Translink Introduces the Compass Card

Hooray! Vancouver is getting its very own re-loadable electronic pass for public transit! No longer do I need to scramble around in my change jar, fighting through all the pennies to find something that doesn’t require me walking out with fistfuls of coins, just to catch the bus.

Last October, Translink put out the call for Vancouverites to name this new card, and the finalists were Starfish, Tpass and Compass. As you can probably already guess, Compass came out on top.

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Translink Introduces the Compass Card

Travel by transit to Vancouver Aquarium and get a discount

Courtesy: Vancouver Aquarium

TransLink has just announced a “new permanent policy” that will give Vancouver Aquarium visitors a $2 discount on admission when they present a valid transit ticket or pass.

It works for tourists and locals alike: just show your valid monthly Fare Card or Employer pass, a same-day fare receipt/transfer, or a DayPass when you arrive.

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Travel by transit to Vancouver Aquarium and get a discount

Where to eat in Vancouver? Just eavesdrop on the bus…

Disclosure: I love to eavesdrop. Especially on the bus. Especially when it involves food and Vancouver restaurants.

So today I was sitting on the 135 in front a trio of students who–in a refreshing change from the intellectual one-upmanship I usually endure on the SFU-bound bus–began one-upping each other on the topic of local restaurants.

Students are better than guidebooks for restaurant recommendations because they are chronically broke, chronically hungry and relentlessly cutting-edge.

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Where to eat in Vancouver? Just eavesdrop on the bus…

A Vancouver Moment: Waiting for the bus

Photo: Tourism Vancouver

Everyone knows that Vancouver is the darling of the international pollsters, holding a top spot on both the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City index and Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey.   But for those who live here, it’s not always roses and sunshine.  There are the taxes, sky-high real estate prices and of course that famous Vancouver weather.  Plus, as the city grows into an international playground for the globe’s rich and mobile , many worry that it’s slowing losing the close-knit community feel that once defined life here.

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A Vancouver Moment: Waiting for the bus