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Capture Photography Festival brings new public art to Stadium–Chinatown Station

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball by photojournalist Alana Paterson

Over the last three years, we’ve activated the space on the third platform at Expo Line’s Stadium–Chinatown Station to showcase thought-provoking public art as part of Capture Photography Festival.

This year, we’ve teamed up with the festival to install Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball by photojournalist Alana Paterson and curated by Justin Ramsey.

Paterson’s images work to empower young Indigenous women in the face of continuing racism and intergenerational trauma caused by a dark history of colonization and the residential school system in Canada. The project both captures a visual identity of Indigenous women through sport and revitalizes the sense of strength, perseverance, and passion for which Indigenous “Warrior Women” are renowned.

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Get involved! Take this benchmarking survey for bus and SkyTrain until April 14

From now until April 14, please tell us what you think about bus and SkyTrain service by completing the short surveys.

TransLink is a part of the International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG) and CoMET and Nova benchmarking groups, which measure the performance of larger transit agencies across the globe.

Each year, we ask our riders to participate in benchmarking surveys that help us look at best practices, customer satisfaction and performance measurements. Your feedback is extremely important to help make our bus and SkyTrain service even more awesome!  Read more »

Join us for TransLink’s first Open Board Meeting of the year – March 22, 2019

TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend the first meeting of the year taking place next week.

If you have an interest in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works, this is the meeting for you! Get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate, responsibilities, budget and more! Read more »

Introducing the new SeaBus: Burrard Chinook

We’re adding a new SeaBus to the fleet as part of the 10-Year Vision and we’re thrilled to announce today the new vessel’s name — the Burrard Chinook!

What’s exciting about the new vessel is once it’s in service, it will allow us to deliver increased SeaBus service to our customers. It will increase every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 15 minutes at other times.

Construction began in November 2017, starting upside down with a sheet of metal. A keel-laying ceremony with a commemorative Canada 150 coin was held in February 2018.

In January, the vessel was christened in the Netherlands (watch the video above) where it’s now undergoing sea trials. It will then embark on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the coast to Vancouver. After the vessel arrives in local waters, it will go through some additional sea trials, and SeaBus employees will be trained on it before it starts carrying customers between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay.

You can learn more by reading our media release!

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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#MyTransLink – March 12

We’re back, after a brief hiatus, with the best of your commute via #MyTransLink. A place for all of Metro Vancouver to share the beauty that is our region, in transit.

So scroll on down and check out some of our favourite captures from the weeks that were.

 

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter ?

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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

Enter to win tickets to watch the HSBC Canada Sevens

Canada Sevens

HSBC Canada Sevens isn’t just a celebration of sport, it’s the ultimate costume party! Annually, fans don their ‘fanciest’ attire from chicken to egg and everything in between. Come for the costumes, stay for the game!

This year, we’ve teamed up with HSBC Canada Sevens to give away a pair of tickets to watch the the game along with two Compass Wristbands, each loaded with a DayPass to get you there!

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the watch the HSBC Canada Sevens and how you’d get there using transit (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink and @CanadaSevens on Instagram, like this post, and tag three friends who would love to win. Comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink and @CanadaSevens on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry) Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the #sofancy7s in #Vancouver, courtesy of @TransLink and @CanadaSevens https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=55122

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. Don’t forget to make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry!

Grab the official contest terms and conditions here, and the quick lowdown here:

This contest is for two tickets to watch the HSBC Canada Sevens along with two Compass Wristbands, each loaded with a DayPass.

All entries must be received by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019. Late entries will not be considered.
One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
Winner will be contacted via the email provided in the comments below.

Take transit to the HSBC Canada Sevens

HSBC Canada Sevens are played at Rogers Arena, conveniently located steps away from Stadium–Chinatown Station, a stop on SkyTrain’s Expo Line. Use our Trip Planner to find your transit route!

New to taking transit?

Watch the video below, or read our Rider Guide, and check out Transit 101!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

PIVOT 2019: TransLink supports students’ innovative solutions for cleaner transit

PIVOT by CaseIT

Photo courtesy: PIVOT by CaseIT

Undergraduate students across a variety of faculties, including business, computer science, interactive arts and technology, and engineering recently got a chance to showcase their solutions for sustainable transit, thanks to TransLink.

In February this year, CaseIT presented PIVOT, a local undergraduate ideathon proudly supported by TransLink. Beginning as a spark to an idea, PIVOT was conceptualized in 2018 to celebrate CaseIT’s 15 year anniversary within the Vancouver business community. TransLink proudly supported PIVOT as a theme sponsor, providing powerful insights to this year’s theme of traffic congestion.

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Meet Tania Willard: The artist behind Commercial–Broadway’s public artwork

Tania Willard

Tania Willard. Photo: Kyla Bailey

For those of you accessing the new platform at Commercial–Broadway, a stunning new piece of public art awaits!

Produced by Tania Willard, of Secwépemc and settler heritage, Rule of the Trees is a work that acts as a reminder of the Indigenous lands beneath our feet.

Tania works within the shifting ideas around the contemporary and traditional. She often works with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Besides, Rule of the Trees, Willard has also worked on If the Drumming Stops, with artist Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton, AB. Willard’s ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an Assistant Professor at UBCO (Kelowna, BC).

We chatted with Tania about the role of art on public transit.

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#MyTransLink – February 19

Another week where the snow just wouldn’t quit. Left with remnants of snow plowed streets and sagging snowmen, your photos tell a story of the beauty this late winter brought to our region. Snow capped peaks and blue bird skies made up the bulk of our #MyTransLink moments. Yet again, you – our keen eyed transit photographers, were able to make the most of less than favourable conditions by sharing your shots once more for our weekly photo series.

Scroll through the sampling of some 6,700 photos shared and find the beauty within the everyday commute.

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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 »

The February 2019 special edition issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

February Special Edition The Buzzer

We’re kicking of 2019 with a special edition issue of The Buzzer which you can find on the system now.

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#MyTransLink – February 12

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… only, it’s February – mid-February no less!

Apparently, Mother Nature thought that Metro Vancouver was having a serious case of FOMO, and decided to blanket our region in a rather large (for us) blanket of snow.

Despite the chaos all the white stuff tends to bring, there’s no denying that with it comes a unique beauty that many of you have captured. So take a scroll down the page and check out the amazing snowy transit shots shared throughout the region.

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