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MyTransLink – August 28

SkyTrain arriving at Stadium/Chinatown station east of downtown Vancouver

Nippy mornings are back, and so are pumpkin spice lattes. It’s back to school in a few days, and summer feels like your best friend is leaving. I don’t know about you guys, but I am not ready for fall yet. Maybe the pretty foliage and the slight nip in the air, perhaps?

What I am ready for is our favourite day of the week when we get to feature some stunning images that you share with us for #MyTransLink. For our new friends here, MyTransLink is 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 photos on Instagram using the hashtag #MyTransLink.

This week, we asked you to share images of where transit takes you, so lo and behold, the chosen ones from this edition:

For next week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of fall! Snap photos of that latte you bought, or the pretty leaf at the bus stop, and share it. We’ll feature some of the best here!

 

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A metro town sunset #mytranslink

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9 epic transit-friendly places to visit this summer

Stanley Park seawall

The seawall at Stanley Park is one of many places to explore this summer!

It’s no secret that Metro Vancouver—with our West Coast charm—is a global summertime destination.

From our beautiful beaches to awe-inspiring mountain ranges and pristine lakes, enjoying the great outdoors is a staple summer activity for locals and tourists alike. If outdoors-ing isn’t for you, take advantage of our world-class art, theatre, music and food scenes!

Before we get into our 9 epic transit friendly places to visit this summer…did you know it’s easier than ever to choose transit when exploring our region this summer?!

Pay for your transit fare using our Tap to Pay feature! Simply tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card, or mobile wallet at a fare gate or mobile validator—just like a Compass Card.

Not only that—we’ve expanded our partnership with Modo, bringing more car-sharing parking spots to our SkyTrain stations. There are now two stalls for Modo vehicles at Braid Station and three at King George Station. In New Westminster, access Evo car share at Braid and Columbia stations. Have your own vehicle? You can park it at one of our Park and Ride lots and connect with transit.

Don’t forget! Our Summer Service Changes went live on June 25, bringing extra trips to and from many popular summer attractions.  Read more »

9 epic things to do on Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

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.

Holiday service

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.

Know before you go – visit translink.ca/holidayservice for all the details and plan your trip at translink.ca/tripplanner.

1. Surrey Canada Day

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.
Transit: 320

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 »

Love on the line – Valentine’s Day 2018

B-Line Valentine

While the calendar says today is Valentine’s Day, here at TransLink, it’s just one of our two annual celebrations of love. Our annual I Love Transit week shares interesting stories celebrating our riders, transit enthusiasts and generally all the things we love about transit! From Rodney and Darci tapping onto the SkyTrain en route to their nuptuals, to Nina and Jarred getting married on a TransLink bus, and Meghan and Steve unexpectedly finding love on transit, it’s no surprise that this busy and bustling public space ignites so many connections.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out these and some of the other amazing love stories that started on our system:

Love knows no bounds and can happen when we least expect it — don’t believe me? Just check out the pages of pages of I Saw You ads in the Georgia Straight, with sightings on all of our transit modes!

And let’s not forget about your love for us!

Happy Valentine’s day #happyvalentinesday #mytranslink

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Have a transit love story to share? Let us know in the comments, or send us an email to thebuzzer@translink.ca

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Buzzer illustrator interview: Jenny Hsieh

The December 2017 edition of the print Buzzer was illustrated by the talented Jenny Hsieh, who we originally discovered through her super fun Instagram account.

Jenny’s adorable winter clad creatures don the cover in promotion of winter service changes, all-door boarding, TransLink merchandise, and more!

We asked Jenny a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator based in Vancouver. I recently graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in Illustration. When I’m not drawing I’m liking cute dog photos on Instagram.

(us too Jenny… us too!)

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

I get my inspiration from everyday life. I like to take seemingly banal moments and illustrate them in a way that makes them extraordinary.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I enjoy drawing people and dogs (especially shiba inus).

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

My illustration features three warmly dressed animals waiting for the bus. I wanted to illustrate something simple and fun to represent bus schedule changes in the winter season.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I like to switch between various mediums. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for my digital work, and watercolour, ink, or coloured pencils for my traditional stuff. I like exploring different mediums since each one can really lend to the mood of a work.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

Recently, I made a zine consisting of ink drawings that I created in October. It’s basically cute girls in cute outfits – it was a lot of fun to draw!

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Right now, I am trying to put together another zine/comic. I am also working on opening an online store, which will probably be ready early next year. You can stay updated with me on my instagram and website!

What is your favourite mode of transit?

My favourite and most frequent mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain. I’ve spent most of my time on the SkyTrain because of school. It just makes travelling downtown so convenient!

Do you have any fun plans for winter?

Yes! Winter vacation plans included spending Christmas and New Year’s in Taiwan.

A huge thanks to Jenny for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Year in Review: top-five stories on TransLink’s social media channels

We’re preparing to turn the page on 2017, and recently looked back on some of the TransLink enterprise’s milestones from the year.

Today, we’re sharing some of the stories that resonated the most with our customers on our social media channels!

(Psst…make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn!)

#MyTransLink

Our customers take some of the best photos of our region and transit. That’s why this year, we launched our #MyTransLink series, showcasing some of the best photos of our region and transit from YOU!

There were more than 2,400 uses of the #MyTransLink hashtag on Twitter and Instagram that spawned 24 different #MyTransLink posts on the Buzzer blog. Read more »

Going the distance. Rogers LTE wireless comes to the Burquitlam Tunnel

Mark II staredown. #mytranslink #vancouver #translink #transit #skytrain

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Earlier this week, Rogers completed installation of the LTE wireless network in the 2.5 km Burquitlam Tunnel on the Evergreen Extension. This marks the last section of SkyTrain that was without cell coverage since service expanded to the Dunsmuir and Edmonds tunnels in July 2016, and New Westminster this past August.

