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Old 05-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Disgruntled Translink Commuters, Unite!

there's so many anti-translink threads on RS..i decided to start a new one

i remember reading about an article last year about my particular route (49) being the least reliable one.

I found that article again but this time with a map and graph.

It's pretty cool..shows you which route and which stop has the most pass-by's.

TransLink bus routes with the most passups - Vancouver Sun

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Documents reveal Coast Mountain buses passed by stops more than 200,000 times in 2010

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so this is a thread to voice our complaints towards Translink?
-20 minutes waiting for a bus, all of a sudden 3 of them show up a minute apart.
-Advertising their stupid golden ears bridge. Who demanded that bridge when there's so many current bridges with major issues?
-Why the rejection of larger buses for the broadway corridor? It seems like the best idea until the skytrain line is built?
-Why aren't transfer stations set up so that all of the buses arrive and leave at the same time like a normal town?
-Skytrains stay open all weekend. Pull your head out of your asses translink.
-put full transportation maps on all major stops, aswell as scheduled arrival times for all stops.
-Bus lanes on a highway. All of my why.
-Stop bitching about your lack of funding, get your shit together and build those god damn turnstiles. And put the fares to better use. As far as I know, all of the bus fare goes to gasoline, yet half the buses and the skytrain are electric.

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I don't see why motorists have to pay for translink shit, thats the part which made me hella mad. I would use public transit maybe once or twice every half year, but that shouldn't justify me having to pay extra on gas because theres a "lack of funding".

(Its starting @ 2c/L, and gradually being raised to acommodate to their finances)
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^ because translink owns bridges and major roads that cross muni boundaries

and to support their taj mahal at metrotown aka translink HQ
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My favorite.

The carbon tax is introduced to 'inspire' or more like 'coerce' people to use more transit or alternative transportation. Makes sense...gas is more expensive, thereby making transit 'seem' cheaper.

Then, they go and increase the fares.

Doesn't that negate the whole thing?

This just in. Breaking news:It WAS a tax grab afterall.

You give these people more money, and they will certainly spend it.
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so this is a thread to voice our complaints towards Translink?
-20 minutes waiting for a bus, all of a sudden 3 of them show up a minute apart.

Bunching means there are too many buses on the road or bus drivers are waiting too long at the bus stops for load/unload. People need to take off their backpacks and GTF on/off ASAP. Bus bunching - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


-Why the rejection of larger buses for the broadway corridor? It seems like the best idea until the skytrain line is built?

So you want a triple articulated bus on the road or a double decker articulated trolley bus

-Why aren't transfer stations set up so that all of the buses arrive and leave at the same time like a normal town?

that would just mean a clusterfuck during rush hour with people boarding and getting off at the same time.

-Bus lanes on a highway. All of my why.

Because idiots won't yield to a bus

-Stop bitching about your lack of funding, get your shit together and build those god damn turnstiles. And put the fares to better use. As far as I know, all of the bus fare goes to gasoline, yet half the buses and the skytrain are electric.

Never, because north american transit system

I mad.
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Interesting thought about our bus system... think about how busy all the buses are that go to UBC/Langara/SFU, etc... now think about if all those students were now driving how much more congested our roads would be.

That and I hate people who bitch about our turnstiles. I don't think people realize how expensive such a system is costing us to design and implement; they don't realize that we actually won't be profiting from such a system because: a) there will always be fare evasion, whether it's using your friend's U Pass or people jumping turnstiles, and b) our fare evasion rate actually isn't as high as people think.

We need to enforce fines: in many countries in Europe, people caught with fare evasion will have to pay their fine on the spot. If you don't have cash, they will go with you to the ATM. If you're too broke to pay, you'll get arrested. That and their fines are more acceptable - like $50. Our fines here ($175) will only scare some people, but when newspapers publish stories about how our fines are never collected, people will stop paying.
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We need to fire all the blood sucking executives and seniors managers in Translink. They don't give a fuck about transit riders, road users, etc. They don't give a fuck about whether they get additional funding or not. If they don't get the funds, they just cut services. The only thing they do care about is their own fucking salaries, bonuses, and pensions.
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as my wise coworker said one say, ppl in management eventually get to a point of incompetence and only care about their salaries. So they hire ppl to so their jobs so they can continue to kiss the ass of the person above them. Now imagine the ppl they hired doing the same. damn. I'm pursuing the wrong career.
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We need to enforce fines: in many countries in Europe, people caught with fare evasion will have to pay their fine on the spot. If you don't have cash, they will go with you to the ATM. If you're too broke to pay, you'll get arrested. That and their fines are more acceptable - like $50. Our fines here ($175) will only scare some people, but when newspapers publish stories about how our fines are never collected, people will stop paying.
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i noticed alot more douchebags on the 99 b line than any other bus route

20 bus is never on time at night

translink is so unreliable when you really need it


packed buses like were all sardines lol


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We need to enforce fines: in many countries in Europe, people caught with fare evasion will have to pay their fine on the spot. If you don't have cash, they will go with you to the ATM. If you're too broke to pay, you'll get arrested. That and their fines are more acceptable - like $50. Our fines here ($175) will only scare some people, but when newspapers publish stories about how our fines are never collected, people will stop paying.
The B.C. government introduced legislation today that will give TransLink the powers to go after fare evaders. Drivers with unpaid fines - both past and future -- will not be able to renew their licence or registration.

TransLink may also make use of collection agencies or can go to court to get at the assets of people who do not pay.

