SkyTrain is the metro service in Vancouver, Canada. It was opened to the public on December 11th, 1985. It has 53 stations and three lines. The metro makes connections with buses, ferries and other trains. It goes directly to Vancouver International Airport. The stations open around 5:00 am and close around midnight. Ticket prices start at $2.75. As a tip, buy a two zone ticket if you want to go from YVR-Airport station to any other station. Do not block the metro's doors since the metro would be delayed. As a fun fact, part of the movie Minority Report was filmed in the metro. A new line called UBC Line will be opened. You can use the metro to go to attractions like Grouse Mountain.
Vancouver is a city in the region of British Columbia in Canada. It has a population of approximately 600,000 people, which makes Vancouver the most populous city of British Columbia, and the 8th most populous city in Canada. Many people consider this city as one of the best places to live in the world. If you want to go to Vancouver, you could go to any of the following airports: Vancouver International Airport, which is the biggest airport, Bellingham International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Abbotsford International Airport.
Public transportation in Vancouver consists of buses, ferries, trains, and the metro. The metro service is called SkyTrain. Most of the transportation services in Vancouver are owned by TransLink.
The metro was inaugurated on December 11th, 1985. The first plans to have a train system in Vancouver were the construction of a monorail during the 1950s, but the idea was scrapped. However, the government of Vancouver wanted once again to build a train service since the city was elected to host Expo 86.
The first line to be inaugurated was the Expo Line, in 1985. The next line to be inaugurated was the Millennium Line, which opened in 2002. The final line to be inaugurated was the Canada Line, which was inaugurated on August 17th, 2009.
The metro has 53 stations and three lines: the Expo Line, the Millennium Line, and the Canada Line.
It has the following 24 stations: 22nd Street , Braid, 29th Avenue, Columbia, Burrard, Edmonds, Commercial-Broadway, Columbia, Granville, Gateway, King George, Joyce-Collingwood, Main Street-Science World, Lougheed Town Centre, Metrotown, Surrey Central, New Westminster, Nanaimo, Production Way-University, Patterson, Sapperton, Royal Oak, Stadium-Chinatown, Waterfront.
It has the following 17 stations: Brentwood Town Centre, Commercial-Broadway, Burquitlam, Gilmore, Coquitlam Central, Inlet Centre, Holdon , Lake City Way, Lafarge Lake-Douglas, Moody Centre, Lincoln, Lougheed Town Centre, Renfrew, Production Way-University, Sperling-Burnbaby Lake, Rupert, VCC-Clark
It has the following 16 stations: Aberdeen, Broadway-City Hall, Bridgeport, Langara-49th Avenue, King Edward, Marine Drive, Lansdowne, Olympic Village, Oakridge-41st Avenue, Sea Island Centre, Richmond-Brighouse, Vancouver City Centre, Templeton, Yaletown-Roundhouse, Waterfront, YVR-Airport.
The metro makes connections with other means of transportation belonging to TransLink. In other words, with a metro ticket, you can transfer to ferries from the SeaBus service, and buses. The metro also makes connections to transportation services from other companies, such as buses from the B-Line service (owned by Coast Mountain Bus Company,) the commuter railway of West Coast Express (owned by West Coast Express Ltd.), and the trains from Via Rail (owned by the Canadian government). Some of the connections available at each station are the following:
The closest airport to Vancouver is the Vancouver International Airport. The metro goes directly to this airport via YVR-Airport station. The trip between downtown Vancouver and this airport lasts around 30 minutes via the metro.
Each line has their own departure frequency and opening and closing times for their stations.
- Expo Line: This line has three routes, which are the King George to Waterfront route, the Production Way-University to Waterfront route, and the Columbia to Waterfront route.
- Canada Line: This line has four routes, which are the YVR-Airport to Waterfront, Richmond-Brighouse to Waterfront, Bridgeport to Waterfront, and Waterfront to YVR-Airport.
- Millennium Line: It has only one route.
a) Departure frequencies: three minutes during peak hours, five minutes during the day, 7 minutes during nights, 9 minutes during late nights, 7 minutes on weekend mornings, and five minutes during weekends and holidays.
b) Opening and closing times for stations: during weekdays, they open at 5:30 am and close at 1:22 am. During Saturdays, they open at 6:30 am and close at 1:22 am. On Sundays and holidays, they open at 7:30 am and close at 12:22 am.
You can pay for your ride with tickets or with the Compass Card.
- Tickets: They are called Compass Tickets, and they are divided into the following categories: Weekdays before 6:30 pm, weekdays after 6:30 pm and weekends ($2.75 for adults, and $1.75 at a discounted rate,) and HandyDart ($2.75.) The tickets for weekdays before 6:30 pm have the following prices: one zone ($2.75 for adults, $1.75 at a discounted rate,) two zones ($4 for adults, $2.75 at a discounted rate), and three zones ($5.50 for adults, $3.75 at a discounted rate.)
- Cards: The main card is the Compass Card. Other cards available are the Handy Cards, and the Concession Cards. You will have to pay $6 to get a Compass Card, which will be refunded if you decide to return the card. To use the Compass Card, you need to load passes or cash into it.
- Passes: You need a Compass Card to use them. Passes are divided into the following categories: Day Passes, and Monthly Passes. Day Passes are divided into the following prices: Adults ($9.80,) and Concession ($7.60.) Monthly Passes are divided into the following prices: one zone ($90,) two zones ($125,) three zones ($165,) and Concession ($50.)
You can bring bicycles for free. You can bring folding and electric bicycles as well. The maximum number of bicycles allowed per train is two in the Millennium and Expo lines, and one in the Canada line. Bicycles are allowed 24/7 in the Canada Line. However, during the following times at the following stations, bicycles will not be allowed in the Millennium and Expo lines.
