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The I Love Transit 2018 special edition issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

I Love Transit Week is just around the corner, which means you can now find the corresponding annual special edition of The Buzzer on the system!

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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Stacy Lee

If you’ve picked up the fall edition of The Buzzer, you would have noticed a familiar face on the cover — Vancouver actor and comedian, Seth Rogen!

It’s the creative work of artist Stacy Lee, a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, celebrating Seth as a guest voice on transit this fall.

We caught up with Stacy to learn more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator from Vancouver, but recently moved back to Taiwan — my home country! Last year, I graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. During my spare time, I am either binge reading shoujo (romantic comedy) manga or watching gameplay commentaries on YouTube. What’s a social life anyway?

What do you usually illustrate?

I illustrate subject matter that spontaneously crosses my mind, which are usually inspired by everyday life. These ideas are then transformed into simple and light-hearted comics, usually told through 1-6 panels. I really enjoy telling stories to which others could relate, or to just simply put smiles on their faces!

What are your artist tools of choice?

For the past few years, I have really enjoyed illustrating digitally with my iPad, using Adobe Sketch. I usually create images with bold colours and simple lines, so it is a very convenient medium for me. However, doodling in my sketchbook with a Micron pen is always comforting!

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print edition of The Buzzer.

Since Seth Rogen is the special guest voice on transit this fall, my illustration features Seth enjoying his bus ride in Vancouver, amidst the joyous maple leaves.

Do you take transit? What’s your favourite – bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express?

Yes, I take transit daily to either run errands, meet friends or commute to work. My favourite mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain; it is convenient and very punctual!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

I am currently still adjusting to my new life in Taiwan, but definitely feel excited to be here! I am also working on my second zine and a few other pieces. I plan on opening an online shop some time in the future as well. Feel free to stay tuned for updates through my website and Instagram!

The SkyTrain is indeed very punctual! Happy to report that through 2018, the on-time performance of the Expo and Millennium Lines has been around 96 per cent, which ranks well with our peers.

Thanks so much Stacy for taking the time to give us a glimpse into her life as an artist!

If you haven’t picked it up already, it’s your last chance to pickup this edition of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses. You can also download it here.

The next issue will be our special I Love Transit edition, featuring our annual colouring contest, which will be on the system starting on Friday, Sept. 28.

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

Links and Tidbits – July 20, 2018

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments or email us!

» Looks like we are not the only transit enthusiasts here! This global network of Millennials called The NumtotsNew Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens wants to make cities better.

» A group of digital artists is using aerial images to trace paths of transit lines in their city using bright colors – so, you can get a bird’s eye view of the entire transportation network of that city. Read more »

The June 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to Summer Service Changes, which begins on June 25.

Changes include seasonal service to popular summer attractions, improvements to the 319 Scott Road/Newton Exchange funded by the 10-Year Vision and new platforms for the Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre Station.

P.S. Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog—we’ll have more on service changes next week!

We also take a look at the new transit fares, which are effective July 1, and the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program.

As always, we have our usual favourites – Contest Corner (enter for a chance to win a Monthly Pass!), Back Issues and Coming Events!

Snag your issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF off the TransLink website.

Author: Allen Tung

The Buzzer illustrator interview: Marc Ramos

Photo of The Buzzer Illustrator Marc Ramos

Pick up the latest print edition of The Buzzer and you’ll have seen the creative work of Marc Ramos a Filipino artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s animation program. Marc’s illustration sets the stage for our Tap to Pay campaign, as well as packages up valuable information on Spring Service Changes and updates to Metrotown Station.

We asked Marc a few questions to learn a little more about him as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

Currently, I’m working in the animation industry as a 2D Layout Artist at Atomic Cartoons. I was fortunate to get a job in this industry right after graduation. I like playing basketball, playing the drums and guitar, photography and film making and drawing of course! And I also really like cats and dogs.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

Whether I’m working on something or am thinking of working on something, music, especially ambient music, helps me visualize and feel inspired to create.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy drawing funny characters, but lately I’ve been interested in illustrating through storyboards, as we call them, documenting some of the interesting things that happen in my daily life.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

This illustration represents a first person view inside the SkyTrain with a number of passengers riding comfortably on it. If you’ve seen my Instagram profile, I do a lot of sketching inside the SkyTrain and that was the driving force for this illustration. I wanted it to look like it was drawn by me while on the SkyTrain.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I use my graphics tablet at home a lot these days, but whenever I get the chance to draw on the train, it’s either a fine tip pen, a broad tip pen, a ballpoint pen or a pencil.

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

The projects I am most proud of would be the animation projects I did when I was in my second year of animation school. Homework may not sound nice to some, but I really did enjoy doing those.

