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Possible Transit Strike

October 28, 2019

The following information is to help you in light of a possible bus strike.

The union representing bus and SeaBus operators in Metro Vancouver has given strike notice. Strike action could begin as early as Friday, November 1, 2019.

We are hopeful that the union and management will reach an agreement and avoid any strike action. However, bus routes may be disrupted if they are unable to reach an agreement.

Regardless of strike action, Regent College will remain open as usual. Classes will continue and faculty and staff are expected to come to work.

If the union does go forward with strike action, the form of action may or may not disrupt your commute. Strike action may vary from day to day and could include the following:

  • operators refusing to wear uniforms
  • operators refusing to work overtime
  • operators taking longer breaks between routes
  • disruption of service on specific routes
  • picketing offices (such as the Translink office)

Strike action is not expected to affect the following:

  • Sky Train
  • West Vancouver Transit
  • West Coast Express
  • HandyDART
  • First Transit (shuttles on Bowen Island and in Langley)

If you regularly use transit, we suggest that you visit the Alerts and Advisories section of the Translink website to see whether there are any disruptions on your route(s) and register to receive alerts for your routes via text or email.

To prepare for the possibility of a strike, we encourage students, staff, and faculty to find alternate means of getting to campus, such as carpooling. We recommend that you connect with colleagues or fellow students about sharing rides. Be aware, however, that parking on campus will be a challenge. If the weather is agreeable, you may also want to consider cycling to campus.

If you are unable to attend a class, please let your instructor and TA know.

We are hopeful that we can all work together to find ways to carry on the work of the college with as little disruption as possible.

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