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Transit may be extra busy for We Day tomorrow, Fri Oct 15

Just a heads up that SkyTrain and bus service may be extra busy tomorrow, as the We Day event is on downtown on Friday, October 15, 2010.

Here is the press release we put out:

WE Day, the cross-country series of events put on by Free The Children, comes to Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday, Oct. 15. Several thousand young people are expected to attend, and organizers are encouraging them to use public transit. This means there will be more customers than usual on the SkyTrain system during the morning and afternoon peak periods – from about 7:45 to 9:30am for the main event, and again from 4:30 to 5:15pm for a smaller event, to be attended by approximately 1200 young people.

SkyTrain is taking extra steps to help with the extra loads: additional SkyTrain Attendants will be on-hand at Stadium-Chinatown Station during the peak periods, and portable fareboxes will be set up so people attending the event can purchase return transit tickets on their way in, thereby avoiding lineups after the event.

TransLink and BC Rapid Transit Company wish the organizers of WE Day the very best success.

You can also read a short note from the Vancouver Sun here.


5 Comments

  • By Eric James Soltys, October 14, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    I’m glad there will be extra SkyTrain attendants, but I really wish Translink had instead actively encouraged the event organizers not to schedule it during peak periods.

  • By Nick, October 15, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    The WCE this morning was ridiculous. Full of kids being INCREDIBLY loud. I don’t think a single adult on the train was impressed with their behaviour.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, October 15, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    Blerg: that sucks! I’ll pass this along and hopefully coordination with the timing of the event can be improved.

  • By Sheba, October 15, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    I thought I was ahead of them on the Skytrain this afternoon, but it turned out the event ended early and I had to squeeze onto a packed train. Like Nick mentioned the kids were pretty loud.

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