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Transport 2050 ideas and survey update – nearly 5000 new submissions!

We’re creating a new Regional Transportation Strategy, called Transport 2050, that will outline our options for getting around between now and 2050.

Since TransLink launched this public engagement initiative – the largest in our history – on May 3, we’ve heard from thousands of Metro Vancouverites about what they want in the future of transportation. And so far, nearly 13,000 surveys and 1,400 ideas for the future have been submitted.

Have an idea, but haven’t submitted it yet? Don’t worry, you have until September 22 to tell us what’s important to you, your transportation priorities and your ideas for the future. Take part now at transport2050.ca!

Want to talk with us in person instead? This summer, we’re all over the region. Read more »

TransLink releases report on late-night transit service

TransLink today released the results of an independent technical study of trade-offs associated with operating SkyTrain all night Fridays and Saturdays as well as a report outlining other transit options that could be effective in getting late night patrons home safely.

The independent, year-long technical study found that to ensure the SkyTrain system could be properly maintained, significant operational changes would be required including a reduction of SkyTrain operating hours during weekdays and full closures of the system on some statutory holidays. Read more »

Transit your way to these awesome Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!” by Ian Muttoo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Canada Day is Monday July 1st!

We want to see you get out there and be the proud Canadian you are! Here is a list of Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver lined up for this year and how to enjoy them taking transit. Ever wonder what Canada will be like in the next 30 years? Or specifically, what will your transit to Canada Day in 2050 would look like? Help your community shape the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver with the Transport 2050 survey. Keep an eye out for our Transport 2050 Engagement Bus at a couple of these events and more throughout the summer too! Read more »

We’re bringing #Transport2050 engagement to you this summer!

Our Transport 2050 engagement team and bus will be at community events throughout the summer!

TransLink is creating a new strategy for the next 30 years of transportation called Transport 2050, and we need your help. Find us at community events throughout the region to tell us how you want to move and live! Read more »

TransLink takes you to National Indigenous Peoples Day events

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day and Canadians coast to coast will be celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples! While these groups have similarities, each group has some distinct differences that make them unique through cultural practice, languages and more.

Between June 16 and 28, there are a myriad National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening throughout Metro Vancouver! We’ve compiled a selection below — transit can get you to these events. Plan your trip using our Trip Planner, and sign up for Transit Alerts and know before you go.

TransLink works, operates and serves on the traditional territories of 46 Coast Salish First Nations within Metro Vancouver.

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#Transport2050: More than 9,700 completed surveys and ideas!

Transport 2050 update

After just one month of engagement, Metro Vancouverites have completed almost 9,000 surveys and shared almost 900 bold and creative ideas for the future.

TransLink is leading the development of Transport 2050, a new long-term transportation strategy for our region. And thousands of you who live, work and play across Metro Vancouver have stepped up to have a say!

Transport 2050 will set out what our region needs to build, do, and provide to meet our transportation needs between now and 2050. And a regional strategy needs regional input, so we’ve launched the largest engagement in our history to ask: What’s important to you? What are your transportation priorities? And, what are your ideas for the future?

After just one month of engagement, Metro Vancouverites have completed almost 9,000 surveys and shared almost 900 bold and creative ideas for the future. Below are some highlights from Phase 1 of engagement but if you haven’t taken part yet – don’t despair! You can participate until September 22. Read more »

TransLink Tomorrow’s vanpool a boon for UBC commuter Clay

Clay McMullen, a UBC staffer, is one of close to 48 people participating in TransLink’s vanpool pilot program.

For the last five years, Clay McMullen has been making the stressful, bumper-to-bumper commute between his home in Abbotsford and the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus where he works.

The 200 kilometre round trip requires Clay to leave for work at 4:40 a.m. and then leave UBC for home at 3:30 p.m, five days a week.

“Money isn’t the big thing — the big thing is the stress of being behind the wheel,” says Clay.

But since February, the daily three-hour combined commute has gotten a lot easier.

“Two or three, or six of us can share this burden in a vanpool.”

Clay now commutes with six of his coworkers, who live in the Fraser Valley and South of Fraser, as part of a vanpool (a carpool but with vans!), organized by TransLink in partnership with Modo.

He says this small change has been a major boon to his lifestyle.

“Vanpool is good for the environment, good for my stress levels, and good for my wallet.” Read more »

Best Bubble Tea Spots by SkyTrain Stations

Last Thursday, we launched Dine the Line to explore local eateries with three journeys, one for each Skytrain line.  But no matter what kind of foodie you are, there’s a fun drink in town that has captured the hearts of many in our community.

