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New Seth Rogen announcements are now on the system!

The idea to have Vancouver actor Seth Rogen as a guest voice on transit came from our customers and the media. That’s why last week, we asked for your help to pick what Seth says next!

*Drumroll* please! 

The results are in… and the winner is “bags on seats” with 38 per cent of the vote! You can now hear it on trains travelling from Nanaimo Station to Commercial–Broadway Station, at Canada Line platforms, and onboard buses when played by the operator.

We’ve also added a few other new ones too — feet on seats, perfumes and colognes, cellphones, and taking your backpack off.

Seth’s voice can be heard on transit until the end of October and each announcement will run for roughly three weeks or longer.

Author: Allen Tung

#MyTransLink – August 21

This 1954 Canada Car Brill T-44 hit the road again to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network!

Happy Tuesday to all our friends here, fellow transit enthusiasts and everyone else! We are back with our weekly feature on The Buzzer blog, #MyTransLink 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 stunning photos on Instagram using the hashtag #MyTransLink.

#MyTransLink aims to capture your favorite thing about Metro Vancouver. This past week, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of our trolleybus network, so we deemed it apt to feature your fabulous photos of the famed trolleybus.

So, for next week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of places our transit system takes you to! Share your awesome pics with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll feature some of the best here. What to submit as next week’s photos? Read on my friends…’

 

 

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Fall Service Changes means 6,000 more spaces on transit for our customers!

We're adding more service hours across Metro Vancouver to help reduce overcrowding.

We’re adding more service hours across Metro Vancouver to help reduce overcrowding.

We hear ya — the transit system is busy!

Last year, Metro Vancouver led Canada and the United States in transit ridership growth with 407 million boardings, and the growth trend has continued into this year.

That’s why we’re adding more service hours across the region to help reduce overcrowding as part of our Fall Service Changes, which begin on Monday, Sept. 3!

We’re adding 100 more trips every day and 6,000 more spaces for our customers — made possible through new investments available through the 10-Year Vision.

More than 20 routes across the region are receiving improvements thanks to this new funding. Among them:

  • 23 Beach/Yaletown/Main Street Station
  • 25 Brentwood Station/UBC
  • 43 Joyce Station/UBC
  • 100 22nd Street Station/Marpole Loop
  • 319 Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange
  • 555 Lougheed Station/Carvolth Exchange

We are also improving several routes as part of the updated Southwest Area Transport Plan, which was finalized in July:

  • 104 Annacis island/22nd Street Station
  • 401 Richmond-Brighouse Station/One Road
  • 406 Richmond-Brighouse Station/Steveston*NEW*
  • 408 Richmond Brighouse/Ironwood/Riverport *NEW*
  • 410 Richmond Brighouse Station/22nd Street Station
  • 418 Richmond-Brighouse Station/Kingswood (formerly C98)

For full details and maps, please visit translink.ca/servicechanges. Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog over the next two weeks as we take a deep dive into other notable changes.

Nearly 250,000 annual bus service hours related to the 10-Year Vision have been added since the start of Phase One. The 10-Year Vision means more transit, better roads, safer cycling and pedestrian access — for everyone.

And we’re just getting started! In June, an investment plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision was approved, unlocking $7.3 billion in new funding. This is the largest investment in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver’s history!

Know before you go! Plan your trip using our Trip Planner at translink.ca/tripplanner.

Author: Allen Tung

What you missed and more chances to take part: Trolleybus anniversary and pop-up shop

You can buy trolley-bus-themed (L) t-shirts at the pop-up shop (R) at Waterfront Station.

August 16, 2018 marked a big day for transit enthusiasts! The streets of downtown Vancouver welcomed a Canadian Car-Brill T-48A back on its roads to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the trolleybus network.

Fans lined up at the corner of Seymour and West Cordova to get a chance to go back in time by riding a 1954 trolleybus for FREE!

Retired bus operator Angus McIntyre drove the bus that was packed with bus aficionados. Driving along the original route (eastbound at nearside Seymour, Main, Kingsway, Fraser to Fraser and Marine then returning the same route) for a ride that lasted 40 minutes, the historic trolleybus was cheered on by excited onlookers.

