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Safety and Security

Safety is our top priority. Our commitment to you is to deliver a transportation system that puts the health, safety, and security of customers and employees first.

Transit Security officers at the Celebration of Lights event

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    Safety on Transit

    When using public transit, please stay aware of your surroundings. If you see something, say something — report any unusual behaviour or incidents to a uniformed transit employee or by texting Metro Vancouver Transit Police at 87.77.77 (Note: standard carrier text messaging rates may apply).

    Reporting an Incident

    For emergencies call 911.

    For non-emergencies contact Transit Police:

    Please note that the texting service at 87.77.77 is designated for individuals using Canadian phone numbers (standard carrier text messaging rates may apply). Any communication from non-Canadian numbers will not be received or processed. Call 604.515.8300 if you’re using an international phone number.

    In an emergency call 911. An emergency is when:

    • There is an immediate threat to a person or property.

    • A serious crime is in progress or has just occurred (e.g., a fight, sexual assault or robbery).

    • You see something immediately suspicious (like an abandoned package, or passenger behaving suspiciously).

    When calling 911 let the person on the phone know:

    • how you are travelling (e.g., SkyTrain and/or SeaBus)

    • your location (e.g., the nearest bus stop or SkyTrain station)

    • your direction of travel (e.g., toward Waterfront Station)

    • your route or vehicle number (e.g., 17 bus, West Coast Express train number)

    You can also ask a uniformed staff member or a Transit Police officer to call 911 for you.


    Safety Tips

    While on the system, here are a few tips to keep yourself safe:

    • Hold on to handrails while on escalators or stairs.

    • Hold on or sit down while the transit vehicle is in motion.

    • Walk, don’t run in and around stations and exchanges.

    • SkyTrain tracks are electrified. Please stay off the tracks.

    Bus and SeaBus

    Emergency support: Every bus and SeaBus has an on-board communication system that keeps drivers in touch with a contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support in the event of any safety or security issues.

    Request a stop: To stay safe when travelling at night by bus, you can request a stop from 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily. Let your bus driver know where you’d like to get off the bus and they'll find a suitable safe spot to let you out. You cannot request a stop along an express or limited-stop portion of a route.

    SkyTrain

    SkyTrains are monitored by customer service and security staff during operational hours. We have the following added security measures on SkyTrain:

    • The passenger silent alarm is a yellow strip above every window. When pushed, staff will be silently alerted to a problem. Help will be on the scene as soon as possible.

    • Speakerphones to talk to SkyTrain control operators are located inside each car near the doors, so passengers can ask for urgent assistance.

    Our SkyTrain stations also have special security features:

    • Designated waiting areas are located on all platforms. These areas have brighter lighting, red emergency telephones, and a bench. They are monitored by security cameras (CCTV).

    • Emergency cabinets are located on SkyTrain platforms. Each has a red emergency telephone, a fire extinguisher, and emergency train stop buttons.

    • Security cameras (CCTV) monitor all areas of our stations. This enables staff to quickly respond to emergencies and record video of any incidents or crimes.

    SkyTrain Attendants are also trained to provide first aid and emergency response.

    West Coast Express

    All West Coast Express stations have CCTV security cameras. Station Attendants are available when trains are running, and security services patrol seven days a week.

    Every West Coast Express train is staffed by a uniformed engineer and a conductor. Please approach these staff for help on board.

    Each car also has a Passenger Silent Alarm (the yellow strips above every window) and a speakerphone to ask for help if you can’t immediately find a staff member.


    Transit Police

    Three transit police officers at the SkyTrain station

    Metro Vancouver Transit Police is the only dedicated transit police service in Canada. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of customers and employees across the transit network, including the twenty-one municipalities and one First Nation. They work in partnership with jurisdictional police, RCMP detachments, and the rest of the TransLink enterprise.

    For updates and more information about Metro Vancouver Transit Police, visit the Transit Police website.


    Transit Security

    Transit Security SUV with new livery

    Transit Security provides proactive, high visibility presence using mobile, foot, and bike patrols throughout Metro Vancouver’s transit system. They respond 24/7 to security related calls throughout the transit network to serve and protect customers, employees, and the community.

    Officers enforce the Transit Tariff, as well as bylaws, rules and regulations on and around transit. They can also issue Fare Infraction Notices. They also have a responsibility to act as a major support role for other departments within our transit network, such as Transit Police.

    Visit the Transit Security page to learn more about their mandate, history and more.


    How We Keep the System Clean

    Everyone can help prevent the spread of germs – including colds, flus, and COVID-19.

    While you are in stations, riding buses or trains, remember these tips:

    • Transit etiquette: Stay home when unwell, avoid touching your face, and cough/sneeze into your elbow.

    • Masks are welcome on bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express, and HandyDART services to help customers and employees feel safe, based on their individual comfort level.

    • Sanitize your hands: Use sanitizer before and after riding transit.

    We continue to work closely with health officials to do our part to keep our employees and riders safe.


    Across SkyTrain, bus, SeaBus, West Coast Express, and HandyDART vehicles, we conduct daily cleaning as well as full interior deep cleans on a regular basis.

    Ventilation on Transit Fleet

    The ventilation on our buses and SkyTrains allows fresh air to circulate easily through our fleet. Between the multiple ventilation systems, and the doors opening frequently, we’re keeping our customers safe.

    Ventilation on Buses


    Ventilation on SkyTrains


    Lost and Found

    If you've left something behind on a recent trip, fill out our Lost and Found form.

    Late Night Bus Service

    For safe, expedited late-night transit options from Downtown Vancouver, learn more about NightBus service.