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Bus Route Buzz: Port Coquitlam and northeast Coquitlam – 159/188/C37/C38/C40

Bus Route Buzz
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Ta da!!

Introducing brand new bus service for northeastern Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam!

These routes will now provide direct connections to the new Evergreen Extension.

Community Shuttle buses across the Tri-Cities are also being renamed.

New Routes:

New routes list

  • 159 Port Coquitlam/Braid Station – All trips on the 159 will travel via Pitt River Road
  • 171 Fremont/Coquitlam Central Station and 172 Riverside/Coquitlam Central Station serving the former C37 areas with new service to Dominion Triangle and a direct connection to the Evergreen Extension.
  • 173 Cedar/Coquitlam Central Station and 174 Rocklin/Coquitlam Central Station cover the route previously served by C38.
  • 175 Meridian/Coquitlam Central Station (previously C40) providing a new connection to the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension.
  • 170 Port Coquitlam Station/Port Coquitlam South (previously C36) has no route changes.
  • 188 Port Coquitlam Station/Coquitlam Central Station gets increased capacity.

Stay tuned for the next Bus Route Buzz post where the 169 Braid Station route will take centre stage.

Want to know more about bus planning? Watch our Facebook live stream with Denis the Planner!

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Join TRAMS for their annual holiday lights tours around Metro Vancouver

Courtesy of TRAMS

Courtesy of TRAMS

Do you love outdoor holiday decorations AND old transit vehicles and memorabilia?

Well then, you’re in luck! Because TRAMS (The Transit Museum Society of Vancouver) is hosting their yearly holiday lights tours!

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Let Rudolph lead the way to festive fun!

Hop aboard the Rudolph-themed bus and explore the region’s best decorated homes and buildings.

Tours are taking place December 16, 17, 18, 21, 23 and 30.

This two (and a bit) hour tour leaves from 22nd Street SkyTrain Station at 7 p.m.

Fares:

  • Adults – $25
  • Senior/Student –$15
  • Children – $5
  • Children under 2 years of age ride free!
  • Family rate – Bring four children for the price of two
  • Members of TRAMS receive $2 discount for each member of their travel party

Reserve your spot online today! You can pay online ahead of time or with cash or credit on the bus. If you are paying cash, please have exact change.

Author: Adrienne Coling

(Video) 6 things TransLink is doing to prepare for more wintry weather


Despite our best West Coast efforts, a snowy winter has arrived in Metro Vancouver.

And it looks like this is just the beginning because there is another dumping of the white stuff forecasted to hit the region.

That means lots of extra safety and operational procedures to keep the transit system running smoothly and safely.

Remember! Buses can only go as the traffic allows. Be sure to check your municipality’s website for snow removal schedules and give yourself some extra time for your transit trip.

Here are six things that TransLink is doing to prepare for the winter weather:

  • Trolley anti-icing trucks will deploy spraying the entire trolley overhead system if there is a forecast risk of frost or ice.
  • SkyTrain De-icing – De-icer spray trains are used to keep the power rail free of ice. De-icing stations will be set up in covered areas and tunnels to prevent ice and snow compacts on the trains.  During times of overnight snow, some SkyTrain cars will run throughout the night to keep tracks clear.
  • Additional bus tire traction – Operators have a snow/ice switch which gives the bus tires better traction in the snow.
  • Bus switch outs –  If needed, we’ll switch out articulated buses for traditional buses. Although articulated buses are great for turning and maneuvering throughout our streets in Metro Vancouver and allow for quick movement of large numbers of passengers, when travelling up hills or on streets that have poor conditions, the back halves are heavy which can create some traction problems.
  • Canada Line Anti-icing and sanding – ensures the power rail and tracks are clear of ice. Canada Line cars have a braking system similar to ABS brakes on your vehicle which helps avoid slippage in this weather.
  • Extra staff on transit – Extra staff including SkyTrain Attendants and Transit Police will assist customers in getting where they need to go. HandyDART will send two staff out in each vehicle to ensure customers get safely to their door, and assist in digging out the bus if required.

Watch the replay of our Facebook live stream, or catch it on Periscope below!


Know before you go!

If there’s snow or ice ensure you plan ahead with Trip Planner or m.translink.ca on your mobile device, and make sure to allow yourself extra commuting time.

Sign up for transit alerts so you’ll be the first to know if there are changes in the transit schedule.

Follow our customer information team on Twitter (@TransLink) and save their number (604) 953-3333 on your mobile device.

