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“Marky” — the newest Mark III SkyTrain is here!


After an epic, week-long journey across Canada, Marky — the newest Mark III SkyTrain — is now here! Marky arrived the evening of Sept. 12 and was unloaded the next morning on Sept. 13. Check out the time lapse above, and the photos below! Read more »

#MyTransLink – September 11

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#MyTransLink is about YOU!

The rain is here, the sun is gone; summer clothes are being swapped for sweaters – there’s a finality about these things. There’s something magical about this time though – the sundown light is perfect for those Instagram photos. So, last week, we asked you to share photos of your commute.

If you missed the memo, #MyTransLink is our weekly feature where we showcase your photos that you share with us on Instagram.

Here are some of the images from last week. Thank you for taking those awesome photos and sharing with us! You guys rock! Read along for next week’s theme.

 

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Emily Carr student illustrations capture customers’ transit etiquette

If you take public transit, you probably have a pet peeve, right? That guy who’s talking loudly on the phone the entire time, and now everyone on the bus/SkyTrain knows why he broke up with his significant other.

Those folks occupying priority seats and ignoring senior/pregnant/people with mobility issues/people with invisible disabilities – anyone, who could really use that seat.

What about those with huge backpacks? We are sure some of you were hit by one of those flying backpacks and the owner never realized it.

When it comes to public transit, etiquette is paramount. How you behave on transit is a reflection of your ethos.

With Seth Rogen as our guest voice on transit, we aimed to shine the spotlight on transit etiquette.

And now with this collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), we aim to take a look at transit etiquette through the eyes of students who are also transit users themselves.

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New SkyTrain cars are on their way to Vancouver!

The first four of 28 new SkyTrain cars are on the way to Vancouver!

As part of the 10-Year Vision – Phase One, we’re adding 80 new SkyTrain cars on the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines to increase service and reduce overcrowding.

We have some exciting news to share! The first four of 56 cars for the Expo and Millennium Lines, built by Bombardier Transportation, are now on the way to Vancouver from Kingston, Ontario where they recently completed testing. Once they arrive in Vancouver, they’ll will undergo additional testing before entering service.

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9 books to read about transit

National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.

Let’s be honest, books are man’s best friend. They don’t let us down, they allow us to immerse ourselves in them, they don’t judge, and, they last forever (if you take care of them)!

September 6th is National Read a Book Day and we thought we’d curate a list of books about transit. Fellow transit enthusiasts will give an enthusiastic shout, but this list isn’t just for us transit lovers. Some of them are far more than JUST transit. Some take on a philosophical look at life through the lens of transit – why? Because, people are always on the move, in transit. And this characteristic of us humans is what defines cities, and countries.

So, without further ado, we bring to you these top 9 books about transit.

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TransLink to provide grants up to $50,000 to university researchers

NMRG projects may range from one year to two years in duration and can span a range of disciplines.

Researchers at post-secondary institutions can now apply for up to $50,000 in research funding grants to explore new mobility issues and solutions.

The New Mobility Lab is our new engagement portal for post-secondary institutions, researchers, and university students.

New mobility is commonly defined as electric, connected, automated and shared transportation. Broadly, it can be defined as use of technology or other innovations to improve movement of people and goods, both in terms of consumer experience and overall efficiency.

TransLink aims to continuously explore, test, and implement innovative ways to improve mobility in Metro Vancouver and further three key goals:

  1. Enable seamless and efficient door-to-door mobility for people and goods;
  2. Promote safe, healthy, clean, and compact communities;
  3. Ensure affordable and equitable access for all.

We provide stable, multi-year funding towards a coordinated program of applied research aimed at answering new mobility related questions of relevance to us and our local government partners.

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New federal and provincial funding announced for Surrey LRT; Broadway Subway

UPDATE – Nov, 06, 2018: In light of the resolution passed by the City of Surrey council we are pausing work on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project and suspending the RFQ process while we await direction from the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board. Read the full statement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond here.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, today announced more than $3 billion in federal and provincial funding for two major rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver: the Broadway Subway project and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project.

Metro Vancouver is home to some of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Modern, efficient transit systems are needed more than ever to reduce traffic congestion, connect businesses and communities, and meet the needs of a rapidly-growing population.

The Broadway Subway project will add 5.7 kilometres and six stations to the line, bringing frequent and reliable SkyTrain access to one of the most congested transit corridors in Metro Vancouver.

The Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project (LRT) will create the first light-rail transit system in British Columbia. With 11 new stations along 10.5 kilometres of street‑level track, the LRT will provide much-needed transit services in underserved areas, connect and revitalize communities, and make it easier to travel across the Lower Mainland.

We are working hard to make life more affordable, delivering the services you count on and building a strong, sustainable and prosperous economy that delivers benefits for everyone.

