Some relief is on the way for transit passengers in the North Shore mountains who need to travel across the harbour to downtown Vancouver.
TransLink has announced that a third SeaBus ferry vessel will be in operation beginning this afternoon to reduce waiting times caused by the extra bus passenger traffic due to diversions from Lions Gate Bridge metal plate. Long lines and waits for sailings have been reported this week during the peak hour periods.
All North Vancouver buses that use the bridge – routes 240, 241, 246 and 247 – are avoiding the bridge’s traffic gridlock and rerouting to the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus ferry terminal. West Vancouver buses are still following the normal route over the bridge.
A third SeaBus was not in service this morning as the vessel was experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in a minimal one sailing wait for most passengers.
With a third vessel, sailings will be every 10 minutes instead of 15 minutes.
It is anticipated that normal bus and ferry service will resume tomorrow when the provincial government’s crews replace the existing bump with a smoother design. The government has said that the new bump, which protects the bridge deck during the ongoing road repaving project, will be made by Friday morning.