Don’t forget to take a look at our tips for dealing with inclement weather on transit!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: Southwest Coquitlam – 143/151/153/157

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Welcome back to Bus Route Buzz!

In this post we’re exploring more of Coquitlam with routes in the southwest area of the city getting more service.

Down to business!

143 Burquitlam Station/SFU

This route connects SFU and Burquitlam Station with a high-capacity all-day service to SFU with articulated, 60′ buses.

This route will no longer serve Como Lake Avenue.

Why shorten the 143? Well, there is vastly different ridership demand on the two segments of the 143.

The section between Burquitlam Station and SFU has higher demand than the section along Como Lake to Coquitlam.

By separating this route, we can adjust service to demand much more easily!

151 Coquitlam Central Station/Burquitlam Station

This route will run seven days a week between Coquitlam Central Station and Burquitlam Station along Como Lake Avenue, picking up the local area removed from the 143 route.

153 Braid Station/Coquitlam Central Station

The 153 extends from Poirier Community Centre to Coquitlam Central Station via Mariner Way.

157 Lougheed Station/Burquitlam Station.

The 157 extends from Poirier Community Centre to Burquitlam Station via Foster Avenue and Cottonwood Avenue.

Stay tuned for the next Bus Route Buzz installment where we’ll examine some route name changes and brand new bus routes in Northeast Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TransLink receives Outstanding Employer Award for Take Your Kids to Work Day

2016 Outstanding EmployerEvery year, TransLink participates in Take your Kids to Work Day.

Kids aged 14 are invited to job shadow their parents or come along on a guided tour at BCRTC, CMBC and Transit Police to explore future workplace opportunities.

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Some of the grade nine students on the job for Take Your Kids to Work Day

This year we had 52 grade nine students take part in this event and it was a big success and not just the day!

The Canada’s Outstanding Employer Award recognizes employers for their outstanding performance and contribution to Take Our Kids to Work day activities.

Criteria for the award includes:

  • Promoting the importance of staying in school
  • Promoting pursuing post-secondary studies
  • Demonstrating creativity and innovation through engaging and exciting activities for visiting students
  • Supporting and explaining career choices and benefits of early career exploration

It was a very competitive process, but TransLink, along with 14 other outstanding organizations, stood out to the selections committee.

TransLink and its operating companies were chosen “For providing students with engaging and interactive opportunities to explore career options and learn about TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, BCRTC and Transit Police as a future workplace. Students were given a tour of TransLink’s new Mark III train and received an in-depth look at technology that powers TransLink trains. They even got the opportunity to work with a K9 unit in Transit Police and the Fire Prevention Technicians that oversees fire prevention across the transit network.”

TransLink is honoured as an Enterprise to accept Canada’s Outstanding Employer 2016 Award for our participation in this annual event of fun, learning and exploring transit jobs.

We can’t wait until next year to host more eager students looking to get behind-the-scenes job experience in the world of public transit!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: Central Tri-Cities – 97 B-Line/160/190/C24

Bus Route Buzz
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This round of Bus Route Buzz is dedicated to the Central Tri-Cities including the 97 B-Line.

97 B-Line

Wave goodbye to the 97 B-Line and hello to Evergreen!

The B-line will be discontinued as of December 19 and riders will now have a rapid transit option with SkyTrain on the Evergreen Extension.

This is much like what happened in Vancouver with the introduction of the Canada Line.

Travelling to school at Port Moody Secondary? The school will continue to be serviced by the 180 (formerly C24) and the 160 route.

We are also increasing the capacity of these routes during peak periods to help accommodate student demand. This means frequency will increase to 15 minutes and the route will now have full size conventional buses.

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This route is getting a new name!

The C24 will now be the 180 Moody Centre Station/Lougheed Station and operate with a larger 40-foot conventional bus plus receive 15 minute frequency during peak periods.

The 180 will provide local service on North Road and St. John’s Street, via the College Park neighbourhood as the 160 continues to provide service on St. John’s Road, Ioco Road and Newport Village.

For local bus stops not serve by SkyTrain, take the 160 or 180.

Extended late night service on the N9 between Lougheed and Coquitlam Central Stations creates 24-hou service along the Millennium Line corridor.

Stay tuned for the next edition in our bus route where we look at some routes in Southwest Coquitlam.

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

The big guy in red rides into Vancouver this weekend for the Santa Claus Parade!