Working together with Metro Vancouver communities and the federal government, we are investing in transit and transportation infrastructure to get people and goods moving quickly, safely and affordably.

From L-R: Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BC Premier John Horgan, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at the major rapid transit funding announcement in Surrey.

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#MyTransLink – September 4

While the calendar, and the weather outside may still say it’s summer, we all know the real mark of the season change is when the fall edition of The Buzzer, and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s hit the market. Fall is upon us, so last week we asked you, our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts to share your shots of fall for this week’s edition of #MyTransLink. So sit back with your infinity scarf and your PSL and check out this week’s photos. Want in on the action? Scroll to the bottom of the post for next week’s challenge!

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Things to do near transit this Labour Day long weekend

There’s a plethora of things you can do this long weekend – that too on transit!

 

It’s that time of the year again – summer’s over, so back to school! Before timetables and schedules start, let’s give summer a goodbye kiss – fare thee well, long days; hello, fall foliage!

But, there’s still the Labour Day long weekend, and lots to do in Metro Vancouver on transit. Don’t know where to go? Don’t worry, The Buzzer blog has your back!

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

1. Richmond World Festival

Location: Minoru Park, Richmond
Transit: 
Canada Line

This free, family-friendly multicultural event features live music, lots of food, and all sorts of cultural things from different parts of the globe. New this year is the Antarctica Zone where festival goers can skate for free inside Minoru Park Arenas. Make sure you catch our community outreach bus that will be there on Sept 1 from 11 am – 10 pm. Hop on board and chat with us!

Our community outreach bus will be at the Richmond World Festival – come say hi!

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Fall service changes – C’ya later!

We’re continuing to phase out the “C” on community shuttle bus routes

You asked, we listened! We’re delivering on the commitments in the 10-Year Vision by adding 30,000 annual service hours this fall. That means we’re adding over 100 trips and allowing for over 6000 more boardings per day on 19 routes and new service areas on 5 routes. To date, we have implemented nearly 250,000 new bus service hours thanks to 10-Year Vision funding.

We’re just getting started. Improvements to the transit network will continue to rollout over the coming years. It’s all part of our plan to reduce traffic congestion by making transit a better option for more people.

Fall service changes start September 3, which includes the final round of “C” name changes on our community shuttle bus routes.

The letter “C” used to indicate the route was served with only community shuttle buses. Today, we can better serve our customers by operating different sizes of buses interchangeably, depending on demand.

Unless specified, there are no changes to the route or frequency. Here are the new route numbers for the last of the C routes:

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Teachers! Send your class on a behind-the-scenes field trip to TransLink


I Love Transit Week is back this year, October 1-5, and our theme is Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Teachers, unleash your inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom! We have two exciting contests for you and free bus travel for your students:

I Love Transit Camp contest (Grades 3–12)

I Love Transit Camp 2018

I Love Transit Camp is a unique opportunity for kids (and their teachers and chaperones!), grades 3 through 12, to get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink operating companies’ facilities, tour the bus and SkyTrain yards, and much more!

One winning class will get the opportunity to attend I Love Transit Camp in October (date will be determined with the winning teacher) to learn about how transit works and have some fun at the same time. Check out all the fun that was had in 201420152016 and 2017.

To enter, visit translink.ca/ilovetransit, fill out the form and tell us in 150 words or less what the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver looks like and what/where will it connect you to! Is it to your best friend’s house, perhaps Toronto, or somewhere even more ambitious like Mars? Photos, videos, drawings, recordings, poems and whatever else you can dream up that best represents your vision can accompany the submission. Let your imagination go wild. There are no wrong answers. Wanna put your class’ application over the top? Send us a video/drawings/poetry/song or whatever to thebuzzer@translink.ca with the subject, “I Love Transit Application” or drop it in the mail to The Buzzer, c/o Social Media Team, 400 – 287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7. See below for some ideas of winning submissions.

Contest closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 and you’ll want to read the terms and conditions.

Need some help to get started? Here’s the rubric our judges will be using and some prompts for your class:

  • Its 2028, describe your trip to work using public transportation of the future.
    (What’s new and changed? What’s stayed the same? What’s surprising about public transit 20 years from today?)
  • You are riding on a bus, reading with your head down. The bus stops to pick up some passengers and you look up. The view out the window is not what you expected! You’ve been fast forwarded to the future! What do you notice? How has transit changed for the better?
  • Use all of the following words in your essay about the future of transit: New, Faster, Fun, Moving, Sustainable, Future, More, Less, Happy.

The day will start at 9 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m. It will include snacks, a pizza lunch, prizes, t-shirts and a chance meet some of the key people (and the Transit Police dog!) that help TransLink move close to a half-a-million people a day and plan for the future.

Here’s the tentative itinerary:

Depending on the school of the winning class, we will pick up the winning team at their school and take a ride to the 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 bus painting and seat re-upholstering. We’ll also tour the bus yard where we’ll see both articulated and 40-foot buses! After that, we’ll have a little lunch then say goodbye to BTC.

