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I Love Transit 2016 – Cut. Print. That’s a wrap!

I Love Transit 2016
Well, another I Love Transit week has come and gone *tear* but we’ve had a blast!

This year, we had some great events and contests plus awesome transit tales of friendship, love, LEGO and more shared by riders just like you.

Take a look at some of the #ILoveTransit because… posts from Twitter:

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I Love Transit Week 2016 is coming! Register for kids camp!

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transit_camp_2015The week we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! I Love Transit Week is taking place from August 29 to September 2, 2016.

This is a week dedicated to all of the things that we love about Transit – like that time Jarred and Nina tied the knot on the bus or when Annie and Mike got married on the 351 Crescent Beach!

We’ve also celebrated transit through poetry, LEGO, and more!

This year, we have a bus load of fun transit love to share with you, but first we’re excited to announce that I Love Transit Kids Camp is back for its third straight year!

 

Kids! Join us for I Love Transit Camp!

I Love Transit Camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids between the ages of 8 and 12 to get a behind the scenes look at TransLink operating companies’ facilities.

Kids will learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time! Check out all the fun that was had in 2014 & 2015.

This year’s camp is taking place on Thursday September 1st.

The plan

Meet at Gilmore Station for 9 a.m. then hop on a bus and ride to Burnaby Transit Centre (BTC)!

BTC is home to little known transit operations such as fleet overhaul, where they fix and update almost everything on a bus, including the painting of buses and reupholstering of seats.

We’ll also get a tour of the bus yard with articulated and 40-foot buses!

After that, we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to BTC.

Next, we’ll hop on SkyTrain and head to Edmonds Station and walk down to where SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC) live.

At OMC, campers will get a behind the scenes look at the facility where SkyTrains are maintained and cleaned as well as visit SkyTrain Control! They will also get a chance to use the SkyTrain simulator, ask questions of SkyTrain staff.

Finally, a visit with Transit Police and Transit Security to tell us all about everything they do. I’m told they’ll be bringing their vehicles and a special guest if we are lucky!

We’ll wrap the day up around 4 p.m.

Throughout the day we’ll be taking breaks for fun games and more!

How to take part

Due to safety concerns for both OMC and BTC, we’re only able to take a maximum of 20 people in the camp. That means 10 kids (ages 8-12) and their guardians will be able to participate in the camp.

Interested in a fun day on transit? If you’d like to participate, we’ll need potential transit campers to tell us (in 50 words or less) what they love about transit!

If you like, you can also submit a photo and/or a video as part of your entry. Before you or your little one starts typing or writing, you’ll want to read the participation guidelines.

Send your submissions to thebuzzer@translink.ca with “I Love Transit Camp Kids” in the subject field, or you can mail it to The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7.
Be sure to include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Where you heard about the camp
  • The phone number and name of the guardian you wish to bring with you

The deadline for submissions is August 22.
If you are selected, participation forms are due BEFORE August 26.

Looking for some inspiration for your submission? Check out some past successful applications.

We’re looking forward to learning about why you love transit and to seeing you at camp!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Update: Check out our awesome pics from the 2016 I Love Transit camp!

I Love Transit 2015: a fun-filled day at I Love Transit Camp (Kids)!

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This year’s I Love Transit Camp took campers between the ages of 8 and 12 years on a tour of SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre,  Burnaby Transit Centre and had a visit from Transit Police! The day was jam packed with all things transit and our campers got an exclusive behind the scenes look at our facilities. Here’s a peek of what we got up to!

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Submissions

Author: Laura Tennant

Announcing I Love Transit Week 2015: Aug 31-Sept 4 – two camps and more!

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It’s time again to tell everyone why we love transit!
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For the seventh year in a row, we are dedicating our digital channels, the print Buzzer, time and thoughts to the love of transit! Between August 31 and September 4, the blog will feature items like we’ve seen in years past and more! Those items have included haikus, reflective essays, pictures, stories about finding love on transit, a wedding on a bus, paintings, a cake, a crossword and even a song!

