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December 15, 2021 - Media Release

TransLink brings back free transit on New Year’s Eve

Passengers waiting for the N10 Nightbus downtown

Customers urged to use transit to get to and from New Year celebrations safely

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — TransLink is bringing back its tradition of helping customers get a safe ride home by offering customers free transit on New Year’s Eve, from 5 p.m. on December 31 until 5 a.m. on January 1.

Fare gates will remain open between these hours, and customers are advised not to tap Compass Cards or any other payment methods. Customers who begin trips prior to 5 p.m. should tap out, as per normal tapping procedures, to ensure they’re charged the correct fare.

“Offering a free and safe method of transportation on New Year’s Eve has been a long-standing tradition at TransLink,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn. “While restrictions prevented us from offering this last year, we are excited to bring this tradition back and encourage all those celebrating 2022 to choose transit for a safe ride home.”


  • Buses will run on a regular weekday schedule with some routes running additional evening and late-night service after their normal schedules.

  • NightBus will continue to operate round-the-clock service on several routes.

  • SkyTrain will operate on regular weekday service.

  • SeaBus will be running regular weekday service. Last sailing from North Shore will be at 1:00 a.m. and from Waterfront will be at 1:22 a.m. with extended 15-minute service until 1 a.m.

Additional SkyTrain staff, Transit Police and Transit Security officers will be on the system to direct and assist customers.

Know before you go: Use Trip Planner to check your route and bus times. Visit or call Customer Information at 604.953.3333 for more details.

TransLink would like to wish everyone a safe New Year’s Eve and a happy 2022!

Media contact:

TransLink Media Relations