Yesterday was the first day the Burrard Chinook (TransLink’s newest SeaBus) was put into revenue service.
The Chinook has a unique livery consisting of art from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations communities and showcases the Chinook salmon within the ecosystem as well as First Nations cultures.
TransLink now has four SeaBuses in operation: The Burrard Beaver is the remaining original SeaBus of the pair built in 1976 (the retired sibling being the Burrard Otter). The Burrard Pacific Breeze began its service in 2009 and allowed TransLink to run 10-minute service with all three vessels during the 2010 Olympics. In 2014, the Burrard Otter II entered service, replacing the Burrard Otter. And finally we have the Burrard Chinook, which will allow TransLink to re-start operate 10-minute peak service with three vessels in operation and one spare.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way many around the world live their lives over the recent months. For us in the Vancouver/British Columbia area, it has been about a month and half since we have had significant measures in place to reduce the spread of the virus.
In this post I will go over the changes that have affected me, and things that I have found worked well.
About a month ago, I signed up for a car2go account. So far I’ve used it twice already and I’ve been pretty happy with the experience.
In the case I miss the last SkyTrain home, the car2go would be a cheaper option than taking a taxi, and more time-efficient than waiting for the Night Bus. (It’s roughly $10 for a 20-minute car2go trip from downtown to Richmond, versus a $35 taxi ride. The earliest Night Bus gets me home around 3am).
I share cars with my parents, so in the rare case that they need the cars, I wanted to have a backup just in case. Since there’s no significant monthly fee, it would not hurt to keep the account just for the times that I need to use it. (There is a $2 annual fee though, but that’s pretty reasonable).
It’s the only car-sharing service to service Richmond (albeit only at Kwantlen University, but I live close by).
car2go does not require you to return the car to its original location—it’s a one-way service, which is perfect for my night-time trips.
Coming from driving 20+ year old minivans, the Smart car was comparatively very zippy, and reminded me of driving a go-kart. The accelerating and braking were quite sensitive, but that was not too difficult to get used to.
In case you’re interested in joining, if you get a referral code from someone you know, you can signup for free. (Send me a direct message on Twitter @DennisTT if you don’t know anyone with car2go).