Nov 14, 2019
Update: Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm
As the transit strike continues, we encourage you to consider alternative forms of travel to campus.
- Passenger Zone: in order to aid picking and drop off, there will be a drop off Passenger Zone set up on West 49th avenue to prevent stopping traffic. Drivers can also consider turning onto a sidestreet to drop people off if there is no room in the Passenger Zone. Please be wary of the cyclists and the bike lanes on Ontario Street.
- Leave ample time: if you’re taking public transportation, plan for buffer time. It’s better to arrive early than late for your class or an important meeting.
- Check Translink: sign up for Transit Alerts (alerts.translink.ca) specific to their routes, follow @TransLink on Twitter, and check translink.ca.
Update: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm
With the ongoing transit strike, getting to class or work may prove to be more stressful. We’ve provided some tips below to help you prepare and make your trip as smooth as possible, whether you are driving or taking public transportation.
- Watch the news: changes can happen quickly, so tune in to your favourite news channels to make sure you have the latest updates on the transit strike.
- Leave earlier if you’re taking public transportation, and plan for buffer time. It’s better to arrive early than late for your class or an important meeting.
- Consider carpooling: Ask around and see if there’s someone along the same route. Parking will become full quickly on campus, and you don’t want to spend precious time circling to find parking.
- Speaking of parking: Be more cautious in our parking lots. We anticipate increased traffic in our parking lots, so be cautious when driving or walking to avoid accidents.
- Consider parking further away from campus. There is free parking a few blocks north of campus if you drive a bit further.
- Reminder: do not park in Permit-Only areas or risk being towed. This includes the YMCA, Langara golf course, and our residential neighbours.
- Take your bicycle: We’ve had great fall weather (so far), and Langara is located on the beautifully paved Ontario bikeway. Plot out a bike route using Google Maps, and once you arrive, take advantage of our many cycling amenities including showers.
- Take your scooter / moped / motorcycle: Langara offers free motorcycle parking on the west side of campus by T Building. There’s often plenty of space.
- Use a carshare program such as Evo or Car2Go. These programs allow for parking in residential permit-only areas which is a bonus.
Above all else, stay safe when coming into work. Everyone is trying to get to their destination, so pay attention on the roads.
Update: Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Translink has confirmed that Unifor, the union representing Coast Mountain Bus Company bus operators and maintenance trades, has advised that should a tentative agreement not be reached by Friday, November 1, strike action will begin with a uniform ban by operators, and an overtime ban by maintenance workers. This could mean a reduction in bus and SeaBus service as soon as 8:00 am tomorrow.
If strike action does go ahead, the College will operate as normal, and classes will proceed as scheduled. Please plan accordingly for a potentially longer commute.
Regardless of the job action, many other services will be unaffected: SkyTrain, Canada Line, West Coast Express, HandyDART, West Vancouver Blue Bus and other contracted services will continue operating normally. To stay informed, customers can sign up for Transit Alerts (alerts.translink.ca) specific to their routes, follow @TransLink on Twitter, and check translink.ca.
Update: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm
As you may know, Coast Mountain Bus company transit workers and SeaBus operators are considering job action. There may be some disruption to transit service as early as Friday November 1, 2019, due to this labour dispute. Job action could include rotating strikes affecting different routes or services at different times.
In the event of job action, the College will remain open as usual with regularly scheduled classes and services.
We encourage our community to explore alternative transportation, including car pools or cycling. Please observe local parking restrictions in neighbourhoods adjacent to our campus.
Please refer to this page for updates as the situation develops. We also encourage you to follow Langara College social media for immediate updates, as well as Translink.