Whether you are a novice drinker of boba milk tea or acquired an advanced taste of taro slush, bubble tea is the beverage that’s buzzing today on The Buzzer Blog! As a favorite beverage of many in Metro Vancouver, here are some by Skytrain stations that you can check out while you are venturing on your Dine the Line journey:

Surrey Central Station (Expo Line)

Chatime
Address: 10255 King George Blvd
Walking time: 4 minutes

Chatime is one of the few franchises in the lower mainland, and provides a wide variety of signature drinks, but also colourful toppings like rainbow jelly to add more fun to your drink.

 

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Let us quench your thirst in this blazing Vancouver weather!!

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Bubble 88
Address: Unit 102- 10209 King George Blvd
Walking Time: 4 minutes

If you or your friend are cramming for the summer semester, (we can hear your struggles SFU Surrey students) Bubble 88 offers a selection of Taiwanese dishes to accompany your drink. Take your tea and food to go at the same time!

Metrotown Station (Expo Line)

OneZo Tapioca
Address: 4929 Kingsway
Walking Time: 12 mins (but 5 mins with the 144 bus)

Boba pearls are the dark starchy balls at the bottom of most drinks, but OneZo makes their drinks more fun with colored and flavoured pearls! They also make them fresh in house everyday.

 

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Stadium-Chinatown Station (Expo Line)

Shiny Tea – International Village
Address: Unit 2113 88 W Pender Street
Walking Time: 6 minutes

If you are a classic tea drinker, Shiny Tea is a bright spot that offers more traditional tastes in tea bases and tea-flavoured soft serve. Check out Daily Hive’s video on their tea-flavoured soft serve. (There is a shortcut if you get off the SkyTrain and head toward TransLink’s Lost Property Office to find an exit on the right.)

 

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BUBBLE TEA SOFT SERVE GELATO @shinytea_canada is doing gelato their way! __ #dishedvan to be featured Tag a friend

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Lougheed Town Centre Station (Millennium Line)

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Address: E-501 North Rd
Walking time: 5 minutes

Close to the Lougheed Town Center bus loop, Coco offers tropical yogurt-based drinks using Yakult, which adds more of a refreshing taste rather than creamy.

 

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It’s the most exciting time of the year!

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Lincoln Station (Millennium Line)

Bubble World
Address: Unit 120 – 2991 Lougheed Hwy
Walking Time: 3 mins

Another casual Taiwanese eatery, Bubble World offers a wide variety of bubbly and shaken beverages. Their menu also offers desserts to share with friends.

Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line)

The Alley
Address: 985 Hornby Street
Walking time: 8 minutes

A bit a farther than the others listed in this article, but still great for a power walk! The Alley recently opened, making themselves known for their colorful and photogenic drinks, but a bit more expensive than the others on the list.

Passion Tea Room
Address: 1020 Howe Street
Walking time: 8 minutes

Another power walk for tasty bubble tea: Passion Tea Room provides lots of specialty fruit slush, milk teas and ice tea blends for a hot summer day!

 

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How about one for each day of the long weekend? 🤤 … OR just bring 2 more friends and you can try them all at once 😌 ….. . 🍓 STRAWBERRY COLADA … Fresh strawberries and coconut blended with milk and ice cream . . 🍁 KUROZATO MILK TEA … Japanese roasted black tea sweetened with Japanese black sugar . . 🍵 PURE MATCHA SHAKE … 100% matcha blended with milk and ice cream . . Which is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below! 👇🏽 . . . . #bubbletea #boba #bobatea #milktea #bbt #thefeedfeed #vancouverfoodie #vanfoodie #vancityfood #vancouver #yvr #vancity #f52grams #yvrfoodie #yvreats #getinmybelly #bobameup #foodporn #veryvancouver #foodphotography #dishedvan #nomnomyvr #instafoodie #goodeats #604food #teamchomp #gastropostvan #vancityvibe #vancityhype #passiontearoom

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Richmond-Brighouse Station (Canada Line)

Gong Cha
Address: Unit 130 – 6068 No. 3 Road
Walking Time: 2 minutes

If you like cappuccinos, try out a drink with milk foam at Gong Cha! This place has the shortest walking time from a Skytrain station, so you might as well grab a waffle too.

How far will you go for boba? Let us know what your favourite drink and bubble tea place is in the comments below!

 

 

Explore local eats through Dine the Line and TransLink

Foodies get ready for the next big food event: Dine the Line is a community-based initiative throughout the Metro Vancouver for you to explore our city and local culinary offerings within short walking distances from major transit stops!

