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Winter is coming! How TransLink prepares for snowy weather

We undertake various steps to ensure our transit system isn’t impacted because of overnight snow.

Winter officially doesn’t arrive for another month-and-a-half, but at TransLink, customer safety is our number one priority. In anticipation of adverse winter weather conditions, our operating companies always have plans to maintain service for you.

We work expeditiously before and during winter to ensure our buses, our trolley fleet, and SkyTrain all continue to run smoothly, so that we can get you home safe.

But, as you know, sometimes traffic woes and slippery roads mean there are some inadvertent delays.

Read on to find out what this means for your snowy commute.

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Ho-Ho-Hold on to your Compass Cards, Rudolph is comin’ to town!

Reindeer Bus

That’s right, the Reindeer Bus (aka: 9543) has saddled up and is ready to spread some holiday cheer throughout the region. The Reindeer Bus operates out of Vancouver Transit Centre (VTC), so expect to see it on Vancouver streets as soon as tomorrow!

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6 tips for travelling on transit this winter

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Earlier this month, we told you about what SkyTrain, bus and HandyDART are doing to prepare for winter. We’re back to share with our customers six helpful tips for travelling on transit this winter, including in snowy and icy conditions!

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How TransLink prepares for winter

CMBC Winter Weather

While the seasonal calendar says it’s fall, Mother Nature has a sneaky way of saying otherwise. Preparations are well underway to ensure that we’re doing our best to stay one step ahead of the inclement weather.

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More wintry weather is on the way for Metro Vancouver

Wintry weather

It’s snow joke folks — the forecast is calling for more of the white stuff this week and into next. We’re diligently working behind the scenes and on the front lines to ensure that our entire operations are as prepared as can be for the impending snowfall.

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When snow starts to fall, Transit Supervisors play a crucial role in overall transit operations. A valuable mobile resource for bus operators, Transit Supervisors are in the know about problem areas and ensure they stay accessible as long as possible. When buses get stuck, and unfortunately they will during extreme weather, it’s the Transit Supervisors that help to dig them out.

Safety is a priority for Transit Supervisors, as they work to keep our property well plowed and salted to help minimize the risk of falls and injury, often doing the work themselves. Many stay well past the end of their shift, working in sub-zero temperatures to make sure that customers are able to safely get to where they need to go. We are committed to keeping walkways on our properties clear, however if you do notice an area requiring attention, or are unsure who is responsible for an area, please tweet us @TransLink , or contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.

Check out our posts from earlier this season with some excellent transit tips to manage inclement weather, as well as an in depth look at 6 things TransLink is doing to prepare for more wintry weather.

Are you ready for the snow?

Author: Sarah Kertcher