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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 »
Winter officially doesn’t arrive for another month-and-a-half, but at TransLink, customer safety is our number one priority. In anticipation of adverse winter weather conditions, our operating companies have plans in place to ensure service stays as reliable as possible for you.
We work expeditiously before and during winter to ensure our buses — including our trolleybus fleet — and SkyTrain all continue to run smoothly, so that we can get you home safe. But, as you know, sometimes traffic woes and slippery roads mean there are some inadvertent delays.
Read on to find out what this means for your winter commute.
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 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 2014, 2015, 2016 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Canada celebrates its 151st birthday on July 1!
No Canada Day plans? No problem! The Buzzer blog‘s got you covered with 9 epic things to do on Canada Day. There’s something happening in communities throughout Metro Vancouver. Perhaps the best part is they’re all transit accessible!
So, dust off your Canada gear, and wear it loud and wear it proud on Canada Day! Hashtag your adventures with the hashtag #MyTransLink—we’d love to see them.
Canada Day – SkyTrain and bus will operate Sunday/holiday schedules with modified, extended and increased service, so everyone can celebrate Canada Day! SeaBus will provide extra and extended service.
July 2 – SkyTrain, SeaBus and bus will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule, and the West Coast Express will not operate.
Location: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 1W8
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fireworks: 10:30 p.m.
Canadian singer-songwriters Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel co-headline the City of Surrey’s annual Canada Day celebration. There will also be an amusement park, midway games and interactive activities for all ages! TransLink will be there with the community engagement bus until 10 p.m.
Take the 320 from Surrey Central Station to get there and we’ll be operating 12 shuttle buses post-event to get everyone home. Read more »
It’s National Police Week, and we’re paying respect to our partners in blue by dedicating this entire week of #MyTransLink to Metro Vancouver Transit Police. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series were showcasing your best shots of our Transit Police at work in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!
There’s no denying that you were on track with this week’s #MyTransLink challenge. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region, we asked for your West Coast Express shots and once again you delivered. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!
It’s Been A Long Time Running #wce906 #mytranslink #translinkbc #westcoastexpress #pocket_rail #trb_express #railpics_insta #rla_theyards #rail_barons #railways_of_our_world #railwaysofthelowermainland #everything_transport #amazing_rail #gtrailfan_feature_productions #gtrailfan_productions #rsa_theyards #daily_crossing #the_loco_shop #railsupremacy #diesel_locomotive_shop #the_loco_shop #pittmeadowsexplorer
Each year, Earth Day (April 22) aims to encouraging and educating people to be more environmentally friendly!
TransLink works diligently in our day-to-day operations to protect our planet, and this year—just time for Earth Day—our efforts have been recognized with a placement among Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2018!
The Canada’s Greenest Employers designation, selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. TransLink earned this distinction as an enterprise, which includes British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company and Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Read more »
TransLink is expanding the reach of a program that taps into the generosity of its customers by turning unwanted Compass Cards into transit passes to help families and children in need.
This year’s shirt says it all – Nice Needs No Filter.
Pink Shirt Day, now a global movement, was started back in 2007 by two boys attending a Nova Scotia high school. After witnessing the bullying of a new student for wearing a pink shirt to school, the boys rallied dozens of classmates to wear pink in solidarity of the bullied student. The movement has gained traction over the years, with worldwide support and participation. Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.
The focus for this years movement is Cyberbullying, something that we are no stranger to here at TransLink. Sadly, online bullying can come in many forms, from spreading rumours, threats, and just overall harassment. This year, we rallied our troops internally to show our support of anti-bullying. We stand with Pink Shirt Day and encourage others to choose kindness first, and encourage those online to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative and remembering that Nice Needs No Filter. Read more »
For the fourth straight year, TransLink (also known as South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) has been named one of BC’s Top Employers!
We’re once again excited to share this fantastic award with not only our employees, but also our customers and anyone else who crosses our path.
Sparky the Elf, on behalf of TransLink and its operating companies, upped the ante today by committing to a donation of 3.500 unwrapped toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB) this holiday season. That’s 500 more than last year’s commitment!
That’s right, the Reindeer Bus (aka: 9543) has saddled up and is ready to spread some holiday cheer throughout the region. The Reindeer Bus operates out of Vancouver Transit Centre (VTC), so expect to see it on Vancouver streets as soon as tomorrow!