After four months and counting without buses on the road, the Sea to Sky finally has a date for transit service to resume.
Following the ratification this week of a new collective bargaining agreement between BC Transit contractor Pacific Western Transportation and Unifor Local 114, transit is set to resume in Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish on Wednesday, June 22.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler, District of Squamish and Village of Pemberton will also be offering free transit until at least July 3 "to welcome customers back on board and provide time to purchase other pass products," BC Transit said in a release Friday, June 17. Local governments in the corridor may also offer other individual fare promotions that will be announced soon.
Transit operators will have to refresh their training before service resumes, which is currently underway, BC Transit said. "This includes familiarizing themselves with the operational processes, duties and equipment, and is standard procedure when resuming service after a certain amount of time away from day-to-day service," the release went on.
"BC Transit and its local government partners want to thank everyone for their patience over the past months."
This week's ratification ended the longest public transit strike in B.C. history at 137 days.
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