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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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#MyTransLink – May 7

From sunrise to sunset, the landscape and scenery around the region brings a stunning display of beauty each and every day. As the days are getting lighter and trees are getting brighter, it’s reflected in the stunning shots that you share with us. #MyTransLink is an in transit themed photo series where Metro Vancouverites, neighbours and visitors alike to snap and share their favourite transit-related shots from around the region.

Each week we gain a new perspective of ever-changing landscape around Metro Vancouver.

So scroll on down, and check out the people, places and things featured in #MyTransLink.

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Take part in Transport 2050: shape the future of how we move and live

Metro Vancouver is one of the most livable regions in the world, thanks to its history of delivering on transportation plans. Over the past 30 years, improvements to transit, roads, and walking and cycling have created more options for getting around. These improvements have also supported the economy by promoting the efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods.

As we continue to address the region’s most pressing issues, we need to prepare for what the future may bring. The region is facing real challenges today, such as rising unaffordability, congestion, and crowding on transit.

Today, we’re launching the first phase of public engagement for our 30-year regional transportation strategy, Transport 2050.

Transport 2050 will be a blueprint for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver, setting out the region’s transportation vision, strategies and priorities between now and 2050.

Shape the future of how we move — and live — at transport2050.ca. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #Transport2050. 

#TransLinkTomorrow: how can micromobility support a livable region?

On April 25, we held our latest talk as part of TransLink Tomorrow’s The Future of Mobility speaker series. We welcomed industry, academia and policymakers for a talk on shared micro-mobility. Shared micro-mobility refers to any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users.

Thank you to everyone who attended! Missed it? Watch the archived Periscope livestream above.

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#MyTransLink – April 30

Andy Warhol said it best –

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

Truer words could not be spoken about transit photography. Each week, we ask Metro Vancouver residents, neighbours and visitors alike to snap and share their favourite transit-related shots from around the region. Each week we gain a new perspective of ever-changing landscape around Metro Vancouver.

So scroll on down, and check out the people, places and things featured in #MyTransLink.

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Take transit to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place on Sunday, May 5. (Photo: BMO Vancouver Marathon)

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place this Sunday, May 5 and we want you to take transit to get there!

We’ll be operating shuttle buses from our SkyTrain stations to get you there. They will operate from Scott Road, Brentwood Town Centre, Patterson and Lougheed Town Centre stations, and Lonsdale Quay. Buses will arrive in time for the start of the half and full marathons.

To secure your spot, sign up for the shuttle buses at bmovanmarathon.ca/shuttle (space permitting). Registration closes on Wednesday, May 1 at 11:30 p.m. Sign-up may also be available at the expo on May 3 and 4 if space permits.

There will also be a number of bus reroutes in place due to road closures. Service on the following bus routes will be modified: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 33, 41, 49, 68, 70, 84, 99, 210, 211, 240 and 246.

SkyTrain will operate regular Sunday/holiday service.

For transit service information including bus re-routes during race,
sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca,
follow @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Top 10 busiest SkyTrain stations in Metro Vancouver

Transit ridership is on the rise again, in fact, 2018 saw a 7.1 per cent system-wide increase in boardings over 2017 (our biggest annual increase ever!) which brings us to  record 437.4 million!

The 2018 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) measures ridership, cost, reliability, on-time performance and crowding across all transit modes. The findings are an important planning tool that help inform upcoming service change requirements and identify other opportunities to improve service for our customers.

Top 10 Busiest SkyTrain stations

SkyTrain ridership alone was up 5.7 per cent in 2018, rising to 160.0 million annual boardings.  The Expo and Millennium Lines together had 111.3 million annual boardings (5.9% increase) and the Canada Line had 48.7 million annual boardings (5.3% increase).

That’s a lot of people Metro Vancouver!

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Busiest SkyTrain stations around the region.

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Friday fun poll: push or pull to request a stop?

A customer uses a push strip to request a stop onboard a bus in Boston. (Photo: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

Part of the bus-riding experiencing is requesting a stop.

On our buses, there are two ways to do this: pulling the cord that runs along the windows or pressing the “Stop” button on the poles in the aisle.

If you’ve been to other cities like Boston, you might have used a push strip to request a stop on a bus.

Everyone has a favourite, and we’re curious — what do you prefer? Vote in our poll below.

If you’ve used a push strip before, do you prefer it over the pull chord and button? Let us know in the comments section!

What's your preferred way to request a stop on a bus?

  • Pull the cord (48%, 61 Votes)
  • Press the button (48%, 61 Votes)
  • Push the strip (5%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 128

10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver

Region-wide transit use hit another all-time high in 2018 with a 7.1 percent system-wide increase in overall boardings, our biggest ever annual increase!

It’s a well-known fact that Metro Vancouver residents and visitors alike are flocking to the bus system bringing an unprecedented eight per cent growth in annual bus ridership.

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver.

Top 10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#MyTransLink – April 23

Just like the sun, we’re back with another edition of #MyTransLink. Our weekly curated photo series featuring the best shots in and around transit by YOU – our dedicated team of transit users, photographers and neighbours.

Scroll down to check out the week that was!

The April 2019 edition of The Buzzer is now on the system

April Print edition of The Buzzer

We’re welcoming spring with the latest edition of The Buzzer.

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#MyTransLink – April 16

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s our (and maybe yours too?) favourite day of the week. The day where we scour the depths of the internet to share the best user generated photos that make up #MyTransLink. If you’re new here, #MyTransLink is a weekly photo series where Metro Vancouver transit users, neighbours and enthusiasts flock to Instagram to share the beauty that is our region, in transit.

Scroll down to see what’s been captured since last time.

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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 20: the secret Mark II SkyTrain cars

When TransLink took over transit in 1999, the Millennium Line was announced by the provincial government and about to break ground. Construction began in October 1999 and the new line opened in 2002.

As part of the project, SkyTrain added 60 Mark II cars to the fleet to the new line and to meet booming ridership. The Mark II cars were the next generation that followed the original Mark I cars that arrived when the Expo Line opened in 1985.

A Mark II train undergoing testing at SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre in the early 2000s. (Photo: John Wollenzin)

But did you know – the first bit of work designing the next generation of SkyTrain cars began about a decade earlier?

A mock-up of what a Mark II could look like was developed by BC Transit in 1991. It was displayed at the PNE and Scott Road Station to gauge the public’s reaction and test seating configurations.

Built from wood by a movie production company – oddly at Celtic Shipyards in south Vancouver, it was only half a car and had mirrors at the end to make the interior look larger.

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TransLink 20: Enter to win a New Look bus model, t-shirt, keychain and more!

Three of the new products that just launched in the TransLink Store!

Twenty-years ago this month, TransLink began operating with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world. Throughout this week and the rest of the month, we’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary!

Anniversaries are a time to celebrate where we’ve come from, but also how we’ve changed and where we’re headed. That’s why we threw it back to 1999 for the latest line of merchandise in the TransLink Store! We added a 1999 New Look bus model, t-shirt and keychain.

As a thank you for choosing us to get around and allowing us to serve the region over the past 20 years, we’re giving away THREE TransLink Store prize packs with the new merch!  Read more »