While TransLink is advising would-be commuters to stay at home today, it used a rather creative device to clear ice and snow from the SkyTrain cars this morning: hockey sticks.
The transportation agency's staff were hard at work early Wednesday morning as the snowstorm caused numerous delays on Metro Vanouver transit.
A commuter shared an image to Twitter of a TransLink employee using a stick to clear away ice, and noted how it was "such a Canadian solution."
Another local shared an image of a stick-wielding employee, adding that the carbon fiber hockey sticks have an "85 flex." He also noted that service should return to capacity shortly.
Remain calm everyone. @TransLink has issued carbon fiber hockey sticks 🏒(with an 85 flex) to all employees. Services will return to normal capacity shortly.#vancouversnowstorm2020 pic.twitter.com/aUwN4XQxLI— Andrew Johns (@AndrewNJohns) January 15, 2020
The transit authority has been using the extremely Canadian method for a number of years now. Last year, locals also shared images and videos of the snow removal solution.
TransLink has declared Wednesday "an extreme travel day," and is advising would-be riders to "stay home where possible."
Some SkyTrain stations are closed, and some bus routes are completely cancelled.
Today is an extreme travel day; please stay home where possible. Bus and SkyTrain is significantly impacted across the system due to inclement weather. Please view all alerts to see the impacts to your route: https://t.co/8mM2JG63Ia ^DA— TransLink BC (@TransLink) January 15, 2020
—With files from Lindsay William-Ross.