TransLink will increase SkyTrain ‘capacity’ during a bus strike

TransLink says SkyTrain service will be increased if a full bus and SeaBus shutdown takes place from Wednesday until Friday.

TransLink says a bus strike will impact 350,000 riders.

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“CMBC continues to urge the union to resume bargaining or agree to mediation to achieve a reasonable, negotiated settlement,” said a news release.“Transportation modelling suggests as many as 36,000 additional cars will be on the road during morning rush hour due to the union’s shutdown. TransLink is encouraging businesses to allow employees to telecommute and permit more flexible work schedules.”

Transit services operating during job action

  • SkyTrain (Expo and Millennium Lines)
  • Canada Line
  • West Coast Express
  • HandyDART
  • West Vancouver Blue Bus (Routes 214, 215, 227 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 258, 259, 262)
  • Community Shuttle service on Bowen Island and Langley (Routes 280, 281, 282, 560, 561, 562, 563, 564, 379, 372)

Increasing SkyTrain capacity

  • More frequent off-peak SkyTrain service
  • Higher levels of SkyTrain attendants and police at stations to assist with customer flow

Increasing pick up-drop off locations

  • Designated unused bus stops near SkyTrain stations to facilitate pick-up/drop-off for customers


  • GobyRIDE and LiftTango carpooling platforms increasing service
  • UBC vanpool pilot project
  • Designated carpooling parking spots at SkyTrain Park and Rides


  • Expanded bike parking at stations by introducing complementary bike valets at key stations to be operated by BEST (7 am to 6 pm)
  • Bicycles will be allowed on the SkyTrain all day in the last car of each train
  • More Mobi bikes at and near SkyTrain stations
  • Mobi bike share with staff on hand to respond to the volume of bikes in high volume locations

Monthly passholders who do not use any public transit during the three-day strike will automatically have pro-rated Stored Value credit applied to their Compass accounts.

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