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Massey Tunnel bike shuttle service operates this winter

The Massey Tunnel - bikes can shuttle through it all winter!

The Massey Tunnel - bikes can shuttle through it all winter!

Big news in the world of regional cycling! The Massey Tunnel bike shuttle service will be extending its weekday operation through the wintertime, as a service trial project by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation.

If you don’t know about it, Massey Tunnel is the tunnel that connects Richmond to Delta, running four lanes of traffic under the south arm of the Fraser River. The traffic doesn’t really allow bikes to get through easily, Bike traffic is prohibited through the tunnel, so the Ministry of Transportation provides a shuttle bus service from one end to the other over the summer.

However, this year, the Ministry will be providing weekday shuttle bus service in winter as well as summer. From Oct. 14 to Apr. 24, shuttle service will continue during weekday morning and afternoon peaks, as well as Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), Good Friday (Apr. 10) and Easter Monday (Apr. 13). The increased service is a test run to encourage cycling as an alternative mode of transportation. At the end of the trial, the Ministry will examine how effective the winter shuttle is and possibly continue the service in the future.

The winter weekday shuttle schedule is below — note that while summer service has 10 shuttles a day in both directions, the winter service provides only six shuttles a day in both directions.

Weekday Service Schedule
(Now adjusted to reflect Nov. 17 schedule changes)

(leaving Richmond)
(leaving Delta)
6:00am 6:30am
7:00am 7:30am
8:00am 8:30am
4:00pm 3:30pm 4:30pm
5:00pm 4:30pm 5:30pm
6:00pm 5:30pm 6:30pm

For more information about the service, please visit the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s website or their Massey Tunnel Bike Shuttle page.


  • By fnor, October 17, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

    To say “the traffic doesn’t really allow bikes to get through easily” suggests that they could get through with some difficulty, whereas the reality is they can’t get through at all as they are prohibited, which makes the extended operation of the shuttle very welcome.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, October 17, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the adjustment, fnor!

  • By JeffBarker, November 17, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    As of today (Nov. 17) the schedule has been adjusted for afternoon northbound trips. The 3:30pm has been removed and a 6:30pm has been added.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, November 17, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    Thanks – I’ll add that to the main post!

  • By RodB, November 24, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

    Well done! We’ll make this a bicycle friendly city yet.

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