Much of what we feature comes from Buzzer readers. So, make sure you tell us why you love transit, and we’ll share it on the blog!

We try to do things a little different each year for I Love Transit Week. This year, we have two in-person events we hope you can take part in!

Join us on one of two I Love Transit Camps!

Last year, we introduced I Love Transit Camp into the week. It was such a success that we’re doing it again…twice!

I Love Transit Camp (Kids) September 1


Take a look at what we did last year. This year will be similar, but a little different!

I Love Transit Camp for kids is an opportunity for kids between the ages of eight and 12 to visit TransLink operating companies’ facilities to learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time!

Inside one of the buildings at OMC!

Inside one of the buildings at OMC!

The day will start around 9 am at Edmonds Station, and we’ll head to SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC). While there, we’ll visit where the SkyTrain is maintained and cleaned as well as the SkyTrain Control. Kids will get a chance to use the SkyTrain simulator, ask questions of SkyTrain staff and even take a trip on a train around the OMC testing track! After that, we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to OMC.

Next, we’ll hop back on SkyTrain and head for Gilmore Station. Once there, we’ll take a ride on a bus and get a behind-the-scenes tour of Burnaby Transit Centre!

We’ll see the fleet overhaul and where they fix and update almost everything on a bus, including the painting of buses and reupholstering of seats. We’ll also get a tour of the bus yard with articulated and 40-foot buses!

Transit Police car

A Transit Police car!

Afterwards, we’ll get to have fun on a 40-foot bus and talk to a bus operator instructor about what it’s like to drive a bus. Finally, we’ll get to talk with Transit Police and maybe Transit Security about everything they do. I’m told they’ll be bringing their vehicles and a special guest if we are lucky! Then, we’ll get back on a bus and drop everyone off at Gilmore Station. The day should wrap up around four o’clock.

Throughout the day, we’ll be taking breaks for short and fun games and other great stuff!

How to take part

Due to safety concerns for both OMC and BTC, we’re only able to take a maximum of 20 people on the camp. That means 10 kids (ages 8-12) and their guardians will be able to participate in the camp. Interested in a fun day on transit? If you’d like to participate, we’ll need kids to tell us (in 50 words or less) what they love about transit! And if you like, you can also submit a photo and/or a video as part of your entry. Before you or your little one starts typing or writing, you’ll want to read the participation guidelines.

Send your submissions to thebuzzer@translink.ca with “I Love Transit Camp Kids” in the subject field, or you can surface mail it to The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7. Be sure to include your name, age, where you heard about the camp, and the phone number and name of the guardian you wish to bring with you!

The deadline for submissions is August 24. If you are selected, we’ll need a participation form filled out by August 28.

We can’t wait for camp and to look through your submissions! Here are a few from last year!
Matthew, Andy, and Trevor were among the lucky kids who had the opportunity to attend I Love Transit Camp. Check out their submissions!

Andy with his bus and SkyTrain cut outs!

Andy with his bus and SkyTrain cut outs!

Trevor and his collection of bus models!

Trevor and his collection of bus models!

I Love Transit Camp (Adults) September 3

It’s time to spread the love with the adult community of the Buzzer blog and those who just plain love transit! The first I Love Transit Camp for adults (age 16 13 and up) is an opportunity for adults to visit Burnaby Transit Centre and have some fun while you’re at it! UPDATE: all participants under the age of 18 who wish to attend must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or adult 19 years or older.

BTC fleet overhaul!

BTC fleet overhaul!

The day will start shortly after noon at Gilmore Station. Once there, we’ll take a ride on the bus and get a behind-the-scenes tour of Burnaby Transit Centre! We’ll see the fleet overhaul where they can fix and update almost everything on a bus, including the painting of buses and reupholstering of seats. We’ll also get a tour of the bus yard with articulated and 40-foot buses!

