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Pattullo Bridge update for Tuesday

(Youtube clip is from yesterday evening – Ken Hardie is doing the voiceover.)


Demolition work on the compromised portion of the bridge began yesterday, starting with the asphalt being lifted. The wooden part of the structure will be demolished starting Tuesday, and we will be working round the clock until that section is fully demolished.


One of the more challenging points of the afternoon rush yesterdaytook place on the roadways leading to the Queensborough Bridge, and then connecting onto the Alex Fraser Bridge. Compared to the Knight Street Bridge, this area experienced very high traffic volumes.

The Alex Fraser Bridge, Port Mann Bridge and Massey Tunnel also experienced significant congestion yesterday afternoon, though the Massey Tunnel’s counter flow lane, operating an extra 25 minutes, helped ease the way for commuters travelling south-bound.

**For those who cannot use transit, we ask that you assist us with congestion problems by adjusting your commuting times for both the morning and afternoon rush hours. Please consider starting your trip before 7am or after 9am. Carpooling and telecommuting are other options that would help the cause.



For travellers from Surrey, SkyTrain is the best alternative to getting to where you need to go. SkyTrain was running smoothly with new passengers taking advantage of the Expo line, and also wisely using the Millennium Line. No capacity problems were found yesterday as we ran extra trains during extended peak hours and extra cars during off- peak hours.

Today, volumes are higher at King George, Scott Road and Columbia Stations. The trains are on time. There are extra trains in service from King George to Waterfront. Please squeeze in, carry your backpacks, allow extra travel time and remember that bikes are not currently permitted on the train.

We’d like to remind our biking passengers that bikes cannot be brought onto SkyTrain until further notice. Thanks for your patience during this time — cyclists are still a big part of our system and we will restore access for you guys just as soon as we can. For those with backpacks, we would appreciate it if you could carry and not wear them onboard the SkyTrain or buses. This will allow us to make everyone’s ride more comfortable.

CMBC (buses)

Buses are being diverted around Guildford and are missing a few stops on 152.
Delays on 108 towards Guildford means buses are diverted onto 104.
There are shuttles in place and the seem to be helping the above mentioned diversions.
If possible, it’s best if people can board on 104.

72/Scott Road is experiencing heavy backups, so buses are being diverted off of 72 and going on 80.

The 601 service is being diverted due to an accident (Delta Port Way/53?) – it is servicing downtown Ladner from 44.

Trolleys in Vancouver are experiencing some difficulties due to the colder temperatures on the east side.
Shuttles are servicing Renfrew, Hastings, Powell and Nanaimo. On Hastings the 135 and 160 are picking up at local stops, so the buses are crowded.

The 4 and 7 are not going east of downtown, so the 210 is picking up at local stops.

Yesterday, the rush was fairly slow till after 4pm, which was normal.
We experienced very heavy traffic onto the Queensbourough Bridge, and slow going around Braid, Stewardson Way and Columbia.
Shuttles helped keep us on schedules at various stops on the south side of the Fraser.

We’d like to thank the provincial Ministry of Transportation, the municipalities of New Westminster and Surrey, and the RCMP for all the contributions they are making to make travel in the region as easy as possible at this time.

I’ll continue to update you on the traffic situation as I can, and remember, you can also check out our Customer Alerts page or the Youtube info stream for more info.


  • By Dan, January 20, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    Why did they never de-ice the trolley overhead again??? This is the 3rd day in a row that overhead hasn’t been de-iced. As noted in the CMBC Snow plan. The 135, 160, 210, 211 were just hammered. I live near Hastings in the Burnaby area and know many people who work in the Vancouver part and said there was now one trolley running after 1am. This is my 2 cents as well throw that snow plan out and remake it and send out ghost trolleys and the de-icer trucks tonight cause this is pretty much getting to be a joke.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 20, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    Thanks for your concern. I do know, however, Coast Mountain Bus Company are dedicated to keeping public transit running and are definitely working really hard on de-icing the wires. Eight trolleys were out overnight cutting ice on the wires and the de-icer truck was definitely out this morning. And shuttles are also being provided in areas that require it. This isn’t to say everything is going perfectly, but there are most definitely good, conscientious people out there overnight doing a lot of pre-emptive work to keep the ice off the wires in the freezing weather. They will also be continuing their work tonight.

  • By Roger, January 21, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    I used the Skytrain to go one station from Scott Road to Columbia Station while the Pattullo is closed. $3.85 each way for a 2 minute ride. $7.70 per day plus parking $9.70 once the bridge is open I will go back to driving.

    Why can’t Skytrain allow one zone fares to be used across zone boundaries or for travel of less than 5 station.

    This wouldn’t require any changes to exist fare
    structure or ticket system. But would encourge riders for short trips.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 16, 2009 @ 11:02 am

    Hi Roger,

    I have taken FOREVER to get the answer to this one — but here it is nonetheless.

    Our fare policy implicitly has an policy of “the further you go, the more you pay.” For example, if you’re travelling from Horseshoe Bay to Langley, you should obviously be paying more to use the system than someone just going two blocks in downtown Vancouver.

    The fare zones are the practical application of this policy. It’s a proxy for this distance-based method of payment. It’s not a perfect system, however — meaning that some unlucky souls like yourself, living near the fare boundaries, have to pay to cross the zones even though your trip is short.

    The zone system has been in place since 1984 and issues like yours have always come up — I’m sorry that’s all I have in the way of answers for you!

  • By Sungsu, February 16, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    In 2005, TransLink made changes so that Annacis Island is in both Zone 2 and Zone 3, reducing incidences of two-zone charges for short trips. Perhaps similar adjustments can be done, at least until smart card technology is implemented.

  • By ;-), February 16, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    While the zone system was the best in 1984 when we had all those paper transfers. Today’s electronic fareboxes is a great way to consider “time based” fares. Instead of one zone, perhaps we should have a 60 minute transfer. A two zone fare would be the same as a 90 minute and a three zone would be a 120 minute ride.

    Otherwise, there is a what about introducing a three new zones like around the West End, UBC, and SFU?

    There was talk about looking into electronic fares like HKG’s Octupus system. How is that coming along?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 17, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    Yes, we’re working on bringing Octopus/Oyster-like smartcards to the system, which will help administer more complex fare zone pricing if we choose to implement that. I don’t currently have a timeline on the smartcard project though… I will keep an ear out and see if I can divulge any details.

  • By Sungsu, February 17, 2009 @ 10:55 am

    There is some publicly available information on the “smart card” project. In the January CEO report, the board approved moving to the “implementation phase” with a RFP to be issued in June 2009.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 17, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    Thanks Sungsu. So we’re moving forward, and there’s an RFP for June 2009 that everyone can look forward to reading :)

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