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Transit service for the Paralympic Games, Fri Mar 12 to Sat Mar 21

With the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games underway Friday March 12 to Saturday March 21, that means some changes to transit service in the city of Vancouver.

Remember: as with the Olympic Games, tickets to Paralympic events are also good for unlimited travel on the TransLink system on the date of the event! (Your transit travel has already been included in the ticket price!)

Paralympic Torch Relay, Thursday March 11 and Friday March 12

For the Paralympic Torch Relay on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12, there will be no bus service on Robson Street: the #5 and N6 NightBus will travel via Georgia/Pender and Denman in both directions, all day.

The #17 Oak returned to its regular routing along Robson following the Olympics, but on March 11 and 12, it will turn on Davie to avoid anticipated crowds downtown.

Opening Ceremony at B.C. Place on Friday March 12

During the Opening Ceremony on March 12:

  • SkyTrain will operate “event level” service, with 55 trains running on the Expo/Millennium Lines before and after the ceremony and additional trains available for the Canada Line if needed.
  • SeaBus will run two vessels following the ceremonies to help deal with crowds, and Coast Mountain Bus Company will have additional buses available if needed.
  • Cambie Street Bridge and the Georgia Viaduct will be closed, 10am-Midnight on March 12. So, starting at 7 a.m., the #15 will only serve the south-of-False Creek portion of its route during that time; customers coming into downtown Vancouver will need to use Canada Line.
  • Buses to and from North Vancouver will travel via Georgia/Pender to Richards, then to Georgia for the return trip
  • Due to the closure of Cambie and Quebec Streets, the C21 and C23 Community Shuttles will be re-routed via Seymour, Pender and Main, returning via Main, Pender and Richards.
  • An accessible shuttle bus will provide service for those with mobility issues between Yaletown-Roundhouse Station and BC Place Stadium from 3-10pm.

Reroutes and service for the general Games period, Fri March 12 to Sat March 21

During the Games themselves, CMBC will provide additional service to and from the Games venues:

  • 12 additional buses available on the 99 B-Line to and from UBC, where the ice sledge hockey events will be held.
  • Accessible shuttles between UBC Loops and Thunderbird Arena, and between King Edward Station and Vancouver Paralympic Centre (for wheelchair curling)

Re-routes in effect during the Games:

  • With the Robson Square Celebration Site still in operation, the #5 Downtown and N6 NightBus will travel via Thurlow, Smithe, Burrard and Pender Streets,. The #5 Robson will route via Pender and Burrard Streets.
  • NB: The #5 and N6 will continue on re-route via Burrard, Pender, Richards, Robson, Seymour and Pender to Burrard and Robson after the Paralympics and at least through the summer, due to the eventual reconstruction of the “Robson Street Bridge” between Howe and Hornby (Robson Square).
  • #50 False Creek South will continue to run along Seymour and Howe until March 21.
  • At UBC, buses are still detoured away from Wesbrook Mall. Buses will be approaching the UBC loops via 16th Avenue, Blanca and University Boulevard; and via Southwest/Northwest Marine Drive and Wesbrook Mall, approaching the UBC loop from the north. Community Shuttles will detour via University Boulevard and East Mall. Accessible shuttles will be available between the bus loops and Thunderbird Arena at event times.
  • The C21 and C23 Community Shuttles will be routed away from Expo/Pacific Boulevard for the first two days of the Games. They will return to their regular routes when Expo/Pacific Boulevard reopens on Tuesday, March 16.

For more information….

If you have any questions on these services or need help with tripplanning, feel free to contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.

If you’d like more information about the Vancouver road closures, please see the City of Vancouver’s Paralympic Transportation Plan page.

Remember, you can follow the TransLink Twitter account for real-time service updates during the Paralympics! You can also sign up for alerts to be delivered to you via e-mail or text message. See this post for even more ways to get transit info during the Paralympic period.


  • By Ric, March 10, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Can someone either Jhen or an CMBC operator help me answer the question I asked about the clearance lights in the behind the scenes with Trolley Overhead post? I am talking about the question before Robert’s and after Sean’s. Also can someone help me answer the question about why some buses contain a mixture of fluorescent and LED interior lights that I asked in the same post yesterday at 8:10PM before Sean’s answer about the rear signs?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 10, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    I really hate to ask this, but I would really like you to stop posting comments asking for answers to questions you have posted previously, especially if you have only just asked your question yesterday. As I have mentioned, turnaround time for answers can be a couple of days, and I hope you can appreciate the time and energy it takes for all of us to get these answers for you! As I have said before, I am reading through every comment here and I will forward them on to the appropriate staff at TransLink for answers.

  • By Ric, March 10, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    Sorry Jhen. Because transit operators were some answering questions I thought you were no longer reading my comments. I AM VERY SORRY ABOUT THIS AND WILL WAIT LONGER FOR ANSWERS NOW. SORRY.

    But what I wanted to know is how do people put their pictures beside their comments? I have read comments where the persons picture was in the corner of the post and it was not written by you. Is it possible for me to do this too?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 10, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Thanks Ric, that’s appreciated. The operators and other folks are kindly helping out where they can, but it’s not realistic to expect them to be there every minute either (they have to operate the buses, and take breaks too!)

    I have also answered your question about the pictures over where you originally posted it.

  • By Andrew S, March 10, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    “SeaBus will be running two vessels following the ceremonies…” So that means it’s just going to be regular SeaBus service, right? No more three-SeaBus-service anymore right?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 10, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    Andrew S: Yep, it’s regular two-vessel SeaBus service again.

  • By Ric, March 10, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Where did the third SeaBus go?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 10, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    One of the oldest SeaBuses will be docked, as we can only afford two-boat service under our current funding. Also, while previously we might have retired this boat, it seems that we are going to hold onto it for now. Here is the full details from a press release describing our post-Games service:

    SeaBus returned to “two boat” service on March 1, with the MV Burrard Beaver and MV Burrard Pacific Breeze, which was launched last year, doing most of the work, while the MV Burrard Otter will be berthed, to be used as a substitute if one of the other two has to go for maintenance. It will also be put into service from time to time so it can stay operational. For the time being, all three ferries are being kept, in the expectation that operating funds for three-boat service will be provided in a future budget.

  • By Ric, March 10, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    Will the canada line be running extra service too?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 10, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    Ric: No, the Canada Line will not be running extra service for the Paralympics.

  • By zack, March 11, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    I just want to note that the trains are still shaking like crazy on the Eastbound track between New West and 22nd Street station. This time it’s affecting all the trains old and new. :\

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 11, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    zack: I’ll pass that along to SkyTrain. Thanks!

  • By Dave 2, March 12, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    that’s good to know, because it begs the question, if the Burrard Otter is too old to use, then certainly the same must be said of the Burrard Beaver.

    (and I’m still miffed that my “Burrard Barnacle” entry didn’t win the name the new Seabus contest :) )

  • By Robert, March 15, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    The 10-year plan summary (see link below) mentions “SeaBus vessels replaced”, and this was even mentioned in the “drastic cuts” plan. Is that still on the table? Any time line for the construction of the second new SeaBus?

    www dot translink dot ca/~/media/Documents/Plans%20and%20Projects/10%20Year%20Plan/Summary%20of%20TransLink%202010%20Strategic%20Plan.ashx

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 16, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    As far as I know, there is no official timeline on the construction of the second SeaBus. But I do know that replacement of one of the old SeaBuses rather than refitting the old SeaBuses is still the plan going forward, so those details about the construction timeline will become clearer in the future.

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