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

Besides my daily life documentation through storyboards, I’m making video montages at the moment using my smartphone. Most of what I’ve captured so far has been the nice views on the skytrain between Edmonds and New Westminster station and on the Fraser River. Hopefully, I get good enough at making these videos so I can proudly post them on my Instagram later on.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

Hands down the Skytrain. You can’t really go wrong with the views.

Do you have any fun plans for Spring?

To be honest, I don’t really have definite “fun” plans for the Spring just yet. I plan on getting more fit. I guess we can call that a fun plan?

Thanks so much Marc for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life as an artist! We look forward to seeing your video montages and all other creative work in the future!

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

The April 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Welcome spring—and welcome to 2018’s first print edition of The BuzzerApril print edition of The Buzzer

This issue is dedicated in part to our annual Spring Service Changes, which include popular seasonal changes and a big change to community shuttle routes!

Stay tuned for upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at everything Spring Service Changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, April 23, 2018.

In this issue, we also go full steam ahead with a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, take a look at the all new Metrotown Station, and remind you to tap your card, not your wallet!

As always, catch our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick up your copy today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF from our website.

Happy reading!

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

The December 2017 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Happy holidays! The December 2017 print Buzzer is now on the system.

This season’s issue is dedicated in part to Winter Service Changes as well as tips for winter transit travel to keep you on the go!

Make sure to watch out for our upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at our seasonal service changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, December 18, 2017.

In this issue we introduce all-door boarding to the 95 and 96 B-Line buses and remind you how you can take transit home!

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The I Love Transit 2017 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

I Love Transit 2017

I Love Transit Week is here again, and so is the annual special edition of The Buzzer!

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Buzzer illustrator interview: Honeylyn Amaga

Illustration and illustrator, Honeylyn Amaga

This September edition of the print Buzzer illustration was done by Honeylyn Amaga.

Celebrating the largest bus service increase as part of the 10-Year Vision, Honelyn features a smiling happy bus eager to help move Metro Vancouver!

We asked Honeylyn a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator!

Tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines where I worked as a Registered Nurse. I recently became a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C., however my real love is art! I’ve been interested in art since high school, and competed in many art competitions. A few months ago, I rekindled my love of the arts through picking up my some canvas to craft portrait and landscape paintings.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

As an artist, I’m inspired by many things. Internally, I’m driven by the emotions and passion that I feel towards a piece. Family in Cebu and Canada are also very inspirational to me. Lastly, I’m inspired by other famous artists such as French impressionist Claude Monet, and Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really love nature and portraits. I typically work with traditional mediums like paint and canvas, however I love new challenges and am continually learning about illustrating in the digital and graphic space.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer.

Fall Service Changes were the biggest in nearly a decade, so this illustration focused on the bus as the main subject. The smiling bus represents the staff at Translink who are happy to serve bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express passengers. The colourful lines underneath the bus depict “more moving, less waiting” as part of the 10 year Vision.

What are your artistic tools of choice?

Generally I prefer painting with acrylics, canvas boards and brushes, however when working digitally I love using Adobe Illustrator.

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

The print Buzzer of course! This has so far been the biggest leap of my career as an artist. I love painting portraits of people as it is very rewarding to see their satisfaction with the finished works I create.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

As you can probably tell from my illustration, I love taking the SkyTrain and the bus. When riding the SkyTrain I often find myself deep in thought especially if there’s an eye catching view of nature out the window!

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

I’m currently working on some canvas portraits, and will be participating in the Vancouver Art Battle on September 21, 2017.

Do you have any fun plans this fall?

Aside from the upcoming Vancouver Art Battle, each September my husband, my son and I celebrate our wedding anniversary with a getaway to Tofino!

Thank you Honeylyn for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects, and of course, Happy Anniversary!

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

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The June 2017 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Happy almost summer Metro Vancouver! June Print Buzzer

This issue of the Buzzer takes a look at summer service changes, coming June 26.

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TransLink 2016: A year in review

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Another trip around the sun. 2016 – what a year! It’s been a busy and productive 366 (leap year) days for TransLink.

Let’s take a look back at 2016 in the world of Metro Vancouver transit!

New CEO.

In the spring, we welcomed new CEO, Kevin Desmond. Kevin came to TransLink from King County Metro Transit that serves the Seattle area.

Kevin jumped in with both feet to lead the charge of a very full and important year while emphasizing our customers’ needs, transparency and excellent service.

We’re so happy to have him at the helm!

Compass.

This word was on everyone’s lips this year!

Compass Card tap outAfter a roll out that started with Upass users then West Coast Express, the general public adopted Compass with Monthly Passes at the beginning of this year.

Then, on April 4, 2016, the fare gates closed requiring riders to tap in on buses and in and out at all gates to pay their fare.