Courtesy of Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Courtesy of Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus la–…. actually it’s Georgia and Howe.

That’s right! The 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade is happening this Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Due to the parade route, that also means some detours for buses in the area.

DETOURS

Buses affected: 2, 5, 6, 17, 20, 135, 240, 246, 250, 257, C23

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 5 Robson Regular route to Richards at Pender, then via Richards, Pacific, Burrard, Robson, regular route.
  • 5 Downtown Regular route to Robson at Thurlow, then via Thurlow, Pacific, Seymour, Pender, regular route.
  • 6 Davie Regular route to Richards at Pender, then via Richards, Pacific, Burrard, Davie, regular route.
  • 6 Downtown Regular route to Davie at Thurlow, then via Thurlow, Pacific, Seymour, Cordova, regular route.

From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 2 Burrard Stn Regular route to Cornwall & Burrard then via Burrard, 4 Ave, Hemlock, 5 Ave, Granville, Seymour, Pender, Burrard, Dunsmuir then regular route.
  • 2 MacDonald Regular route to Pender & Burrard then continue Pender, Richards, Pacific, Pacific, Granville Bridge, West Cloverleaf, 5 Ave, Fir, 4 Ave,  Burrard, Cornwall then regular route.
  • 17 Oak Regular route to Robson & Seymour, then via Seymour, Pender, then regular route.
  • 20 Victoria Regular route to Robson & Seymoyr, then via Seymour, Hastings, then regular route.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 135 Burrard Stn Regular route to Howe & Dunsmuir, then via Dunsmuir, Burrard, to temporary terminus on Burrard at Dunsmuir.
  • 135 SFU From temporary terminus on Burrard & Dunsmuir, regular route.
  • 240 Vancouver Regular route to Georgia & Pender, then via Pender, Richards, Georgia, regular route.
  • 240 15th Street Regular route to Georgia & Seymour, then via Seymour, Pender, Georgia, regular route.
  • 246 Vancouver Regular route to Georgia & Pender, then via Pender, Richards, Georgia, regular route.
  • 246 Highland Regular route to Georgia & Seymour, then via Seymour, Pender, Georgia, regular route.

From 10: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 250 Vancouver Regular route to Georgia & Pender, then via Pender, Richards, Georgia, Homer.
  • 257 Vancouver Regular route to Georgia & Pender, then via Pender, Richards, Georgia regular route.
  • 250 Horseshoe Bay Regular route to Georgia & Seymour, then via Seymour, Pender, Georgia, regular route.
  • 257 Horseshoe Bay Express Regular route Georgia & Seymour, then Seymour, Pender, Georgia, regular route.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • C23 Main Regular route to Thurlow at Davie, then via Thurlow, Pacific, Seymour, Davie, regular route
  • C23 Davie Regular route to Davie at Richards, then via Richards, Pacific, Burrard, Davie, regular route.

Santa has sent us some tips for enjoying the parade:

  • Dress warmly and for the weather
  • Umbrellas block views so wearable rain gear is best
  • Please be safe and don’t enter private property
  • Respect the parade officials and volunteers
  • Allow families with small children to sit in front
  • Avoid parking and traffic by taking transit to the parade! The route is right near the Burrard, Granville and City Centre SkyTrain and Canada Line Stations.

Remember, this isn’t just a parade, it is one of the region’s biggest donation days for the Food Bank!

Since 2004, the parade has collected nearly 80,000 pounds of food for those in need in Metro Vancouver. So, remember to come out with your non-perishable food item or $1 loonie donation.

DID YOU KNOW??
For each dollar donated, the Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of food!

MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

  • Protein – canned fish/meat/beans
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Whole-wheat pasta and rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Wholesome meals in a can – hearty soups/stews/chili
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Healthy/low sugar cereal
  • Juices – natural fruit and vegetable
  • Infant formula and diapers

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You can download your own copy of the parade route here.

There are many other parades and festive events around the region this weekend and next. For a full list of detours and reroutes, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: West End & Downtown – 5/6/C21/C23

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Back again with the next installment Bus Route Buzz!

Today we’re taking a closer look at the service changes for the West End and Downtown Vancouver, specifically the 5, 6, C21 and C23.

There are new trolley wires that have been installed along Cambie extending the 5 and 6 route.

6 Davie/Downtown

This 6 will now extend along Davie Street to provide better connections to Yaletown, Canada Line and Cambie Street.

