We’re pleased to share BC Rapid Transit Company and CUPE 7000 have reached a negotiated, tentative deal. Please expect delays while BCRTC works towards providing regular schedules on the Expo and Millennium Lines this morning, Dec. 10.
TransLink is informing customers of their options if union job action causes a total Expo and Millennium Line shut down December 10, 11 and 12. Customers should be aware the travel options will not match the level of service these SkyTrain lines provide.
While it will not be possible to replicate Expo and Millennium Line service, TransLink is highlighting options for customers should a full strike occur tomorrow. Most transit service will be operating normally including:
- Canada Line
- West Coast Express
- Coast Mountain Bus
- West Vancouver Blue Bus
TransLink has been told that given operational constraints and labour considerations, Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) is not able to increase bus service in response to the planned strike by employees of the BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC). CMBC advises that service will be operating as it would on any regular weekday.
Customers should be prepared for heavier passenger volume as people migrate from Expo and Millennium Line to other services. If possible, customers are advised to make other arrangements such as:
- Using one of our park and rides to connect to bus service
- Travelling outside of rush hours
- Working from home
- Using a carpooling service such as Liftango and gobyRIDE
- Walking or cycling to work
- Free bike valet service at Vancouver Public Library from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
To plan a trip without SkyTrain, both TransLink’s Trip Planner and Google Maps have an option to exclude SkyTrain. Visit translink.ca/stayinformed to learn more about alternative travel options.
BCRTC remains committed to getting a deal done and will continue bargaining until the last moment to avoid disruptive job action for customers. Customers should check the status of service before travelling in the morning in case a deal has been reached.