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Transit Service Changes

 

May 19, 2020: Our customers can be assured that they will be able to get back to work as TransLink and the Province have announced our commitment to ensure transit service is available when British Columbia safely restarts in the coming weeks and months.

We will be restoring transit service to near pre-pandemic levels.

We are continuing to monitor all transit service levels to ensure we balance the need to help customers get around the region, with the need to maintain and respect enhanced health and safety protocols.

To help ensure essential workers can get to and from work on time, please travel outside of current peak periods when possible.

Current peak periods

Weekday peak periods:

  • Morning: 5:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday peak periods:

  • Morning: 6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 2 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Sunday peak periods:

  • Morning: 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

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Trip Planning Assistance

Due to the rapidly changing landscape caused by COVID-19, the changes below may not be reflected in third-party trip planning apps. In the interim, for assistance planning an alternative trip for a cancelled route, please use TransLink's Trip Planner or connect with one of our Customer Information agents via Live Chat or call 604.953.3333.

 

Transit Service Levels

Please note, many of the service suspensions and reductions have been suspended. We are restoring transit service to near pre-pandemic levels.

Bus

We are no longer proceeding with the route suspensions that were planned to take effect on May 18. Instead, we will be restoring our bus service to bring it up to nearly 100% of pre-pandemic levels. We will continue to limit the seating on buses to promote physical distancing to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.

Bus Service Restoration:

  • On May 11, reinstated West Vancouver, Lions Bay and Bowen Island routes: 251, 252, 262, 280, 281, 282.
  • On May 14, reinstated routes: R3, 15, 50, 68, 105, 131, 132, 222, 414, N8, N15, N17, N22, N24, N35.
  • On May 16, reintroduced seasonal routes: 42, 150, 179. 
  • Continuing suspensions of some duplicated or university routes: 32, 125, 143, 258, 480.
  • Continuing to monitor ridership over the summer and to focus additional trips where needed.

Broadway Subway Project Construction Detours

Starting June 22, we will be detouring four routes to make way for Broadway Subway Project construction along the Broadway Corridor. All of the changes below are ongoing until 2025 to accommodate construction for the Broadway Subway.

map of broadway subway route and bus route detours due to construction

Broadway Subway Construction Map

 

9 Alma/Granville/Commercial-Broadway Station/Boundary

Changes are coming to Route 9 to accommodate Broadway Subway Project construction (ongoing until 2025):

  • We’re extending some early morning trips to Alma from Fir to fill the gap from the detoured 14.
  • We’re swapping out buses. Instead of trolleys, conventional diesel buses will now run on the 9.

14 Hastings/Downtown/UBC

Changes are coming to Route 14 to accommodate Broadway Subway Project construction:

  • We’re moving Route 14 onto 4th Ave. and Macdonald St.
  • Changes will be in effect for the duration of the construction (ongoing until 2025).
  • Check out the new route on the map above.

16 29th Ave Station/Arbutus

Changes are coming to Route 16 to accommodate Broadway Subway construction:

  • We’re moving Route 16 onto 12th Ave. between Arbutus and Granville.
  • Changes will be in effect for the duration of the construction (ongoing until 2025).
  • Check out the new route on the map above.

17 Oak/Downtown

Changes are coming to Route 17 to accommodate Broadway Subway construction:

  • We’re moving Route 17 onto 12th Ave. between Cambie and Oak St.
  • Changes will be in effect for the duration of the construction (ongoing until 2025).
  • Check out the new route on the map above.

41 Joyce Station/Crown

  • We’re swapping out buses on Route 41. Instead of conventional diesel buses, the 41 will run on trolley buses.
  • Work is being done on the overhead wires along the Broadway Corridor to facilitate Broadway Subway Project construction in the fall.

SkyTrain

We are gradually adding service back to the Expo and Millennium Lines, bringing train frequency to the same as pre-pandemic levels by May 25. Service on the Canada Line will continue operating at nearly the same as pre-pandemic levels until further notice.

Expo and Millennium Line:

  • Starting May 14, gradually adding more full-length cars on the Expo Line.
  • On May 19, restoring service to 90% of pre-pandemic levels by increasing frequency during peak periods, middays, and early evenings.
  • By May 25, operating at 100% of pre-pandemic service levels.
  • Continuing to monitor ridership over the summer and adjust service levels if feasible.

Canada Line:

  • Continuing to operate at 92% of pre-pandemic service levels (18 trips per hour during peak periods).
  • Continuing to monitor ridership over the summer and adjust service levels if feasible.

SeaBus

Beginning Monday, May 18, SeaBus sailings will return to regular hours of operations with 30-minute service.

  • Monday to Saturday, last sailing will depart at 1:00 am. from Lonsdale Quay and at 1:22 a.m. from Waterfront Station.
  • On Sunday, last sailing will depart at 11:02 p.m. from Lonsdale Quay and 11:16 p.m. from Waterfront.

At this time, we will not be increasing the frequency of SeaBus sailings. It will continue to provide 30-minute service while we monitor ridership and adjust service over the summer if needed.

West Coast Express

Service on West Coast Express will continue running with three trains in service.

  • Trains one, three and five will continue running with fewer cars
  • Trains two and four remain cancelled
  • Continuing to monitor ridership over the summer and add extra cars if needed

 

COVID-19 Precautions

TransLink continues to shape our COVID-19 response strategies based on best practices seen worldwide along with the evolving progress seen within BC. Visit our COVID-19 Precautions page to learn more about the operational changes we've made to keep our customers and employees safe.