Dine the Line

As a partnership between TransLink, Tourism Vancouver and West Coast Foods, there are a total of three food journeys to choose from, one for each SkyTrain line and each with a unique cuisine. Check out your options below!

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#MyTransLink – May 7

From sunrise to sunset, the landscape and scenery around the region brings a stunning display of beauty each and every day. As the days are getting lighter and trees are getting brighter, it’s reflected in the stunning shots that you share with us. #MyTransLink is an in transit themed photo series where Metro Vancouverites, neighbours and visitors alike to snap and share their favourite transit-related shots from around the region.

Each week we gain a new perspective of ever-changing landscape around Metro Vancouver.

So scroll on down, and check out the people, places and things featured in #MyTransLink.

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#MyTransLink – April 30

Andy Warhol said it best –

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

Truer words could not be spoken about transit photography. Each week, we ask Metro Vancouver residents, neighbours and visitors alike to snap and share their favourite transit-related shots from around the region. Each week we gain a new perspective of ever-changing landscape around Metro Vancouver.

So scroll on down, and check out the people, places and things featured in #MyTransLink.

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#MyTransLink – April 23

Just like the sun, we’re back with another edition of #MyTransLink. Our weekly curated photo series featuring the best shots in and around transit by YOU – our dedicated team of transit users, photographers and neighbours.

Scroll down to check out the week that was!

#MyTransLink – April 9

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

TransLink takes you to school, to work, to your favourite restaurant and everywhere in between. #MyTransLink is our weekly series that connects us through the eyes (and lens) of our commuters. Each week, Metro Vancouver transit users, neighbours and enthusiasts flock to Instagram to share the beauty that is our region, in transit.

Scroll down to see what’s new in #MyTransLink since last time.

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Celebrate TransLink’s 20th anniversary with us!

An employee installs the TransLink logo on the side of this bus after scraping off the BC Transit logo.

An employee installs the TransLink logo on the side of this bus after scraping off the BC Transit logo.

Twenty-years ago this month (April 1 to be exact!), TransLink began operating with a strong vision: to remain a unique, made-in-B.C. solution, unmatched by any transportation authority in the world.

We’re inviting you to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us!

As a thank you for choosing us to get around and allowing us to serve the region over the past 20 years, we’ll be hosting four pop-up photo booths throughout April.

  • Friday, April 5 at Waterfront Station, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

  • Saturday, April 13 at Party for the Planet, Surrey Civic Plaza near Surrey Central Station, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

  • Wednesday, April 17 at Metrotown Station, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

  • Thursday, April 25 at Lougheed Town Centre Station, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

It’s a rare opportunity to snag a FREE photo with the “Vancouver icons” background, so bring your friends and strike your best pose.

On The Buzzer blog, look out for stories that celebrate our shared transit history starting on Monday. We’ll have a contest for your chance to win a TransLink Store prize pack. Finally, we have new merchandise that pays homage to the ’90s.

Transportation shaped Metro Vancouver’s past. Together, we’ll shape the future of how we move and live.

Lol isn’t it funny that TransLink’s birthday lands on April 1 — April Fools’ Day?!

I mean, a little bit, I guess…if that’s the kind of humour that floats your boat? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

April marks the start of the fiscal year. That’s why we have some good company when it comes to April 1 birthdays!

Apple celebrates its birthday on this day, so does the Wrigley candy company and Gmail. And fun fact — Nunvaut was created on April 1, 1999 too!

 

Transit Network Review proposes new service areas and more!

Public engagement for the 2019 Transit Network Review is open from April 2 to 18.

We’re inviting customers and neighbours across the region to have their say on potential transportation changes as part of our 2019 Transit Network Review!

It’s all part of our efforts to deliver a better transit system so it serves more people, supports areas of high ridership, provides transit options in growing areas, and delivers a basic level of transit access across Metro Vancouver.

Among the proposals in this review:

  • Provide new service to three neighbourhoods: River District in Vancouver, East Fraser Heights, and 68th Ave Crosstown in Surrey
  • Increase service along Fraser Highway before the proposed rapid transit project is approved and implemented
  • Changes to the transit network to make certain routes more efficient and reliable, and provide better connections
  • Redesign NightBus routes to Richmond and YVR, and provide transit service to YVR at all times

It’s important you take part.

The 2017 Transit Network Review informed the new bus routes in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights, and Morgan Creek communities that launched in September 2017, and the decision to extend the 159 to Coquitlam Central Station.

No final decisions have been made. We’re considering these changes and asking for feedback now, so we can implement changes as part of our quarterly transit service changes that happen every spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Have your say in the Transit Network Review and help shape transit in your community. Taking the survey from April 2–18 at translink.ca/networkreview.