Over 15 SeaBus cancellations planned for Thursday due to transit strike

Nov 6 2019, 4:29 pm

As the transit strike rolls on in Metro Vancouver, commuters who use the SeaBus as part of their daily routine are advised to prepare for some sailing cancellations – and potential delays as a result – on Thursday.

On Wednesday afternoon, TransLink announced that a total of 16 sailings are expected to be cancelled.

Sailings cancelled in both directions include:

Morning

  • 7:20 am
  • 7:35 am
  • 9:00 am
  • 9:15 am

Afternoon

  • 4:10 pm
  • 4:25 pm
  • 6:47 pm

Evening

  • 7:01 pm
  • 7:17 pm
  • 7:35 pm
  • 7:47 pm
  • 8:01 pm
  • 8:17 pm
  • 8:31 pm
  • 8:47 pm
  • 9:01 pm

The cancellations come after talks between Coast Mountain Bus Company and the union representing TransLink’s bus drivers and SeaBus workers broke off last Thursday.

Encompassing nearly 5,000 employees, the first phase of labour action includes a uniform ban by transit operators and an overtime ban by maintenance workers.

The uniform ban means that bus drivers on all routes have stopped wearing the CMBC uniform, with the goal of increasing conversations and awareness of the ongoing negotiations.

The overtime ban means that CMBC technicians and skilled trades workers will refuse overtime shifts, which, according to Unifor, will “gradually increase pressure on the system.”

Last week, the union warned that if an agreement was not reached, the overtime ban could “quickly lead to fewer buses on the road and could also affect SeaBus service,” due to a buildup in repairs and maintenance jobs.

All three SkyTrain lines, West Vancouver Blue Bus, West Coast Express, and HandyDART remain unaffected by the labour action.