Afterwards, we’ll get to have fun on a 40-foot bus and play some games. We‘re planning some other activities and people to meet. Stay tuned on that! At the end of the day, we’ll get back on a bus and drop everyone off at Gilmore Station. The day should wrap up around four o’clock.

If there’s something you want to see or do specifically at BTC, let us know! We’ll try our best to accommodate your request.

How to take part

Due to safety concerns at BTC, we’re only able to take a maximum of 20 people on the camp. This means 20 adults will be able to participate in the camp. Interested in a fun day on transit? If you’d like to participate, we’ll need you to tell us (in 50 words or less) what you love about transit! And if you like, you can also submit a photo and/or a video as part of your entry. Before you start typing or writing, you’ll want to read the participation guidelines.

Send your submissions to thebuzzer@translink.ca with “I Love Transit Camp Adults” in the subject field, or you can surface mail it to The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7. Be sure to include your name, age, where you heard about the camp, and phone number!

The deadline for submissions is August 24. If you are selected, we’ll need a participation form filled out by August 28.

As the week approaches, we’ll fill blog readers in on more details about the camp. We’ll also let you know about contests during the week with some awesome prizes. Oh, and don’t forget to colour the latest edition of the print Buzzer. You could win a FareCard!

The Buzzer team is looking forward to it. Hope you are too!

Transit in the News – August 7, 2015

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LRT rider takes Calgary transit to task for its handling of police incident.

A win for Pittsburg public transit.

Uber and public transit are trying to get along.

Public transit fleet: to own or to lease?

Transit and infrastructure cash make mayors federal wish list.

Bay area’s disjointed public transit network inspires a call for harmony.

Victorian government on track to deliver weekend 24 hour public transport to Melburnians.

Voters in Kalamazoo Saginaw back public transit taxes.

New service helps plan trip on public transit in the midstate.

Coming soon to America: one fare card for all transit.

Lack of public transit cited in dreamer license case.

Southwest light rail hits another budget snag.

High-speed rail line to Rochester on slow track.

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.

Author: Laura Tennant

Transit in the News – July 17, 2015

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Management shakeup to TransLink only the beginning of changes.

New Jersey transit approves increasing fares an average of 9%.

Wind Mobile expands wireless service in TTC subway stations.

Jamaican Urban Transit Company adjusts bus schedule to facilitate police travel.

Guelph Transit lockout one year ago this month still fresh for bus drivers.

Bus map disclosure reveals massive overhaul planned for Sydney.

The U.S. House of representatives passes five-month transportation funding extension.

Ottawa transit riders raise a stink about overflowing garbage at bus stops.

Five visions of the future for Preston’s bus station unveiled.

Columbus light rail talk turns to the idea of a subway.

Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance aims for global public transport ticket system.

Indianapolis encourages less parking, more mass transit and car sharing.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – June 5, 2015

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Guelph councillors endorse transit after riding city buses for one month.

Bus lane cameras go into operation in Belfast.

Google Maps will show real time public transit schedules for android app.

San Francisco city officials vow to ride public transit for three weeks.

Sarnia brings back free bus rides for Clean Air Day.

Fast-charging electric bus shows promise for regular use.

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority tests out 100% electric city bus.

Washington bans political ads from public transit.

Edmonton Metro Line LRT opening postponed.

Bystanders in East London band together to lift bus off of trapped unicyclist.

Ericsson unveils connected bus stop and other public transport innovations.

Sofia, Bulgaria residents leave cars to ride subway amidst street repairs.

Sofia Citizens Leave Cars to Ride Subway amidst Street Repairs – See more at: http://www.novinite.com/articles/168993/Sofia+Citizens+Leave+Cars+to+Ride+Subway+Following+Street+Reconstruction+Works#sthash.bspi3oWN.dpuf

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

A ride-along with Transit Security: Training for Bike Patrol

Jessica goes to Bike Patrol training

Jessica goes to Bike Patrol training

Transit Security is going to be donning some new wheels this summer.

