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!
Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details.Read more »
National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.
Let’s be honest, books are man’s best friend. They don’t let us down, they allow us to immerse ourselves in them, they don’t judge, and, they last forever (if you take care of them)!
September 6th is National Read a Book Day and we thought we’d curate a list of books about transit. Fellow transit enthusiasts will give an enthusiastic shout, but this list isn’t just for us transit lovers. Some of them are far more than JUST transit. Some take on a philosophical look at life through the lens of transit – why? Because, people are always on the move, in transit. And this characteristic of us humans is what defines cities, and countries.
So, without further ado, we bring to you these top 9 books about transit.
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.
Happy Tuesday, folks! Looks like we may be getting a breather from the scorching heat, finally! Tuesday also means it’s #MyTransLink time, so all you Instagrammers out there, we love what you share with us – keep clicking and sharing!
To the newbies, #MyTransLink is our 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 isn’t just about transit in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s a chance to stand back and admire what our cities offer us. Last week, we asked you to share photos of the sun, as well as transit, and we love all those magnificent photos you share.
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.
So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of architecture – especially of our transit system! Take advantage of the gorgeous sundown light and share your awesome clicks with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll be sure to feature them here.
9 epic transit-friendly places to get ice cream in Metro Vancouver
There is no place like Metro Vancouver when it comes to the ice cream scene. With new shops popping up across the region, you won’t have to look far to get a cold, sweet treat on a hot summer’s day! High-end ice cream has become a staple in our culinary realm, with shops like Earnest and Rain or Shine setting the bar high. Whether you’re looking for good old-fashioned ice cream or curious to try something new, The Buzzer blog’s got you covered with 9 epic transit-friendly ice cream shops!
Location: 3330 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M7 Hours: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Transit: 3
This cozy, family-run shop specializes in liquid-nitrogen ice cream, made in-house and to-order! Offering a variety of tasty flavours (vegan included), you can enjoy your ice cream in many forms. Their ice cream sandwiches are on point! We’d recommend Le Norm. For something really different, try a house-made Kombucha float! You can always grab a ready-to-go pint or order an ice cream pie with your choice of a waffle, Oreo or vegan and gluten-free date and nut crust.
Want to know what would make public transit even more awesome? Seth Rogen!
That’s right, the Vancouver-born actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director has donated his time and love of Metro Vancouver and TransLink in the form of public announcements on our system!
In the coming weeks and into the fall, Seth Rogen’s distinctive voice (and laugh) can be heard on SkyTrain platforms, SkyTrain cars and buses across the region. Seth will be tackling transit etiquette as well as interesting tidbits about Vancouver and his relation to it.
If you don’t already know, Seth grew up in Vancouver using our public transit system and still does so today! We were overjoyed that Seth wanted to help make the customer experience on transit better…and funnier!
We’re also stoked that this idea of having Seth be the guest voice on transit came from our followers on social media and that we were able to make it happen.
Hey Vancouver! This September, why not save some fuel and take the bus to school?! In addition to regular seasonal bus changes, we’re adding more service to reduce crowding on the 25 Brentwood Station/UBC, 49 Metrotown Station/UBC and 84 VCC-Clark Station/UBC.
We know y’all are hitting the beach this summer, and we’re making sure you can get there!
Summer service changes are happening on June 26, meaning more trips to the beach and fun summer destinations and a lot of other great improvements. Many of these improvements are courtesy of the 10-Year Vision – bringing approximately $2 billion in investments in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Let’s check out the seasonal changes taking place.
Below is a step-by-step guide to art found on and around the Expo Line with a few stops in Vancouver and New Westminster.
Alinka Echeverría’s Precession of the Feminine
Located on the unused platform at the station, and visible from the main platform or from eastbound trains, temporary project 2017-18
This artwork is part of the Capture Photography Festival, a non-profit annual festival devoted to exhibiting local and international photography. Alinka Echeverría’s Precession of the Feminine is a series of three-dimensional simulations of ceramic vases fused with archival photographs of women and presented against vibrantly coloured backdrops. Echeverría shows her viewers the process behind the creation of these images in order to invite them to look at the unconscious beliefs we bring to viewing photographs, particularly of women. Within the transit context, this project demonstrates one of the goals of TransLink’s public art program to surprise and delight customers, with the layers of meaning in this artwork manifesting differently whether customers pass through the station only once or whether they pass through the station daily.
