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Weekend transit service: extra SkyTrain service, Critical Mass, and B.C. Day info

A couple of things to be aware of for the weekend!

Edit: Make sure you check the Alerts page for many more events besides the ones mentioned below, including the Vancouver Pride Parade and Dyke March!

SkyTrain ramps up service for the World Police and Fire Games

The enormous World Police and Fire Games is in town, and owing to the opening ceremonies tonight, SkyTrain will run at “rush hour” service levels all evening, with last trains leaving Waterfront Station for King George at 1:15am, VCC-Clark at 12:31am and Lougheed at 1:11am.

The Games will also prompt earlier Sunday service: the first train from King George station in Surrey starts at 6:08 am on Sunday, August 2. But Skytrain will close the system at its regular/Holiday time, with the last Expo Line train eastbound from Waterfront to King George leaving at 12:15 am. The last Millennium Line train leaves Waterfront station at 12:16am.

Critical Mass may cause bus service delays on Friday, July 31

Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) is expecting major traffic congestion and the possibility of lengthy bus delays due to the Critical Mass bike event on Friday, July 31.

Since it’s not a licensed event, a designated ride route and schedule has not been provided to CMBC.
With a designated parade route, decisions can be made in advance specific to the routing of bus service during the period of concern. Without this knowledge CMBC has not been able to set up reroutes and unfortunately doesn’t know when the event will start or end.

CMBC Transit Supervisors will be at the scene following the procession and transit service will be adjusted and or held as required. We do expect if there are road closures, bus service could be compromised.

If you have time sensitive appointments to make, please give yourselves extra time to where you need to go tonight!

B.C. Day holiday service

All transit services will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule for B.C. Day on Monday, August 3.

Remember, on a holiday, you only need a single zone fare to travel in all zones all day!

As well, on a Sunday or holiday, those with an adult FareCard, West Coast Express 28-Day Pass, or
Annual Employer Transit Pass can take either five children or one adult and four children on transit with them for free. Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!


7 Comments

  • By Catherine Winters, July 31, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    Wait, aren’t there a few other events seriously disrupting bus service this weekend? :)

    The 5, 6, C21, C23 and 20 buses specifically?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, July 31, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

    Of course — the Pride Parade, Dyke March and more are on this weekend! Sorry for the oversight: I just posted about these 3 specific events because we sent out news releases on them today. Actually, looking at the alerts page, there seems to be a TON of stuff besides all of these events this weekend, too. I will amend the post to include a link & a nod to the Pride Parade :)

  • By Dennis, July 31, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Just to let you know you have a runaway that wasn’t closed after your edit. It’s making everything else on the page italicized :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, July 31, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

    Fixed!

  • By Reva, August 1, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    Hey, I’ve been wanting to ask: On the alerts page, is it possible to start highlighting or bolding the dates each alert is effective? It is kind of a pain to have to scan the text of each alert to find out what day the disruption/reroute/etc. will actually occur, because they aren’t necessarily in chronological order. It’s easy to see the date each alert is posted because it’s in the top corner of every post, but that’s not really what I’m after when I look there. It would be a nice user-friendly thing to bold the date/time that each alert will be effective, to enable quicker finding of what’s happening on specific days, at a glance.

    Just a suggestion. Thanks! :)

  • By Thomas, August 1, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    That runaway after Edit: is still unfixed – it should be closed with a , not .

  • By Chris F., August 4, 2009 @ 1:58 am

    Can’t buses simply plow through any such debris in the road? That not being an option, I can think of some other things that can be done.

    1. One of the best ways I can think for TransLink to be prepared is to simply run conventional diesel buses instead of trolleys on the days Critical Mass is supposed to run.

    2. Have community shuttles on standby to shuttle people to areas along the bus route that will have to be omitted due to this event.

    It’s a little ironic too, because I’m sure the people running the Critical Mass event would much rather have trolley buses and not diesel buses out and about while they terrorize downtown.

    On another note, it would be unfortunate if all the bike racks that day were out of service.

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