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Commuters, YVR passengers take to Twitter to air Boxing Day traffic grievances

Last Updated Dec 27, 2019 at 6:49 am PDT

FILE PHOTO: YVR warned passengers to allow extra time getting to the airport on Thursday because of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet's annual Boxing Day sale. (Courtesy: yvr.ca)
Summary

Some people are asking what can be done differently to avoid Boxing Day gridlock near YVR

The grievances come after people were caught in traffic backups on Dec. 26 because of McArthurGlen's annual sale

The airport issued a travel advisory days in advance of the sale, asking passengers to give themselves extra time

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Another Boxing Day has come and gone, but not without frustration.

Once again, people who say they were driving to Vancouver International Airport are expressing their angst over the outlet mall near YVR, after they were stuck in traffic backing up into Vancouver.

“Stupidest place ever for a mall,” reads one tweet in response to the congestion caused by deal hunters at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.

“Poor planning,” another Twitter user said. “Build a different entrance.”

There were even some suggestions to entice travellers to take alternate transportation to YVR.

“Maybe the mall should offer incentives to folks who take transit instead of driving,” one person tweeted.

Some drivers called NEWS 1130 to air their grievances directly, with some saying they waited about 40 minutes to get across the bridge toward the airport from Bridgeport. At least one passenger said they were probably going to miss their flight.

The airport did issue a travel advisory days in advance, suggesting people take the Canada Line to avoid the traffic.

The airport was also actively responding to comments online.

McArthurGlen — however — remained silent on Twitter at the peak of the gridlock.

There were similar issues in Delta, with congestion around Tsawwassen Mills delaying drivers heading to the ferries.