In late April, 2016, Metro Vancouver transit operators (represented by Unifor Locals 111 and 2200) voted overwhelmingly in favour (98%) of a strike after collective bargaining talks broke down with Coast Mountain Bus Company. Although no strike notice has yet been given, the possibility remains that Metro Vancouver may face a period without bus or SeaBus service.
We are working to ensure programs will be in place that could help alleviate some of the hardship students would experience in the event of a strike. In the meantime, we are providing information on transportation options to and from SFU below so you can be informed of alternative options.
In the event that a strike notice is issued, please return to this page and we will provide further information about options for students.
Carpooling, Ridesharing, & Car Sharing
Carpooling is an arrangement between two or more people to share a ride to/from work/school on an ongoing basis.
Ridesharing is a real-time service that arranges one-time shared rides on a very short notice.
Car Sharing services provide vehicles for a fee to invidivuals for short term use.
If you are already part of a Carpool, SFU has a Carshare carpooling program for faculty/staff. For more information on the benefits of this programs please see the information/application form.
If you are looking for a carpooling partner (either a driver or a passenger), SFU is a member of the Jack Bell Rideshare program accessible at www.ride-share.com (although it is called ride-share.com it is a carpooling facilitiation website).
Because of their one-time nature, Ridesharing options are generally organic in nature and organized through social media.
SFU is served by four bus routes: the 135, 143, 144, and 145. For more information on routes, scheduling, etc. please see Translink’swebpage.
Students have access to UPass, a discounted bus pass. More information is available at the Student Services UPass information page.
SFU has a small but vibrant cycling community. Some people ride up and down the mountain, some take the bus up and ride down, and some come specifically to SFU to enjoy the mountain biking trails. Various resources exist including:
- Map of bicycle racks/storage on campus (PDF 297 kb)
- Burnaby Cycling Information & Maps
- Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area site (includes link to trail map)
- SFPIRG’s bike tool co-op and volunteer bike mechanics
Although there are no sidewalks leading to the SFU campus, there is a well developed trail network in the Burnaby Mountain conservation area. These trails are not on SFU property and we recommend you use caution.