Vancouver, British Columbia – Metro Transit will replace its train service and bus service, replacing them with one-way service, officials announced Friday.
Metro Transit Board members voted to make the change in February, but the service was only implemented this year.
It will provide free transit to more than 4,000 riders a day, including buses and trains, beginning in 2018.
Transit service will remain free until January 20, 2019.
The service will continue to operate on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months, except on weekends and public holidays.
Metro said it plans to expand the service to include more buses, which will operate on Metro Transit routes.
The new service is expected to be in place by March 2021.
Metro announced the changes to its service in February.
The transit agency has faced significant budget cuts in recent years, including in the 2017-2018 budget, when it reduced its operating budget by $1.9 billion to $6.9 million.
The cuts also came as Metro was facing a growing number of ridership complaints, and as Metro began to address the increasing frequency of trains and buses.
Metro’s board announced the change to replace the train service in June, and the service is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
The changes come after Metro has been dealing with a steady stream of complaints and service disruptions for years, the transit agency said.