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Free ride over for fare evaders as TransLink gets new powers
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There was one time I was stupid enough to wait for the bus near children's hospital nearly a hour and half in the rain, i was soaking wet... I got pass by at least 10 buses, I ain't kidding.
The route was #25 Brentwood, then i decided to walk home until i passed few bus stops and bus finally stopped and picked me up which it was near Canada Line...

Ditto about douchebags on #99 B-Line, bitches shoved me like I'm pathetic
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Ditto about douchebags on #99 B-Line, bitches shoved me like I'm pathetic
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I'm trying to understand why there's transit security AND transit police.
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so this is a thread to voice our complaints towards Translink?
-20 minutes waiting for a bus, all of a sudden 3 of them show up a minute apart.
-Advertising their stupid golden ears bridge. Who demanded that bridge when there's so many current bridges with major issues?
-Why the rejection of larger buses for the broadway corridor? It seems like the best idea until the skytrain line is built?
-Why aren't transfer stations set up so that all of the buses arrive and leave at the same time like a normal town?
-Skytrains stay open all weekend. Pull your head out of your asses translink.
-put full transportation maps on all major stops, aswell as scheduled arrival times for all stops.
-Bus lanes on a highway. All of my why.
-Stop bitching about your lack of funding, get your shit together and build those god damn turnstiles. And put the fares to better use. As far as I know, all of the bus fare goes to gasoline, yet half the buses and the skytrain are electric.

I mad.

Pretty much everything that is wrong with Translink at the moment. I fully agree with everything you said. Having experienced European transit, doing everything on your list would bring us up to at least the minimum standard of big city transit.
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I wonder how reliable our transportation is compared to other cities
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Can we talk about how awful bus drivers are? I was on a bus the other day when people were just falling out of their seats because our driver was speeding up so erratically and braking super hard at every light/stop. People that were SITTING were falling forward out of their seats. I'm not exaggerating...an old lady straight up felt out of her seat and into the aisle.

I used to get passed all the time when I went to UBC on the 480. I was the last stop out of Richmond so I was often passed by two, sometimes three full buses. Complaints went nowhere so today, I drive whenever possible. I'll vote against anything to do with public transit. Fuck 'em if they want us to save the environment or whatever when they can't even put a decent service in place...AND they want us to pay higher fares.
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maybe we should start a protest.... or maybe a riot!!!
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Don't you hate drivers that are slow as fuck? Like they drive so slow that they have to stop at every red light and they're usually at the front of the lights. We want to get places ON time not a while after...But there are some drivers that are quite efficient and I thank them for that when I get off.
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Can we talk about how awful bus drivers are? I was on a bus the other day when people were just falling out of their seats because our driver was speeding up so erratically and braking super hard at every light/stop. People that were SITTING were falling forward out of their seats. I'm not exaggerating...an old lady straight up felt out of her seat and into the aisle.

I used to get passed all the time when I went to UBC on the 480. I was the last stop out of Richmond so I was often passed by two, sometimes three full buses. Complaints went nowhere so today, I drive whenever possible. I'll vote against anything to do with public transit. Fuck 'em if they want us to save the environment or whatever when they can't even put a decent service in place...AND they want us to pay higher fares.
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Don't you hate drivers that are slow as fuck? Like they drive so slow that they have to stop at every red light and they're usually at the front of the lights. We want to get places ON time not a while after...But there are some drivers that are quite efficient and I thank them for that when I get off.
Drive too slow.

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^i don't think its because they were driving too fast, but they were driving in a "i don't give a fuck" attitude.
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It wasn't driving too fast...it was like he didn't understand the principle of acceleration and deceleration. Just STOMPED on the gas from a full stop and then lifted to coast...sending everyone back in their seats...then doesn't brake until SUPER LATE and throws people forward. It was one of the weirdest bus rides I've ever been on. I was SITTING DOWN and struggling to stay upright while watching everyone around me fall to the ground.
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some of these were mentioned but my least favorte things avout busses:
-bus coming regularly 7 mins before its supposed to. so u come 5 mins before it shud get there and still miss it and wait 20 mins like a jackass
-bus drivers speeding and braking hard as hell, causing me to fly across the damn thing
-as someone said busses not coming then suddenly two come at once lol
-bussing during fireworks time
-stupid fucking employees. while i suspect most bus drivers are good hard working people and most senior executives arent, my experience with the ones in between causes me to think theyre all idiots. i dealt with someome in hr and someone in pr and both were lazy fucks. it took almost 6 months for them to complete a one hour task related to a press release i was helping oversee

some weird stories:
-one time someonewas hanging onto a pole in the back of the bus and THE POLE BROKE. the person was like wtf and put it on the bus floor
-one time a dude fell asleep, head fell on the wire you pull for stop and broke the whole thing bus-wide rofl
-one time a hobo sprinted and ran face first into the aide of the bus window. awesome.
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-stupid fucking employees. while i suspect most bus drivers are good hard working people and most senior executives arent, my experience with the ones in between causes me to think theyre all idiots. i dealt with someome in hr and someone in pr and both were lazy fucks. it took almost 6 months for them to complete a one hour task related to a press release i was helping oversee
don't even get me started on the back office people and the executives there.

Most people know that most bus drivers are hard working and have a difficult job and have to put up/deal with a lot of shiet. But the back office workers seem to have it super easy and dont do jack shiet.

The executives/managers are the worst, I tried to get info from one of them one time, and it just took forever, I understand they got other priorities and obligations, the task would take 20 minutes max, so I figure it would take a couple days max to get back to me. BUT NO! took like 7-8 Business days!! WTF! and these are the guys making $110,000 a year.
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