Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:39pm.
An anticipated shutdown of the SkyTrain's Expo and Millennium lines due to strike was averted when CUPE 7000, the union representing SkyTrain workers, reached a last-minute, tentative deal with those workers' employer.
Both the Expo and Millennium lines are running as normal as of Tuesday morning. Some delays may occur, but according to news media, few significant delays have yet been experienced by commuters.
We will update this page if the tentative deal is not ratified in coming weeks, and should that occur leading to future SkyTrain disruption, classes and university operations will carry on as usual.
Bus, Seabus and Canada Line service would remain unaffected by any job action, as would West Coast Express train service.
We will update this page as more information becomes available. In the case of a major service disruption, please consider the following:
Arriving Late? Communicate!
We know that many members of the ECU community rely upon public transit. We appreciate that any disruption to transit service can be unpredictable, and understand if you have difficulty getting to campus.
- Students: we suggest you contact your instructor if you may be late or miss a class.
- Staff + Faculty: please contact your supervisor or dean if you are concerned about arriving late.
Other Ways to Get Around
If you’re looking for alternative ways to get to campus, here are a few to consider:
- Cycling: Emily Carr has two secure bike lockers on campus, as well as end-of-trip cycling facilities on Level 1. If you don’t own a bicycle, Vancouver’s public bike share program, Mobi, offers an affordable 30-day pass. ECU students, staff and faculty are also eligible for a discounted 365 Day Corporate Pass using these coupon codes: ecuad1809s (standard) + ecuad1809p (plus).
- Carpool: You may want to talk to your colleagues or friends about carpooling to campus. You can post carshare offers and requests on the ECU Notice Board. There are also carpool services including Poparide that may be helpful.
- Car Share: Vancouver has several car share programs to help you get around the city. Evo Car Share has parking on campus and offers ECU students, staff and faculty a free membership plus 45 free minutes of drive time when they join Evo with the code BFF.
Transit planning during a SkyTrain shutdown
Metro Vancouver has an extensive network of bus routes to service its 21 municipalities. Commuters unfamiliar with those routes can use tools such as Translink's Trip Planner or Google's Transit Maps to make alternative travel plans.
If using TransLink's Trip Planner, you can choose to sort results by trip time, walking distance, number of transfers, accessibility and whether a bike rack is available. During the strike, you should select the "Exclude SkyTrain" option at the bottom of the pop-up.
TransLink doesn't currently have an official app, but the mobile version of the online trip planner works on all devices with an internet connection.