No, not new patrol cars but bikes!

Six volunteers from the Transit Security team signed up and suited up to be a part of the project.

Jessica Hewitt from Coast Mountain Bus Company was able to literally ride along during their first day of training.

She was kind enough to tell the Buzzer all about it so we can all be in-the-know!

Read on for the inside scoop from Jessica and meet two members of the Bike Patrol team.

Today marks the launch of Transit Security’s new Bike Patrol trial in downtown Vancouver. Recently, I had the opportunity to experience what Bike Patrol training was all about as I headed out for a full day’s worth of in-class instruction and cycling drills.

As a recreational cyclist and a triathlon enthusiast, I jumped at the chance, but knew I’d be far from qualified to be riding around Vancouver’s downtown core. I sat in on the first day of intensive training, but staffers still had three more days left, including a night ride in downtown Vancouver and a final exam before each of the six Transit Security members were CAN-bike certified.

The four days of training covered everything from traffic skills, bike maintenance and hours on the saddle riding through pylons, jumping curbs, signalling, gearing and so much more!

Meet Transit Security Bike Patrol members, Jessica and Dave

For the Bike Patrol, it’s not just about learning the rules of the road. Employees have to work in hectic conditions with cars, foot traffic and other cyclists. General Security Patrol officers Jessica Stennes and Dave Partridge both volunteered to be part of the new Bike Patrol.

“It’s a great opportunity to get outside and be active, while working with employees and customers first hand,” said Jessica. “A lot of what we do involves working with the public and getting them where they need to go.”

For Dave, he’s no rookie when it comes to cycling. An avid road cyclist and mountain biker, he often hits the trails in Whistler and had no trouble riding through the pylon courses in training on the first day.

“Bike Patrol provides the operators and the public with another level of safety and customer service on the transit system,” said Dave. “I’ll be able to respond to situations efficiently in the downtown area while doing something I love.”

Having a more mobile security team will provide an opportunity to go places where security can be restricted by being in a car. This means they can work more closely with the 43 bus routes that travel through the downtown core, attend to the SeaBus and engage in proactive security activities. They aim to make our employees and customers more safe and secure. They’ll also act as an additional resource to answer customer questions during the busy summer tourist season.

As for me, I enjoyed brushing up on my bike skills and learning just what it takes to be part of Bike Patrol for a day. It’s a big job to ride amongst traffic, know all the ways to get around the downtown core, and be first responders to transit incidents. And, that’s only a small part of what Transit Security deals with on a daily basis.

Be on the lookout for Jessica and Dave and other Bike Patrol members in downtown Vancouver this summer.

Things to know:

  • All six bikes were borrowed from Transit Police and were fitted to each rider.
  • Bikes will be stored at Waterfront Station and each member of patrol will meet at Waterfront before each shift.
  • No fair-weather riders! Bike Patrol will run rain or shine!

Thanks for riding along and filling us in, Jessica!

You can see the team in training, in uniform AND being a first responder on their very first day at a fire in New Westminster in the gallery below.

Keep your eyes peeled (they’re hard to miss with all that neon yellow!) for the team out on the streets, around buses and the SeaBus in downtown Vancouver this summer.

 

Transit in the News – May 15

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South Wales “Ride Me” bus advert sparks online backlash.

New bus links Montreal residents with reduced mobility and McGill University Health Centre.

Bolt bus explodes on turnpike in Massachusetts.

Karachi explores mass transit system options for region.

Public hearing set on Massachusetts transit plan.

Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation receives bids from 9 consortia for Metro III project.

Transit referendum deadline for requesting ballots today.

New Kitchener Crosstown bus starts in September.

Compass Card rolls out to TransLink’s West Coast Express service and students.

Beijing police warn flash mobs on subway may cause stampedes.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – May 8

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Community Services in Nova Scotia cuts some bus passes for people with disabilities.

