Greater Vancouver Transit System
TransLink is the transportation authority
established by the province of British Columbia to provide regional bus
service, SkyTrain rapid transit, SeaBus passenger ferries linking the
North Shore to downtown Vancouver across Burrard Inlet, HandyDART
service for people with mobility issues, and West Coast Express
commuter rail, train service between Vancouver and Mission in the
TransLink contracts with several operators:
TransLink's largest operating company is Coast
Mountain Bus Company Ltd. (CMBC) which operates over 96 per cent of the
bus service in the region, as well as SeaBus. Coast Mountain Bus
Company drivers and maintenance workers, members of Unifor, have been
engaged in job actions since the beginning of November. Other Coast
Mountain employees are members of CUPE and MoveUP and are not involved
in the job actions. Cleaners are employed by another subcontractor, as
are employees of the administration while customer service, including
transit ticket sales and promotions, are handled directly by TransLink
as are security services and policing.
Bombardier operates the West Coast Express.
BC Rapid Transit
British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd.
(BCRTC), on behalf of TransLink, maintains and operates two of the
three SkyTrain (light rapid transit) lines in Metro Vancouver -- the
Expo Line and the Millennium Line -- as well as the West Coast Express
commuter rail service.
ProTrans BC is a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc.
and is the private operator of SkyTrain's Canada Line, a 19-km
automated rail-based rapid transit system connecting Downtown Vancouver
with central Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport.
West Vancouver Blue Bus is owned and operated by
the District Municipality of West Vancouver under a contract to
HandyDART service is contracted to First Transit.
Workers in the different sections of the Greater
Vancouver transit system belong to several unions, including Unifor,
CUPE, MoveUP, Teamsters, and the Amalgamated Transit Union.
This article was published in
Number 28 - November 27, 2019
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