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#MyTransLink – October 16

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, there’s no denying that our Metro Vancouver photog community has a whole lot to say! This week’s edition of #MyTransLink  features evolving fall colours, the golden hour glow, those brisk clear blue sky’s that fall in this region is know for.

Every week, we ask you, our snap happy customers, neighbours and transit users to shoot and share with us your greatest photo captures in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to see what’s happening next week!

 

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#MyTransLink – October 9

Line. Shape. Form. Texture. Pattern. Colour. Space.

The seven elements of photography which, intentionally or not, are contained in each and every photograph. By design, transit photography often contains strong leading lines, creating power and emotion in a single click. A highlight of the week is perusing Instagram for all of the amazing #MyTransLink shots that have made this weekly commuter series what it is today.

Last week we asked you to share your photographic love of transit in celebration of I Love Transit, and as always you did just that. Scroll down and check out the shots from all across the system and to see how to have your captures featured in the coming weeks.

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#MyTransLink – October 2

This week, we’re celebrating I Love Transit, a week dedicated to all of the things we love about… well… Transit! And if anyone loves transit, it’s you guys, our unofficial team of dedicated transit photographers who roam Metro Vancouver’s transit system in search of the perfect shot. At least, that’s how I see you guys anyways! Sun, sleet, snow or fog as requested for this edition of #MyTransLink, are no match for your keen eye.

Once again this post is full of just a sampling of the gorgeous shots from across the region. Scroll through the awe inspiring shots from the weeks that were and grab the upcoming theme at the bottom of this post!

 

 

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#newwestminster #sunrise #bridge #river #morningrunviews

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Transit-friendly things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Your guide to transit-friendly things to do this weekend

It’s official – fall is over and sweater weather is here to stay. Warm scarves and oversized hoodies, all things pumpkin, and chilly mornings to wake up to – who needs anything more? We know some of us would love to stay home on the weekend, but there are people who like to go out!

Remember, there are only few more sunny days left, so make hay while the sun shines!

Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!

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#MyTransLink – September 25

Fall in Metro Vancouver is synonymous with rain, but with rain comes rainbows and those gorgeous rainbow coloured skies. Last week, we asked you – our mighty army of transit photogs to share your rainbow pics with us for our weekly #MyTransLink photo series, and as always you did not disappoint.

Pictures from this week came in from all across the region, spanning land, sea and sky proving that transit really does have the best seat in the house. Scroll through our favourite shots from the weeks that were and grab the upcoming theme at the bottom of this post!

 

 

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the real pot of gold is that i didn’t even have to wait for the 84. #publictransport #vancouver

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#MyTransLink – September 18

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Transition: the changing of one thing to another.

Seasons, colours, modes and so much more are currently in a state of transition which is why it was the natural choice for this weeks edition of #MyTransLink. Metro Vancouver is graced with such beauty each month of the year, but fall brings arguable some of the most stunning sights. Each week, we look to you, our snap happy customers, neighbours and transit users to snap and share with us your greatest photo conquests in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom for the upcoming theme!

 

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#MyTransLink – September 11

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#MyTransLink is about YOU!

The rain is here, the sun is gone; summer clothes are being swapped for sweaters – there’s a finality about these things. There’s something magical about this time though – the sundown light is perfect for those Instagram photos. So, last week, we asked you to share photos of your commute.

If you missed the memo, #MyTransLink is our weekly feature where we showcase your photos that you share with us on Instagram.

Here are some of the images from last week. Thank you for taking those awesome photos and sharing with us! You guys rock! Read along for next week’s theme.

 

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New federal and provincial funding announced for Surrey LRT; Broadway Subway

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, today announced more than $3 billion in federal and provincial funding for two major rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver: the Broadway Subway project and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project.

Metro Vancouver is home to some of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Modern, efficient transit systems are needed more than ever to reduce traffic congestion, connect businesses and communities, and meet the needs of a rapidly-growing population.

The Broadway Subway project will add 5.7 kilometres and six stations to the line, bringing frequent and reliable SkyTrain access to one of the most congested transit corridors in Metro Vancouver.

The Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project (LRT) will create the first light-rail transit system in British Columbia. With 11 new stations along 10.5 kilometres of street‑level track, the LRT will provide much-needed transit services in underserved areas, connect and revitalize communities, and make it easier to travel across the Lower Mainland.

We are working hard to make life more affordable, delivering the services you count on and building a strong, sustainable and prosperous economy that delivers benefits for everyone.

Working together with Metro Vancouver communities and the federal government, we are investing in transit and transportation infrastructure to get people and goods moving quickly, safely and affordably.

From L-R: Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BC Premier John Horgan, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at the major rapid transit funding announcement in Surrey.

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#MyTransLink – September 4

While the calendar, and the weather outside may still say it’s summer, we all know the real mark of the season change is when the fall edition of The Buzzer, and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s hit the market. Fall is upon us, so last week we asked you, our snap happy customers, community neighbours and transit enthusiasts to share your shots of fall for this week’s edition of #MyTransLink. So sit back with your infinity scarf and your PSL and check out this week’s photos. Want in on the action? Scroll to the bottom of the post for next week’s challenge!

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Teachers! Send your class on a behind-the-scenes field trip to TransLink


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 2018

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 201420152016 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 thebuzzer@translink.ca 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 thebuzzer@translink.ca 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

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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Vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Metro Vancouver to visit on transit

While veganism might be a quintessential Vancouver thing, there are options outside of Vancouver that are transit-friendly!

Let’s be honest, vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurants are hot right now. While veganism might be a quintessential Vancouver thing, there are options outside of Vancouver as well.

With this post, we aim to bring you some vegan-friendly, as well as vegan options in Metro Vancouver that are easily accessible by transit.

Remember, these are just a sampling and we are by no means experts. So, please let us know of other transit-friendly vegan/vegetarian spots we missed. We’d love to try them!

Note: Restaurant timings, menu, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details.

1. Meet Restaurant (Main St, Yaletown & Gastown)

Location: 4288 Main Street, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 3, 25

Their award-winning menu strikes a chord when it comes to comfort food. The restaurant claims more than half its patrons are meat-eaters trying their hands at vegan options. Try their sweet-chili cauliflower deep fried in beer batter and glazed with a chili ginger sauce.

 

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#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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#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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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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