Sunday morning TransLink announced "major service cuts" that would find Monday and Tuesday's SeaBus schedule dramatically reduced. However, later Sunday afternoon TransLink changed course and announced only a couple of cancellations for Monday.
"SeaBus service cancellations for Monday and Tuesday announced earlier today will not be going ahead. This means service will not be operating on the schedule distributed this morning. The staffing shortage issue behind the cancellations has been resolved," explains TransLink in a media statement.
The initial announcement had the SeaBus curtailed to a 30-minute frequency at non-peak hours and 15-minutes at a.m. and p.m. rush hours, with a bus bridge in place to help move passengers between Waterfront and Lonsdale Quay.
Now TransLink says the SeaBus will be on its regular schedule minus just four cancellations on Monday:
- 7:20 a.m. and 9 a.m. from Lonsdale Quay
- 7:35 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. from Waterfront
We apologize for any confusion this may cause. We will do our best to keep customers informed," 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. There remains the possibility 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.