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Transit job action update

Updated: Nov. 27, 2019 -- 8:00am

Coast Mountain Bus Company and Unifor Locals 111 and 2200 have reached a fair and reasonable settlement.

While this settlement means that no further job action will take place, due to the late night nature of the agreement, customers may still experience some delays this (Wednesday) morning. CMBC is working to contact Transit Operators and staff from across Metro Vancouver to report to their regularly scheduled shift. Please check https://alerts.translink.ca/ for up-to-date information on your route.

This is only a tentative settlement, and Douglas College is operating as normal. Classes are proceeding as scheduled and faculty and staff are expected to attend work. However, you are advised to plan ahead, look at TransLink updates for disruptions to your bus route, and make other travel plans if necessary. Faculty have been requested to exercise compassion and flexibility when assessing lateness; however, any decision on impacts to grades remain with individual instructors. 

What you can do:

  • Allow for longer than normal commute times.
  • Sign-up for route-specific transit alerts.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest Coast Mountain Bus job action.

Additional options for commuters:

  • Increased SkyTrain capacity & more frequent off-peak service
  • Increased pick-up/drop-off locations (designated unused bus stops near SkyTrain stations
  • Carpooling: GobyRIDE & Liftango platforms prepared for extra demand
  • Carsharing: Evo and Car2Go expanding home zone boundaries
  • Cycling: Expanded bike parking at stations, complementary bike valets, bikes allowed on SkyTrain all day in the last car of each train, more Mobi bikes near SkyTrain stations, U-Bicycle providing free rides for three days only

FAQs – Helping you prepare for transit strike action

The following FAQs have been compiled to help Douglas students, faculty and staff during the Metro Vancouver transit strike action. Please note that Douglas College does not endorse any of the third parties listed in this FAQ.

What is the latest on the transit strike?

Strike activity is often not communicated in advance. However, where possible, updates regarding the level of possible action are posted to douglascollege.ca. We encourage students, faculty and staff to bookmark this website or follow Douglas College’s main social channels for updates.

Does it affect SkyTrain?

No. This current action does not apply to services operated by BCRTC (SkyTrain), West Vancouver Transit, West Coast Express, HandyDART and First Transit (shuttles on Bowen Island and in Langley).

If there is an all-out strike, will classes be cancelled?

At this time, no. We continue to monitor the situation and will reassess if job action is expected to extend further. 

Will I be penalized for missing a class?

Faculty have been requested to exercise compassion and flexibility when assessing lateness; however, any decision on impacts to grades remain with individual instructors.

What is Douglas College doing to help students, faculty and staff get to and from campus?

Douglas College is encouraging our community to reach out to friends or colleagues to discuss carpooling, or looking at alternatives including local car share providers. A good first step in setting up a carpool is to print out a map and have everyone interested in carpooling add a sticker to show the general area they are commuting from.

If I plan to drive, will I be guaranteed a parking spot?

Unfortunately, no one is guaranteed a parking spot, regardless of the type of parking pass. We also know that, in the event of strike action, Douglas College will not have enough parking space to accommodate all new vehicles. Douglas does have overflow parking areas at the Coquitlam Campus, but these do not exist at the New Westminster Campus. We strongly urge all those planning to drive to Douglas College to fill their cars with friends and coworkers.

Will there be any designated drop-off/pick-up spots at Douglas campuses?

We won’t be designating spots, but if you are getting dropped off and picked up, please ensure you plan your drop-off and pick-up location in advance. As a reminder, it is important that everyone works together to ensure as safe and smooth a traffic flow as possible. Please obey no stopping and no parking signs, do not stop in active travel lanes, and do not stop in bike lanes or on sidewalks.

What facilities does Douglas offer for people choosing to cycle?

Those who live close enough may wish to consider cycling. Douglas College offers secure, covered bike parking facilities at both of the main campuses located at the underground parking entrances. Sign up is easy and must be done in advance.

If you choose to park your bike outside at one of the bike racks on campus, ensure you lock your bike securely to minimize risk of theft and use a high quality steel u-lock to lock your frame to the rack. If biking to Douglas is too far, you may want to consider driving part way and biking the rest of the way along a bike route. Plan your bike route on Google maps. Be safe: wear a helmet, use reflective gear, and have front and rear lights on your bike.