TransLink is alerting passengers of numerous delays due to road conditions in Metro Vancouver on Friday morning.
The transit authority advises commuters to dress for the snowy and icy weather and wear proper footwear. In addition, passengers should expect some service disruptions throughout the day. On some routes, TransLink will use shorter buses, and there may be extra crowding as a result.
"We continue to salt and sand bus loops and SkyTrain stations, but please use caution in these areas and remember to dress warmly in anticipation of potential delays," cautions TransLink on its website.
Due to the inclement weather, the transit authority has reduced Millennium Line service to four car trains for the morning rush hour. This allowed for increased capacity but reduced frequency.
Currently, there are 107 bus alerts listed on TransLink’s advisory alerts’ page. However, not all of these alerts are due to poor road conditions. A few of them are informational, explaining service changes or new stops, while others are due to construction.
With this in mind, a number of the alerts are due to snowy and icy weather. While a number of routes have cleared this morning, the transportation authority has tweeted a number of particularly long delays.
#RiderAlert 229 Lonsdale Quay detour. Regular route to Lynn Valley and 29 St then Lynn Valley, Hwy1, Lonsdale, resume regular route due to road conditions.^RR— TransLink BC (@TransLink) January 10, 2020
At 9:20 a.m., the transit authority noted that the 335 Surrey Central Station/Newton Exchange was experiencing delays up to 40 minutes due to road conditions. Similarly, at 4:59 a.m., an alert for the 151 Burquitlam Station/Coquitlam Central Station includes a detour via Como Lake, Mariner Way, in both directions due to road conditions.
And while TransLink continues to tweet the alerts, it advises commuters to monitor the alerts page in order to find more details regarding service.
We're doing our best to answer as many of your tweets as possible. The volume of tweets we’re receiving is higher than usual, so there may be delays in our responses. Please visit https://t.co/muln9hb7PI for details regarding service. ^HB— TransLink BC (@TransLink) January 10, 2020
Environment Canada is also calling for the chance of snowfall every day over the next seven days.
More snow is possible this weekend as a series of weather systems embedded in a cool northwest flow from the Gulf of Alaska moves ashore. What's more, early next week, cold arctic air from the B.C. Interior will arrive on the South Coast.
Find out about the City of Vancouver's snow plan and how TransLink has prepared for inclement weather here.