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UPDATED: TransLink announces major SeaBus service cuts due to transit strike

Commuters take note: TransLink has announced that the week will begin with what they are deeming major service cuts on the SeaBus.
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 The SeaBus departs North Vancouver. Starting Monday Nov. 18, the SeaBus will operate on a very reduced schedule due to Unifor's operator job action. File photo by Cindy Goodman/North Shore NewsThe SeaBus departs North Vancouver. File photo by Cindy Goodman/North Shore News

UPDATE, SUNDAY P.M.: TransLink has announced there will be only four sailings cancelled Monday, Nov. 18 as they have addressed the staffing issue for the SeaBus. Read more HERE.


Commuters take note: TransLink has announced that the week will begin with what they are deeming major service cuts on the SeaBus.

On November 18 and 19, the SeaBus will run on a 30-minute frequency schedule outside of the morning and evening rush-hour times.

TransLink is advising customers to make alternate arrangements if possible.

"Exact sailing times will be different as service moves to this new schedule. A bus bridge will be established to help manage passenger loads, but customers are warned it will not match SeaBus capacity," adds TransLink.

Talks broke down again late last week between Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) and Unifor, the union representing about 5,000 transit operators and maintenance workers, resulting in Unifor making good on their promise to escalate their job action.

On Friday, several bus routes experienced disruptions across Metro Vancouver throughout the day. The next step has been a ban on operator overtime, which begins Monday. In addition to the SeaBus cancellations, TransLink cautions that bus service will be reduced by about 10% across Metro Vancouver starting Monday.

Customers are advised to give themselves extra time to travel to their destination, as well as check the Transit Alerts page for updates on service levels.

The following is the base operation schedule for the SeaBus:

  • 6 to 9 a.m. - 15-minute service
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - 30-minute service
  • 3 to 9 p.m. - 15-minute service
  • 9 p.m. to end of service - 30-minute service