TransLink CEO. (Black Press Media files)

TransLink CEO ‘hopeful’ SkyTrain shutdown can be averted with last-minute deal

No extra buses will be on the roads if strike goes ahead

TransLink’s CEO said Monday he was “hopeful” the union and the B.C. Rapid Transit Company could reach deal before a full SkyTrain shutdown.

CUPE 7000, which represents 900 SkyTrain attendants, has said its workers will walk off the job at 5 a.m. Tuesday if they cannot come to an agreement, following the provision of 72-hours of strike notice last week.

At a news conference, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said both sides negotiated throughout the weekend.

“They did not adjourn last night’s bargaining session till about 1 a.m.,” he said. “They did resume bargaining again earlier today and they remain at the table.”

TransLink has said there will be major impacts if the Expo and Millennium Lines shut down.

“There is no way to replace a system that reliably moves 150,000 people per day,” Desmond said.

“Many people will be left with no other options to get around the region.”

Desmond said to expect 15,000 more cars on the roads on Tuesday morning, should the labour action proceed, and that buses and the West Coast Express would be busier, too. Canada Line workers belong to a different union and service not be affected.

The potential strike comes less than a week after the Coast Mountain Bus Company and Unifor ratified a deal to avert the shutdown of the bus system.

READ MORE: SkyTrain strike to begin Tuesday with ‘full shutdown’, CUPE says

READ MORE: Don’t expect extra bus service during impending SkyTrain strike, CMBC says


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

History made in draw 1 of 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Championship in Langley

Champion curler Carly Smith is an amputee competing with other able bodied athletes

Olatoke sets new Spartans record in Edmonton

Langley-based university off to a good start at Golden Bear Open

Critter Care calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

LETTER: Langley man suggests seniors deserve more from taxpayers

Seniors who rely on CPP and Old Age Allowance are stretched

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

BC Green Party leader visits northern B.C. pipeline protest site

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada, British Columbia and First Nations

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

VIDEO: Highway 1 left looking like winter war zone with dozens of stranded vehicles

Tow-truck driver says 30 vehicles still dot snowy landscape, including one rolled-over dairy truck

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Most Read