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Fall Bike to Work Week is back from October 29 – November 4

Bike to Work Week

Fall is here, and despite the rain, it’s still a great time to get out on your bike! Once again, we’ve joined up with our favourite cycling partners to help celebrate Fall Bike to Work Week from October 29 – November 4.

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I Love Transit: 2018 I Love Transit Camp Winner announcement!

I Love Transit

Another I Love Transit week has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops here. We are thrilled to announce our winners… yes, you read that right, WINNERS of this year’s I Love Transit Camp. Once again, so many amazing entries rolled in for this unique opportunity that we couldn’t choo choo choose just one!

This year, our theme was Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We asked teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. From solar-powered transit vehicles to automated buses, there were no shortage of creative ideas from these up-and-coming transit fans.

Once again, Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, helped us announce the winner! And this year, we had a dedicated team of TransLink judges to pick a winner.

*drumroll* The winners are…

Mr. Andrews’ Grade 4/5 class from Cape Horn Elementary School in Coquitlam! They rallied together to edit, direct and star in a fun video sharing what they love about transit as well as their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Here’s a summary of their written portion:

I Love Transit Camp Entry

Our class feels there will be great changes happening in the future. With the population increasing in the same amount of space (rezoned duplexes), there will be more frequent services, and more SeaBus. Because of the aging population there will be more services for HandyDART and more bus service during peak hours. The Millennium Line will expand to go out even further east. As more communities are connected, there will be an increase in bicycling with the rising fuel costs, so there will be more bike lanes put in. Beside the bike lanes there will be more nature planted like in New Westminster and Burquitlam. Far into the future, there will be underground tunnels like the Boring Company and people will be transported from one city to another in a matter of minutes. SeaBus will be replaced by faster catamarans that are super quiet to not disturb the whale population

And Ms. Szelagowicz’s Grade 3/4 class from Tomekichi Homma Elementary School in Richmond. They dedicated weeks of class time to work on an in-depth group project sharing their love about transit and future vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver through pictures, poems, stories and more! Here’s a summary of their written portion.

I Love Transit Camp Entry

We would like to contribute to the future of transit by learning more at transit camp so that we can improve our models of speedy electric trains, hydro-powered buses that self-drive and submarines as well as looking at technology and safety improvements. With air traffic being used by transit in the future we would connect easily to the whole of the Lower Mainland. We, of course, would want transit to always be inclusive of wheelchair users and pet-friendly options. We are so very excited to be a part of the project and ideas for the future!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our I Love Transit Camp contest! While we could only award two winners for I Love Transit Camp, we loved all of the entries and all of the creativity shared.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

 

Transit-friendly weekend Halloween jaunts that’ll haunt!

Happy Haunting, ghoulfriends!

Costume parties, haunted houses, jack-o’-lanterns – you get the gist! Halloween is next week, and you are probably out hunting for that spooktacular costume.

If you’re wondering what Halloween-related events to go to this weekend, you came to the right place. The Buzzer blog is pumped to bring you this list of action-packed events, haunted houses, and all other spooky things in between!

Eat, drink, and be scary!

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

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Last chance to hear the Seth Rogen announcements!

As we bid adieu to fall sunshine for winter rain, we get ready to bid adieu to the Seth Rogen announcements.

Starting today and until Oct. 31, it’s your last chance to hear Seth announcements on the system! We’ve loaded three new ones onto the Expo and Millennium Line.

Hear them onboard trains travelling from Burquitlam to Moody Centre station, as well as the platforms at Burrard and Waterfront station.

What does Seth say? It’s a surprise! A little bird tells us he talks about hipsters, Waterfront Station and Hotel Vancouver.

On the Canada Line, you’ll hear his etiquette PSAs about courtesy seats, feet on seats, and walking left and standing right on the escalators.

We announced Seth as our guest voice back in July with plans to play his announcements until the end of October.

Even though these are the last that will play on the system, you’ll want to stay tuned to The Buzzer blog and our social media channels.

We have a dozen “outtakes” that will be released online next month!

Want to hear all the etiquette PSAs? We’ve now released all of them on TransLink’s YouTube account.

 

#MyTransLink – October 23

Unseasonably beautiful weather has brought out some stunning photo submissions for our weekly #MyTransLink commuter photo series. If you’re new to the blog, each week we seek out the best perspective of our regions transit system by looking to you, our riders, neighbours and transit enthusiasts to capture and share your favourite moments on and around transit.

This past week, we offered up a random prize to one lucky photo submission, so scroll thorough a small sampling of the photos that were submitted and see which lucky shot captured the prize!

 

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Transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend

This weekend’s guide is for activities across Metro Vancouver

The best day of the week is here, and The Buzzer blog is back with its guide for things you can do this weekend in Metro Vancouver!

Don’t have plans and want so? The Buzzer has your back!

Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!

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

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Q&A: Spotlight on Emily Carr student Autumn Quigley

As a transit user in Vancouver, Autumn loves the cultural diversity of the city

When illustrator Autumn Quigley first moved to Vancouver, the diversity of the city really appealed to her. So, when the time came to design a transit etiquette illustration for TransLink, she went back to this cultural aspect of her new home.

Autumn is a recent graduate who majored in illustration from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), whose artwork depicting transit etiquette is currently displayed on our transit system.

TransLink’s recent collaboration with ECUAD aims to take a look at transit etiquette through the eyes of students who are also transit users themselves.

More than 40 students of the fourth-year illustration course at ECUAD, taught by Professors Justin Novak, Amory Abbott, and Daniel Drennan ElAwar, brought their own sense of creativity to the project.

Autumn chatted with our social media team about how art in public places serves a purpose.

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Live chat pilot is live!

Building on the momentum of an improved Transit Alerts page, we’re piloting a new feature on desktop and mobile versions of our website allowing customers to live chat with our Customer Information team.

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#MyTransLink – October 16

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, there’s no denying that our Metro Vancouver photog community has a whole lot to say! This week’s edition of #MyTransLink  features evolving fall colours, the golden hour glow, those brisk clear blue sky’s that fall in this region is know for.

Every week, we ask you, our snap happy customers, neighbours and transit users to shoot and share with us your greatest photo captures in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to see what’s happening next week!

 

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This 4-year-old had the best transit-themed birthday party!

Isaac’s parents decided to celebrate his love for all things transit

It’s just another day for 4-year-old Isaac. He goes to preschool three days per week and loves his classmates, and teachers. He takes transit with his mom wherever he goes. And just like any other 4-year-old, Isaac is a huge transit fan. He loves watching videos of trains, buses, and cartoons.

Isaac started riding buses when he was 3-weeks-old, and it helps with his communication skills, says his mom, Pamela Carvajal, who sent The Buzzer blog pictures of Isaac’s transit-themed birthday party!

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Check out the new Transit Alerts!

Today, we launched an improved Transit Alerts page!

Check out the new Transit Alerts page!

We’ve given our Transit Alerts an update, making it easier for our customers keep informed of changes or disruptions to their routes!

There’s a new look with improved navigation and a responsive design (that means it looks the same on both mobile and desktop devices). There’s now an option to toggle between showing alerts only for today or all alerts.

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Driven by success: TransLink voted one of the best local employers

Image courtesy Georgia Straight

Hey Vancouver! We are here to share some great news with ya!

We were voted one of the Best Local Employers in the ‘Best of Vancouver 23rd Annual Readers’ Choice Winners‘ held by the Georgia Straight!

Wait…! There’s more because good things come in threes.

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TransLink gives green light to green bonds

We will be the first transit agency in Canada to issue green bonds

UPDATE Nov 16, 2018: TransLink issued its first-ever Green Bond, becoming the first transit agency in Canada to do so, helping to satisfy strong investor interest in organizations with a compelling environmental story to tell. The bond, valued at $400 million, is TransLink’s largest bond issuance.

At TransLink, we take environmental stewardship very seriously. We also constantly spend capital to improve our transit network, so YOU, our customers, can benefit from it.

We all know public transit is a greener choice – it takes away cars from the roads, thereby reducing our cumulative carbon footprint.

With this responsibility in mind, TransLink’s Board of Directors has given the green light to issue green bonds as one way to finance the largest expansion to transit service in our region’s history — the 10-Year Vision.

What are green bonds, you might wonder?

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#MyTransLink – October 9

Line. Shape. Form. Texture. Pattern. Colour. Space.

The seven elements of photography which, intentionally or not, are contained in each and every photograph. By design, transit photography often contains strong leading lines, creating power and emotion in a single click. A highlight of the week is perusing Instagram for all of the amazing #MyTransLink shots that have made this weekly commuter series what it is today.

Last week we asked you to share your photographic love of transit in celebration of I Love Transit, and as always you did just that. Scroll down and check out the shots from all across the system and to see how to have your captures featured in the coming weeks.

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South of the Fraser: transit-friendly things to do this Thanksgiving weekend

This week, go to the South of the Fraser for events on the Thanksgiving weekend

Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy – ‘tis the season to be stuffed! Thanksgiving is this weekend, and we thought we’d help you decide what to do and where to go. A lot of the feedback you give is about things to do outside of Vancouver – Surrey, Delta, Langley, and Richmond.

So, this time, The Buzzer blog is pumped to help you carve out some fun South of the Fraser this weekend! Orange you pumped?!

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

Monday, Oct 8 is Thanksgiving Day! Bus, SkyTrain & SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Holiday fares will be in effect, you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones! West Coast Express will not operate. http://ow.ly/BPrj30lAPOO

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