Here’s the latest clip from TransLink’s YouTube service updates stream as of 9:45 a.m. Stay in touch with the Youtube stream to get the latest on service in the region.
Here’s what the above clip covers: things are starting to get worse out there. So far, all buses are on regular routes, but there are delays in some places, depending on weather and road conditions. Coquitlam and Burnaby are particularly hard-hit by snow. The C29 Community Shuttle serving Westwood Plateau has had some issues.
SkyTrain has moved to Stage 2 of its Snow Plan, which means all stations are being attended by staff to respond to any weather-related issues and crews are de-icing the doors at the King George and Waterfront termini. Managers are monitoring the situation in case any further action is needed. (SkyTrain actually kept trains running overnight to make sure the tracks wouldn’t ice over.)
HandyDART service is scaling back in some areas. Vancouver, North Shore, Delta and Maple Ridge all are on essential-services, only taking priority medical calls like kidney dialysis appointments. (Update: All HandyDART service are running essential services only now.)
Albion Ferry is still shut down because of the ice.
And despite the weather, the SkyTrain/West Coast Express “Moving Forward – Giving Back” campaign is still going ahead to raise contributions for the Greater Vancouver and Surrey Food Banks. If you manage to make it out there, you can drop off non-perishable food items in collection boxes at selected stations. A special decorated train will run “not in service” between the rush hours to pick up the food.
Again, stay in touch with TransLink’s YouTube service updates stream for the latest on service. I’ll update the blog if anything major happens.