Our Mission

We ride the Greater Vancouver Transit System, otherwise known as Translink.
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Skytrains. Buses. Even the Ferries (not technically a Translink subsidiary, but why exclude such a fine transportation company from our blog). We ride them all and live to tell about it.

There are very few places in this world that one can encounter people from all different walks of life – let alone be confined in a moving vehicle with – public transit is one of these places. You have commuters, crazies, university students, teenagers and tourists; the homeless, the rich (well, the richer-than-you anyways), the poor, the uncouth, the unwashed and the unkind, all thrown together to share a relatively small space. It has the capability to destroy your faith in humanity one day, before completely restoring it the next. And just when you thought you had seen the weirdest, grossest or funniest thing you will ever see during your daily travels, something always trumps it.

Part social experiment, part social service announcement and part self-entertainment; our mission with this blog is to chronicle these experiences and share them with others. We hope you enjoy.

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2 Responses to Our Mission

  1. Jay Land says:

    PEOPLE: please move towards the middle or back of the bus so more people can get in!

    Please distribute!

  2. Raymond Chan says:

    I see people in various colours standing around in transit stations chatting with each other. When there is a problem, they call overpaid Transit Police, who then call underpaid city police force to deal with whatever the problem is. When I told one Translink bus driver about 2 transit cops dealing with a crying girl, he said “crying girls is about all that they (Transit Police) can handle. Transit cops also hang around with the Transit people (in various colours) and chat a lot. And then when check tickets, they make sure that everyone can see them from far away, so they buy the ticket, or walk. Up until now, I have always bought a ticket. But a while back, I couldn’t find my ticket when I was being checked, so they let me ride anyway. This has happened to several people I know. So I’m not sure why I buy transit tickets to ride? I guess when the several hundred million dollar turnstiles are installed, we won’t need people (in fancy stylish uniforms) standing around in the stations counting the tiles on the ceiling. Oh yeah, the trains close their doors, whether people are in them or not. So when I ride, sometime I hold the doors until everyone is on board. I often see drivers letting people on for free that appear drunk, confused, homeless, etc. So does that mean if I dress up with smelly clothes and appear drunk, I can ride free all the time? Once turn-stiles are installed, people will simply jump over them. Or they will find another way around them. Oh yeah, some trains on some lines are full out of the first station. Huh? No one can board after that, or they try to squeeze in and hold the doors, etc. etc. So why should I bother buying a ticket? Please explain this to me. I’d really like to know. Perhaps to be a good citizen? Are we then saying that all the people who don’t pay are bad citizens? Perhaps they are protesting the overpaid Transit Cops, or uniformed people standing around in stations doing nothing.

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