You can bring bicycles to elevators or the stairs, but not to the escalators. You cannot bring bicycles to the Metrotown Station due to the poor conditions of the facilities. The maximum length allowed for the bicycles is 73 inches (185 cm) long. You cannot bring scooters. In the Expo line, you can bring bicycles 24/7 between Sapperton station and Production Way-University station, unless the operators impose a time restriction for bikes.
Let the other passengers exit the train before you exit with your bicycle. Do not bump into other passengers with your bicycle. Do not ride your bicycle in neither the stations nor the metro. Keep your bicycle with you at all times. Give space to people with guide dogs, people on wheelchairs, and people with strollers. You cannot enter the metro with a dirty bicycle. You need to remain near the metro’s doors. Finally, store your folding bicycle inside a bike cover.
The lost and found office is located at the following address: Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station, 590 Beatty Street, Vancouver, V6B 2L3. Their phone number is 001 604 953 3334. Their offices hours are: a) Weekdays: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. b) Saturdays: From noon until 4:00 pm. No phone calls are answered during Saturdays.
If you want to retrieve a bicycle, you need to talk to the lost and found staff beforehand to choose a day when you can retrieve it. In case that you find a lost Compass Card, give it to the metro staff, so they send it to the lost and found office. The metro staff will only accept lost items that were found inside the trains. You can report your lost item at www.translink.ca, in the “lost and found” tab.
Security in the metro is offered by the Transit Police. You can call them at 001 604 515 8300. Dial 911 in case of an emergency. If you call 911, provide the mode of transit (SkyTrain in this case,) the direction where you are travelling, and the city or the last station that you were located. You also need to provide the train’s vehicle number, which is located both inside and outside of the train, both in the front and the back of the train.
The metro is monitored at all times by the metro staff.
There are many ways in which you can report emergencies in the metro. Each train has a speakerphone that allows you to talk to the operators of the metro. Next is the Silent Alarm, which is an alarm located above the train's windows that silently calls the train operators in case of an emergency. The third emergency feature is the emergency cabinets at the stations, which contain buttons that stop the metro, an emergency phone, and a fire extinguisher. The fourth feature is the Designated Waiting Area, which are waiting areas monitored by cameras that have emergency phones. The security cameras monitor the escalators, elevators, stations, and ticket booths.
The metro staff know how to give first aid. Besides that, they can help you with any issue at the metro or at the stations. The metro staff will ask anybody at any time to show their tickets.
TransLink will expand the Expo Line and will build a new line, called the UBC Line. The Expo Line will have two types of expansion: its trains will be able to carry more passengers, and the line will have a longer railway. First, in order to carry more passengers, TransLink will make the following three modifications to the metro:
Next, Expo Line's railway will be expanded. This line will have approximately 3.6 miles (six kilometers) of new railway. This new railway will allow rides from King George Station to 168 Street, 152 Street, the Fraser Highway, and Guilford.
The UBC Line will be made by 2020. It will cost almost $3 billion. The UBC line will offer rides throughout Broadway Corridor. The UBC Line will allow connections from the VCC-Clark station to new stations in University of British Columbia and Arbus Street. The 99 B-Line bus service will be replaced by this line.
The YVR-Airport station will be used as a reference point. To go from this station to the closest touristic attractions by using the metro, follow these instructions:
1) Grouse Mountain: The trip lasts one hour and 20 minutes, and costs 9$. From YVR station, board the metro in the Canada line, and travel for 25 minutes towards Waterfront. Get off at Vancouver City Centre station. Next, walk to Westbound West Georgia Street at Granville Street. Board bus 246, and travel for 20 minutes towards Highland. Get off at Northbound Highland Boulevard at Woodbine Drive. Then, board bus 232, and travel to Grouse Mountain for 15 minutes. Get off at Mountain Skyride. Finally, walk towards 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver.
2) Kitsilano Beach: The trip lasts 40 minutes, and costs 9$. From YVR station, board the metro in the Canada line, and travel for 20 minutes towards Waterfront. Get off at Olympic Village station. Walk to Westbound West 2 Avenue at Cambie Street. Board bus 84, and travel for 10 minutes towards UBC. Get off at Westbound West 4 Avenue at Vine Street. Finally, walk towards 2305 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver.
3) Gastown: The trip lasts 35 minutes, and costs 9$. From YVR station, board the metro in the Canada line, and travel for 25 minutes towards Waterfront. Get off at Waterfront Station Canada Line. Walk to Eastbound West Hastings Street at Granville Street. Board bus 95, and travel for three minutes towards SFU B-Line. Get off at Eastbound West Hastings Street at Cambie Street. Finally, walk towards Gastown.
4) Stanley Park: The trip lasts 45 minutes, and costs 9$. From YVR station, board the metro in the Canada Line, and travel for 25 minutes towards Waterfront. Get off at Waterfront Station Canada Line. Walk to Westbound West Pender Street at Granville Street. Board bus 19, and travel for 10 minutes towards Stanley Park. Finally, get off at Stanley Park Loop Bay 1.
5) Granville Island: The trip lasts 30 minutes, and costs 9$. From YVR, board the metro in the Canada Line, and travel for 20 minutes towards Waterfront. Get off at Olympic Village station. Walk to Westbound West 2 Avenue at Cambie Street. Transfer to Bus 50, and travel for five minutes towards Waterfront Station. Get off at Westbound West 2 Avenue at Anderson Street. Finally, walk to Granville Island, Anderson Street at Johnston Street, Vancouver.
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