SFU, UBC students warned to prepare ‘alternative transportation’ as transit dispute impacts mount

Post-secondary students in Metro Vancouver are being warned to prepare “alternative transportation” to and from campus, as further job action and service disruptions threaten to ramp up the ongoing transit worker dispute.

The union representing 5,000 bus drivers, SeaBus operators and maintenance workers began a uniform ban and maintenance overtime ban on Nov. 1, the latter of which has led to SeaBus sailing cancellations and mounting bus route service reductions.

Service returned to normal levels Saturday and is expected to remain steady for the long weekend. But the union and Coast Mountain Bus Company have both warned disruptions could begin again Tuesday. The union has also said further job action could begin after Remembrance Day, including a bus operator overtime ban.

On Saturday, Simon Fraser University sent a note to students, faculty and staff to consider carpooling, carsharing and other transit alternatives, particularly to and from its Burnaby campus on Burnaby Mountain.

The university said it has set up additional street parking in the eastbound lane on University Drive East to accommodate an increase in vehicle traffic. An additional shuttle bus is also in effect between that area and the main campus.

The University of British Columbia, BCIT, and other post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver have also provided notices and links to services that students and staff should consider as service disruptions worsen.

All of these schools have warned classes and exams will continue to run as normal throughout the job action and potential strike. Anyone who feels they may be late or unable to attend are advised to speak to their instructors or faculty advisor.

Here’s a rundown of the various transportation alternatives available to students faculty and staff.

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