35 bus shelters in Calgary were shattered in wave of vandalism over the weekend.

Hearing for public-private partnership for mass transit in Guam.

Regina, Saskatchewan is getting rid of their rush hour bus-only lanes.

Government in Perth, Australia propose high-frequency bus lanes to reduce congestion.

Edmonton LRT starts training for staff.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority asks Department of Transportation for express bus-only lane on elevated highway.

Sudbury, Ontario partners with Google to create online transit planner.

MTA wants $1B from NYC for Second Avenue subway.

The public gets a sneak peek at what Kitchener-Waterloo LRT stations will look like.

Obama administration approves ferry to Cuba from Florida.

An all male committee will oversee Toronto’s transit decisions.

Massive transit strike cripples Germany.

STM may lose control over planning of transit projects in Montreal.

Students want to be testers of Edmonton’s smart fare technology.

GO transit launches summer service to Barrie and Niagara.

Hamilton can’t stop stores from overcharging for bus tickets.

35% of ballots returned in Metro Vancouver for plebiscite.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

I Love Transit 2014: A fun day at I Love Transit Camp!

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It’s summer time and that means it’s time for camp…transit camp! Yup, this year for I Love Transit Week we organized an I Love Transit Camp for kids between the ages of eight and 12. We took them on a tour of SkyTrain and SeaBus as well as a visit with Transit Police, Transit Security, and a Coast Mountain bus operator! 

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Submissions

Matthew, Andy, and Trevor were among the lucky kids that had the opportunity to attend I Love Transit Camp, check out their submissions!

Andy with his bus and SkyTrain cut outs!

Andy with his bus and SkyTrain cut outs!

Trevor and his collection of bus models!

Trevor and his collection of bus models!

Author: Allen Tung

Join us for I Love Transit Camp – August 26, 2014!

 

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This is going to be fun!

This is going to be fun!

It’s summer time and that means it’s time for camp…transit camp! Yup, this year for I Love Transit week we’re organizing an exclusive I Love Transit Camp!

What is I Love Transit Camp? It’s an opportunity for kids between the ages of eight and 12 to visit TransLink operating companies’ facilities to learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time!

Inside one of the buildings at OMC!

Inside one of the buildings at OMC!

The day will start around 9 am at Edmonds Station and we’ll head to SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC). While there we’ll visit where SkyTrain are maintained and cleaned as well as the SkyTrain Control. After that we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to OMC.

Next we’ll hope back on SkyTrain and head for Waterfront Station. Once there we’ll take a ride on the SeaBus and get a behind-the-scenes tour of SeaBus maintenance docks! We’ll also head up to the bridge and speak to the captain of the SeaBus!

Afterwards we’ll get to have fun on a 40-foot bus and talk to a bus operator instructor about what it’s like to drive a bus. Finally, we’ll get to talk with Transit Police and maybe Transit Security about everything they do. I’m told they’ll be bringing their vehicles and a special guest if we are lucky!

Throughout the day we’ll be taking breaks for short and fun games and other fun stuff!

How to take part

Transit Police car

A Transit Police car!

Due to safety concerns for both OMC and SeaBus, we’re only able to take a maximum of 2o people on the camp. That means 10 kids (ages 8-12) and their guardians will be able to participate in the camp. Interested in a fun day on transit? If you’d like to participate, we’ll need kids to tell us (in 50 words or less) what they love about transit! And if you like, you can also submit a photo and/or a video as part of your entry. Before you or your little one starts typing or writing, you’ll want to read the participation guidelines.

Send your submissions to thebuzzer@translink.ca with “I Love Transit Camp” in the subject field or you can surface mail it to  The Buzzer, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7. Be sure to include the name, age, and phone number of the participant and parent or guardian!

The deadline for submissions is August 19. and if you are selected we’ll need a participation form filled out by August 21.

