TransLink's SkyTrains Delayed
The hardest part for getting to school each morning is waking up. I have 8:30AM classes 4 days a week. It takes me about 20 minutes to get ready and eat breakfast before I run to the bus stop closest to my house. It takes the bus 5 minutes, after making another 4 stops, before arriving at Joyce Station. I have calculated it takes approximately 25 minutes for the SkyTrain to go to Surrey Central Station from Joyce/Collingwood Station.
This Monday, there was delay for all the SkyTrains travelling Eastbound because of something that was on the tracks at 29th Avenue Station. The SkyTrain I was riding on stopped and waited at each passing station 3 to 5 minutes longer than usual. I was getting worried about being late for my class. I had heard from a friend that the same thing happened to the SkyTrain she was in near Gateway Station. (Gateway Station is one station away from Surrey Central Station and 29th Avenue Station is 11 stations away from Surrey Central.) It wasn’t a long delay during this Monday morning, but if it was longer than it had been it would’ve caused problems for the passengers wanting to arrive to their destinations.
For many SFU Surrey students, their only choice of transportation is the SkyTrain since the campus is right next to the Surrey Central Station, across the recreation centre’s parking lot. It’s definitely not easy to find another means of transportation when you’re stuck at Royal Oak Station or Edmonds Station, especially not knowing if there are buses that can take you straight to the Surrey campus. (I don’t know if there are any buses from these stations to the Surrey Central bus loop.) I can’t even call my mom to pick me up and take me to school because she has to drive my younger brother to his elementary school in Burnaby for the deaf. It would take her quite some time to drive me to school and drive back home.
SkyTrain delays aren’t just troublesome for students. They cause problems for people trying to get to work. There was a 30 minute delay during one afternoon in mid September or early October this year (I don’t remember the exact date) due to an incident at Broadway Station. It might have been due to the heavy rain, medical issue or something else . I was just going home during that time, but other people on the SkyTrain were calling from their cell phones to their co-workers or changing appointment times, not certain to when the SkyTrain will move again.