Remember I Love Transit 2018? We still do. The end of 2018 was a busy one, so we never got to tell you about I Love Transit Camp 2018! Last year was special because we had two winning classes – that’s right!
Another I Love Transit week has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops here. We are thrilled to announce our winners… yes, you read that right, WINNERS of this year’s I Love Transit Camp. Once again, so many amazing entries rolled in for this unique opportunity that we couldn’t choo choo choose just one!
This year, our theme was Connections—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. We asked teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. From solar-powered transit vehicles to automated buses, there were no shortage of creative ideas from these up-and-coming transit fans.
Once again, Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, helped us announce the winner! And this year, we had a dedicated team of TransLink judges to pick a winner.
*drumroll* The winners are…
Mr. Andrews’ Grade 4/5 class from Cape Horn Elementary School in Coquitlam! They rallied together to edit, direct and star in a fun video sharing what they love about transit as well as their vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Here’s a summary of their written portion:
Our class feels there will be great changes happening in the future. With the population increasing in the same amount of space (rezoned duplexes), there will be more frequent services, and more SeaBus. Because of the aging population there will be more services for HandyDART and more bus service during peak hours. The Millennium Line will expand to go out even further east. As more communities are connected, there will be an increase in bicycling with the rising fuel costs, so there will be more bike lanes put in. Beside the bike lanes there will be more nature planted like in New Westminster and Burquitlam. Far into the future, there will be underground tunnels like the Boring Company and people will be transported from one city to another in a matter of minutes. SeaBus will be replaced by faster catamarans that are super quiet to not disturb the whale population
And Ms. Szelagowicz’s Grade 3/4 class from Tomekichi Homma Elementary School in Richmond. They dedicated weeks of class time to work on an in-depth group project sharing their love about transit and future vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver through pictures, poems, stories and more! Here’s a summary of their written portion.
We would like to contribute to the future of transit by learning more at transit camp so that we can improve our models of speedy electric trains, hydro-powered buses that self-drive and submarines as well as looking at technology and safety improvements. With air traffic being used by transit in the future we would connect easily to the whole of the Lower Mainland. We, of course, would want transit to always be inclusive of wheelchair users and pet-friendly options. We are so very excited to be a part of the project and ideas for the future!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our I Love Transit Camp contest! While we could only award two winners for I Love Transit Camp, we loved all of the entries and all of the creativity shared.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
I Love Transit Week’s theme this year was Beyond—the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.
We wanted teachers and students to unleash their inner explorer and take learning beyond the classroom. So we challenged them to come up with their own vision for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver to enter for a chance to attend I Love Transit Camp, a unique opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of TransLink’s operating facilities. Read more »
Another successful I Love Transit Week has come to a close and we’re pleased to announce the winners, that’s right… WINNERS of I Love Transit Camp!We received so many amazing entries for I Love Transit Camp that we couldn’t pick just one!
Our favourite week of the year is quickly approaching! I Love Transit Week! Since 2009, we have shared interesting stories celebrating our riders, transit enthusiasts and all the things we love about transit over the course of a special week dedicated to just that, our love of transit!
In the past, we’ve celebrated I Love Transit with a vintage bus, a marriage and so much more! This year, we have a bus load of more fun transit love, appreciation and stories to share with you.