Passengers included Mike McDaniel, President, Coast Mountain Bus Company, and Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, Dale Laird, President of the Transit Museum Society, and other enthusiasts.

Mike McDaniel, President, Coast Mountain Bus Company (R), and Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, rode the historic trolleybus.

Young and old passengers took photos and chatted with each other, with some reminiscing about their first time on the trolleybuses.

Bowinn Ma spoke about her childhood with her grandmother taking her cousins on the trolleybus to Chinatown and paying 30 cents as fare.

The fare box near the driver’s seat was a far cry from today’s fare box, and so were the pull-down windows. A small gate near the rear door of the bus had to be pushed open and held when exiting the bus.

If you missed your chance to ride the historic trolleybus for FREE, don’t fret. The trolleybus, painted in the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority livery (design on the outside), will return to Vancouver’s streets for two more days:

  • Saturday, August 18, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)
  • Friday, August 24, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)

We expect the historic trolleybus rides to be very popular, so get there early! It’s first come, first served. Rides end at 4 p.m. on all days, so the last departure will be about half-an-hour prior on Aug. 18 & 24.

While waiting to board the bus outside Waterfront Station, you can also buy trolley-themed tee-shirts that are available at the pop-up shop inside the station.

This trolleybus-themed t-shirt is a hot-seller at the pop-up shop at Waterfront Station

 

The shop, which opened on August 16th, will be there for two more days until August 18th. It’s your chance to pick-up merchandise to show off your love for our Metro Vancouver transit system.

Local travellers and tourists thronged the pop-up shop to buy transit-themed apparel, pencils, station map mugs and mug sets, transit vehicle travel mugs and other drinkware, décor items, bus system map umbrella, laptop sleeve and other personal/tech items, as well as scale models of a SkyTrain or SeaBus.

The most popular item at the pop-up shop is the trolley-themed tee-shirt followed by transit-themed socks, and a baseball hat with the transit ‘T’ symbol.

 

 

 

 

The pop-up shop at Waterfront Station will run from:

  • August 16th& 17th, 8 a.m. to 6 pm
  • August 18th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Other new merchandise includes a transit map puzzle and the popular retro SeaBus t-shirts in two new colors.

Social media was abuzz with photos of people’s prized possessions with some even asking if items can be shipped abroad!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your calendar until August 18th and come see us at Waterfront Station! Be ready to take transit home!

Can’t make it? This new merchandise is also available on the TransLink Store where all orders now ship from Metro Vancouver!

Author: Tanushree Pillai

Extra service for the PNE, ways to save and more!

Catch the 16 PNE and 210 PNE specials to get to The Fair!

The Fair at the PNE returns for its 108th year, Aug. 18 to Sept. 3, 11 a.m. till late (closed Aug. 20 and 27). As always, in addition to the usual service in the area, we’re adding extra service to take you to and from the PNE! Read on for the details.

  • The 16 PNE special runs between the Expo Line’s 29th Avenue Station, the Millennium Line’s Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra service provides an additional 4-5 buses per hour between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The 210 PNE special runs between Phibbs Exchange and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra provides an additional 2 buses per hour between 10 a.m. and midnight.
  • On Aug. 21 and 28 (free gate admission days), there will be additional service from 29th Avenue Station (route 16), Phibbs Exchange (route 210) and Coquitlam Central Station (route 160) to the PNE during the morning.

Plan your trip using our Trip Planner and remember, with Tap to Pay, you can tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on Compass reader to pay for an adult cash fare!

There are a number of buses that will get you to the PNE: the 14, 16, 95 B-Line, 210 and 211. If you’re coming from downtown, you can take the 14 Hastings, 16 29th Avenue Station or 95 B-Line to SFU. Coming from SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Line? Take the 16 PNE or 16 Arbutus. From the North Shore, you can take the 210 PNE, 210 Vancouver or 211 Vancouver.

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(PICTURES) The Vancouver trolleybus network turns 70 today!

Stanley Park (Chilco) Loop circa 1972

August 16, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network!