Next, we’ll hop on the SkyTrain to head down to Edmonds Station where we’ll walk down to SkyTrain’s Operations and Maintenance Centre. There, campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility where SkyTrain cars are maintained and cleaned, and visit SkyTrain Control! They will also get to try the SkyTrain simulator and SkyTrain staff will be on hand to answer questions.

A visit with Transit Police and Transit Security to tell us all about everything they do will cap off the day. 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 fun games and more!

Questions? Email thebuzzer@translink.ca and we’ll be happy to answer them!

Want an idea of what we’re looking for? Check out these submissions from the last year that impressed us!

DayPass contest (K-12)

K-12 students can ride the bus for free during I Love Transit Week (Oct. 1–5), so it will be a perfect time for teachers to plan a field trip on transit! You may have taken advantage of this in previous years during iWALK.

Want to take your class on transit another time? Enter for a chance to win up to 35 Compass Cards with a DayPass loaded for your class, including teachers and chaperones, to use for your next field trip! DayPasses provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for one day from the first tap in until the end of the service day.

*Please note that we have a limited number of Day Passes available, so not everyone who applies will necessarily win

Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 and you’ll want to read the terms and conditions.

Free bus travel for students (K-12)

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will eligible for free bus travel during I Love Transit Week.

We ask teachers who are planning to take advantage of free bus travel for field trips to plan the transit portion during off-peak hours, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

*Please note that this does not include SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. As well, regular fares apply to adults accompanying children and high school students on the system. 

You’ll want to visit translink.ca/ilovetransit to learn more and enter our contests!

Author: Allen Tung

MyTransLink – August 28

SkyTrain arriving at Stadium/Chinatown station east of downtown Vancouver

Nippy mornings are back, and so are pumpkin spice lattes. It’s back to school in a few days, and summer feels like your best friend is leaving. I don’t know about you guys, but I am not ready for fall yet. Maybe the pretty foliage and the slight nip in the air, perhaps?

What I am ready for is our favourite day of the week when we get to feature some stunning images that you share with us for #MyTransLink. For our new friends here, MyTransLink is where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! Each week, we give you a theme and you share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #MyTransLink.

This week, we asked you to share images of where transit takes you, so lo and behold, the chosen ones from this edition:

For next week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of fall! Snap photos of that latte you bought, or the pretty leaf at the bus stop, and share it. We’ll feature some of the best here!

 

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Vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Metro Vancouver to visit on transit

While veganism might be a quintessential Vancouver thing, there are options outside of Vancouver that are transit-friendly!

Let’s be honest, vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurants are hot right now. While veganism might be a quintessential Vancouver thing, there are options outside of Vancouver as well.

With this post, we aim to bring you some vegan-friendly, as well as vegan options in Metro Vancouver that are easily accessible by transit.

Remember, these are just a sampling and we are by no means experts. So, please let us know of other transit-friendly vegan/vegetarian spots we missed. We’d love to try them!

Note: Restaurant timings, menu, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details.

1. Meet Restaurant (Main St, Yaletown & Gastown)

Location: 4288 Main Street, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 3, 25

Their award-winning menu strikes a chord when it comes to comfort food. The restaurant claims more than half its patrons are meat-eaters trying their hands at vegan options. Try their sweet-chili cauliflower deep fried in beer batter and glazed with a chili ginger sauce.

 

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The Fall 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Fall issue of The Buzzer is now on the system!

Hey Vancouver, summer is almost over, and so the Fall issue of The Buzzer is here to remind you that! This issue is dedicated to Fall Service Changes, which begin Sept 3.

Changes include improvements to more than 20 bus routes as part of the 10-Year Vision: 43, 100, 319, 321 and many others, as well as the implementation of the first improvements outlined in the Southwest Area Transport Plan.

P.S. Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog—we’ll have more on service changes next week!

We also take a look at the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network, and Poetry in Transit, which returns for its 22nd year!

As always, we have our usual favourites – Contest Corner (enter for a chance to win a Monthly Pass!), Back Issues and Coming Events!

Snag your issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF off the TransLink website.

Fall Service Changes 2018: the first SWATP improvements arrive


You asked, we listened! Our Fall Service Changes adds 100 more trips every day and 6,000 more spaces for our customers across Metro Vancouver — made possible through new 10-Year Vision investments.

As part of this, we’re thrilled to be implementing the first improvements from the Southwest Area Transport Plan, which was finalized in July. The plan established a blueprint for the transit and transportation needs in Richmond, South Delta, the Tsawwassen First Nation and important connections to North Delta.

Starting on Sept. 3, we’re splitting the 401 and 410, both into two routes to improve speed and reliability. We’re also extending service to new areas: Port Royal and the Blundell Road Industrial Area! Read more »