For the past three months, transit users across Metro Vancouver have been hearing funnyman Seth Rogen’s voice providing etiquettes and tips while using SkyTrain and buses.
His public service announcements have taken a lighthearted approach on informing riders of the proper etiquette for situations like courtesy seats, feet on seats, bags, and walking left and standing right on the escalators.
Two announcements were even recorded specifically for UBC students on the 99 B-Line, and one announcement encouraging riders to report harassment to Transit Police takes on a more serious tone.
With the Vancouver actor’s TransLink announcements scheduled to end on October 31, the public transit authority has uploaded the announcements onto YouTube for the public to enjoy in perpetuity.
Here are Seth Rogen’s TransLink voice announcements:
1. “Hey Vancouver! Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. You know those seats for the people who really need them? They’re for the people who really need them. So if you don’t really need them, don’t sit on them! And if you’re like, you can probably use the exercise anyway. Thank you for using TransLink.”
2. “Hey Vancouver! It’s Seth. Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. I’m really happy you got plans tonight… really, I am. But unless I’m invited, I don’t need to hear about it, and unless you have a really good reason, don’t be one of those people using those speakerphones in public. Have fun tonight, by the way, and thanks for using TransLink.”
3. “Hey Vancouver! It’s Seth. Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. I know your bag is probably very nice and you care deeply for it, but that doesn’t mean it needs its own seat. Keep your bag in your lap or on the floor so human begins can occupy the seats.”
4. “Hey Vancouver! Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. Those sneakers are great, but the bottoms of them? Not so much. So keep your feet off the seats, which not only rhymes but it will prevent from someone from having to sit in that gum you stepped on.”
5. “Hey Vancouver! It’s Seth, and here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. When using an escalator, please stand to the right to allow people to pass you on the left, just like when you’re driving on the road… or what it’s supposed to be like when you’re driving on the road and you’re not stuck in that amazing Vancouver traffic. Thanks for using TransLink.”
6. “Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth! Welcome aboard! UBC students, the 99 is like your apartment, except that it’s cheaper with a few more roommates and you have to clean up after yourselves. Oh, and you can’t throw a party in here, but if somehow you do, please invite me. Thanks for riding TransLink.”
7. “Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth! Welcome aboard! The 99 runs near where I used to live and it also takes you to UBC. I never went to university, and I kind of always wanted a degree. And I realized, I could probably get one of those honorary degrees, so if you run into the principal, or whatever you call the boss of UBC, put in a good word for me, okay? Thanks for riding with TransLink.”
8. “Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth! Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. We actually have good public transit in this city, and another train will be coming shortly. So please don’t stop the automatic train doors from doing their thing, it can cause delays and make you look like a real jerk in front of everybody.”
9. “Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth! Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. Before you get on the train, let the people on the train get off first. That way, there’s room, and you guys won’t be running into each other like two rugby days. Not football… rugby. Thank you.”
10. “Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth and here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. I love music just as much as you do, but to be honest I’m probably not a fan of your music. So please turn it down, you’re killing us here. And you’re damaging your own hearing, nobody is winning in this situation.”
11. “Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth! Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. Look, I get it, we all want to smell good. But let’s not overdo it with the colognes and the perfumes while we’re on public transit, because some people are very sensitive to that stuff. As long as you’re riding the train, take it easy.”
12. “Hey Vancouver, here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome. There’s close, and then there’s too close. If you feel unsafe or see harassment happening on transit, text 87-77-77 for Transit Police or 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency. Thanks for using transit.”
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