After partying late into the night, getting a ride home from Downtown Vancouver is often not easy for many revelers.
Workers in the hospitality industry also face the same challenge.
The last train to Surrey leaves Waterfront Station in Vancouver at 1:16 a.m. On the Canada Line, the last train leaves for Richmond-Brighouse Station at 1:15 a.m.
Hector Bremner is promising to work for extended SkyTrain night service on Fridays and Saturdays if elected on October 20 as the new mayor of Vancouver.
“Every Friday and Saturday night doubles the number of people downtown,” according to a Facebook post by Bremner and his Yes Vancouver party.
Bremner and his team are also suggesting an expansion in night bus service as well.
“Nightclubs close after SkyTrain closes, leaving a crush of people without the transportation options that they need,” the post continues. “This not only creates a huge inconvenience, but also poses a significant threat to public safety.”
According to Bremner and Yes Vancouver, the expansion of “late night transit will improve safety, reduce impaired driving and provide an economic boost to the hospitality and tourism industries”.
TransLink has cited overnight maintenance work as one reason why SkyTrain service does not operate overnight.
Vivienne King, president of B.C. Rapid Transit Company, which operates two of the three SkyTrain lines, has noted that on the Expo Line alone, around 1,500 hours of overnight maintenance work is done every year.
That's around four hours per night, according to King.
TransLink has also cited costs as another reason for not providing extending SkyTrain night service.
On June 25 this year, TransLink announced the launch of a NightBus district pilot project to make it easier for people to get a ride from Downtown Vancouver.
All 10 night bus routes that connect downtown with destinations across the Lower Mainland will start at the corner of Granville and West Georgia streets.
Night bus routes will depart every 30 minutes or earlier seven days a week.