Information on Bus Service Disruptions Later This Week

Job action by the union representing bus and SeaBus workers is planned for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which is expected to result in a full disruption of bus and SeaBus services across the Lower Mainland region.

The Burnaby Board of Trade knows how paramount an efficient transportation system is to our economy, and urges both the union and the employer to continue negotiations to avoid this disruption of service. The bus system is an important part of the transportation mix in our region, helping move people to school, to their workplaces, and to local shops and services. A full bus and SeaBus shutdown will have a direct, negative impact on local businesses and our economy.

What to Expect

  • From November 27 through 29, bus and SeaBus services will be shutdown
  • Transit services that are running will be busier and likely face delays
  • Roads will be busier with up to 36,000 additional vehicles expected

Alternatives and Options

For travel options during these disruptions, Translink has provided this one-pager guide which can be shared with employees and staff.

To stay up to date on the latest disruptions and service cancellations, visit the Translink website here. 

Translink has also shared the information below on what transportation services will still be operating later this week and what steps they are taking to mitigate impacts.

Transit services that WILL be operating during job action

  • SkyTrain (Expo and Millennium Lines)
  • Canada Line
  • West Coast Express
  • HandyDART
  • West Vancouver Blue Bus (Routes 214, 215, 227 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 258, 259, 262)
  • Community Shuttle service on Bowen Island and Langley (Routes 280, 281, 282, 560, 561, 562, 563, 564, 379, 372)
Increased SkyTrain capacity
  • More frequent off-peak SkyTrain service will be provided
  • Higher levels of SkyTrain attendants and police will be at stations to assist with customer flow
Increasing pick up-drop off locations
  • Designated unused bus stops near SkyTrain stations can be used to facilitate pick-up/drop-off for customers
  • GobyRIDE and LiftTango carpooling platforms are prepared for extra demand
  • UBC vanpool pilot project
  • Designated carpooling parking spots at SkyTrain Park and Rides, UBC and SFU
  • Evo and Car2Go are expanding their drop-off and pick-up boundaries
  • Expanded bike parking at stations by introducing complementary bike valets at key stations to be operated by BEST (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Bicycles will be allowed on the SkyTrain all day in the last car of each train
  • More Mobi bikes at and near SkyTrain stations
  • Mobi bike share with staff on hand to respond to the volume of bikes in high volume locations
  • U-Bicycle will provide free rides for 3 days only as well as increase capacity and parking near Canada Line stations, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam areas