TransLink’s public-relations department is going into overdrive to let the public know about the newest SeaBus.
Christened the Burrard Chinook, it cost $32.2 million, with the federal government picking up half the tab. Another one-third came from the B.C. government.
Chinook refers to the largest species of Pacific salmon; Burrard is the name of the inlet that the SeaBus crosses between North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver.
The word Chinook has been translated on the boat into the traditional languages of the Musqueam and Squamish nations.
The vessel was built at the Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands and it’s the fourth SeaBus in the fleet.
The others are the Burrard Beaver, Burrard Otter II, and the newest, the Burrard Pacific Breeze, which will start carrying passengers this summer.
“Last year, there were more than six million boardings on SeaBus connecting customers from the North Shore with downtown Vancouver,” TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said in a news release. “The addition of the Burrard Chinook to our iconic SeaBus fleet is a key part of the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision to improve transit service and decrease travel times in congested corridors like those on the North Shore.
“A fourth SeaBus means our customers will benefit from increased frequencies and sailings every 10 minutes during peak times once the vessel is in service.”