Rush hour shuttle bus in place to triage stranded SeaBus passengers

Nov 8 2019, 2:51 pm

TransLink has announced that a bus bridge will be in place on Friday afternoon and early evening to help shuttle riders between the North Shore and downtown Vancouver.

According to Dan Moutain, Media Relations at TransLink, the bridge will operate from 6:30 and 9 pm between Lonsdale Quay and Waterfront.

Pickup from Waterfront will take place on Cordova near Granville Street, outside of Waterfront Station, and will travel westbound on Cordova. Pickup from Lonsdale Quay will happen at its own stop (Stop #60374) at the Chadwick Court Loop.

The SeaBus will still operate at this time, although the following sailing cancellations are in place:

  • The 6:17 am, 6:47 am, 4:10 pm, 6:47 pm, 7:17 pm, 7:47 pm, 8:17 pm, and 8:47 pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay
  • The 6:31 am, 7:00 am, 4:25 pm, 7:01 pm, 7:31 pm, 8:01 pm, 8:31 pm, and 9:01 pm sailings from Waterfront

Last week, Unifor, the union that manages nearly 5,000 TransLink employees, announced that the first phase of strike action would begin this week.

The sailing cancellations and delays in bus service are the results of the ongoing labour action, which include an overtime ban for Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) technicians and skilled trades workers.

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.