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Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68

Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68

Changing routes to think about the neighbourhoods – this Postcard is about rolling transit, everyplace and anywhere. Evidence comes in a transit route inspired spoken-word song and a smattering of poems including: odes to drivers, forgotten literary neighbourhoods, angry passengers, observed newspapers around Vancouver… plus a bit of Clayton the busker in the Seabus tunnel playing The Replacements’ “Skyway.”

Get onboard for: Changing Transit Routes  – Postcard #68
(13:50, 23MB, .mp3, stereo)

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Vancouver’s SeaBus, Uncle Weed’s Annotated Voyage

Seabus Voyage: 11 minute crossing of Burrard Inlet on a rainy Vancouver day

The Seabus is a passenger ferry running between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet. The crossing generally takes about 11-12 minutes. This video is a simple single shot of the crossing with ambient sound and no alterations.

The Seabus (there are 3: The Otter, and The Beaver, were launched in 1977 and the Pacific Breeze was launched in late 2009 just before the Winter Olympics) are operated by Translink, the transit authority for the greater Vancouver BC area. Many folks ride this daily as part of their commute to work in downtown or even closer, in Gastown or Railtown.

Further Reading on the launch of the Breeze:
http://www.miss604.com/2009/12/new-seabus-pacific-breeze-now-in-operation.html

The dock on the south side is adjacent of the wharves of Canada Place and accessible via Waterfront Station or the Heliport door on the low road. The north dock is in a complex with Lonsdale Quay market — a great tiny alternative to the busy (especially in the summer) Granville Island Market.

Both docks closely connected with other transit modes: at Waterfront, all Skytrain lines and Westcoast Express train; and, busses to all points on the North Shore at Lonsdale Quay (including busses to Grouse Mountain, Deep Cove and Horsehoe Bay).

Tip: Exit via the Heliport door and walk to unknown CRAB park just a few 100 metres away to the east – further east, a bridge connects you to the north end of Main St.

Tip: Ride the Seabus to North Vancouver and catch the 228 bus and ride to Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. It’s free, unlike Capilano, and it’s not a tourist trap

Dossier in Observer and Olympics in Access

In case you are seeking more writing and musing, I am publishing columns at a couple more Vancouver-based outlets. Check it:

Uncle Weed’s Dossier at Vancouver Observer

Here’s where I’ll mostly write about transportation, vancouver secrets and history, public policy conundrums, cascadian diplomacy and creative activism. Here are the first two dossier about trains and seabus:
With the impending Olympix invasion, February might be a good time to hop the rails and meet your Cascadian neighbors to the south. You may likely find you have more cultural similarities than our…
1977 was a stellar year for culture. The Ramones, The Clash and Bob Marley with classic albums, Elvis for a half-year, plus Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever and the launch of the SeaBus.

Uncle Weed Olympics at Vancouver Access 2010

As for Olympic-related coverage, you can check out the Uncle Weed content on Vancouver Access 2010 – a RainCity Studios fan experience project. Much of the content began on the RainCity Studios site from coverage during Torino06, Beijing08 and lead-up to Vancouver2010 and the True North Media House project.

Festive Greetings to Ice Fishermen – Choogle On #82

Festive Greeting to Ice Fishermen
Photo by John Bollwitt, remixed by Uncle Weed

Festive Greetings to Ice Fishermen – Choogle On #82 (36:57, .mp3)

Shortly after New Year’s Day, Uncle Weed recounts highlights from the passing year including a surprising visit with bong-toting ice fishermen on a frozen neighborhood lake, plus recaps on concerts, spreading messages to media and youth, voting often, speaking out, supporting soldiers and peaceniks, resisting cynicism, researching the painter Varley, publishing literature, sparking coverage of Olympics, making a board game, gallery visits, riding the new SeaBus, remembering ole dead gramps, drinking stout and earl grey tea, and the joys of treading on thin ice.

More:

2009 Highlights and Musings – Art and Diligence

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“Riding the Roof of the Breeze” Dossier in The Vancouver Observer

Opening Day of the New Seabus

I’ve started a new column at Vancouver Observer, a web-based, hyper-local news site called “Uncle Weed’s Dossier” where I’ll mostly write about transportation, Vancouver secrets and history, public policy conundrums, Cascadian diplomacy, and creative activism.

Enjoy this first instalment from the $3 Harbour Cruise featuring my pal Rebecca Bollwitt with thanks to urban transit explorer JMV.


Photo of your correspondent on the SeaBus Bridge by Rebecca Bollwitt.

Here’s an excerpt of Riding the Roof of the Breeze:

1977 was a stellar year for culture. The Ramones, The Clash and Bob Marley with classic albums, Elvis for a half-year, plus Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever and the launch of the SeaBus. Since that banner year, the intrepid lil catamarans have toiled across Burrard Inlet, unheralded and undaunted. Now the two vessels – the Beaver and Otter – are three as the Pacific Breeze set off from Waterfront station Wednesday Dec. 23rd with politicians on-board and me on the roof.

Transit’s Crown Jewel

I’m the guy who did a 4th grade science fair project about transit, rode the long way on buses downtown to punk rock shows and celebrated when the ALRT began (even when it ended in New West). But living in Whalley, the SeaBus was an exotic morsel in the transit offering – i have scant memories outings to the Quay or the free suspension bridge but mostly i remember skipping out of school and riding it just to ride it.

These days, the Seab is my daily ride and my nightly schedule revolves around the run down the gangway into the surreal confines of a hazy crossing in a humming shuttle. Unlike the sway of the bus, the Seab is pod of relaxation and creativity and (the best part) you always get a seat. Indeed, I extol the virtues of the perfect day out in Vancouver on my podcast which includes “the 3 dollar harbour cruise” complete with a falafel and a rainforest stroll – all on one transfer.

Opening Day of the New Seabus

Bonus Round

Miss 604 photos from inaugural crossing

Miss 604 coverage
JMV’s sneak preview photos
This reporter on deck

Links

Rolling to the End of the Line – Choogle on #77
I Love Transit Week essay: Dave Olson

Transit science fair project circa 1980

via Riding the Roof of the Breeze | The Vancouver Observer – Vancouver Olympics News Blogs Events Reviews.

On a rollicking bus ride with oldtimey suitcase in tow for Victoria gig + mug of earl grey to warm belly for adventures ahead

RT @TransitPolice: Assisting in delivering Olympic Transportation Host training at the Van Transit Center. Less than 100 days to go.

Solid work sharing security on transit pic @kk – as a daily #trasnlink rider, i felt safer & more comfy before the step-up w/ guns, tasers

While i admire your use of Twitter @TransitPolice i’m frustrated that besides cameras, crowds & inconvenience, i’m subject to inspections