TransLink warning of crowding, longer waits on transit Tuesday

Day two of the snowfall made passengers apprehensive about using public transit but Translink hopes that everything will run smoothly, but warn passengers to check the conditions before they leave. Nadia Stewart has more.

TransLink is warning customers to anticipate longer waits and crowded trains and platforms Tuesday as more snow falls on Metro Vancouver.

SkyTrains are running smoothly Tuesday morning but extreme cold and ice buildup is causing issues with the alarm system that warns of unauthorized intrusions on the tracks.

TransLink says to ensure safety, and reduce delays and unnecessary emergency braking of trains, they have turned off the intrusion system and are redeploying SkyTrain attendants from station platforms to staff all trains. This means there will be longer delays between trains on the Expo and Millennium lines but TransLink says it will have more trains running than Monday morning.

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TransLink recommends customers travel outside of peak times, if they can.

Buses are running normally but many 60-foot articulated buses have been replaced with 40-foot buses as they have better traction in snowy conditions, which will mean increased crowding in some areas.

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HandyDART is currently operating only for renal and cancer patients. Vehicles are going out with two staff to assist customers in getting from their door to the vehicle and to shovel out the vehicle if it gets stuck.

Seabus is operating normally.

The West Coast Express is operating normally.

TransLink is advising customers to dress for the elements, wear proper footwear and expect occasional service disruptions throughout the day.

It is updating specific service routes on its Twitter account.

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