With Compass, you can travel seamlessly across the TransLink transit network with one card! Compass also allows us to gather important data on peak periods, bus route ridership and more – helping us better plan and run the transit network.

Expo ’86.

May 2nd marked the 30th anniversary of Expo ’86 – the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication held on the north shore of False Creek.

This was North America’s largest World’s Fair and a monumental event for Vancouver that left a lasting legacy – our SkyTrain system starting with none other than the Expo Line!

SkyTrain started regular service on January 3, 1986.

100 years of the Buzzer. 

Happy birthday, Buzzer! The print Buzzer hit a major milestone anniversary of 100 years!

This free, on-transit publication began on June 2, 1916 without a name. That soon changed and it has been delivering informative, fun and interesting transit and community related tidbits to the riders of the transit system ever since.

You can pick yours up on your ride or download here.

Federal funding.

PM Justin Trudeau made some lifelong transit friends when he announced more than $900 million will be invested – by the Government of Canada, British Columbia and municipalities – in public transit projects across the province.

This important funding promise allowed the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council to present Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for approval. But we’ll get to that soon enough!

LTE connectivity.

Rogers and Fido customers were treated to not one but two connectivity projects allowing riders to use their mobile devices.

In July, the Dunsmuir tunnel downtown Vancouver was connected and in November, the Edmonds tunnel followed suit!

Up next? We will continue to work with Rogers to build out wireless coverage along the Evergreen Extension, Columbia Station and tunnel and in New Westminster.

#Compass1Million.

This summer we hit one million active Compass Cards.

That means that a million riders across Metro Vancouver embraced the switch to Compass and were tap, tap, tapping their way to and from school, home, work and more!

With such great news, we had to celebrate with a fun contest to thank you for using Compass!

Mark IIIs.

These beautiful new SkyTrain cars were the hit of the summer! Especially because the A/C is just oh, so cool!

Press tourThese cars rode across country – on flatbeds – to reach out region.

Each 4-car set is fully articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), has more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage plus, they are more environmentally efficient!

Transit riders and enthusiasts eagerly awaited the first trip on August 18th and our Mark III VIPs got a front seat for the journey!

SkyTrain Wedding.

Something old, something new, something borrowed something… transit? Hey, whatever floats your SeaBus!Congratulations Nathaly and Jeff!

Jeff and Nathaly met on Canada Line and it was their dream to get married on transit.

Enter a white (naturally) Mark II SkyTrain, a full band, wedding guests and one interloping Buzzer blog writer and you’ve got a SkyTrain wedding!

It was a distinct pleasure to document this lovely couple’s big day aboard our beloved SkyTrain at Stadium–Chinatown Station.

I Love Transit Week.

I love transit week is a time for enthusiasts of all ages can say loud and proud, “I LOVE TRANSIT!”

Poems, colouring contests, a special Buzzer, HTC opening tour, kids camp and more – we felt the transit love from riders of all ages at a variety of events.

Interested in participating in next year’s festivities? Keep your eyes peeled for rumblings on the Buzzer blog in spring!

Hamilton Transit Centre.

In one September weekend we said goodbye to North Vancouver Transit Centre and hello to the brand new HTC building in Richmond! HTC

Did you notice? If not, that’s a good thing! CMBC made the seamless transition from one TC to the other and got your buses on the road from their no locale A.S.A.P.

Hamilton Transit Centre has capacity for 300 forty-foot buses, including up to 80 community shuttle buses and 150 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuelled buses.

HTC performs three functions: dispatch, fuel and wash service as well as maintenance for buses servicing the Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver areas.

Pattullo.

Opened in 1937, this bridge is one of the busiest Fraser crossings in the region. So, it’s unsurprising that while we go ahead with plans to build a new bridge, this ol’ girl needs some safety upgrades in the interim.

We know the evening and weekend closures impacted a lot of drivers and we appreciate your patience as we rehabilitated the crossing to ensure its safety for all.

Repairs included:

  • milling off the asphalt surfacing from the deck
  • removing all deck concrete down to the top layer of rebar
  • repairing concrete delamination and cleaning or replacing rebar
  • repaving the deck area with a concrete overlay

Crews managed to finish early allowing for goods and people to move freely over the Pattullo Bridge once again .

CUTA.

CUTA is the Canadian Urban Transit Association and this year’s Fall Conference and Transit Show happened right here in Metro Vancouver on November 5-9.

This year’s theme was Inspiring Sustainable Change with a variety of seminars and speakers discussing today’s demands, tomorrow’s challenges and the possibilities for transit in our country and around the world.

TransLink had many speakers engaging with experts and transit enthusiasts from around the globe. Including CMBC’s Derek Stewart who spoke about the impact of climate change to transit agencies.

