Metro Vancouver public transit riders are waking up to some good news this morning, as the planned three-day full shutdown of SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium lines has been cancelled.
CUPE 7000, the union representing workers on both SkyTrain lines, and TransLink subsidiary BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) reached a tentative agreement just before 5 am, when the strike was set to start.
However, given the short notice, there have been delays to the start of service on the Expo and Millennium lines and the operation of scheduled peak frequencies.
The first scheduled trains normally depart the terminus stations just after 5 am, but that did not happen. It will take some time for the deployment of staff and for trains to enter the system at regular intervals.
TransLink is advising SkyTrain riders to allow for extra travel time this morning.
The Canada Line is unaffected and operating normally.
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