Translink Buzzer Blog

A look at the new TransLink buses entering service in Vancouver

Vancouver Transit Centre’s set to receive 104 of these new buses, built by Nova Bus.

Last week, the first of our new 40-foot hybrid buses, built by Nova Bus, went into service on route 25 UBC/Brentwood Station!

The buses have a diesel-electric hybrid drive system, which means they’ll have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption in our fleet (aside from our electric trolleybuses). Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win a TransLink Store prize pack — new merch launches

12 Days of Giftmas - Day 3

Today, we’re launching 12 new products on the TransLink Store — just in time for the holiday shopping season!

The new products range from a pocket square, greeting cards, bus and SkyTrain ornaments, Vancouver icons pillow and wrapping paper, and so much more.

You can pick them up from translinkstore.ca starting today. Online shopping not your thing? Visit our Pop-Up Shop happening at Waterfront Station, December 13–15. It’s open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands and Vancouver Aquarium tickets

We’re back for another day of TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

Today, we’re upping the ante and giving away a pair of adult tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium AND a pair of adult Compass Wristbands each with $20 in Stored Value so you can take transit to get there.

The Vancouver Aquarium has a pair of holiday events that will be sure to be a jolly good time. Read more »

TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways: win Compass Wristbands

On Thursday, we announced the arrival of Compass Wristbands and we’re excited to give a pair of adult Compass Wristbands with $20 each in Stored Value to kick off TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways Giftmas!

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T’is the season for holiday events

T’is the season — transit is the season, get it? 🤣 — for holiday cheer and we’ve jam packed December with a bus load of fun, festive activities for the whole family. Read more »

T’is the season for giving with TransLink’s 12 Days of Giveaways

12 Days of Giftmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… well, not weather wise, but that calendar’s been steadily creeping closer and closer to those holiday days.

To kick off the holiday season, we’re launching 12 Days of Giveaways on the blog giving readers a chance to win some awesome prizes! Twelve days, 12 unique giveaways! While we won’t be sending you French Hens, Golden Rings or a Partridge in a Pear Tree, we’ll be gifting some drool worthy prizes like our all new Compass Wristbands, TransLink merch, and a host of other gold medal winning gear. Read more »

Tap into style with Compass Wristbands

Compass Wristbands

We know transit takes you to school, work, and everywhere in between. To help make Metro Vancouver’s transit system a little more convenient, we’re introducing Compass wristbands. A wearable Compass Card made of food grade silicone that you wear on your wrist!

To gauge public interest in Compass wristbands, we’re doing a limited release of 1,000 adult wristbands and 1,000 concession wristbands starting December 3. Compass wristbands work the same as Compass Card—tap in and out when travelling on transit and reload online, at a Compass Vending Machine, by phone or in person.

There’s no cost for the Compass Wristbands, however just like a Compass Card, your Compass Wristband includes a $6 refundable deposit that will live on the wristband. Remember to tap the part of the wristband that displays the contactless symbol or your tap won’t work. Read more »

The Reindeer Bus returns for 2018: a Vancouver holiday tradition

Ho-Ho-Hold on to your Compass Cards, Rudolph is comin’ to town!


That’s right! The Reindeer Bus (aka: 9543) has saddled up and is out and about spreading some holiday cheer throughout the region.

Spot it, snap it and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReindeerBus. We want to see your pics!

The bus gets bigger and better every year. New this year is an inflatable Santa Claus inside the bus along with improved lights, and larger and more detailed antlers.

Returning are the Rudolph’s flashing red nose, the Christmas lights adorning the outside of the bus from top to bottom, holiday carols, lights and garland inside the vehicle. Read more »

Join us for TransLink’s last Open Board Meeting of the year – December 6, 2018

TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend the last 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 »

Transit safety tips for children from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Transit Police

Transit Police jurisdiction is the entire transportation service region – an area crossing twenty-one municipalities and one First Nation, served by a combination of seventeen independent police forces and RCMP detachments.

As a Neighbourhood Police Officer with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, I get to attend community events and give talks in the Tri-Cities. One of the best things about my job is meeting children and teaching them about transit safety. Read more »

Next train information set to arrive on SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines


Say ‘goodbye’ to the red LED signs on SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines, and get ready to say ‘hello’ to coloured signs with real-time transit information! That means you’ll know exactly when your train is coming, upcoming trains and where they’re going. Read more »

Transit-friendly Christmas activities in Metro Vancouver this weekend

A round of Santa-plause because The Buzzer blog is back with some cool things to do this weekend – all of which are transit-friendly! We take you from Vancouver to Surrey, from New West to Langley – because, Xmas has us feeling extra santa-mental!

Read on, you snow the drill!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

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A little more about that colour green and our new buses

TransLink Green New Flyer Bus

Colours in the green-yellow spectrum are perceived as conveying movement and speed.

As we mentioned in a previous post, we’re changing the colour of our B-Lines when the new ones launch in late 2019.

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Listen to all the Seth Rogen transit announcements


All good things must come to an end. As planned, we bid adieu to the Seth Rogen announcements on transit at the end of October this year.

A big thank-you to our customers for making this happen and joining us on this epic adventure. Above all — thank you Seth for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this for your hometown.

Before we close this chapter of Metro Vancouver transit history for good, we’re dropping all 43 announcements that Seth recorded for us.

Many them are outtakes that we didn’t get the chance to load onto the transit system. Our editor, Robert, and Seth wrote them along with feedback and the odd great suggestion from others at TransLink. Have a listen in the player below! *Note that many of these are satirical in nature and do not reflect the views of TransLink.

The reception was exceptional and you responded in a big way. You watched our promotional video more than 2 million times (and counting!) and you made tens of thousands posts on social media about this.

Our friends at the Toronto Transit Commission also joined in on the fun with Seth voicing similar etiquette announcements with a Toronto spin. Other transit agencies asked their customers who they’d like to be a celebrity guest voice. Stay tuned — a celebrity guest voice could be coming to a station near you the next time you travel.

Business magazine Fast Company recognized it as a top ad of the week next to Burger King and Apple. There was international media coverage, including CNN, BBC, Washington Post, CBS, GQ and even the Times of Israel.

So thank you again to our customers for coming along for the ride and we’re open to doing it again! *cough* Ryan Reynolds Detective Pikachu *cough* Ask your celebrity friends to hit us up!

A record breaking 40 million boardings on public transit in October in Metro Vancouver!

More and more customers are taking advantage of transit and new service introduced as part of the 10-Year Vision

Transit ridership in Metro Vancouver smashed a new record in October, with more people riding transit than ever before.

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