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10 top farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver to visit on transit

Top 10 farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver

Nothing describes summer like spending time wandering around the numerous farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver. Farmers’ markets are a great way for families to spend time together buying fresh, local produce directly from the vendors. You can stock up your entire kitchen with the wide variety of foods and more on display.

The Buzzer blog compiled 10 of these markets that are held in various communities across Metro Vancouver. The best part? These are all easily accessible by transit, so we listed some options on how to get there! You can use the TransLink trip planner to plan your route.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab that shopping bag and hop on board!

Which farmers’ market do you shop at? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Market details such as times, dates and venue addresses are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.

1. Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

Location: 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 8, 9, 99 B-Line

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One millions taps—Tap to Pay hits a milestone

Customers have embraced Tap to Pay in a big way!

It’s been two months since we launched Tap to Pay and we are happy to share our customers have embraced this new payment option in a big way.

To date, there have been 160,000 unique users who have tapped their contactless credit cards and mobile wallets—a combined—more than one million times! 

If you are a tourist in Metro Vancouver or an infrequent transit rider, Tap to Pay means no more ticket line-ups, digging for change, or worrying about fare zones.

This is perfect for sports fans and concert goers heading down to BC Place or Rogers Arena to catch an event. Just tap your contactless credit card and be on your way! Taking transit to these games is also a great way to interact and banter with fellow fans about the match.

Compass remains the best choice for regular users as it offers discounts.

As always, remember—tap your card, not your wallet. Check out 5 things you need to know about Tap to Pay!

TransLink was the first transit agency in Canada and one of the first in North America to launch this new payment option.

With Tap to Pay, customers can travel across all modes in the same way as customers with Compass Cards. Customers can tap card readers with a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card, or a device with an Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay wallet.

Learn more about Tap to Pay at translink.ca/taptopay.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

#MyTransLink – July 24

Hello fellow Metro Vancouverites! Hope it’s goin’ swell for you folks out there. It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for #MyTransLink.

For our new friends here, #MyTransLink is our series on The Buzzer blog where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! You’ve shown us a lot of love by sharing your B.E.A.utiful photos with the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram this past week.

As you know, #MyTransLink isn’t just about transit in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s about the amazing sights our cities have to offer and, accordingly, our theme this past week is of places in Metro Vancouver that transit takes you to. Read on to check out all the photos selected from last week and the theme for the week to come!

Summer is the time to go out and explore new areas, visit family and go out with friends. And what better way to do this than now when we have increased bus service.

Our Tap to Pay payment option makes it easier than ever before to pay and be on your way. Remember, Compass cards offer discounted fares if you are a regular transit rider.

If the heat is unbearable and you are looking for some FREE options to beat it, worry not. We compiled a list of some cool kid-friendly spray parks in Metro Vancouver that are easily accessible by transit.

 

So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we asked you to share photos of transit and the sun! We’ve purposely kept the topic general to see what creative shots you come up with. Perhaps you’ll find a nice shot of the sun reflecting off of a SkyTrain. Maybe you’ll snap a pic of a sun flooded bus exchange or depot. Who knows!

Check out the awesome pictures you shot and shared with us last week in this edition of #MyTransLink:

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[CLOSED] Listen and take this poll to choose the best Morgan Freeman Tap to Pay announcement on transit!

In light of information we’ve learned through news stories on May 24, 2018, of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system. We will be reaching out to VISA to discuss further.

– TransLink Media Relations

If you’re of the 35% of poll respondents who opt not to listen to anything while traveling on transit, you’ve likely heard a familiar voice during your commute. In celebration of Tap to Pay launching on May 22, 2018, you will now hear Morgan Freeman welcoming SkyTrain and bus riders into Vancouver by sharing some fun facts, etiquette reminders and a heads up that you can now Tap to Pay with your contactless Visa and Mastercard credit card or Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay at Compass Card readers across the system.

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Traveling on transit just got easier!

Hey Metro Vancouver! As of May 22, 2018, you have more ways to pay for your transit trip!  You can now tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard Credit Card along with Apple, Google and Samsung Pay for your adult cash fare to get you from A to B on transit!

No more ticket line-ups, finding exact change or worrying about determining how many zones you intend to travel through. Just make sure to tap your intended payment method separate from your wallet to ensure the correct card is charged.
Already love your Compass Card? No worries! Keep using your Compass Card on the system to ensure that you are receiving the maximum discounted fare.

Watch our live stream for a full recap of the event.

For more information on Tap to Pay, check out translink.ca/taptopay

Will you pay with a contactless Visa or Mastercard Credit Card or stick to your Compass Card?

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Tap your card, not your wallet


Today, TransLink launched a campaign across our system to educate our customers on an important behaviour – they should tap their Compass Card, not their wallet or a phone case with multiple cards inside!

The campaign sets the stage for the introduction of new convenient, payment options coming later this spring. Customers will soon be able to tap a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on our card readers to pay their fare – “Tap to Pay!”

No wallet-tapping!

We’re reminding customers to tap only the card they wish to use to pay their fare. After the new technology is launched, tapping a wallet, phone case, backpack or purse – any item that holds multiple cards – could result in the unintended card being charged. Don’t be a “wallet-tapper” – change your behaviour and let your friends and family know, too.

Next steps

The launch of this new technology is still a few months away. In the meantime, we’re excited about the difference this will make for our customers, especially tourists and other infrequent riders. “Tap to Pay” means no more ticket line-ups, digging for change, or worrying about fare zones.