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Calls grow for extended transit hours

A new era of late-night transit may soon be in the works for Vancouver, after several key players came out this week in favour of expanding the city’s post-midnight bus and SkyTrain services.

A new era of late-night transit may soon be in the works for Vancouver, after several key players came out this week in favour of expanding the city’s post-midnight bus and SkyTrain services.

TransLink is facing criticism for its limited late-night options, with SkyTrains stopping around 1 a.m. and only a select number of Night Bus routes available to early morning commuters.

A lack of funding and TransLink’s need for nightly maintenance has traditionally been blamed for the service cutoff, but an emerging consensus among some powerful voices is now putting unprecedented pressure on the transit provider.

“I can tell you, coming from Surrey, that it is not inexpensive to take a cab ride back to Surrey from downtown,” said Liberal leadership candidate and former transportation minister Kevin Falcon Thursday, pledging to keep SkyTrains running past 1 a.m. should he be elected premier.

Falcon’s call has been echoed by numerous other interest groups as of late, including the Canadian Auto Workers Union, the B.C. Restaurant Association, and Vancouver BarWatch, all of whom have called for TransLink to provide transportation after 3 a.m. — the time Vancouver bars are legally required to close.

 
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