Main Street–Science World
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky’s Watch Seller
Artwork is on the plaza outside the Thornton Park entrance to the east stationhouse, permanent project installed 2015
The Watch Seller is a bronze sculpture of a watch seller that functions like a deconstructed public clock. Covered in 720 watch faces, the Watch Seller has every possible minute of a 12-hour analogue clock visible on his figure. He is always out of time, but he also always shows the correct time. These aspects of the artwork reference the shared history of train travel and standardized time, which were invented together in the 19th century. Indeed, standardized time was once called ‘railway time’ and public clocks are a ubiquitous feature of old railway stations. Set at the pedestrian level right outside the station entrance and across Thornton Park from Pacific Central Station, the Watch Seller is the size of a real person. It invites interaction and engagement with the station and the history of rail travel.
Richard Tetrault Cole Bazin, Karen Chan, Emily Gray, Rachel Stableford and Jerry Whitehead mural
Intersections mural on Broadway and inside the south stationhouse, temporary project 2015-18
This series of murals was commissioned in order to improve the experience of the station during renovation and reduce graffiti on the construction hoardings. It was a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program. Due to the complex nature of the construction process at this station and the expectation that we would have to move the construction hoarding around over time, we asked the artists to create a series of small murals that could be displayed together or separately. Although the artists all worked together and worked with a shared theme and colour palate, they each led on a 12×8 foot section of the mural. The mural’s name and the motif of the SkyTrain windows repeating throughout remind us of the nature of Commercial-Broadway Station as a place of meeting and of departure.
Kim Villagante and aly de la cruz yip’s Home mural
Found on Vanness Avenue, outside the east station house, temporary project 2016-17
This project was a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program and the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The artists worked with youth who are newcomers to Canada, including Syrian refugee youth, to develop designs related to the concept of home. Individual children produced drawings that the artists then integrated into the overall design. The word ‘home’ in blue, like a river, binds the entire mural together.
New Westminster Station
Sean Alward’s New Westminster Glass Mural
Located along the staircase leading to the westbound platform, permanent project installed 2016
The mural at New Westminster Station is a collage of archival photographs of New Westminster and elsewhere in BC overlaid with brightly coloured shapes. The flow of images in the artwork references the nearby Fraser River and, as the artist has described it, ‘the simple paradox that [the river] is an ever-changing yet constant presence’. The artwork examines the history of New Westminster and British Columbia as one in which ‘nature’ is transformed into ‘resources’ and how an economy, political power and culture develops from that process. It also brings a beautiful stream of multi-coloured light and images into the station, whereas before the view from this staircase was of the concrete wall next door.
Now you’ve got the tools and the information for your own mini-tour of art on transit. Print this out or save it to your phone, grab your Compass Card and get exploring!
On Sunday, April 23, over 40,000 people will lace up their runners to take part in Canada’s largest 10k road race, the Vancouver Sun Run.
Considering the size and scope of this race, lots of bus routes will be affected to clear the way for runners. This may affect your transit trip on Sunday, so make sure you know before you go!
Our alerts page has the full list of detours and route changes.
For runners and cheering squads, the Expo and Millennium lines will start service a half an hour earlier. Canada Line will run at its usual time at 5:02 a.m.
West Coast Express will run a special Sun Run train arriving at Waterfront Station at approximately 8:15 a.m. This train is expected to be quite busy, so please arrive at your station at least 20 minutes before your departure time. After the race, the train will leave Vancouver at 2:30 p.m.
SeaBus will begin running at 7 am running every 15 minutes until 6:30 pm, when it will return to a regular Sunday schedule.
2017 Sun Run course
To prevent long line ups afterwards, be sure to pre-purchase return Compass Tickets at a CVM prior to the race, or load up your Compass Card and tap away!
In December, we introduced Bus Route Buzz to the blog; your one-stop-shop for bus service changes.
Service Changes are here again, just like clockwork, and so is Bus Route Buzz! In this series, we will continue to provide an in-depth look at maps, schedules and route changes as well as explainer videos with our in-house planning expert, #DenisThePlanner.
We have so many exciting changes this spring to increase frequency and efficiency across our bus network, particularly in Surrey, Langley, Richmond and the Tri-Cities.
These changes, additional service and added transit areas is have been made thanks to the funding secured for the 10-Year Vision.
You may have already had heard the news, but in case you missed it, the provincial government recently announced that they are matching the federal government’s $2.2 billion transit funding commitment dollar for dollar! This funding will improve and expand transit in Metro Vancouver. You can view the press release about the announcement here.
In the coming weeks, stay tuned to Bus Route Buzz right here on the Buzzer blog for a closer look at some of the changes coming to buses starting April 24.