Update: the winner is … Jessica! She wrote,
“I have a few friends who despise transit, but I like it! Why NOT pay the discounted UPASS fare and get unlimited travel around our great city?! It’s so fun travelling via transit when special events are happening because you could meet to many people it’s crazy; Olympics, Canada Day, etc. I also like the texting feature where they will text you times for the next bus; it’s super helpful. The bus is where you don’t need an excuse to not do homework, stress, worry about life…it’s my down time to just reflect. Some bus drivers are awesome characters! GO TRANSIT.”
Thanks everyone for playing – and sharing what you love about public transportation! The winner was picked via a random number generator.
This week is I Love Transit Week over at the Buzzer Blog. TransLink blogger Jhenifer Pabillano describes it as “a low key but sincere celebration of what people like about transit (even though there’s much we don’t like!)” All this week, The Buzzer Blog will be publishing essays, photos and interviews about transit, and you’ll see some of these also in the printed edition of the August Buzzer on SkyTrain and buses.
Tenth to the Fraser will be participating too. Look for two pieces related to transit in New Westminster to be published this week, one from me and one from frequent contributor Rob Jones. Transit and transportation is a huge issue here at the nexus of the Lower Mainland, so if you feel inspired to, feel free to submit a guest post about your take on the issues. You might also like to re-read Rob’s piece about his daughter’s love for Columbia SkyTrain Station and perhaps visit the current library exhibit illustrating New Westminster’s transportation history.
Then, on Thursday, July 15, Jhenifer is hosting an evening transit meetup called I Love Transit Night at New Westminster’s Heritage Grill. “I Love Transit Night” will feature food, fun and games. Here’s a link showing last year’s live meetup.
Plus, The Buzzer has offered us a Summer Commuter Prize Pack to give away to our readers. To win, just leave a comment on this post sharing an anecdote or commentary that illustrates what you like about public transportation. We’ll pick a winner via random draw at the end of I Love Transit Week and announce it on the blog. (Please be sure to leave a valid email address in the comment form so that we are able to contact you if you win!)
The prize pack is a tote bag filled with stuff for a summer commute, including:
- TravelSmart tote bag
- TravelSmart water bottle
- Personal hand-held fan
- Travel pillow
- Mini puzzle for passing the time
- A granola bar snack
- Vanity Fair magazine
- 2010 Olympic transportation map
- Transit stickers and buttons
- 3-zone bus pass (available after July 16)
If you’re in the mood to read more about transit in New Westminster, here are a few more good reads from our archives:
- The law of Maximum Transit Wait Time (according to local blogger Waferboard)
- New West SkyTrain safety stats challenge assumptions
- Cote goes car-free (about the week councillor Jonathan Cote bused, biked or walked everywhere)
- Jen Arbo’s Pedestrian thoughts