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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 Readiness

    Learn more about how we prepare our system for winter weather events.

    Winter Safety on The Buzzer

    Read stories about how TransLink prepares and how you can too.

    10 tips to stay safe when riding transit this winter

    Two buses downtown during rainy weather with a grey umbrella in the foreground

    By being proactive, we can maintain a safe and pleasant commute for everyone. Here are some tips and resources to help you prepare for the rainy months.

    TransLink bus tires, explained

    3 Peak Mountain Snowflake Tire close up

    A common question we get asked during the snowy season is why doesn’t TransLink use tires designed for winter? Simply put – we do.

    Shuttle buses during snow days, explained

    Pedestrians crossing Robson Street at Granville Street during snowy weather with two buses in frame

    Shuttle buses are an important tool in our toolbox during snow days when challenging conditions affect our ability to maintain and deliver reliable service.

    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.

    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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