Headed to the Expo Line? Transfer from the 5 at Burrard Station or the 5 or 6 at Cambie and Dunsmuir – one block away from Stadium–Chinatown Station.

C21 and C23

These routes are merging into the new 23 Main Street Station/Yaletown/Beach serving Beach Avenue, Yaletown–Roundhouse, Stadium–Chinatown and Main Street–Science World Stations.

The redesign is to make our bus service more useful for people in this area. The conventional buses have over twice the capacity of Community Shuttles reducing the chance of pass-ups and overcrowding.

Stay tuned for the next edition in our bus route where we look at some Central Tri-Cities routes.

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bus Route Buzz: 135 SFU/Burrard Station/160 Port Coquitlam Station/Kootenay Loop

Bus Route Buzz
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As we mentioned yesterday, the Buzzer blog will be featuring the top 10 affected areas for this year’s Winter Service Changes and integration for the Evergreen Extension.

Today, we’re focusing on three routes; one is out, one is new and one has changed.

Let’s delve in!

95 B-Line

This brand new B-Line provides a more reliable and direct service with limited stop along Hastings.

Here’s the route:

The new B-Line will stop at: Burrard Station, Granville Street (Waterfront Station), Cambie Street/Abbott Street, Main Street, Commercial Drive, Nanaimo Street, Renfrew Street, Kootenay Loop, Gilmore Avenue, Willingdon Avenue, Hythe Avenue, Holdom Avenue, Kensington Avenue, Duthie Avenue and SFU Transportation Centre.

160 Port Coquitlam Station/Kootenay Loop

The 160 will provide local service in Burnaby and end at Kootenay Loop. This route change was made in order to provide better reliability and overall service.

Riders can continue to take the 160 from the Tri-Cities and transfer to the 95 B-Line along Hastings, beginning at Duthie Ave.

Heading downtown? The Evergreen Extension will now provide a faster and more frequent connected between the Northeast Sector and Downtown.

135 SFU

Starting December 19, the 135 is discontinued.

Stay tuned for the next edition in our bus route where we look at some West End and Downtown routes.

Need some more information on these routes? Check out our live stream with transit planner, Denis the Planner!

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Winter Service Changes start December 19, 2016

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With the Evergreen Extension opening on December 2, there are many changes for bus routes in and around the Tri-Cities plus the regular seasonal changes.

Service Changes will start on Monday, December 19, 2016 (note: some changes start a few days later).

To help transition to some of the new routes and new names of old routes, we will be introducing a series called Bus Route Buzz.

These posts will feature the top 10 affected service areas with route details, maps and even a live stream talk with one of TransLink’s planners to discuss some of the changes.

In the meantime, take a look at some of the highlights of these Service Changes:

  • With the addition of six new SkyTrain stations and 11km of track, this region will have a new transit choice that offers faster, more frequent and direct service between Coquitlam and Vancouver.
  • The Evergreen Extension gives us the opportunity to redesign the bus network. Twenty-two bus routes in the Tri-Cities will change, including the C24, 97 B-Line, 160, 188 and the 143.
  • Adjusting routes serving schools and post-secondary institutions to better reflect ridership during a two-week special holiday schedule.
  • Implementing recommendations from the 2015 Transit Network Review to the 5, 6, C23 and a new B-Line connecting Hastings with Downtown Vancouver.
  • Christmas and Boxing Day will run on a Sunday/holiday service schedule. Some routes will be modified to provide more frequent service.

You can find all the Service Changes at translink.ca/servicechanges.

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Everything Evergreen: This bus is coming to a community near you!

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We are over the moon excited that the Evergreen Extension will be opening on December 2, 2016!

However, we do understand that this changes transit options for many of our customers.

To help prepare everyone for the opening, this community engagement bus will be touring the Tri-Cities and getting riders on board and informed about new or changed bus routes, trip planning and more!

Outreach teams will be on and around the bus to answer any questions you have about the SkyTrain extension, stations, bus route changes and other transit related queries for your specific community.

The first trip is this Saturday, November 26 in Coquitlam during the Lights at Lafarge festival.

Come for the food, face painting and fireworks. Stay for the transit tips and Evergreen Extension bus awesomeness.

Take a look inside!

TransLink is also sponsoring a shuttle bus to help get you to this event. You can view the shuttle schedule here.

Keep your eyes peeled for this bus at more community events in and around the Tri-Cities as we prepare for the opening of the Evergreen Extension.

