August 4, 2014 3:39 pm

Heavy volume as Translink offers users a free ride today

Translink is offering all users a free ride today to make up for a series of SkyTrain problems in July.

Thousands of passengers were stranded when the Expo and Millennium Lines saw two system-wide shutdowns in July.

People were stuck for hours and many were forced to escape by walking along the tracks.

As an apology, and to show its appreciation for customers, Translink is offering a free rides for bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and HandyDart users.

But critics say it isn’t enough especially because BC Day is a statutory holiday when all fares are already reduced.

Additionally, Translink says there’s heavy volume on most routes, but that they anticipated this and allocated additional resources, despite the holiday schedule.

Many SeaBus passengers are reporting extremely long lines and wait times this afternoon. A spokesperson said that all three vehicles are in service and will be operating every seven and a half minutes throughout the day.

Line-ups at SeaBus stations.

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~ with files from Amy Judd

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