Surprise overnight snow causes Metro Vancouver transit chaos

Dec 19 2016, 3:17 pm

Commuters in Metro Vancouver are facing a mess of a Monday morning as surprise overnight snowfall caused havoc with the region’s transit.

With forecasts calling for warming temperatures, snowfall was supposed to have transitioned into rainfall overnight, leaving municipal road crews and TransLink unprepared.

A snowfall warning is still in effect for Metro Vancouver after Sunday night brought more of the white stuff to the region. That snow is set to give way to rain as milder temperatures push into the region over the course of the day but that will do little to ease the chaos faced by commuters on Monday morning.

The weather has caused a whole host of delays on Monday morning as buses continue to face adverse weather conditions. The SkyTrain is system is also facing delays due to snowfall while the West Coast Express is being held back due to a downed tree on the line.


Due to the weather many buses are currently delayed across Metro Vancouver.
The following areas are currently being affected by poor road conditions:

  • Vancouver – all areas north of 41st Avenue; all buses heading into service in Vancouver are routing via Main Street and 41st Avenue.
  • Burnaby – Burnaby – all areas north of Hwy 1; 95 B Line is terminating at Hastings and Duthie with no service currently to SFU.
  • New Westminster – all areas.
  • Surrey – all areas north of 96 Avenue.

Commuters can find a full list of delays online.


SkyTrain passengers are also facing delays thanks to the snow. “Expo and Millennium lines, are operating with significant delays due to snow tripping track intrusion alarms,” Translink said in a statement issued on Monday morning. “Both lines are being attended by SkyTrain staff who are working to resolve issues quickly as they occur. Millennium Line trains, including those along the Evergreen Extension, continue to be attended by SkyTrain staff. Canada Line is operating normally.”

West Coast Express

The West Coast Express is also facing significant delays this morning due to a downed tree. The tree is on the tracks between Waterfront and Port Moody stations and is affecting Train 1 and Train 2. Train 2 is being held at port Moody until the issue has been cleared.