Snowmageddon brings transit in Vancouver to a halt

Two hours. That's how long it took me to get into the office today, a commute that usually takes half an hour.

I stood waiting at Clark and Broadway headed westbound for almost 90 minutes. In that time, only about a half a dozen 99 B Lines came by; not a single one stopped for the three dozen frozen souls congregated at the stop. Two number 9 buses came by in that time, also stuffed to the gills and not accepting new passengers.

Finally I walked 10 minutes up the street in ankle-deep slush and a 9 Granville thankfully stopped for me. Forty minutes later, I'm finally in my office with warm, dry socks on my feet.

It would have been faster to walk.

How was your commute today, folks? Let us know in the comments below.

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stryk9activist
It took my husband 4 hours to get from Edmonds station to Scott road yesterday morning! A trip that normally takes 30 - 45 mins. The sky train was fine, but the connecting buses were non-existent with hundreds on people left stranded at Scott Road station waiting for buses.
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Sam M
No problems with the Canada Line this morning, except for the usual stupid people who don't let you get off the train before they step on.
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mentok the mind taker
I'm kind of conditioned now to just avoid going to work on days like this. Pretty sight to see though
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Greg
Do we need to sensationalize everything? "Snowmageddon", really? The image does not suggest that this headline has much basis in reality. Just a thought, tone down the hype and save it for a time when it is really warranted. Just my 2 cents for what it is worth.
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Maria L
Waited at Commercial/Broadway for an hour before deciding to take the skytrain downtown and catch the Canada line to Cambie (I work at Cambie/Broadway). Shoulda just walked. What was the worst is that no Translink people (and there were several around) would just TELL us that no buses were coming.
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sarah
It maybe slow going but I'm thankful for the ride. I wouldn't want to be driving today.
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VM
Buses were running frequently on my route in Burnaby, but kept getting stuck along hills as the roads haven't been cleared yet. My bus got stuck and after about 10 mins, since I was near my final destination anyway, I just got out and walked. The lack of cleared roads is really mucking up the road transit, otherwise skytrain was ok.
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Gustav
Clark and Broadway is going to be a terrible location if there are ever transit problems. When at a transit stop where the buses are always passing by because they're full, walk back along the line towards the origin. In this particular case, joining the queues at Commercial and Broadway would have been a lot faster than waiting at Clark. It should have been obvious by the time the second full bus went past.
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Miranda Nelson
Yes, Clark and Broadway is a terrible stop, no matter what kind of weather. But it *is* a stop and deserves service just like every other stop in this city. It's unacceptable to pass up three dozen people for over an hour, especially since all that was needed was one bus to radio back to Commercial-Broadway and let them know how many people were waiting so they could leave a little room on the next departing B Line. If they aren't going to service the stop, they ought to remove the stop completely.



By the time I got to Cambie on the trusty little #9, the bus was half empty anyway!!
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Barbara Murphy
Decided with the weather out there stayed home.
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Kerry Moore

Why "Snowmageddon?" You take "snow" and wed it to "Armageddon" a biblical word meaning "the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment." Snowmageddon is not cute, it's not clever, it's just lazy and ignorant.
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Miranda Nelson
Why Snowmageddon? It's the predominate hashtag on Twitter, which always pops up when snow grinds this city to a halt.
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Natty
Yesterday trying to get to work from Burnaby Heights, I waited 40 minutes for a bus. I could see one a block and a half away, but the traffic was moving at tortoise pace. I gave up and tried again an hour later.

Today, I didn't even bother trying to make it in.
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skippy
Question for GS which is the only media in Vancouver not in Gregor's and Mayor Megg's pocket: What is the cost to small to medium businesses on west 4th, broadway and commercial due to the grossly inadequate response from COV to remove 2 inches of snow from the roads while merchants and landlords managed to do the same. How many outside COV outside workers were scheduled off on vacation? If COV cannot respond to 2 inches of snow, what is the state of emergency preparedness? Thanks.
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Patricia
Days like this should be "Snow Days" where people without essential jobs stay home and get paid all or part of their wages. Acts of God shouldn't affect people's pay cheques.
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Orson B. Jective
"The image does not suggest that this headline has much basis in reality."

You forget that ANY amount of snow equals armageddon in the city that hosted the Winter Olympics a mere three years ago. This goes especially for Translink and its laughably archaic bus network, which (chaotic and unreliable on a good day) effectively shuts down every year at even the slightest hint of snow and - god forbid! - ice. So, in the context of Vancouver, the headline and reality match up rather well, it would seem.
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ben
@skippy

Oh there was a response but instead of clearing major roads like 4th and Broadway they were clearing bike routes like 10th. Mush brains the lot of them.
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