Spot the bus? Let us know by snapping a pic with our team and tweet us @TransLink!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Customer Alert! 232 routes detour due to watermain work

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Attention all 232 riders!

Staring on Monday November 14, 2016 in conjunction with Capilano watermain project and the closure of Edgemont Blvd at Capilano Rd, the 232 route will be detoured.

Detour routes:

**changes shown in bold**

232 Grouse Mountain: From Phibbs Exchange via Lonsdale Ave and then regular routing to Queens Rd (at Woodbine Dr), continue Queens Rd to Edgemont Blvd, then via Edgemont Blvd, Highland Blvd, Montroyal Blvd, Capilano Rd, then continue Nancy Greene Way to Grouse Mountain.

232 Phibbs Exchange: From Grouse Mountain to Phibbs Exchange via Nancy Greene Way, Capilano Rd, Montroyal Blvd, Highland Blvd, Edgemont Blvd, then via regular routing to Phibbs Exchange.

There will be two sets of northbound and southbound temporary 232 stops on Highland Blvd.

The first set at Highland (Stop #: 54493 and 54534) and the other set at Woodbine (Stop #: 54485 and 54359).

There will also a temporary stop at 60109 eastbound Montroyal Blvd after Capilano Rd for the 232 Phibbs Exchange bus.

This detour is anticipated to be in place until Spring 2017.

Have questions about the detour? Tweet us or call Customer Information at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Burnaby Transit Centre turns 30!

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On November 3, 1986 at 4:35 a.m. bus #5101 was the very first to pass through the gates of the brand new Burnaby Transit Centre.

Who knew that 30 years later, BTC would still be such a hub for our bus fleet?!

This transit centre is made up of a north and south campus and holds fleet overhaul as well as the paint and fabric services for all of CMBC’s buses plus the sign, fare box and bus stop maintenance shops.

Some notable bus routes coming out of BTC are the ever-popular 99 B-line, 43 Joyce/UBC, 135 SFU/Burrard Station and 236 Grouse Mountain/Lonsdale Quay – just to name a few!

BTC is a highlight for I Love Transit week each year as transit ‘campers’ get to explore buses behind the scenes.

To BTC, we wish you a happy 30th birthday and thank all of hard working employees that keep it running and in turn, keep our buses running and serving the transit network!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit for Remembrance Day

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Once again, TransLink and its operating companies will provide free transit to veterans and members of the Armed Forces and Coast Guard this Remembrance Day, Friday November 11, 2016.

“Providing free transit service is one small way we can honour and thank the brave men and women who protect freedom for not only every Canadian, but our neighbours around the globe.” – TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.

Here’s how it will work:

One accessible fare gate will remain open at all SeaBus, SkyTrain and Canada Line stations from the start of service to 6:00 p.m. and transit will be free all day on buses.

Ordinary and Life Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans, Korean Veterans Association, Armed Forces and Coast Guard are invited to ride free on all conventional TransLink services, HandyDART and Canada Line YVR Add-Fare.

*Please note* the West Coast Express will not operate on Remembrance Day.

Veterans and eligible members are not required to tap their Compass Cards but please have your membership card ready to display or appear in uniform when boarding buses or entering a fare-paid zone.

For the rest of the public, transit is operating on a holiday schedule and you will only need a one-zone fare for travel across the network.

We will also be observing a moment of silence at 11:00 am, with all SkyTrain, SeaBus, and buses observing this moment at the stop reached closest to the hour.

All TransLink and operating company properties will fly their flags at half-mast.

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Monday, November 14.

You can find more information on our Holiday Service page.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

CMBC to the rescue — literally!

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A Transit bus, a Shelter bus, an Ambulance? Oh My!

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to operating a transit bus, and last night was no exception. Late last night, CMBC was contacted by BC Ambulance Service requesting assistance with the transportation of patients from a British Airways flight that had made an emergency landing at YVR. The flight was en route to London from San Francisco when the cabin was overcome by fumes.

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CMBC staff jumped in to action providing vehicles and support staff to oversee our side of the operation. Three coaches were directed to the aircraft (two were used and one was on standby) where 25 non-critical patients were loaded aboard and transported to Vancouver General, Richmond, and Delta hospitals.

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Ten CMBC employees were directly involved with this incident and have been commended for their professionalism and dedication in this time of need.

CMBC scrambles bus a number of times a year for those in need and our staff takes great pride in being able to help.

Author: Sarah Kercher