According to documents released by TransLink, the proposed service will run seven days a week from 5am to 1am with a 7-8 minute frequency between the morning rush hour and evening.
The 96 B-Line, which was previously numbered 399, has suffered numerous delays. It was supposed to begin service in December 2009 after the 98 B-Line ceased service, but the decision was made to allocate those buses and service hours to ease congestion along 49th Avenue and other routes operating out of Richmond.
It looked like service was going to begin this year after nearly three years of delays. TransLink even transferred some articulated buses over to Surrey, but it was abruptly cancelled by the organization after they realized their previous revenue projects were incorrect and they actually didn’t have the money for the service.
If implemented, the 96 B-Line will become the third active B-Line service after the 99 and 97. The 95 B-Line and 91 B-Line along Hastings Street and 41st Avenue respectively are in the planning stages.
TransLink is currently seeking input on the proposed 96 B-Line service and other service optimizations. Transit users are encouraged to view the documents and offer feedback by filling out the questionnaire or attending an open house session.
The consultation process lasts until December 13. At that point, TransLink will study the findings and begin implementing changes in mid-2013.
Writer’s Note: The story previously incorrectly said the location of Newton Exchange was in Langley. It is actually in Surrey.
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