Many commuters in Metro Vancouver woke up to the news that their buses would not be running today (Monday, January 22nd) on account of the strike by the Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), which is responsible for over 96% of the region’s bus services, including passenger ferry service across Burrard Inlet.

This means that until the strike has ended, there will be no CMBC bus or SeaBus service, according to TransLink.

“Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), is currently in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with CUPE Local 4500, the union that represents approximately 180 transit supervisors,” reads the job action page. “Customers should arrange alternate travel plans if they typically rely on bus and SeaBus to get around.”

In terms of the buses that remain unaffected, here are the routes not operated by the CMBC that are in service:

  • 214 Blueridge / Phibbs Exch* (will not provide connections to Vancouver)
  • 215 Indian River / Phibbs Exch
  • 227 Lynn Valley Centre / Phibbs Exchange
  • 250 Horseshoe Bay / Dundarave / Vancouver
  • 251 Queens / Park Royal
  • 252 Inglewood / Park Royal
  • 253 Caulfield / Vancouver / Park Royal
  • 254 British Properties / Park Royal / Van
  • 255 Dundarave / Capilano University
  • 256 Whitby Estate / Park Royal / Spuraway
  • 262 Lions Bay / Caulfield
  • 280 Bluewater / Snug Cove
  • 281 Eagle Cliff / Snug Cove
  • 282 Mt Gardner / Snug Cove
  • 370 Cloverdale / Willowbrook
  • 372 Clayton Heights / Langley Centre
  • 560 Murrayville / Langley Centre
  • 561 Langley Centre / Brookswood
  • 562 Langley Centre / Walnut Grove
  • 563 Langley Centre / Fernridge
  • 564 Langley Ctr / Willowbrook

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As well, the following TransLink services are expected to operate as usual:

  • SkyTrain (Expo, Canada Line, Millennium Line)
  • HandyDART
  • West Coast Express
  • West Vancouver Blue Bus
  • Bowen Island Community Shuttles
  • Langley Community Shuttles

Note that UBC and Simon Fraser’s campuses remain open, though some classes have been moved online. Students are encouraged to check in with their instructors about the status of their courses early this week if they have not yet received communication from them.

TransLink shares that service is expected to resume on Wednesday, January 24th, so stay tuned for more info as it comes. Until then, carpooling is your best friend!

Commuters can stay up-to-date via TransLink’s alert page.