TransLink officials are introducing new measures on buses, SkyTrain, West Coast Express and SeaBus as part of their new coronavirus initiatives across the system.
One of the biggest changes will be limited fare gate access at some of the busiest SkyTrain stations. This will be to help manage the number of customers on the platform and getting on the trains.
At most of the stations, only one fare gate will be programmed to allow customers to enter the station. This may be increased to two gates if the station is really busy.
TransLink will also be installing two-metre spaced decals at some bus stops and stations to help guide customers.
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Officials are recommending commuters wear a non-medical mask or face covering while waiting or on board the system.
“Public Health and WorkSafeBC are working with transit agencies to ensure all reasonable steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, it’s clear that maintaining a safe physical distance may not be possible in every situation. We recommend all passengers consider wearing a face covering while using public transit, especially during those instances where physical distancing may not be possible,” Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said in a release.
TransLink crews will also deploying cleaning staff to disinfect SkyTrain cars at high-traffic stations.
Disinfecting spray schedules will also be increased to twice per week in addition to daily cleaning.
TransLink also expects to restore service across all the systems to full capacity and will monitor passenger loads in order to deploy additional service at times where physical distancing is more difficult.
On May 8, TransLink suspended planned service reductions and the 1,500 layoff notices it was planning to hand out to members.
Last month, TransLink announced a projected budget shortfall of $570 million to $680 million this year.
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