I first fell in love with transit in Toronto. My heart still skips a beat when I recall riding the iconic streetcars across the city, marvelling at the unique tile colours and patterns at each Subway station, and being lulled to sleep by the rumbling of the Subway travelling past my High Park apartment.
I live in Vancouver now and I still love transit. Here, my affection is for blue seats instead of red ones, but the innocence of first love is long gone. This new relationship requires more patience. I admit that I become irritated on occasion, particularly when the 99 B-Line passes me up on weekday mornings. Most of the time, however, transit and I get along splendidly. On our best days, transit takes me places I’ve never been and surprises me with beautiful views and interesting people along the way. I can’t imagine life without transit and that’s why I will be celebrating I Love Transit Week July 16-20.
The highlight of I Love Transit Week in Metro Vancouver is the family-friendly I Love Transit Night, which takes place on Wednesday, July 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby.
Forty-two lucky people will ride to the event in retro style aboard a 1964 BC Hydro, GMC Bus courtesy of the Transit Museum Society. (Update – July 16/12: The bus ride has been cancelled, but the bus will be at I Love Transit Night so that you can climb aboard to see what the interior looks like.)
If you want to attend I Love Transit Night, The Buzzer would like you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “RSVP” in the subject line, including the following information in your message: Name, approximate age, number of guests you’ll be bringing, and whether or not you and your guests plan to take the shuttle bus to the event.
Don’t worry if you can’t take the shuttle bus as I Love Transit Night is easy to access on foot from the Metrotown Skytrain Station.