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Donate blankets at SkyTrain stations for Blanket BC’s Drive on the Line, Fri Nov 26

It’s the Blanket BC Society‘s second annual Drive on the Line campaign this Friday, November 26, 2010!

Feel free to bring your clean, warm blankets to select SkyTrain stations to help out folks in need this winter.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers will collect blankets at the following SkyTrain stations:

Canada Line
Richmond Brighouse
Bridgeport
Oakridge
Broadway/City Hall
Vancouver City
Waterfront

Expo/Millennium Line
King George
Columbia
Lougheed
Brentwood
Commercial-Broadway
Waterfront

Blanket BC distributes the donated blankets to the needy through outreach programs and churches throughout Metro Vancouver. The Society is a registered charity, and is in fact the brainchild of a Canada Line employee, Gregory Ould, who has collected over 35,000 blankets with his family since 2006.

For more information, please visit the Blanket BC website, or contact Gregory Ould, founder and executive director, at 778-242-9940 or gregory.ould@blanketbc.com.


5 Comments

  • By Jacob, November 25, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    Translink says that they will do their best with snow, but when it comes to actually doing, they suck.
    1)There is no canada line service between marine and Bridgeport. That means that Richmond people working in downtown have few options to get to work.
    2)None of the streets in vancouver are plowed – That is the City of vancouver fault. Translink, You need to pressure Vancouver to keep their plow trucks rolling 24/7, until all the bus routes are plowed. Vancouver said that the Bus routes are a priority to get plowed, but I haven’t seen a road that is free of snow.

    Translink and Vancouver, you must do better at this. Busses cannot be cancelled because of snow. If this keeps happening, vancouver will end up like this:http://www.humantransit.org/2010/11/seattle-snow-futility.html

  • By Jacob, November 25, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    I forgot to mention the switch failure near stadium at the peak of the afternoon rush hour Tuesday. Translink really needs to start taking this snow situation seriously, and vancouver really needs to start doing.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, November 25, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    Jacob: Some of our service is kind of rough in inclement weather, but we absolutely take this situation seriously, and we are definitely trying our best to get people where they want to be. Road conditions are bad for everyone—those driving in cars probably had a slower time of it owing to unplowed streets and tricky situations too, so transit’s not some kind of slow exception on the roads while everyone is just whizzing by normally! Further to that, I do want to mention that most service is running, just a bit slower. I certainly don’t want to say that having your travel plans disrupted or slowed down is not awful—it certainly is!—but I do want to say that it is the Canada Line’s first year operating in snow conditions, and it’s a learning process for riders and operators alike. Based on our 24+ years of experience with SkyTrain, we’ve been able to discover where the glitches happen and implement solutions to keep service going, and I’m certain Canada Line is learning from this experience and is working hard to keep their service going.

    You can also view our snow plans in these links: here’s a 2010 media release, a 2009 blog post about CMBC’s snow plan, and a 2009 post about SkyTrain’s snow plan. We’re also doing regular updates on service through the TransLink Twitter account.

  • By Jacob, November 25, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    I know that transit is a bit slower, I have no problem with that, but we’ve encountered this situation on SFU more than 10 times already. We really need the gondola built,now. Metro Vancouver’s snowfall is very little compared to calgary…, but yet those cities still manage it not badly.

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