Due to a significant drop in ridership and through efforts to maintain social distancing, TransLink has struggled to maintain a level of income to support rapid transit services around Metro Vancouver.
The province of British Columbia and TransLink are working together to preserve service and prevent layoffs of transit staff that has so much become the norm throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Layoffs and reductions were to be announced on Monday, May 18th, 2020.
TransLink has said they “…will review all transit service levels to ensure it is balancing the need to help people get around the region” according to a press release shared on their web site.
Meanwhile, fares on buses will start being collected again on Monday, June 1st, 2020, as the transit company looks to resume front door boarding. TransLink was unable to collect fares on these vehicles in an effort to keep distance between drivers and customers. TransLink has begun adding vinyl and plastic barriers to protect their operators on buses.
TransLink asks that customers continue to follow distancing guidelines in place and to travel only if absolutely necessary.