Free transit, extended hours for New Year’s revellers

Free transit, extended hours for New Year’s revellers

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Leave the car at home and take advantage of free transit tomorrow, beginning at 5 p.m.

Transit users can leave their money and Compass cards in their pocket on New Year’s Eve.

For the 44th year, TransLink will continue its tradition of helping customers get a safe ride home by offering free transit from 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 5 a.m. on Jan. 1.

In addition to free transit, customers can expect more frequent service and extended hours on buses, SkyTrain and Canada Line this New Year’s Eve.

Fare gates will remain open and customers are advised not to tap Compass Cards, Wristbands or Minis. 

As well, 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.

If you’re traveling on transit, here’s what you can expect:

• Buses will run on a modified weekday schedule with some routes running additional evening and late-night trips.

• Starting at 2 a.m., all NightBus routes will depart from the NightBus District.

• SkyTrain will operate more frequent evening trains and extend service by approximately one hour later.

• SeaBus will extend service by about one hour with the last sailing from Lonsdale Quay at 2 a.m. and Waterfront at 2:22 a.m.

• West Coast Express will run regular westbound service with modified eastbound service in the afternoon.

To be sure about you trip, Use Trip Planner to check your route and bus times. Visit or call Customer Information at 604-953-3333 for more details

Additional SkyTrain staff, Transit Police and Transit Security Officers will be on the system to direct customers and assist with crowd control.

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