We can’t wait for camp and to look through your submissions!

 

Announcing I Love Transit 2014: August 25-29!

 

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Drum roll please! Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum…

Doo doo doo!

Announcing – I Love Transit Week!

If you haven’t heard about I Love Transit, you’ve been missing out! Now in its sixth year, I Love Transit is the one week where we celebrate what we love about transit!

From August 25-29, the blog will be packed with interviews, essays, submissions from Buzzer readers sharing just why they love transit! In the past, we’ve had haikus, reflective essays, pictures, stories about finding love on transit, and even a song!

An example of one of the buses we might use for the week!

An example of one of the buses we might use for the week!

During the week, we’ll also have a vintage bus in Downtown Vancouver from TRAMS with a vintage bus operator for you to see. There will be buttons, contests, and more to thank everyone for riding transit! There will be a contest with the chance to win a three-zone FareCard too.

Not only that, we’ll be holding our first-ever I <3 Transit Camp on Tuesday, August 26! A small group of young riders will have an opportunity to visit the SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre by Edmonds Station.

What’s in store? A chance to get a behind the scenes look at how we keep the system running! To top it all off, we’ll head to Waterfront Station for a tour of the SeaBus facilities, jump on a 40-foot bus and talk to Transit Police! It’ll be a fun day with food, games and hands-on activities.

“Sounds great, but how do I get into the camp?!”

We will be announcing an application process for children aged eight to 12 for a chance to win their way in! People say I have a good hunch and it’s telling me it will have something to do with telling us why you love transit. ;)

And as always we want to give you a platform to share your transit love! Send your submissions to thebuzzer@transink.ca and we’ll feature as many as we can on the Buzzer blog.

Feel free to be as creative with form and content as you like—haikus, essays, photos, videos, songs, podcasts, and the like are all fair game! We look forward to seeing your submissions.

More details about the vintage bus and I <3 Transit Camp will be announced very soon!

Psst…tell your friends! 

It's that time again!

It’s that time again!

Author: Allen Tung

On the system – fare checks are up, fare infractions are down: a follow up with Transit Security

More checks and more people getting the message about evading fares

Nearly a year ago, I was able to join Transit Security on one of their targeted fare blitzes. It was an eye-opening experience where I learned that many riders on our buses make their best effort to pay for the appropriate transit fares, while a much smaller number will go to great lengths to evade paying fares.

Between the time that I wrote that post and now, I’ve kept tabs on Transit Security and had the chance to chat with the odd one in my travels between TransLink properties and on the system. A recurring theme that has come up during these encounters is that it would be great if Transit Security could actually write fare infraction tickets. Many of the Transit Security members I spoke with said that it was frustrating to not have the power to issues fines and that some regular fare evaders knew they were unable to do so.

Last fall, TransLink was given new powers to issue and collect fare infraction tickets. Those new powers extended to Transit Security.

I’ve wanted to follow up with Transit Security to find out what if anything has changed now that they can issue fare infraction tickets. When some new figures were passed onto me regarding fare checks and fare infraction tickets issued by Transit Police and Transit Security, I knew I wanted to follow up with Transit Security. Here are the figures:

  • From when the legislation went into effect in September to the end of 2012, we conducted more than 725,000 fare checks and issued just under 11,000 fare infraction tickets.

 

  • For the same period in 2011, we conducted fewer checks (almost 550,000) but issued more violation tickets (more than 12,000).

Bobby checking fares

Since these new powers have been in place, Transit Police and Transit Security have been stepping up fare inspections. Despite these increases in checks, the number of fare infraction tickets is down. This suggests that our riders are getting the message that fare evasion is stealing and that they will be punished if caught without the proper fare while using the system.