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2017 Halloween wrap-up

2017 Halloween Wrap Up

Halloween 2017 started on a high note Friday October 27th with none other than a #SkyTrainParty hosted by Vancouver Public Space Network. This annual Halloween-themed celebration transforms SkyTrain with costume-clad commuters, tricks and treats, and even a DJ! This Halloween party is not an official TransLink event, but we love seeing creative passengers enjoying our public transit system! Check out some pictures from the fun night here:

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Pattullo Bridge weekend closure July 14 – 17

The Pattullo Bridge is celebrating its 80 birthday this year, and as part of regular maintenance and repair work to keep the bridge operational until it’s replaced, the bridge will be closed from Friday, July 14 at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 17 at 5 a.m. This closure will allow crews to repair the south side of the bridge.

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Contest: Show us your Canada for a chance to win a #Canada150 Commemorative Compass Card!

Happy 150th birthday Canada! ?????? Celebrate by getting a limited edition commemorative compass card ??

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Hey Metro Vancouver. We LOVE that you LOVE the new, limited edition #Canada150 Compass Cards! In fact, you love them so much that you’ve bought out SIX of 16 Compass Vending Machine locations around the region in just 24 hours! 

As of July 4, #Canada150 commemorative Compass Cards have sold out. 

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TransLink on the Move: Evergreen means Go!

TransLink on the Move Evergreen

Last week marked the start of our TransLink on the Move series where we’re breaking down some of the highlights of our 2016 Annual Report.

This week, we’re featuring the long awaited Evergreen Extension!

The opening of the Evergreen Extension was a milestone event for TransLink and for Metro Vancouver. This significant expansion of our integrated transit network brings us to 79 km of SkyTrain meaning that TransLink now operates the world’s longest fully-automated rapid transit system!

Included in the Evergreen Extension is a two-kilometre Tunnel (the longest in the SkyTrain network) connecting Coquitlam to Port Moody, a new SkyTrain operating pattern and six new stations connecting riders to more destinations in our region.

The Evergreen Extension boasts beautiful new open concept stations with plenty of glass allowing for natural light, picturesque views and beautiful public art.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the new stations, have a look at some of the shots captured by transit enthusiast Ivan Chan. Or better yet, become your very own #EvergreenExplorer by checking out some of the great java stops along the new route.

Want to know more about highlights to the transit system in 2016?
Stay tuned to the blog for a new feature every week!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Compass Stored Value Minimum Load Drops to $5!

You’ve asked, and we’ve listened!

We’re happy to announce that we have lowered the minimum Stored Value load amount for Adult Compass Cards at Compass Vending Machines (CVM)! Customers can now load Adult Compass Cards at a CVM and select a minimum Stored Value of $5! This change was based on feedback received from you, our customers, requesting a lower minimum Stored Value than the original $10.

This change applies only to Stored Value at a Compass Vending Machine. When loading Stored Value online, customers can choose from a number of set options starting at $10, or can choose to “pay balance” to bring a negative balance back up to zero. Minimum Stored Value load amount for Concession Compass Cards remains at $5.

For customers wishing to load an amount outside of the set CVM, online or phone parameters, a Compass Customer Service staff member at our walk in centre located at Stadium–Chinatown Station can help. For added convenience, customers add AutoLoad to their Compass Card directly from their bank accounts to automatically renew monthly passes or to top-up Stored Value using this form.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

My TransLink – February 7, 2017

Another edition of My TransLink coming atcha’!

ICYMI: My TransLink is a rider-focused series where we want you to share your transit photographs from across the system on social media and in turn, we share your amazing pics right here on the Buzzer blog. Basically, this is all about you!

Let’s see what you’ve captured over the last few weeks!

The daily commute ? #mytranslink

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I’m in love with this photo #95 #bline #95bline #135sfu #mytranslink @translinkbc

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Morning Production way ❄️☀️❄️☀️❄️ have a nice productive day everyone ????

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55 #sfu #burnabybc #burnabymountain #winter #snow #britishcolumbia #mytranslink

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Want to be featured on the blog? You know you do! It’s easy!
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

My TransLink – January 24, 2017

Welcome to the first official post of My TransLink!

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to be our photographers on your commute and share with us your transit pics from across the system on social media.

The social team wants to share your content, your views of transit and our community.

Here are just a few from the first installment – including some very snowy scenes!

As seen from the Skytrain.

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The next station is… Inlet Centre.

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the night shift #TransLink #Buses #NightRides #Vancouver #SFU #burnaby #mytranslink

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Thanks to everyone for their photos. Keep them coming!

Want to be featured on the blog?
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

My TransLink Photo Fun: A new series with YOUR content!

Introducing #MyTransLink photo fun!

Our riders and community neighbours take some of the best photos of our region and transit and we love to share them on across our social channels.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Use the #MyTransLink hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to get our attention.
  • Tag @TransLink (Twitter) and @TransLinkBC (Instagram)
  • Make sure that your profile is public so we can see your post.
  • Every few weeks we will post right here on the Buzzer blog some of the best shots from around Metro Vancouver.
  • Please note: Profanity or inappropriate content will not be shared.

That’s it, that’s all!

This is simply a way to showcase the wonderful creativity and keen eyes from all of the budding shutterbugs so get out there and get snapping!

Share your pics!
Twitter: @TransLink
Instagram: @TransLinkBC
Email: thebuzzer@translink.ca

Author: Adrienne Coling