An unprecedented number of cuts are being made to TransLink service levels beginning this week as a significant measure to help the public transit authority weather through its fiscal crisis due to COVID-19.
The cuts are aimed at maintaining as many major services as possible for the approximately 75,000 people who still rely on public transit each weekday, including many essential and frontline workers.
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Cuts are being made to all modes of public transit, with TransLink struggling losing an average of $75 million per month due to the collapse in fare revenue and fuel and parking tax revenues.
Here is a full breakdown of this week’s service cuts:
All three SkyTrain lines will be affected by service cuts.
Starting on Wednesday, April 22, the Expo Line and Millennium Line capacities will be further reduced. The Expo Line will see its capacity cut by 20% during peak hours, and 20% to 40% during mid-days, early evenings, and weekends.
As well, the Millennium Line’s capacity will see a 15% cut during peak hours, and 20% to 40% over mid-days, early evenings, and weekends.
Both cuts to the Expo and Millennium lines are in addition to the 17% reduction made during peak hours and 20% reduction on Friday and Saturday evenings made in March.
Furthermore, capacity on the Canada Line will be axed by 18% during peak hours.
Starting on Friday, April 24, a dozen bus routes will be temporarily cancelled, including two routes that were newly launched:
15 Cambie/Olympic Village Station
50 Waterfront Station/False Creek South/Granville Island
68 UBC Exchange/Wesbrook Village
105 Uptown/New Westminster Station
131 Hastings/Kootenay Loop
132 Capitol Hill/Hastings
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