Yes, that really is Seth Rogen talking to you on the bus.
All aboard the Pineapple Express!
The comedian and actor has recorded a series of public announcements for the city of Vancouver's public transportation system. Rogen, Canadian by birth, said he wanted to give back to the city where he grew up.
<p>"Hey Vancouver, it's Seth," one of his recorded messages begins. "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."</p><p>The project started on Twitter after people suggested <a href="https://twitter.com/TransLink" target="_blank">TransLink BC</a> might need a new voice to bring some positive attention to its work and replace the former celebrity narrator, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/07/27/with-morgan-freeman-out-seth-rogen-is-the-new-voice-of-vancouvers-commute/" target="_blank">Morgan Freeman</a>.</p><p><strong>When someone suggested Rogen, he wrote back directly, saying, "Hit me up."</strong></p><p>They did. And now it's all really happening.</p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" id="twitter-embed-1022538190983389185" src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-1022538190983389185&created_ts=1532627077.0&screen_name=Sethrogen&text=I%E2%80%99M+GONNA+BE+THE+VOICE+ON+PUBLIC+TRANSIT+IN+MY+HOMETOWN+OF+VANCOUVER.+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FJduvqtqU3o&id=1022538190983389185&name=Seth+Rogen" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="V1743U1559350578"></iframe><p>"Any opportunity to enrich the lives of the Canadian people is an opportunity I will take," Rogen joked in a video of him recording his lines for the new initiative.</p><h2>But Rogen also genuinely supports public transportation, saying, "I grew up taking public transit my whole life, and I still use public transit when I'm in the city."</h2><p>And who can blame him? Transportation accounts for <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/environmental-programs/transit-environmental-sustainability/transit-role" target="_blank">an estimated 29%</a> of all greenhouse emissions in the U.S. alone. Reducing the number of cars on the road also cuts down on the amount of time people have to spend in traffic.</p><p>There have even been <a href="https://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/engines-equipment/public-transportation-help-environment.htm" target="_blank">recent studies</a> showing the direct impact public transportation can have on air quality — it makes a huge difference.</p><div><div data-card="youtube" data-reactroot=""><div><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="da25f1eb2cee3e7b1847a37311e10d8d"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RDPfcnxPXyA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></div></div></div><p>Convincing people to invest their time and money in public transit isn't always <a href="https://transweb.sjsu.edu/research/What-Do-Americans-Think-about-Public-Transit-Review-U.S.-Public-Opinion-Polling-Survey-Questions" target="_blank">an easy sell</a>. But having someone like Seth Rogen in your corner can get people excited about something as simple as taking the bus and quietly make a real difference.</p><p>Plus, who wouldn't want to ride the bus with him?</p>
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