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The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place on Sunday, May 5. (Photo: BMO Vancouver Marathon)

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place this Sunday, May 5 and we want you to take transit to get there!

We’ll be operating shuttle buses from our SkyTrain stations to get you there. They will operate from Scott Road, Brentwood Town Centre, Patterson and Lougheed Town Centre stations, and Lonsdale Quay. Buses will arrive in time for the start of the half and full marathons.

To secure your spot, sign up for the shuttle buses at bmovanmarathon.ca/shuttle (space permitting). Registration closes on Wednesday, May 1 at 11:30 p.m. Sign-up may also be available at the expo on May 3 and 4 if space permits.

There will also be a number of bus reroutes in place due to road closures. Service on the following bus routes will be modified: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 33, 41, 49, 68, 70, 84, 99, 210, 211, 240 and 246.

SkyTrain will operate regular Sunday/holiday service.

For transit service information including bus re-routes during race,
sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca,
follow @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

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Transit ridership is on the rise again, in fact, 2018 saw a 7.1 per cent system-wide increase in boardings over 2017 (our biggest annual increase ever!) which brings us to  record 437.4 million!

The 2018 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) measures ridership, cost, reliability, on-time performance and crowding across all transit modes. The findings are an important planning tool that help inform upcoming service change requirements and identify other opportunities to improve service for our customers.

SkyTrain ridership alone was up 5.7 per cent in 2018, rising to 160.0 million annual boardings.  The Expo and Millennium Lines together had 111.3 million annual boardings (5.9% increase) and the Canada Line had 48.7 million annual boardings (5.3% increase).

That’s a lot of people Metro Vancouver!

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Busiest SkyTrain stations around the region.

1. Waterfront: 12,616,000 boardings (4.5% increase)
2.  Metrotown: 8,214,000 boardings (19.7% increase)
3. Commercial–Broadway: 8,141,000 boardings (1.4%)
4. Burrard: 7,333,000 boardings (4.7%)
5. Granville: 6,821,000 boardings (0.7%)
6. Vancouver City Centre: 6,253,000 boardings (2.8%)
7. Stadium-Chinatown: 5,687,000 boardings (5.5%)
8. New Westminster: 5,049,000 boardings (7.9%)
9. Main Street–Science World: 4,919,000 boardings (5.6%)
10. Joyce–Collingwood: 4,900,000 boardings (5.4%)

While Canada Line’s Templeton Station didn’t make the list, it did see the largest percentage increase in annual boardings at 21.1%!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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A customer uses a push strip to request a stop onboard a bus in Boston. (Photo: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

Part of the bus-riding experiencing is requesting a stop.

On our buses, there are two ways to do this: pulling the cord that runs along the windows or pressing the “Stop” button on the poles in the aisle.

If you’ve been to other cities like Boston, you might have used a push strip to request a stop on a bus.

Everyone has a favourite, and we’re curious — what do you prefer? Vote in our poll below.

If you’ve used a push strip before, do you prefer it over the pull chord and button? Let us know in the comments section!

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
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Region-wide transit use hit another all-time high in 2018 with a 7.1 percent system-wide increase in overall boardings, our biggest ever annual increase!

It’s a well-known fact that Metro Vancouver residents and visitors alike are flocking to the bus system bringing an unprecedented eight per cent growth in annual bus ridership.

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver.

1. 99 Commercial–Broadway/UBC B-Line: 17,414,000 boardings
2. 49 Metrotown Station/Dunbar Loop/UBC: 9,327,000 boardings
3. 20 Victoria/Downtown: 8,718,000 boardings
4. 41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC: 8,604,000 boardings
5. 25 Brentwood Station/UBC: 8,288,000 boardings
6. 16  29th Avenue Station/Arbutus: 7,910,000 boardings
7. 9 Boundary/Commercial–Broadway Station/Granville/Alma/UBC: 7,396,000 boardings
8. 5/6 Robson/Downtown – Davie/Downtown: 7,182,000 boardings
9. 3 Main/Downtown: 7,004,000 boardings
10. 95 SFU/Burrard Station B-Line: 6,808,000 boardings

The 2018 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) measures ridership, cost, reliability, on-time performance and crowding across all transit modes. The findings are an important planning tool that help inform upcoming service change requirements and identify other opportunities to improve service for our customers.

Ridership isn’t all that was growing in 2018. As part of the 10-Year Vision, we increased annual bus service by 75,000 hours, and continue doing so through our quarterly service changes. In fact, thanks in part to the TSPR, we’ve identified 52 routes with overcrowding and are adding service hours to 32 of them during our service change!

Some of the actions we’re taking include:

  • Adding 620,000 bus service hours to improve frequency and increase capacity over the next three years
  • Begin rolling out over 350 additions to the bus fleet, including four electric buses, 32 double-deckers and 56 HandyDART vehicles
  • Adding 56 cars to Expo/Millennium and 24 cars to Canada Line to increase capacity

Get more information, and read the full report online.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

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We’re welcoming spring with the latest edition of The Buzzer.

This issue is dedicated in part to our annual Spring Service Changes, which includes popular seasonal changes and general service changes!

We’re also celebrating TransLink’s birthday sharing stories from the past and taking a look back at transit 20 years ago.

Our popular word search returns. Try your hand at this fun activity and find the hidden word for a chance to win a monthly pass!

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, April 22, 2019.

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

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A lot can change in 20 years, including these 17 transit things that were totally normal in 1999. Take a trip down memory lane and remember these iconic moments in Metro Vancouver’s transit history.

Carrying a coin purse around to pay for your transit fare

Now you can tap your Compass Card or contactless credit card and be on your way!

Seven-digit dialing for Customer Information

You gotta dial 10 digits now – 604.953.3333.

Showing your GoCard to get a discounted transit fare

Your valid student ID will get you there.

Picking up the bus schedule from the library

It’s all online! You can also get transit information using a myriad of other ways now, including Google Maps, Transit app and online at translink.ca.

Walking down steps to exit the bus

It was a thing! Horray for low-floor conventional buses.

The sound of the coins hitting the bottom of the farebox

It was like music to our ears.

Scratching off the zones on your Monthly Pass

It was all fun and games until you accidentally scratched the wrong zone!

Listening to Cher’s “Believe”on your Sony Discman

Every bump, dip and jump would leave you skipping.

Reading Seventeen magazine while waiting for the bus

A teenaged right of passage.

Playing Pokémon Gold and Silver on your Game Boy Color

Fingers crossed those double A’s didn’t run out before the end of your trip.

When the bus driver accidentally added an extra 15 minutes to your transfer

It didn’t happen often, but when it did…

Reading Harry Potter on the bus and basically everywhere

We’re still secretly hoping for a SkyTrain Platform 9 3/4.

People talking loudly on their Nokia 3310

Sadly, it still happens on their iPhones.

Not knowing which bus stops at your bus stop

Today, all bus stops are equipped with at 5 digit stop number and route information so you always what’s coming!

Colour coded and hole punched bus transfers

Pay with cash and you can grab a modern day remake on a community shuttle near you!

Asking your bus driver for a heads up when your stop was coming

Now, thanks to onboard GPS, next stop announcements ensure you know where you are at all times!

When pulling the cord was the only option

Press the button, pull the cord or even yell “next stop!”. Variety is the spice of life.

Were these iconic transit things totally normal in your life in 1999? If you have something to add, leave it below in the comments section!

Author: Allen Tung & Sarah Kertcher

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