Bus delays and cancellations due to road conditions in Metro Vancouver

TransLink says SkyTrain is running slower than usual due to the snow, and there are bus delays on the North Shore and in Port Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster.

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There are transit delays and cancellations Thursday morning in some parts of Metro Vancouver due to the snowfall.

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TransLink says SkyTrain stops at all stations, but service runs slower than usual. There are also bus delays and cancellations due to road conditions.

The transit authority says there are challenges on the North Shore and in Port Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster.

SeaBus and West Coast Express run regular service, while HandyDART only runs essential service.

TransLink activated its snow plan for severe weather on Wednesday, including the use of defrosting agent on trolley overheads, switching articulated buses to regular buses and driving SkyTrain defrosting agent on the power rail to keep trains running overnight.

TransLink says staff have also installed tire socks on buses serving the Burnaby Mountain, North Shore and Vancouver routes, where hills and traction are a problem and they grind and salt transit hubs.

Transit users are asked to budget more time when traveling and are asked to check the TransLink website for cancellations.

A snowfall warning that was in effect from Metro Vancouver ended Thursday, but there is likely to be more snow on the way. Environment and Climate Change Canada expects more snow overnight Friday and Saturday through New Year’s Day. But the federal weather agency says the snow is likely to shift to rain on Sunday as temperatures warm up to 5 C from below zero.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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