5 tips for a safe and spooktacular Halloween on transit from Transit Police

5 tips for a safe and spooktacular Halloween on transit from Transit Police

5 tips for a safe and spooktacular Halloween on transit from Transit Police

Calling all witches and warlocks, ghosts and goblins, SkyTrains, bus drivers, and Compass Cards alike. Whether you’re going for the scariest costume or most creative for your Halloween commute, we’ve got these five tips for a safe and spooktacular Halloween on transit, from our friends over at Transit Police.

Safety First

When travelling on transit, there are many ways to stay safe. Make sure to familiarize yourself with some of the safety features you will find around the system. Riders are an active part of how we keep our transit system safe for everyone. When using public transit, please stay aware of your surroundings. If you see something, say something — report any unusual behaviour or incidents to a uniformed transit employee or by contacting Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Stay Alert

Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep valuables out of sight from others. Avoid being engrossed in your electronic device – consider removing one earbud to stay in tune with what’s going on around you.

Plan Ahead

Use TransLink’s Trip Planner or Next Bus to plan your journey ahead of time to ensure you appear confident and know where you’re going. Download Transit App to see the estimated number of seats remaining on board buses in case you and your costume need a little more room to ride. Check service times for your planned route. Avoid being stranded and if needed, know which NightBus will get you home. 

Stick Together

If you plan to travel in a group, make sure to establish a meeting place in advance in case you are separated while commuting (Mobile phones can get lost and batteries can die).

Be Visible

With fall comes darker nights, earlier. It is paramount that customers do their due diligence to stay visible while travelling to and from transit. Consider wearing bright costumes or include reflective tape, glow sticks, or other add-ons that improve visibility. Get more pedestrian safety tips from ICBC.

If you don’t already have a costume, take extra care when choosing one. Prop swords and knives may be mistaken for the real thing, so always think about how your costume could put your safety at risk.

Rule of thumb: if you’re unsure, leave it at home.

Friendly reminder that consuming alcohol in public is illegal. This includes SkyTrain stations and on-board buses, SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus and West Coast Express. If you are on your way to an event and are carrying alcohol, be sure the container remains closed until you arrive at your destination.

And most importantly, have fun and make sure to share your Halloween on transit photos with us on Instagram!

Happy Halloween!