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West Van Teenz Bus it!
It’s your playground—explore it by bus! Learn more about the pros of travelling by bus.
Get friendly tips around bus etiquette, learn how to get and use your Compass Card, check out the GoPlaces! Map featuring youth-friendly destinations around town, and find handy apps and resources designed to help you plan your next trip!
What’s not to love! There seem to be a number of misconceptions around taking the bus, so we’re here to share all the things your peers love about bussing it!
- I’m the master of my own schedule!
- I don’t need to always rely on my parents or friends for rides.
- I can go places with a bigger group, without being limited by the number of people that fit into my parents’ or my car.
- I can do my part in reducing car traffic emissions in my community.
- The Compass Card allows me to go anywhere, anytime without worrying about carrying around change.
- I can catch up on reading or connect with friends while en-route to wherever I’m going.
- I can listen to podcasts that I typically don’t have time to listen to.
- I can simply enjoy the ride and scenery.
- I can read a book, or catch up on current events
- I can get a head-start on my homework!
- Thanks to the HOV lane, taking the bus is a great alternative to driving my car into Vancouver—I save time, and don’t need to worry about finding, or paying for parking—it’s a win-win!
In case you’ve ever wondered if there is such a thing as ‘bus etiquette’, we thought we’d share these with you! As a courtesy to your fellow transit passengers, please:
- Keep doorways clear. Stand back and allow passengers to exit before boarding buses and trains. On the Sky Train, if you prevent doors from closing, you could cause the entire train to\ shut down service!
- Leave the courtesy seats for those who need them, unless you really need one yourself. The seats closest to the doors are reserved for people with disabilities or older travellers.
- Keep the volume down on your personal communications device, whether it’s a cell phone or an iPod.
- Don’t eat while you’re on transit. It can be dangerous if you’re holding a scalding hot drink and food smells are amplified in small close quarters.
- Put down backpacks, luggage, grocery bags & laptops. Large bags can become dangerous for those around you if you’re unsteady and start swaying.
- Walk left. Stand right. This is an internationally-accepted common courtesy when using an escalator. Just like driving, stay on your right unless you’re passing.
- Have your Compass Card ready!
- When departing, a friendly smile and a thank you are always appreciated!
As of September 1, 2016, it is easier for teens to receive concession transit fares in Metro Vancouver. All youth 14 to 18 years old are eligible for concession fares with valid photo identification.
A GoCard decal on student IDs is no longer required! Acceptable forms of ID include:
- a valid school identification card issued by any secondary school which displays the student’s photograph, name, school and validation by a school official; or
- a picture identification issued by any national, provincial or state government agency showing age or date of birth.
The Compass Card is a reloadable fare card that works everywhere on transit in Metro Vancouver. It’s convenient, easy to use, safe and secure.
Using your Compass Card is super easy! Simply tap in when entering the bus—buses are tap-in only, so there is no need to tap out when exiting.
It’s your playground—explore it by bus! We’re excited to share our brand new GoPlaces! Map designed specifically with YOU in mind!
This teen-friendly map shows the West Vancouver Blue Bus route, as well as a handful of youth-friendly destinations around town, including West Vancouver recreation and youth centres, parks and sports fields.
The map also shows public and private West Vancouver elementary and secondary schools as well as the nearest bus stops in their vicinity. We’ll keep updating this map as we go, so check-back often!
Here are a few resources that will make bus trip planning a breeze!
TransLink Trip Planner
Tell us where you’re starting from and where you want to go and we’ll find the best route to get you there.
Schedules and Maps
One-stop shop to get all the schedules, maps and frequency information you need for travel on Bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express.
Next Bus Departure Time
Get the scheduled departure time of the next bus at your bus stop at nb.translink.ca. Or you can use our Next Bus text-messaging service (SMS) by texting the five-digit bus stop number and bus route number to 33333 (example: 54440 240) and within seconds, you’ll receive the next two departure times. Data rates may apply.
Be notified when your trip or favourite route has changed by setting up alerts via SMS or email to receive everything you need to know about our current conditions and system-wide transit alerts.
Whether you’re looking for the Blue Bus schedule or fares—you’ll find it here!
What’s your Transit App?
Aside from TransLink’s mobile site , there are also plenty of apps that show you live, up-to-the-minute bus locations, access to estimated bus times, nearby bus stops and more!
Popular choices include the Transit App, Radar App and Bus Tracker. Look for these and others on your device’s App Store.