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Service and fares for Christmas, Boxing Day, and Dec 28-30

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

Here’s an overview of holiday service and fares for the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays, plus December 28-30.

Generally, transit services will 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 fare for each day.

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Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24

Regular weekday fares in effect.

West Coast Express afternoon trains depart downtown at 1:00, 3:00, 4:20, 5:30 and 6:20, plus the regular TrainBus service.

West Vancouver Transit will offer additional bus service for Horseshoe Bay ferry connections.

Expo and Millennium Lines will adjust service to accommodate midday office closures and earlier afternoon commuting peaks.

Christmas Day – Friday, December 25

Sunday/holiday fares­—only a single-zone fare is needed for travel in all zones all day.

Most bus routes will run according to their Sunday/holiday schedules; however, some routes will run less often due to lower Christmas Day demand.

Expo and Millennium Lines and SeaBus will run according to their Sunday/holiday schedule.

Canada Line will operate regular Friday service hours.

There will be no West Coast Express service on Christmas Day.

Boxing Day – Saturday, December 26

Sunday/holiday fares­—only a single-zone fare is needed for travel in all zones all day.

Most bus routes will run according to Sunday/holiday schedules, with extended evening service on some routes to connect with the final SkyTrain Expo and Millennium Line trains and final SeaBus departures. Service will be enhanced during the day for some routes that serve major shopping destinations and entertainment venues.

Expo and Millennium Line service will start and finish according to its Saturday schedule – first train from King George at 6:08 a.m.; last train from Waterfront at 1:16 a.m. – and will feature more frequent service during midday to accommodate Boxing Day shopping crowds.

Canada Line will operate regular Saturday service levels with additional train service as required.

SeaBus will operate according to a Sunday/holiday schedule, but will extend late-night service according to a Saturday schedule.

Monday, December 28

Regular weekday fares.

Expo and Millennium Lines will adjust service frequency during daytime to reflect increased midday demand and reduced rush-hour commuter travel.

No West Coast Express service on Monday, December 28.

Tuesday, December 29, and Wednesday, December 30

Regular weekday fares.

Expo and Millennium Lines will adjust service frequency during daytime to reflect increased midday demand and reduced rush-hour commuter travel.

And from me…

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! Hope you have a great holiday season!


6 Comments

  • By Donald, December 21, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

    Why is there no West Coast Express service on the 28th?? It’s still a regular working day for many of us who aren’t taking Christmas off…

  • By CJ Stebbing, December 21, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    I guess well never know cause jhens gone till 2010…lol

  • By Ian S., December 22, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

    @Donald. Many workplaces will be closed on December 28 as this is a day off in lieu of Boxing Day, which falls on a Saturday this year. I’m sure West Coast Express knows from experience that many of its commuters to downtown office jobs will be off that day as a result, even if they are not taking any vacation during the holidays.

  • By Dave 2, December 22, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    Boxing Day isn’t actually a stat holiday in British Columbia though, many offices expect us to work on Dec 26 (Dec 28 this year). We’ll be.

  • By Marvin B, December 23, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    It is true that Boxing day is not a stat holiday. Even so, many workplaces offer this day to its employees as one anyways. There will definitely be reduced demand for Westcoast Express this day. However, it should not be canceled all together.

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