day is a great day to take transit, but there’s no better week to hop on a bus than I Love Transit week! From October 5–9, 2020, students in kindergarten through Grade 12 ride the bus for free!

Grab your walking shoes and get trip ready with our Trip Planner, or reach out to our Customer Information team on Twitter or by phone at 604-953-3333.

Please note this offers applies to bus only and does not include SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. As well, regular fares apply to teachers, parents and adults accompanying children and high school students on the system. Read more »

The Patio Series feat. the North Shore’s Shipyards District

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. This week we’re focusing on the North Shore.  

Earlier this year the pandemic began to shift our behavior. We worked, moved, lived and played differently overnight. Cities, agencies and businesses worked together to adapt to this changing demand. One of the creative solutions to the problems posed by the pandemic was offering more space to restaurants’ diners with patios!  

Street-side patios popped up around Metro Vancouver, and the North Shore’s restaurants, breweries and pubs got creative.   Read more »

Surrey Langley SkyTrain continues to move forward with third round of public engagement

Due to the provincial election, we have temporarily paused the third round of public engagement. We will resume as soon as possible. Please visit for further details.

The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project continues to move forward with a new round of public engagement that starts today. This round of public engagement offers a look at new station designs and seeks feedback on construction management plans. Engagement runs between September 18 and October 4.

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Broadway Subway station name to feature Emily Carr

TransLink is unveiling the final station names for the Broadway Subway Project, with the extension’s first station featuring the name of internationally acclaimed British Columbian Emily Carr.

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This is the ultimate guide to a bicycle adventure to Green Timbers in Surrey

Green Timbers Urban Forest

We know parks are a popular place to visit — that’s why we shared five Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to explore this summer by transit. We’re back to share with you how you can take a cycling adventure to Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey! Read more »

Enter to win a “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” Compass Card with a DayPass!

New compass card with "Be Kind Be Calm Be Safe"

As part of fall ridership campaign, we’re releasing a commemorative and limited edition, adult Compass Card to remind customers to “Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe” as we return to transit. This card recognizes the extensive efforts that have been made by leaders and individuals in B.C. in response to the pandemic.

Starting on Sept. 15, you can purchase the card at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station, with a $6 refundable deposit, while supplies last. We ask everyone to practice physical distancing, and to wear a mask while on transit, in line and inside the service centre. You’ll also have the chance to win one with a DayPass loaded on it. Keep reading to find out how to you can enter to win!

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TransLink launches fall ridership campaign

TransLink is launching a new campaign aimed at boosting transit ridership while also reminding customers of the safety and reliability of its transit system.

“Since the restart of British Columbia’s economy in June, our regular riders have gradually been returning to transit,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We want to continue to build ridership over coming months, with systemwide ridership currently sitting at around 43 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. TransLink’s Safe Operating Action Plan includes several enhanced safety initiatives to ensure customers know that transit is a safe and reliable alternative to driving as British Columbia’s economy continues to reopen.”

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New interactive tool supports transit use for people of all abilities

TransLink is launching a series of online tools designed to help people of all abilities, including those on the autism spectrum, confidently and independently utilize Metro Vancouver’s transit system. The tools include an interactive 360-degree virtual tour of a TransLink bus and eight educational videos about how to use transit throughout Metro Vancouver.

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Bus bulbs reduce the travel times and transform Metro Vancouver streets

If you’ve taken a stroll along Robson street lately, you might noticed some recent changes. Temporary patios now line the sidewalk, live music playing at the street corners, murals coat the walls of buildings and three temporary bus bulbs have been constructed at the intersections of Burrard and Bute. These transit improvements are funded through TransLink’s Bus Speed and Reliability Program to support TransLink’s and the City of Vancouver’s response to COVID-19.

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PHOTOS: Taking you behind the scenes of the Expo Line weekend closure at Waterfront Station

Earlier last month, the Expo Line platform at Waterfront Station was closed for a weekend to accelerate maintenance work while there are fewer people on the system. This created a continuous 51-hours of maintenance for power and system upgrades, extensive power rail cleaning and rail repairs, track intrusion alarm maintenance and cleaning, guideway maintenance, detailed platform cleaning, bird prevention installations, lighting upgrades and repairs and CCTV camera repairs.

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The Patio Series feat. Downtown Vancouver’s Patio District

Emily from Donnellan's Pub

TransLink and HUB have teamed up to highlight patios across Metro Vancouver for the next few weeks. In the first of our Patio Series, we’re featuring the Downtown Vancouver Patio District.

Since June, the City of Vancouver has approved 326 patios throughout the city, 31 of which are in the Downtown Vancouver BIA district. Gavin from Downtown Vancouver BIA explains: “In many cases, these patios have allowed restaurants to remain operational during the pandemic, and we cannot underestimate the economic impact they have had. Most of the patios are in converted parking stalls, however, in some locations, vehicle travel lanes have been converted into space for patios.” 

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5 mask hacks you should know about

Who knew one year ago that face masks would become an inseparable part of our experience in 2020? With fall approaching, masks will remain an essential item in our wardrobe. So why not make mask-wearing more comfortable and better? If you ever foggy glasses, chaffed ears and or any other mask-related problem , check out our five hacks below that will hopefully make your life a little easier!

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