Funnyman Seth Rogen is the new voice of Vancouver transit

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Vancouver’s own Seth Rogen will soon be welcoming you on board TransLink’s buses and SkyTrains.

“Any opportunity to enrich the lives of the Canadian people is an opportunity I will take,” said Rogen in a video unveiling the news on Thursday.

Rogen is voicing several announcements for the transit service after fellow actor Morgan Freeman’s voice announcements were scrapped in May.

Freeman’s announcements were initially recorded as a collaboration with Visa, heralding the introduction of tap-to-pay services onboard TransLink vehicles earlier this summer. Shortly after the announcement, allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against Freeman and the Visa collaboration was cancelled.

After this Postmedia reporter suggested Rogen as a replacement in a tweet, the Vancouver-born actor readily volunteered.

“I’m very proud to be from Vancouver and I grew up taking public transit my whole life, and I still use public transit when I’m in the city,” said Rogen.

The actor agreed to voice the announcements for free, while TransLink picked up the tab for the studio time and editing services. The announcements are stand-alone recordings about transit etiquette that will be used onboard vehicles and are not connected to Visa or other sponsors.

The announcements were written by Rogen himself and will roll out next week.

“Mr. Rogen offered to work with TransLink free of charge and we accepted his offer in the pursuit of providing a better customer experience and to share pride in the region,” said TransLink spokesman Steve Vanagas.

“We are always listening to our customers and that means on social media as well. This idea came from our customers and the local media, and we’re happy to have been able to get this done in support of our transit system.”

Earlier this week, it was announced Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg, also born in Vancouver, would be among those inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame later this year for its 20th anniversary.

The pair both grew up attending Point Grey Secondary and have produced movies such as Superbad, Blockers, The Disaster Artist, The Interview and Neighbors under their banner Point Grey Pictures.

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