TransLink is reducing SeaBus service due to low ridership and financial pressures caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the transit authority has announced.
As of Monday, April 6, the SeaBus is abandoning its sailings which previously left every 10 or 15 minutes and transitioning to an all-day 30-minute sailing schedule.
Since mid-March, SeaBus ridership is down 90 per cent, according to TransLink.
A significant drop in ridership across the board, the temporary suspension of fare collection on buses, as well as a drop in fuel tax revenue has meant that revenues for TransLink overall have dropped dramatically, according to a press release.
In addition to SeaBus service changes, TransLink also announced it was deferring its fare increase scheduled for July 1, reducing bus service on routes with very low ridership on Coast Mountain Bus Company, and cancelling the West Coast Express leaving Mission at 6:55 a.m. and Waterfront Station at 5:30 p.m.