Services include þ buses that travel city streets

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Services include þ buses that travel city streets and rural roads, þ an elevated subway train, termed ‘Skytrain,’ that travels between downtown Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminister, Coquitlam and North Surrey, and þ commuter boats, termed ‘sea buses,’ that travel between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver. The fees paid for using these services are the same, and you can transfer from one form of transportation to another as long as the appropriate fare has been paid. How to Use TransLink þ Determine where you want to go; when you need to be there; and from where you are departing. þ With a pen and paper at hand, call TransLink at 604-953-3333 or access their web site at , provide the above information, and ask for help with the following questions. T Where to go to wait for the bus? T What time to be there?
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-25- T Will a transfer to another bus, boat, or train be needed? T How much will it cost? þ All of these forms of transportation are scheduled, therefore you must always be on time, or wait until the next vehicle arrives at the stop. þ Buses are sometimes late arriving for various reasons, often beyond the control of drivers. þ If you want to know when the next bus is coming, text the 5-digit bus stop number to 33333. You will get a reply that will tell you when the next bus will arrive at your stop. þ Not all buses stop at every bus stop and drivers do not necessarily announce all stops. It is acceptable for you to ask a driver to announce the specific stop you require. þ To indicate to a bus driver that you want to get off at a coming stop, you must pull the overhead cable (above the windows on the wall) prior to the stop, and move towards the door. When the bus stops, you must step down on the first step to activate the automatic opening of the door. Some doors have to be pushed before they will open. Skytrain stops automatically at all stations, and doors open and close automatically. Note: you have a limited amount of time to enter or leave the train at each station. þ If you miss your stop, do not panic; bus stops in the city are usually only a block or two apart. þ Riding public transit is an excellent way to get acquainted with your new home. If you feel adventurous, take a bus to see the city. Enquire at TransLink before you leave, and ensure that you will be able to return on your departure bus. Most bus routes are operational for the whole day. Cost þ As an Arts & Science or Career Program student , you have access to the U-Pass (included in your tuition) which allows you unlimited access to all transit. þ If you are a Continuing Studies student and you use the bus as your primary mode of transportation, a monthly transit pass, termed a ‘Fare Card,’ is the least expensive format. þ Fare Cards should be purchased within the last 5 and the first 5 working days of each month and are available at many convenience stores and lottery ticket booths. Information detailing their prices is available from TransLink.
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