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Winter Travel Guide

Staying safe shouldn't be alien — plan ahead, bundle up and take care this winter.

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    Sign Up For Transit Alerts

    Stay informed about any delays or issues on your winter travels. Sign up to receive enhanced personalized alerts for your favourite routes, stations, and more.

    Winter Travel and Safety Tips


    1. Go slow and step carefully, the floors may be slippery.

    2. Hang on while the bus or train is in motion.

    3. Walk, don’t rush for your train or bus.

    4. Wear shoes with good grip that are good for ice and snow.

    5. Dress warmly as you may be outside for longer than normal.

    6. Wear clothing that is visible with reflective accessories.

    7. Avoid touching your face and sanitize often.

    8. Be courteous and give your fellow passengers space.

    9. Watch for your bus. Drivers may not be able to pull into a bus stop, and instead will stop in an area that is safe and accessible nearby.

    10. Allow for extra commuting time. Transit may be busier than usual, and there may be longer waits for certain services.

    Winter Safety on the Buzzer Blog

    Check out more winter safety resources on the Buzzer Blog.

    A Canadian solution to keep SkyTrain customers moving

    SkyTrain employee holds a plastic hockey stick in front of a SkyTrain

    Learn why our SkyTrain attendants prefer to use use hockey sticks to clear snow and ice build-up from the SkyTrain doors.

    This is why you see SkyTrain Attendants onboard during snow

    SkyTrain attendant monitors the tracks at the helm of a SkyTrain during snowy weather

    We have a wide-ranging snow plan that covers every aspect of our operations and staff work around the clock to ensure transit service stays as reliable as possible. One of the tools in our toolbox is staffing every train across the SkyTrain network.

    14 winter safety and travel tips

    Passenger dressed warmly on SeaBus overpass with the words 'Stay safe this season' overlaid

    Winter travel can be challenging – but if you stay warm, bright, and properly prepared, you can strut with confidence. See our 14 tips for staying safe when using transit this winter season.

    The essential guide to riding TransLink during the winter months

    Bus travelling down Hastings street in rainy winter weather while pedestrians pass by

    Planning on riding transit this winter? Be prepared using this helpful guide.

    Tools and Support

    When travelling in winter, remember to:

    Plan Ahead

    Use Trip Planner to know where you’re going and give yourself extra time in case there are unexpected delays.

    Check For Disruptions

    Check for disruptions by visiting the Alerts page, or sign up for Transit Alerts to get real-time updates sent straight to your phone or through email.

    Review Transit Safety Tips

    Learn more about safety recommendations for our different transit modes.


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