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Why is the SkyTrain crowded when there's a 50-person gathering cap in B.C.?

Last Updated Jul 6, 2020 at 8:44 am PDT

FILE - Cleaning pit crews of up to four members will start on SkyTrain cars and at key stations starting June 1. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Public transport is exempt from B.C.'s 50-person gathering cap

TransLink ridership is still far below normal

TransLink has implemented several COVID-19 precautions

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Question:

Maciej wanted to know why he is seeing more than 50 people on the SkyTrain when there is a 50-person cap on gatherings in B.C. “Especially [the] Canada Line, where afternoon rush hour had more than 50 people on the train recently. There is not enough space between passengers.”

Answer:

Public transport is exempt from B.C.’s 50-person gathering cap.
It has limited bus capacity to two-thirds full and the SeaBus to 50 per cent capacity.
TransLink says it is running all of its available train cars and buses, so it can’t add any more capacity to make room for people.

But ridership is still only at a quarter of what it was at this time last year, “so there should be room for physical distancing in most cases,” spokesperson Jill Drews said.

If you want to avoid crowds as much as possible, Drews recommends travelling outside of rush hour, if possible, and waiting for the next train if a crowded one pulls into the station.

TransLink has also taken many other steps to keep people safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Drews said.

It has closed some fare gates to limit the flow of foot traffic into some SkyTrain stations. It has also installed decals at some stations and bus stops to demonstrate the recommended two-metre spacing between people.

TransLink says it has increased cleaning of its vehicles and stations.
People who are sick are urged to stay off the transit system and everyone who is able to is asked to wear a mask – but it is not required.

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