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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 Fraser Valley.

TransLink contracts with several operators:

Coast Mountain Bus Company

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 Company

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

West Vancouver Blue Bus is owned and operated by the District Municipality of West Vancouver under a contract to TransLink.

First Transit

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

Article Link:
For Your Information: Greater Vancouver Transit System


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