Special transit services over the holidays
Free rides on New Year’s Eve get you home safely
As it is every year, the Christmas and New Year’s season brings special demands on the transit system, and TransLink adjusts its schedules to meet those needs.
Christmas Eve – All services will run on their usual weekday schedules, except for West Coast Express. Trains will leave Waterfront at 1 and 3 p.m. and then 4:20, 5:30 and 6:20 p.m. There will be no TrainBus departure at 12:55 p.m., but all other TrainBus runs will operate.
There will be no West Coast Express service Dec. 25 through 28 and regular service will resume for Dec. 29 and 30.
Christmas Day – SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses will operate on Sunday/Holiday schedules, but on some routes, service will be reduced even further. Certain Community Shuttle routes, for example, will start at 9 a.m., rather than the usual Sunday time; other routes will run less frequently at certain times of day: in the past, demand on Christmas Day has not justified running a full Holiday-service schedule. Route-by-route details are posted online at www.translink.ca – use the Trip Planner and choose “Dec. 25” for the route you want.
Boxing Day – since Dec. 26 is a Sunday, all buses will run at least full Sunday/Holiday schedules. However, since it’s also the start of a major retailing period, some routes will offer more service: some will run on “Saturday” schedules, others will increase frequency at certain times of day; the 620 Tsawwassen Ferry/Bridgeport will run every half-hour, rather than every hour.
SkyTrain will run “Saturday” service, with the first train out of King George at 6:08 a.m. and the last from Waterfront at 1:16 a.m., but with extra trains during midday to accommodate shoppers.
SeaBus will start at the usual Sunday opening time – 8:02 a.m. from Lonsdale Quay; 8:16 from Waterfront – but will provide 15-minute service during midday and run later, with the last sailing from Waterfront at 1:22 a.m.
West Coast Express (as noted above) will not run train or TrainBus service on Dec. 26 (or 27th or 28th)
New Year’s Eve – To make sure people get home safely, transit service will be free of charge as of 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.
West Coast Express will run the same afternoon schedule as on Christmas Eve, leaving Waterfront at 1, 3, 4:20, 5:30 and 6:20 with no TrainBus at 12:55.
Additional buses will be put into service throughout the system to accommodate the large numbers of people we anticipate. However, the final NightBus departures will remain the same: 3:09 a.m. from downtown Vancouver except for the N24 Upper Lonsdale (3:12) and the N10 Brighouse Stn (4:39)
SkyTrain will extend its service by approximately one hour on all lines. The last trains will leave Waterfront Station for King George at 2:16 a.m., King George for Waterfront at 1:38 a.m., Waterfront for YVR-Airport at 2:05 a.m. and Brighouse at 2:15 a.m.
SeaBus will also extend service by one hour, with the last sailing from Lonsdale Quay at 2:06 a.m. and Waterfront at 2:16 a.m.
West Vancouver Blue Bus will have additional buses leaving downtown for Horseshoe Bay at 1:40 a.m. and, if required, 2:10 a.m.; an additional bus will leave Horseshoe Bay at 1:10 a.m. The C12 Lions Bay Community Shuttle will continue running until 12:48 a.m. from Caulfeild Village and the #256 Whitby Estates Community Shuttle will continue until 1:25 a.m. from Park Royal.
There will be no West Coast Express service on Sat. Jan. 1 or Mon. Jan. 3. The TrainBus will run on its Sunday schedule on Sun. Jan. 2. All West Coast Express regular service will resume Tuesday Jan. 4.
Monday, Jan 3 is considered a “normal work day”, and SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses will run their regular weekday hours and regular zone fares will be in effect. However, because many businesses are observing a three-day weekend, SkyTrain will have slightly reduced frequency during peak periods.
All of us at the TransLink family wish all our customers and their families a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2011!
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