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Free transit on New Year’s Eve, plus info on New Year’s Day service and fares

Note: I’m still on holiday until Jan. 4!

Another reminder here about service and fares for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — we offer free transit service after 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, by the way!

Transit services will basically run their standard schedules according to the day of the week, except where noted in the following list. I’ve also put in the applicable fares.

(For the very latest on transit service conditions or more detail on these items, call 604-953-3333, try the TransLink alerts page, and check the TransLink Twitter account. Our media release page will also have something up if there’s a major issue.)

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, December 31

Regular weekday fares until 5 p.m., then free service.

A number of bus routes will provide extended late-night service.

Expo and Millennium Lines and SeaBus will extend late-night service by one hour, with the last train and ferry leaving Waterfront Station at 2:16 a.m.

Canada Line service will be extended by one hour, ending at the last train leaving Waterfront Station at 2:05 a.m. towards YVR and 2:15 a.m. towards Richmond.

West Coast Express afternoon trains depart downtown at 1:00, 3:00, 4:20, 5:30 and 6:20, plus the regular TrainBus service. Please note, there will not be a 12:55 TrainBus, but all other TrainBuses will run on schedule.

New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1

Regular Sunday/holiday fares.

Buses, SeaBus, Expo/Millennium Line, and Canada Line will operate on Sunday/holiday schedules.

There will be no West Coast Express service on New Year’s Day.

And from me….

Happy New Year everyone! Enjoy yourselves and have a fun (and safe) time at your celebrations!


  • By Ada, December 30, 2009 @ 3:28 am

    Thank you for the info and Happy New Year

  • By Andrew, December 31, 2009 @ 9:20 pm


  • By ;-), January 1, 2010 @ 12:01 am

    It’s just past midnight…. Happy New Year!

  • By zack, January 1, 2010 @ 8:53 am


  • By zack, January 3, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

    I’ve just spotted what seems to be the 2010 Nova LFS HEV (9555) operating on 50 Waterfront, but it doesn’t have the battery tank like the previous ones and has a very long exhaust pipe any reason why?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 4, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    zack: Here’s the answer from our fleet management department.

    That’s an easy one to answer! Buses 9543-9590 are diesel buses, not hybrids. The long exhaust pipe is a venturi exhaust tip, which mixes the hot exhaust gas with air to reduce the temperature of the exhaust coming out of the pipe, which reduces the likelihood that we’ll set a tree on fire (we haven’t set any trees on fire to my knowledge). Our 2007 and newer diesel Nova buses will all be retrofitted with these exhaust pipes.

  • By zack, January 4, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know that since it had the same rear design as the hybrids.
    In that case, are the diesel buses going to based out at the same garages as the Hybrids? (e.g. Vancouver and Burnaby)

  • By zack, January 5, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    On second thought, forget the previous comment. I’ve just found out these buses are currently allocated at the Vancouver depot.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 5, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Oh, excellent.

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