The electric trolleybuses first burst onto the scene as part of the ambitious “rails-to-rubber” conversion to decommission the streetcar network. The first trolleybus, a Canadian Car Brill T-44, hit the roads on August 16, 1948, forever changing the way we move around in the city.

Have you checked out the new items in the TransLink Store? We’ve released a commemorative shirt, recognizing the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network! Available in men and ladies sizes.

For more than 60 years, the streetcar was the backbone of the region’s transit system. The end of the Great Depression and World War II challenged us to rethink public transit: stay with streetcars and their tracks, or look towards rubber-tired buses.  Read more »

An update on SeaBus terminal rehabilitation at Waterfront Station

More than 6.3 million people passed through the SeaBus terminals last year!

Last year, more than 6.3 million people passed through the SeaBus terminals at Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay.

That’s why we’re repairing the terminal walls and roofs, which are 40 years old, to ensure these buildings remain safe and functioning for both customers and employees.

Earlier this year, the work was completed at the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus terminal. We’re excited to let our customers know that the work’s now done at the Waterfront Station SeaBus terminal’s west berth. Check out the pictures!

The berth is where the SeaBus docks to load and unload passengers, and each terminal has two berths: west and east.

With rehabilitation complete at the Waterfront terminal’s west berth, work now moves to the east berth and we expect the project to be completed by spring 2019.

This work is all part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair program. We’re making investments across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

What about the escalators that are currently undergoing maintenance and repairs?

We recognize this is an inconvenience to our customers. The escalators are 40 years old and consist of parts that are no longer widely available. We’re working hard behind the scenes to get the escalators up and running as quickly as possible.

These escalators will eventually be replaced as part of the seismic upgrades to the SeaBus terminal at Waterfront Station to add seismic resiliency, increase accessibility and improve customer convenience. One replacement elevator and a new elevator are also included in this work.

Know before you go! Visit translink.ca/alerts.

Help pick what Seth says next!

The idea to have Vancouver actor Seth Rogen as a guest voice on transit came from our customers and the media. That’s why we want to hear from you again!

Help pick what nuggets of Seth wisdom will be on transit next by taking the poll below. We’ll start playing one or two of the highest voted announcements on transit next week!

Seth volunteered to be a guest voice on transit earlier this summer and results so far have been fantastic! Besides mentions on The Tonight Show, BBC, Fast Company and more, transit users have been sharing their love of Seth’s humorous take on transit dos and don’ts.

Seth’s voice can be heard until the end of October at most SkyTrain stations on all three lines (Expo, Millennium and Canada Line) as well on buses across Metro Vancouver (up to bus operators discretion). You might have heard Seth say something like this:

Reminder! Seats closest to the doors are for persons with disabilities, seniors and those who need it. People appreciate you offering these seats to them. It’s worth remembering that some people have disabilities that aren’t always obvious. If someone asks you to give up a seat because they have a disability, please take their word for it.

That’s right. Seth has been helping transit users at SkyTrain stations and buses on their travels with his take on courtesy seats, cellphone use and more!

Each announcement will run for roughly three weeks or longer. To find out more about the Seth announcements, leave a comment below.

Happy voting!

#MyTransLink – August 14

#MyTransLink aims to capture all your beautiful shots of Metro Vancouver

Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s Tuesday, and we are back with our weekly #MyTransLink series on The Buzzer blog 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 stunning photos by using the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram.

#MyTransLink is all about Your Metro Vancouver – whether you take the bus, the SkyTrain, or the SeaBus, make sure you capture those stunning moments and share with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink.

This week, we are stoked about two special events: it’s the 70th anniversary of our trolleybus network and you can ride the historic 1954 Canadian Car Brill T-48A trolleybus for FREE this week (check the dates and timings). We also have swanky new merchandise that you can buy at the pop-up shop at Waterfront Station this week.

So, for this past week’s #MyTransLink post, we wanted you to share photos of architecture – especially of our transit system! Share your awesome clicks with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll be sure to feature them here. What to submit as next week’s photos? Read on my friends…

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Ride a historic trolleybus for FREE on August 16, 18 and 24

Come join us on August 16, 18 and 24 to take a trip down memory lane.

