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Knight Street Bridge lane closure tonight

A heads up to drivers and riders out there—one southbound lane will be closed on the Knight St. Bridge overnight.

The closure will in effect from Tuesday, March 31 at 10 p.m. until Wednesday Apr. 1 at 5 a.m. Workers will be performing a routine warranty maintenance check on the deck joints.

So, if you’re driving, watch out for the closure, and remember to observe all signs and instructions from traffic controllers and the 50 km/h workzone speed limit.

(And if you didn’t know already, TransLink owns and maintains the Knight Street Bridge, the Pattullo Bridge, and the Westham Island Bridge.)

Hope this doesn’t inconvenience anybody!


  • By Derek Cheung, March 31, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    Shouldn’t this alert be part of the travel alert when accessing transit info via mobile device?

  • By CJ Stebbing, March 31, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

    Yes, cause you should be checking your phone while you drive. Just make sure not to drive your car into the big gaping hole on the bridge…

    sorry Derek, I thought this statement was funny. for the record: NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE! its a dangerous habit.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 1, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    No, don’t text and drive. The worst combination ever!

    Derek – I think it wasn’t sent out via the mobile alerts b/c it’s mostly a note for drivers. Tell me a little more though: do you think it would have been more useful if those updates went out through the mobile updates?

  • By ;-), April 1, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    I think mobile alerts to be valuable. Just not too frequently. Using AM730 daily morning alerts is very handy for this situation.

    No I don’t text n’ drive (too often), but I do a lot of text n’ ride on the bus. I actually think it’s safer because I don’t need to wait for a response on the other end. We can respond at our convenience at red lights.

  • By Dan, April 1, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    It really concerns me as Im seeing more Conventional & Community Shuttle Operators texting and talking on the phones. With Talking to a senior operator who’s been driving with CMBC for over 30 years. His main focus is to get people safely from point A to point B. And if he has time at the end of the line and when he/she is off the coach they will use the phone. But my question is to CMBC is this really a policy of not talking on the cell phones or texting while driving as the response i get from “Junior Operators” is they can talk on the phone all they want as they already multitask while driving a bus. If someone can please look into this as there has almost been many head on crashes while operators are using there cell phones while driving for personal use and not calling T-Comm for help.

    Thank You

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 1, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    Dan, would you mind forwarding your complaint on to Customer Relations, either through the web form or at (604) 953-3040? If you have a specific incident and bus number, that would help immensely. They will be able to track down the operator in question and address the issue at hand.

  • By Derek, April 1, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

    Jhenifer, passengers on transit except for Skytrain are being driven by “drivers too”. ;) If routes are going to be disrupting passengers or drivers they need to know. It’s a no brainer, I think, to include it on the mobile website (transit alert).

    I’m all for mobile updates and website updates (both) but not just in one place.

    As far as listening to a radio station regarding updates, not everyone is able to do so on their mobile device or some don’t have the data to spare to listen to streaming audio which suck up a lot of bandwith.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 1, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

    Thanks Derek! I’ll let our staff know then.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 1, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    And don’t go checking the mobile site while driving your bus, Derek :)

  • By Dan, April 1, 2009 @ 5:38 pm


    I have done this many times. But this is a system wide problem and i know CMBC put out a memo to all operators regarding this problem. But it really seems to not be sinking in and totally being ignored. Maybe a suggestion to Management and put this as a safety issue. The only time a cell hone can be used as for an emergency to contact T-Comm or 911 if The Radio system fails. Or when the operator is at the end of the line off the coach. Just an idea that you can pass on… Cause it seems like a good portion of the operators do not care… Same with the Earbuds in the ear… That is another problem i have noticed..

    Thank You

  • By Eugene Wong, April 2, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    I’ve noticed that community shuttle bus drivers like to play the radio, which is in direct conflict with the music rules. I’m surprised that they can get away with it.

    Apparently Translink don’t do any mystery shopping, and doesn’t listen to the customers. I suspect that the union might be blocking things too.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 2, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    That’s a bit of a broad generalization you’re making there, Eugene.

    I’d urge you to check out the report from the Regional Transportation Commissioner, which includes a detailed PDF describing how our complaints system responds to customers. There are some things we are working on to be sure, but it’s certainly not accurate to say that we don’t listen to our customers.

    And if you do have a complaint about a specific community shuttle operator, please do contact Customer Relations via the web form and at (604) 953-3040. They want to hear from you about these things!

  • By Dan, April 2, 2009 @ 11:42 am

    Hi Jhenifer.

    I would have to agree on Eugene on this one. The union (CAW 111) has gotten away with so much. even heard from a so called union rep. If you want a name regarding this issue i can e-mail it to you. I will use this a as quote. “Bring a union rep in with you cause you can get away with anything” Also another exact quote that really kinda made me wonder why she is still employed with CMBC same with many other driver thanks to the union. “A transit supervisor told me to take the earbuds out of my ear while driving the coach. I complied until i left the coach and called him a (place 2 swear words here) and put them right back in my ear and said i have the right to listen to music on board in my ears and to speed”

    I do have respects for both CMBC and the union to a degree but i will say i am not happy at all with most of the junior operators with the amount of stuff they are getting away with and the amount of times you call relations for there actions. It doesn’t matter if its driving or customer service.

    Maybe someone can get into contact with me as i can get into more detail of the major problems that are happening. And maybe can be delt with.

    Thank You

  • By Eugene Wong, April 3, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    Hi Jhenifer.

    Yes, it is a broad generalization, but we shouldn’t really have to complain about certain things. Passengers aren’t supposed to listen to their music out loud on the bus. Bus drivers aren’t supposed to either.

    I find it hard to believe that Translink listens to customers, regarding *this* *issue*, because I believe that there are at least a few people who insist on obeying every rule. I find it difficult to believe that nobody complained about the music. I don’t like it, but I didn’t complain, because it wasn’t a huge issue for me. I felt that I could let other people voice their opinions.

    No matter what, though, it is breaking the rules.

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