As always, TransLink’s top priority is to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. So, in preparation for the inclement weather set to hit our region over the next few days, we are taking a number of steps.
Our Emergency Management group is participating in Emergency Management BC and Environment Canada conference calls to stay apprised of the forecast and expected outcomes as well as communicating within the organization to ensure necessary preparations are made.
Tree branches falling into our trolley overhead wires can be an issue during high-wind conditions, so we are checking known risk locations to prepare.
We also sometimes face road debris, which can result in detours for our bus service. Transit Supervisors and other support staff out on the road, such as Transit Security, in order to proactively identify such problem areas and communicate them out. Once identified, we can react quickly by contacting the municipality responsible for clearing the trees or debris.
In case of high winds, SkyTrain service over the SkyBridge between New Westminster and Surrey may operate at reduced speeds.
If wind speeds exceed 100 kph, service could be temporarily suspended.
We’ve also proactively reached out to construction projects adjacent to SkyTrain to ensure items are properly secured, to prevent anything being blown onto the tracks.
Here’s what you can do to prepare yourself:
- Sign up for Transit Alerts so we can let you know if there are any service issues or changes
- Follow our fabulous Customer Information team @TransLink on Twitter or phone 604-953-3333.
- Plan ahead with our Trip Planner and give yourself extra time on your commute
- Be aware! More people than usual tend to take transit during nasty weather – common transit courtesy applies even more on days like these!
- Be visible! A bus operator has a lot to be aware of in AND outside of the bus. Make yourself visible to them! Wear bright, reflective clothing and stand close to the bus stop poll.
- Be patient! Traffic lights may not be working properly that could cause detours for buses, same goes for debris on routes.
We will continue to monitor the weather and get the word out to all customers if there are any service impacts. Until then, stay safe, stay dry and happy transiting!
Author: Adrienne Coling