Vancouver’s trolleybus network turns 70 on August 16, 2018 and we’re celebrating with FREE rides on a historic trolleybus!

A 1954 Canadian Car Brill T-48A trolleybus, painted in the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority livery (design on the outside), returns to Vancouver’s streets for three days:

  • Thursday, August 16, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cordova St at Seymour St, approximately every 70 mins.)
  • Saturday, August 18, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)
  • Friday, August 24, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)

We expect the historic trolleybus rides to be very popular, so get there early! It’s first come, first served. Rides end at 4 p.m. on all three days, so the last departure will be about 70 mins. prior on Aug. 16 and about half-an-hour prior on Aug. 18 & 24.

The first trolleybus, a Canadian Car Brill T-44, hit the road on August 16, 1948, operating the 6 Fraser and 15 Cambie route. It was part of the ambitious “rails-to-rubber” conversion to decommission the streetcar network and replace it with trolleybuses.

The last streetcar route departed Vancouver’s streets in 1955. Diesel buses soon joined the fleet, and later came compressed natural gas and diesel-electric hybrid buses.  Next year, we’ll begin trialling four fast-charge battery-electric buses on the 100 Marpole Loop/22nd Street Station route.

Our trolleybus fleet today consists of 262 forty- and sixty-foot buses built by New Flyer. We’re the only transit system in Canada that operates trolleybuses and our fleet is one of the largest in North America!

#TakeTransitHome – transit merchandise pop-up shop at Waterfront Station, Aug. 16–18

A trolleybus-themed t-shirt will be among the new items available at the pop-up shop!

Hey Vancouver, this is your transit! A pop-up shop will be popping up at Waterfront Station on August 16, 17 and 18. It’s your chance to pickup merchandise to show off your love for our Metro Vancouver transit system.

We’ve added NEW items to our list of transportation-themed apparel for the pop-up shop, including a t-shirt to commemorate our trolleybuses’ 70th anniversary!

Trolley-themed tee-shirts can be bought at the pop-up shop at Waterfront Station

It’s the 70th trolleybus anniversary on August 16th (follow us on social media – Twitter and Facebook – to know details about a special trolley tour). These cool trolleybus-themed tees will instill a sense of pride and nostalgia in you.

The pop-up shop at Waterfront Station will run from:

  • August 16th & 17th, 8 a.m. to 6 pm
  • August 18th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

New merchandise can be bought at the pop-up shop at Waterfront Station this weekend

Other new merchandise include a baseball hat with the transit ‘T’ symbol and the popular retro SeaBus t-shirts in two new colors.

The three-day pop-up shop will also sell other items such as:

  • Transit-themed pencils
  • Station map mugs and mug sets
  • Transit vehicle travel mug and other drinkware
  • Transit map puzzle and other décor items
  • Bus system map umbrella, laptop sleeve and other personal/tech items
  • Scale models of a SkyTrain or SeaBus

Whether you are a local, or a tourist to Metro Vancouver, our pop-up shop at the historical Waterfront Station is sure to delight you with numerous options.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your calendar August 16th to 18th and come see us at Waterfront Station! Be ready to take transit home!

Can’t make it? This new merchandise is also available on the TransLink Store where all orders now ship from Metro Vancouver!

This automatic open, folding umbrella features a navy exterior with the transit T logo and colourful Vancouver bus system map interior.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

New bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station and more!

The TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program is improving aging infrastructure across the system

Upgrades to Joyce-Collingwood Station are well underway. The new bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station is now complete – a milestone in the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program that’s improving aging infrastructure across the system.

The next phase of construction will start next week, with crews completing necessary upgrade work.

The west stationhouse at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain Station will be closed from August 13 until spring 2019 as station improvements continue. During construction, the station will remain open and accessible to all customers.

Where do I catch my bus or SkyTrain?

Two new bus shelters at the Joyce-Collingwood Station – opening August 13.

 

Beginning August 13, customers will use the east stationhouse and newly-constructed bus loop to access SkyTrain and buses.

  • Buses will move to the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • From August 13 to spring 2019, the west stationhouse will close and customers can catch their bus at the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • The bus loop has larger shelters and is the new permanent location for the 28 and 41/43 routes.

