TransLink has recently announced a sizeable increase in service hours for buses this coming fall.
According to the company, riders can expect “30,000 new annual service hours” and “more than 100 bus trips with space for over 6,000 boardings per day” across Metro Vancouver.
The improvements are expected to reduce crowding, minimize wait times and create better connections in the transit system.
The following significant routes will experience increased service, specifically, more frequent buses and reduced wait times by several minutes:
- 23 Beach/Yaletown/Main Street Station
- 25 Brentwood Station/UBC
- 41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC
- 43 Joyce Station/UBC
- 116 Metrotown Station/Edmonds Station
- 123 New Westminster Station/Brentwood Station
- 229 Lonsdale Quay/Lynn Valley
- 320 Surrey Central Station/Guildford/Fleetwood/Langley Centre
- 323 Surrey Central Station/Newton Exchange
- 402 Two Road/Richmond-Brighouse Station
- 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station
- 145 Production Way-University Station/SFU
- 257 Horseshoe Bay Express/Vancouver
- 335 Newton Exchange/Guildford/Surrey Central Station
The following routes will also undergo a route change:
- 401 Richmond-Brighouse Station/One Road
- 408 Richmond-Brighouse/Ironwood/Riverport
- 406 Richmond-Brighouse Station/Steveston
- 410 Richmond-Brighouse Station/22nd Street Station
- 159 Braid Station/Coquitlam Central Station
- 239 Park Royal/Capilano University
- 259 Lions Bay/Horseshoe Bay
A full list of service and route changes can be found on the Translink website.
Seasonal changes will also be occurring soon to accommodate post-secondary students as they return to classes for their fall semester.
“Ridership here is growing faster than anywhere else in North America and this is due in part to the fast-paced rollout of new service in places that need it most,” according to TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.
Additionally, the company wishes to remind SFU students about a platform change that took place at the Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain Station. Millenium Line trains at the station now use different platforms; customers are asked to follow station signs to ensure they reach the correct platform.
Anyone who wishes to see how the changes will affect their trip personally can visit the Trip Planner online and adjust their travel date to September 3, 2018, or later.