There is no denying that Mother Nature has not been kind to Metro Vancouver roads this winter season. Our Public Transit system has been no exception to this. Part of the TransLink mission is to provide a sustainable transportation network for our customers and this has proven challenging of late.
The past few days have been tough on commuters across Metro Vancouver, but for Canada Line passengers impacted by recent major delays, we know that a tough commute has been made even more difficult. We extend our sincere apologies to our customers for those service disruptions.
The unprecedented weather patterns and environmental conditions have presented us with many challenges, including in a particularly steep area over the Fraser River (the North Arm Bridge). Because of the steep grade, trains require full power when travelling through this section of the bridge, and Canada Line believes ice buildup on the power rail is the likely cause of the disruptions.
With more wintry weather in the forecast, we’re working diligently to reduce the likelihood of this issue repeating itself. Please be assured that we remain committed to dedicating the necessary resources in doing everything possible to prevent recurrence.
Once again, we apologize for the delays and appreciate your patience and support as our teams work to keep you moving through this weather.
Author: Sarah Kertcher
Despite the fact that Wiarton Willie and Shubenacadie Sam both predicted an early spring this Groundhog Day, our local weather forecast is calling for snow Friday morning.
With the possibility of two to five centimeters of snow falling tomorrow and possibly into the weekend, here are some of the ways our operations team is preparing to keep you moving through snow and slushy wintry conditions:
- We work closely with our municipal partners to have bus routes plowed first.
- If a street is not plowed, operators may refrain from pulling into bus stops to avoid getting stuck. In these cases, operators will stop in an area that is safe and accessible for riders.
- Trolley de-icer trucks will spray the entire trolley overhead system if there is a forecast risk of frost or ice.
- SkyTrain power rail and collector shoes on the trains will be de-iced, and de-icing stations set up in covered areas and tunnels.
- Measures are also taken to ensure rail switches are protected from freezing.
- During times of heavy overnight snow, SkyTrain will run throughout the night to keep tracks clear.
- Where possible, articulated buses are replaced by traditional coaches as they’re more agile and better equipped to handle hills or streets with poor conditions.
Check out our posts from earlier this season with some excellent transit tips to manage inclement weather, an in depth look at 6 things TransLink is doing to prepare for more wintry weather, and what role Transit Supervisors play when the snow falls.
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.
Snowy floors can become slippery floors. Where possible, kick the snow from your shoes before getting on the your chosen mode of transit. Use handrails and please be courteous to other passengers and don’t put your feet up on open seats.
While your ride will be climate controlled, we can’t control the temperature outside of our vehicles. Make sure that you’re dressed warmly for your trip to and from your stop.
Please remember that transit is a popular choice on snowy days, therefore you may see more people out than usual. Always use your common transit sense to ensure a comfortable ride for everyone.
Are you ready for spring, or excited for this wintry rewind?
Author: Sarah Kertcher
It’s snow joke folks — the forecast is calling for more of the white stuff this week and into next. We’re diligently working behind the scenes and on the front lines to ensure that our entire operations are as prepared as can be for the impending snowfall.
When snow starts to fall, Transit Supervisors play a crucial role in overall transit operations. A valuable mobile resource for bus operators, Transit Supervisors are in the know about problem areas and ensure they stay accessible as long as possible. When buses get stuck, and unfortunately they will during extreme weather, it’s the Transit Supervisors that help to dig them out.
Safety is a priority for Transit Supervisors, as they work to keep our property well plowed and salted to help minimize the risk of falls and injury, often doing the work themselves. Many stay well past the end of their shift, working in sub-zero temperatures to make sure that customers are able to safely get to where they need to go. We are committed to keeping walkways on our properties clear, however if you do notice an area requiring attention, or are unsure who is responsible for an area, please tweet us @TransLink , or contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.
Check out our posts from earlier this season with some excellent transit tips to manage inclement weather, as well as an in depth look at 6 things TransLink is doing to prepare for more wintry weather.
Are you ready for the snow?
Author: Sarah Kertcher