 

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Celebrate the opening of the Bike Parkade at Metrotown Station

The Bike Parkade at Metrotown Station!

Metrotown Station ranks as the fifth busiest SkyTrain station with close to 20,000 boardings on a typical weekday. That’s dramatically more than when the station opened in 1985, prior to the surrounding area and Metrotown mall developing.

Over the past five years alone, about 3,000 new units have been built near to Metrotown Station, with another 5,000 units under construction or planned – that’s a lot of new folks to the area.

That’s why we’re excited to open a new Bike Parade, completed as part of the recently completed Metrotown Station upgrades, to help make it easier to get around.

We’ll be there on Friday, August 10, between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. with our partners HUB Cycling and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) to celebrate! Be one of the first 20 people to ask about how to #BikeToTransit and receive a FREE bike tool kit!

You may be wondering now, what is #BikeToTransit? It’s a partnership between TransLink, HUB Cycling, Mobi by Shaw Go, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), Project 529, Modacity and Cowlines that strives to make it easier for commuters to integrate cycling into their travels.

All of you who live, work, or play in the Metrotown area can #BiketoTransit and store your ride in this safe and convenient facility. This is the fifth parkade to open in the region and couldn’t be in a better location, right along BC Parkway. If you haven’t already, enrol for the program today!

Bike Parkades are secure facilities where customers who ride bikes to or from transit can lock their bike for the day. The parkade can be accessed with a registered Compass Card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $1 per use (per day) to a maximum of $8 per calendar month.

Aside from the Bike Parkade, the station today has: 

  • Three glass-walled elevators
  • Four pairs of up-and-down escalators
  • New stairs to improve access
  • Two additional entrances, giving customers three ways to access the platform
  • Glass panels and better lighting to improve safety and security
  • Easier connections between bus and SkyTrain
  • A new west stationhouse to integrate with new developments nearby
  • Public art – Steven Brekelmens’ Natural Resources (Log Benches)

SkyTrain Flashback: Metrotown SkyTrain Station circa 1986.

Author: Aylinn Kimura

Transit-friendly bookstores in Metro Vancouver

August 9th is Book Lovers’ Day

There’s something about the smell of books – old or new, they have the ability to transport you someplace magical! And while many now prefer to read their favorite books online, nothing beats the charm of holding that paperback and carefully using bookmarks to come back to it the next day. That is, if you can actually put it down in the first place!

August 9th is Book Lovers’ Day and what better day to give a shout-out to these amazing bookstores in Metro Vancouver that you can easily check out on transit!

Of course, let’s not forget stores like Chapters or Indigo, but with this listicle, we are shining the spotlight on the little-known neighborhood bookstores that are tucked away.

Some of these stores only sell used books, while some specialize in a certain genre. At the end of the day, they are all book lovers’ paradise.

1. The Paper Hound

Location: 344 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Transit: Expo Line, Bus 19

The Paper Hound offers a selection of new, used, and rare titles in a historic, atmospheric building. This bookstore has over 9,000 titles and favours classics.

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9 beaches in Metro Vancouver to visit by transit

9 beaches in Metro Vancouver to visit by transit

Summer is a great time to explore the beautiful beaches that Metro Vancouver has to offer. The long days mean these beaches offer scenic views of the horizon that make for great photos and memories! While there are lots of popular beaches in the Lower Mainland, we compiled this list of some stunning beaches that could possibly be our cities’ best kept secrets. We also tell you how to get there by transit, so all you need to do is grab your beach towels, lather on that sunscreen and jump on transit your family!

Turns out, even in the 1930s, the print edition of The Buzzer suggested some great beaches in Vancouver to beat the heat!

Which is your favorite beach? Did we miss any other secret beaches? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Beach timings and swimming conditions may be affected due to the weather. Check each beach’s website for exact details.

1. White Pine Beach

Location: Sasamat Lake, Port Moody
Transit: Bus 150

White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake in Port Moody is a family-friendly beach that has great walking trails, a beach area, swimming in the lake, and a floating bridge. Take advantage of our increased service to White Pine Beach during the summer and hit this great spot!

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Perfect day at #WhitePineBeach

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