What I wanted to know is, after so many years, what is like for Transit Security to now be able to issue these tickets? Do riders know about the fines and that Transit Security can issue them? These were my big two questions. So, I called up Transit Security and found out where they were so I could ask them these questions and more. Here’s what Bobby, Security Operations Coordinator with Transit Security told me:

Fare evasion ticket

1. Before these new powers came into place last fall, what was the process involved in having someone served with a fare infraction ticket once you or one of your colleagues discovered they were fare evading?

Before Transit Security was given the new powers of writing fare infraction tickets, all Transit Security members could do was ask the fare evading passenger to either go buy a ticket or leave the property. If the passenger became unruly, Transit Security has the right to refuse and ban the passenger to ride the bus system for 24 hours. Now with these new powers, Transit Security has the ability to issue an infraction ticket for a total of $173.00, and refuse or ban the passenger for 24 hours for unruly behavior. Not all fare evaders are given infraction tickets. Transit Security members always use their discretion in these situations. They have a choice to issue an infraction ticket or give the individual a warning.

2. Now that you and your colleagues have these new powers, what’s the process of administering a fare infraction ticket?

Transit Security members in conjunction with Transit Police meet and check fares on the transit system. Transit Security members ask the passenger without valid fare the reason for not having a valid fare. Depending on the answer provided, the security member uses their discretion to issue an infraction ticket or give that person a verbal warning. Some form of picture ID is requested, a drivers license or BC ID or social insurance card usually, and with the information provided, an infraction ticket is issued. If a passenger cannot or will not provide ID to Transit Security, we then work with Transit Police to complete the infraction ticket. However, Transit Security can issue an infraction ticket without the involvement of Transit Police.

3. Have you noticed any changes with transit riders since you and your colleagues have been given these new powers?

So far we’ve noticed that a lot of passengers have been paying for their fares. They never know when and where they will be checked for their proof of payment on the transit system.  The penalty for fare evasion is $173.00. That’s a lot of money for a lot of people; so buying your fare while travelling on the transit system is a lot cheaper than a fine. What our members have seen is that a lot of passengers are carrying some form of fares while on the system, monthly cards or Day Passes or FareSavers or they pay cash on the bus or buy tickets at the ticket machines before getting on the SeaBus or SkyTrain. Confrontation has been low and the riding public seems to encourage the fare checks.

4. What’s your biggest daily challenge when it comes to people evading fares? Has this challenge changed since you and your colleagues were been given these powers to enforce fare payment?

The biggest challenge was that we didn’t have many options before. Transit Security members could only ask the fare evader to buy a fare or leave the bus. Now the members can issue an infraction ticket. The majority of the passengers are very happy to see Transit Security on board a bus or SeaBus checking fares. Transit Security members are getting positive feedback from the public and the operators regarding the ability to issue Infraction ticket. The support we receive from Transit Security management makes the day-to-day fare enforcement much easier.

These latest fare check and fare infraction ticket numbers (above) are encouraging. However, fare evasion is something TransLink takes seriously and will continue to be vigilant to combat. As always, we’ll try our best to answer any questions you have about fare evasion as well as continue to post about the subject.

 

The top 5 most wacky transit stories of 2012

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

With 2013 quickly approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at 2012 and remember some of the highlights. This first installment of top five lists for 2012 looks at some of the weirdest transit news we posted in our Links and Tidbits series of posts this year.

  • This video is one of those cases where you wonder if you’re being fooled. Could such a helmet really exist? Are we looking at the future of cycling safety or is this just a wasted endeavour or a well thought out practical joke? Whatever it is, it sure gets the old grey matter going.

 

 

 

  • This four part Slate series on walking looks at why Americans don’t walk as much as they used to. One reason given is that walking is so obvious that people forget to do it. The thought of people forgetting that they could and should walk is both fascinating and depressing at the same time.

 

  •  Finally, if you think that you have your local transit system connection down to a science and couldn’t make your trip any faster, you may be wrong. Have you heard of transit marathons before? People compete to see who can make a trip on transit from a to b the fastest. There are rules to follow so that the Guinness Book of Records can document the winners!