I am a transit enthusiast and photographer. My interests are mainly in buses and trains. I also like to use my programming experience to analyze data feeds such as TransLink’s scheduled and real time data.
Transit enthusiasts are known by many other names, some more specialized than others, including: transit fans, bus fans, rail fans, rail spotters, airplane spotters, etc.
What transit enthusiasts/fans do
This varies from fan to fan, but here are some things transit fans might do:
- Spotting, riding and/or photographing vehicles, especially ones that are new, about to be retired, or refurbished vehicles
- Finding anomalies in the transit system, for example, buses with advertisement wraps, types of buses that you usually don’t find assigned to a route
- Collecting memorabilia such as schedules, maps, pamphlets, or legally acquired items off decommissioned vehicles and equipment
- Recording or searching up historical information about transit systems
Resources for Vancouver Transit Fans
Here are some resources that some transit fans in the Metro Vancouver area might find useful.
This online site I created makes finding buses on the road in real time a lot easier. Project Info.
- Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board
Many transit fans across Canada keep updated through this online discussion board.
- Transportation & Infrastructure Discussion Board at SkyScraper Page – Vancouver
There is a broader range of transportation-related (and Vancouver-related) discussions at SSP.
- TRAMS (Transit Museum Society) and their Facebook Page
The TRAMS group maintains a fleet of historic buses in Vancouver. They hold charters every now and then. Their Facebook page is active with both historical and current discussions.
- SkyTrain Track Diagrams and Terminology
Canada Line, Expo and Millennium Lines
These are maps of the track features: where the switches are, their numbers, re-entry points, etc.
Here are photo galleries of fellow transit fans: