TransLink September Transit Service Changes and the New 96-B-Line
By DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver StaffSep 04, 2013 9:09 am
On Monday, TransLink launched the new 96 B-Line service along King George Boulevard and 104 Ave. It will provide an express bus link connecting Newton and Guildford Exchanges via Surrey Central, and will run every seven to eight minutes.
Another major improvement is coming to Surrey through service optimization: The 335 will be extended all the way to Newton Exchange via 152nd Street and 72nd ave, fulfilling a longtime customer request to provide service along 72nd Avenue, east of 144th Street.
Increased frequency or reroutes
The C36 in Port Coquitlam will now run every 10 minutes in the morning peak period instead of 15.
The 332 will be merged with the 335 service, operating as a 335 “short-turn” route instead.
The 154 will be renamed the 128, and travel Eighth Ave in New Westminster instead of Sixth.
The 101 will now serve Sixth Ave west of Sixth St.
The C98 will be taken off Highway 91 to use Westminster Highway to service Queensborough Landing and Richmond’s Hamilton neighbourhood.
Shortened, discontinued or frequency reduced routes
On weekdays, every second 20 Victoria bus will now turn around at Victoria and 54th instead of the terminus at Harrison Loop.
The 314 will no longer travel to Scott Road Station. Passengers are advised to transfer to 640 from River Road and Centre Street.
The 177 connecting Coquitlam and Braid stations will be discontinued due to low ridership. A rerouted 159 will serve the western portion of the route along United Boulevard via Fraser Mills. During peak hours, select trips on the 169 will detour via Cape Horn Ave and Colony Farm Rd to maintain some level of access to the Riverview campus.
The 10 Granville/Downtown will use larger articulated buses to increase capacity, but will see a modest reduction in frequency.
The C1 and C2 serving Burnaby Heights will be reduced to hourly frequency during off-peak periods.
There will be reductions in frequency to routes 320 and 321, since both services cover the same route as the new 96 B-Line. Riders of the 320 and 321 are encouraged to take the new express route instead.
TransLink does these service changes four times a year, to better match rider demand and ensure efficient use of their fleet. Look for similar changes every April, June, September and December!