New Westminster upgrades.

We are upgrading SkyTrain Stations across the rapid transit network.

New Westminster was one of them. I say was because the work is done! On November 21, we officially completed and opened the overhauled station for riders to use and enjoy!

The completed upgrades at New Westminster Station include:

  • A new elevator and escalators to improve access for customers with disabilities
  • Improved lighting throughout the station
  • Glass panels to replace the mesh screens and improve station visibility from street level
  • Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system
  • New public art that improves the experience of riders

10-year vision.

Our region is growing and along with that comes greater need for public transit.640x194_buzzer_blog-01

The Mayors’ Council 10-year Vision Phase One was approved by the TransLink board and council on November 23.

Along with the federal and provincial funding promised in June, municipalities will pitch in their share with TransLink for some much needed transit upgrades and projects.

Phase One improvements in 2017, 2018, and 2019 include:

  • 10% increase in bus service
  • 15% increase in HandyDART service
  • 20% increase in rail service
  • New or expanded transit services for neighbourhoods that currently have few or no transit options today
  • Safer walking and cycling routes
  • Reduced traffic congestion by fixing bottlenecks on major roads

Metro Vancouver residents will start to see added service in the new year with much more to come in the coming months and years!

Evergreen.

Sometimes, it IS easy being green! EmeansGo

On December 2, the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension opened to great excitement despite the rainy weather!

The community celebration at Coquitlam Central Station ran all day with riders eagerly awaiting the first official ride on Evergreen.

With this extension, TransLink has the longest, automated, driverless rapid transit system in the world!

Twitter Heroes.

If you’ve ever called 604-953-3333 or tweeted @TransLink, you’ve interacted with CI (Customer Information).

This crew works tirelessly to help keep riders informed on specific routes, transit timings, disruptions, detours and all things transit related!

Started in 2010 as a pilot project, to date our followers have reached over 135,000 people and CI has sent out 295,039 tweets!

A big thank you to these awesome people who keep us moving!

Well, that about wraps it up. We can’t wait for what 2017 will hold for our region and transit!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The Buzzer Birthday Giveaway!!

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You may have heard that The Buzzer is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary!

To honour this momentous occasion, we want YOU, our biggest Buzzer supporters to share a #Selfie and/or your favourite Buzzer memory on your social (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) channels with the hashtag #BUZZER100.

Entrants are allowed one entry, per channel, per day for a chance to win a Monthly Pass loaded on your Compass Card!

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Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 10th, 2016 and we’ll randomly select a winner on June 14th, 2016. Make sure to check out the contest terms and conditions for all the details on the contest.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Happy 100th Birthday, Buzzer!!!!! – The 100th anniversary edition of the Buzzer is now on the system

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The 100th anniversary issue!
































The Buzzer has come a long way since June 2, 1916!

In fact, the first official publication didn’t even have a name! It was the riders of the trams and streetcars that named our dear Buzzer.

Print Buzzer masthead from 1917 and 2016

Print Buzzer masthead from 1917 and 2016

In the beginning, the Buzzer was on area jitneys – competition for public transit ran by private individuals. It wasn’t until the GM of B.C. Electric who ran the transit thought that the Buzzer could keep people informed about service and entice riders to stick with the streetcar that the Buzzer became what we know it to be today.oldbuzzerillustration

The Buzzer is a mix of everything – an events pamphlet, a transit newsletter, a service bulletin, fun stories, interesting factoids, and more!

Over the years, the Buzzer has changed companies, themes, mastheads, editors and content but the focus is always the same: to deliver informative, fun and interesting transit and community related tidbits to the riders of the transit system.

We had so much material to work with for our special collectors edition, not everything could make it in the print Buzzer but lucky you! We’ve included some here:

Be sure to pick up the double-length special collectors edition of the print Buzzer on the system now or you can download it here.!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The February 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

The first issue of the Buzzer in 2015 is now on the system!Feb-2015-Buzzer

Much of it is dedicated to the information regarding the Transportation and Transit Plebisicite taking place from March 16 through until May 29th of this year.

Transit Police are changing the way they patrol the system. Customers can expect to see more officers at major stations and they will be basing their patrols from the busiest stations and bus loops.

There’s also information about some things to keep an eye out for on the system. One is the new high visibility vests you’ll see our SkyTrain attendants sporting. Another is the prototype bus safety barrier that will be on select routes out of the Burnaby Transit Centre.

CelticFest and Cherry Blossom Festival will be in full swing this spring and you can find the all details in this issue.

TravelSmart encourages us all to make a change for good by choosing active and sustainable transportation more often. The great photo included in this section is by Steve Chou. You can see the full, colour version and what the TravelSmart booth looks like here.

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or  download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out in April 2015.

Author: Adrienne Coling