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Well, if it’s not snowing, it’s flooding. How does this affect transit?

(Watch the clip to hear Drew Snider give an update on transit service from 7:15 a.m. — or just read below.)

As many of you might have heard by now, Environment Canada has issued a major rainfall warning for our region until mid-Thursday. Combined with the huge amount of melting snow lying around, that could mean major flooding in Metro Vancouver. (Here’s an article from The Province on the matter, too.)

For us, the anticipated flooding may well cause transit problems thoughout the Lower Mainland today.

As of 7:15 a.m., there are a couple of bus routes already detouring in Surrey:
– #320 turns off Fraser Highway onto 176, then onto 58th Ave (and the reverse in the other direction)
– #395 detours via 64th Ave., 176 and Fraser Hwy.

In North Vancouver, #230 is still turning around at Rockland & Prospect; the #210 is turning around at Dempsey & Underwood: both due to road conditions.

In West Vancouver, the #254 British Properties is still on partial snow route, leaving out St Andrew’s and Bonnymuir. Update at 11:10 a.m.: It’s now back on regular route.

HandyDART is running full service throughout the region, but is encountering some road closures due to high standing water.

Everyone on the system should expect larger than normal passenger volumes, as a lot of private vehicles are still snowed in on side streets. Please dress for the elements and expect the occasional heavy load passup. And a big thank you all for your patience and understanding during this trying time of weather-related woes!

I’ll keep you updated on the Buzzer blog if anything changes. You can also see the latest updates at our Customer Alerts page or our Youtube info stream.

P.S. Feel free to send along any photos of the heavy rainfall as the day continues. I’ll post them up on the blog along with later updates.

1 Comment

  • By Dan, January 7, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    Why is it that at most time on the Website it keeps on saying operating at “Normal Service Levels” when actually none of the routes are take example the 135, the 3, 20, 701, just to name a few where there are buses breaking down, and being sent back out on the road later that day. (as a passenger i have noticed this on a daily basis) No time for the drivers to do the route as it results in extreme backups and leads to canceled trips. Then passengers get angry and take it out on the driver. i do know most routes are “interlined” with another route and that just causes complete chaos. For simple suggestions on the #3 & #20 the artic trolley runs as this would help ease congestion as the artics are not powerful and have loads of problems with passengers sneaking through the back doors. (mind you the do that on the 40 foot trolleys all the time) But my point is a better system needs to be worked out as the 3 door boarding system would cause huge delays and is a safety issue for all passengers and drivers. My idea would include if they had the buses 1 artic, 1 40 footer, 1 artic, 1 40 footer, etc etc. But these issues need to be raised as it is no longer becoming safe to ride the bus. and then when a driver calls for help he is on hold with T-comm fot an average of anywhere from 5min – 90 min depending on the call load at t-comm. That is my rant


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