SeaBus cancellations planned for Wednesday morning sailings due to transit strike

Nov 5 2019, 4:47 pm

If the SeaBus is part of your morning commute, you’ll have to make alternative plans because early sailing cancellations will come into effect on Wednesday due to the ongoing transit strike.

TransLink has announced that on Wednesday, November 6, a total of 14 morning, afternoon, and early-evening sailings have been cancelled between Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

The cancelled sailings for Wednesday are as follows:

  • The 7:10 am, 7:40 am, 8:40 am, 9:10 am, 4:10 pm, 6:20 pm, and 7:30 pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled
  • The 7:25 am, 7:55 am, 8:55 am, 9:25 am, 4:25 pm, 6:35 pm, and 7:45 pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled

Up until now, SeaBus cancellations had only impacted afternoon and some early-evening sailings.

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.

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The uniform ban means that bus drivers on all routes will stop 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.”

On Thursday, 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 are unaffected by the labour action.

With files from Eric Zimmer.