Translink Buzzer Blog

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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Why are TransLink buses green now?

TransLink Green New Flyer Bus

As these new buses arrive, we’ll put them into service on the existing network

Hey Metro Vancouver! As some of you might have noticed, new buses have been arriving to the fleet only, they look a little different than existing buses!

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#MyTransLink – November 20

Creativity is abound in this edition of #MyTransLink. From land, sea and sky our ever-prepared transit photographers once again capture the breathtaking beauty that this region holds. If you’re new here, #MyTransLink is our weekly commuter photo series comprised of pictures taken by you, our customers, neighbours and transit enthusiasts in and around Metro Vancouver. This series has been running for nearly a year and has captured a wide range of shots from every corner of this region.

Scroll to through the shots on this page and see what our riders see each and every day on their commutes. And don’t forget to check the bottom of this post to see who our random winner is this week!

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Another improvement on the way for the BC Parkway

An example of a retaining wall along the BC Parkway near Patterson Station.

Over the past few years, we’ve made a number of investments to improve and maintain the BC Parkway, a multi-use path that roughly parallels the the SkyTrain’s Expo Line. It’s an important way for us to reach our long-term cycling goals for the region!

We’re excited to announce that work has begun to replace a retaining wall along the BC Parkway in south Burnaby between London Street and Southpoint Drive. To ensure the safety of all BC Parkway users, a detour route is in place until December 2018 while we complete this work.

Cyclists traveling through the area should add approximately 10 to 15 minutes to their commute. Check out map below for detour information (you can click to enlarge it!). Maps and signs are also installed along the route to help direct pedestrians and cyclists. We thank everyone for their patience while this work is done.

It’s all part of TransLink’s Maintenance and Repair Program, our annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

The BC Parkway is a 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the SkyTrain’s Expo Line, connecting Surrey’s city centre, New Westminster, south Burnaby, and Vancouver.

Donate a blanket! Drive on the Line is back and needs YOUR help

Gregory Ould heads BlanketBC and his kids volunteer to help collect blankets for those in need

When Gregory Ould offered a blanket to a homeless man back in 2005, he didn’t realize he was about to change his life’s focus.

Ould is the co-founder, along with his son Ben, of BlanketBC Society, an organization based in Mission that collects and distributes blankets to those in need.

Ould is a Canada Line Attendant and his organization has collected over 400,000 blankets to date!

This year, BlanketBC’s ‘Drive on the Line’ celebrates 10 years of changing lives and bringing warmth to people blanket by blanket.

North America’s largest blanket drive, this two-day donation initiative involves over 175 blanketeers ranging from individuals to families to corporate and sporting teams.

These volunteers collect blankets from our customers and the public at eight stations from downtown Vancouver to Richmond.

If you’d like to donate, you can head to:

  • Waterfront Station
  • Yaletown/Roundhouse
  • Vancouver City
  • Broadway/City Hall
  • Oakridge/41st
  • Marine Drive
  • Bridgeport, and
  • Lansdowne

Donations accepted are: socks, scarves, mittens, toques, and of course – blankets. All donated items are divided up and distributed to over 100 shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

BlanketBC requests that you ensure the items you donate are clean.

Last year’s blanket drive successfully collected over 6200 blankets, 1200 articles of clothing and over $7600! Every year, the goal is to collect over 10,000 blankets.

For more information, or to volunteer, please visit the BlanketBC website, or contact Gregory Ould.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

#MyTransLink – November 13

Clear blue skies and brisk, chilly mornings make up this shoulder season, where fall meets winter.

Each week, we put a call out to Metro Vancouverites, tourists, and transit fans alike to capture your favourite moments on and around transit in our region. The photos you submit via social media using the hashtag #MyTransLink make up this series. So snap, tag and share and you might wind up like our lucky random winner (below), and get your hands on some TransLink swag!

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Transit-friendly fantastic Phở and more places in Metro Vancouver

Did you know there are two styles of Phở?

A piping hot bowl of Phở sounds quintessential of rainy Vancouver evenings, or rather late nights. This simple beef noodle soup – traditionally, but you can also get different kinds of stock – from Vietnam has come to be its most-prized culinary assets.

In fact, this humble dish even had Vietnamese poet Tu Mo wax eloquent about it in his poem, ‘An Ode to Phở’. This flavoursome mix of beef bones, charred onion and ginger, spices that include star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and coriander – all used to make the slow-cooked broth that defines Phở – is the epitome of egalitarianism. The Phở brings the rich and poor together. Period.

Did you know there are two styles of Phở?  Phở bac, which is Phở from the northern regions of Vietnam, is made quite differently from how Phở is prepared in southern Vietnam (Phở Sài Gòn). The northern-style broth is traditional and simple with wider noodles, while the one from the south is somewhat sweeter, with lots of herbs, and even hoisin and chilli sauce. An important takeaway – not all Vietnamese-noodle-in-hot-broth-in-a-bowl dishes are Phở!

And since Metro Vancouver has so many fantastic Phở and more places, we thought we’d list some of those that are easily accessible by transit. Why? Because, we love all things transit, and we sure love us some Phở – Phở-real!

Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite Vietnamese restaurant!

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

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