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B.C. Day holiday service, Mon Aug 2

A new Mark II SkyTrain! Whee!

B.C. Day is Monday August 2, and as you probably suspected, buses, SkyTrain, and SeaBus will be running on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. West Coast Express operates no trains or TrainBus on Monday.

Remember that the whole transit system is a single zone on B.C. Day, so zone fares are not in effect! So you can buy a one zone ticket and ride all over.

Also, don’t forget our group ride offer: on Sundays and statutory holidays, you can use your FareCard to take five other riders with you for free. That means you can take either one more adult and up to four children with you, or up to five children. The offer applies to the Adult FareCard, West Coast Express 28-day Pass, or Annual Employer Transit Pass. (It doesn’t apply to Concession Passes, sadly.)


12 Comments

  • By Dave 2, July 30, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

    It is sad that some bus driver’s still, after all these years, still think that the adults have to be “married”

    http://www.metronews.ca/vancouver/local/article/590524–translink-claims-driver-misunderstood-fare-card

    (even this article get’s it wrong….)

    “(But) you can bring up to one other adult or up to four children..

    As per an email I received in 2007

    On Sundays and Statutory Holidays you can use your FareCard and take five others with you for free. A total of six: Two adults (14 and older) and up to four children (13 and under) ride on a single Adult FareCard

  • By Dan, August 1, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Im really not sure why this is becoming a major issue all the time with drivers confiscating passes etc and refusing rides. I can understand for the fare evasion is at an all time high and it’s getting worse by the day. From when i talked to CMBC the policy for the drivers is now “Meet & Greet” As well no transit operators (bus drivers) or supervisors shall seize or confiscate passes. Just today I saw over 15 “monthly” passes confiscated by operators cause its the first of the month. Not sure why there not following the policy. It’s not worth getting assaulted over $2.50 or over an expired pass.

  • By zack, August 1, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    I just checked out the Celebration of Lights Tribute to China, and it was a memorable experience. The dazzling lights and color were phenomenal.

    On the transit review, getting there was no problem because I cached the #5 bus before the streets were closed. However for those coming back to the downtown core or areas such as North Van, West Van, Kitsilano, Jericho beach etc by bus were totally out of luck. The line-ups on Georgia and Denman were monstrous.

    So I decided to walk to Waterfront station, knowing that there will be no inbound pickups whatsoever. Once I arrived at Waterfront I went through the Canada Line which was quiet and empty so was the Seabus. But that was not the case for the huge line-up at the Howe st SkyTrain entrance. It was 11:57 and I asked a VPD officer if I had to go past the Pan-Pacific hotel to line up for the SkyTrain, he said yes but told the crowd is moving quickly and is not as big as it seems. Apparently, he was right! I managed to get to the station on time and catch the SkyTrain!

    But just as I celebrating to have found a spot, an announcement at 12:05 made my heart sank. “You’re attention please, You’re attention please this is SkyTrain control! There is an intrusion on the guideway at Scott road station trains may be held.” Great! the last thing wanted to hear. But 5 minutes later it was said that incident has handled and the SkyTrain resumed full service.

    Overall review
    SkyTrain: Excellent
    Canada Line: Excellent
    Seabus: Excellent
    Bus: Not so great, more 60 ft buses on Georgia would help.

  • By ???, August 1, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

    I’m sure the driver did a risk assessment before making the effort to stop crime.

    Kudo’s to the driver for trying to do something right about fare fraud and helping out the enforcement staff. Getting the old passes out of circulation is a bonus to keep fares low for all of us.

    Getting a pass taken away is giving those riders a break compared to the $173 fine.

  • By ???, August 2, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    This just proves Canada Line was the right technology, on the right route, at the right time, despite the negative opinion prior to it’s opening.

  • By zack, August 2, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    I heard there was a colorful B8110 bus on the pride parade. If anyone has photos that would be great! :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 3, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    zack: I’ve asked and it turns out we didn’t have a bus in the parade… ergo no photos!

  • By Not Quite (CMBC), August 3, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    In fact B8110 WAS in the Pride Parade. I have seen pictures on Facebook. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to link to them.

  • By Not Quite (CMBC), August 3, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    Addendum: I think that this was an employee sponsered thing rather than a Company one.

  • By zack, August 3, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

    It turns out there is! I managed to find some photos on the net. Here, even the bus is in party mode! :D

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/claraj/4854749363/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/audihertz/4851197639/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gherringer/4852427420/

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 4, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Not Quite, zack: Thanks for the correction! Glad to see the colourful bus after all :)

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