Extra trains, earlier start: take transit to the Vancouver Sun Run Apr. 21

Extra trains, earlier start: take transit to the Vancouver Sun Run Apr. 21

Runners on the Burrard Street Bridge during the Vancouver Sun Run in 2016
Photo: Michael Whyte/Flickr

The 40th Vancouver Sun Run takes place on Sunday, Apr. 21, and we are ready to help you get to Canada’s biggest start line quickly and conveniently. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or this is your first race, getting there stress-free is key to starting off on the right foot.

Extra SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coat Express service

Getting to the Vancouver Sun Run is important, so we’re boosting Expo and Millennium Line service to help get you there.

  • Earlier start: SkyTrain service kicks off approximately 30 minutes earlier than usual on race day, meaning you can get downtown quicker.
    • Expo Line: from King George to Waterfront at 6:38 a.m.
    • Expo Line: from Production Way–University to Waterfront at 6:38 a.m.
    • Expo Line: from Edmonds to Waterfront at 6:54 a.m.
    • Millennium Line: from Lafarge Lake–Douglas to VCC Clark at 6:26 a.m.
    • Millennium Line: from Lougheed Town Centre Station to VCC Clark at 6:41 a.m.
  • Extra trains: Expect to see more frequent trains running throughout the morning and into the afternoon to handle the increased ridership.

The SeaBus joins the team with morning service starting an hour earlier. The first sailings:

  • From Lonsdale Quay at 7:02 a.m.
  • From Waterfront at 7:16 a.m.

But that’s not all! The West Coast Express is operating special trains to help commuters get to and from the Sun Run:

  • Westbound train departs from Mission City Station at 7 a.m.
  • Eastbound, return train departs from Waterfront Station at 1 p.m.

Photo of West Coast Express Sun Run Train

Planning your trip

Choosing to ride transit might just be the easiest thing you do on Vancouver Sun Run race day, even if you are not an experienced transit rider.

  • Consider your start wave: If you’re in an earlier wave, plan to arrive a early to avoid any possible crowds.
  • Check schedules: For the most up-to-date information on transit schedules and to plan your route visit the TransLink website at translink.ca, and sign up for Transit Alerts for on-the-go alerts or changes.

Tips for a smooth ride

No one likes waiting, especially on race day, so make sure to pre-load your Compass Card to avoid lineups at Compass Vending Machines. Don’t have a Compass Card? Tap your contactless Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card or Interac Debit card on our Compass readers to ride. No need to fumble for coins or buy a Compass Card — though we encourage it as Compass Card holders receive a discount on fares.

Hot tip: if you are purchasing your transit fare at a Compass Vending Machine, purchase a second Compass Ticket so you can skip the ticket machines after the race. Just tap that second Compass Ticket on the reader and be on your way. Compass Tickets are only valid on the day its purchased.

You can also combine cycling and driving with transit! Bicycle parking at our Bike Parkades cost only $1 per day (up to a maximum of $8 per month). You’ll have to register your Compass Card for access first. And for just $2 or $3 per day, you can park your car all day at one of our nine Park and Ride lots.

Don’t forget, you only need a 1-Zone fare to travel across all zones on Sundays for bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus, and kids 12 and under ride free every day.

Riding with us means you won’t have to worry about finding parking downtown, navigating road closures, or dealing with traffic congestion on race day.

Start planning your transit trip today at translink.ca/tripplanner, and we’ll see you at the start line!