26 overcrowded TransLink bus routes to see permanent service upgrades

Jun 10 2019, 6:27 pm

Over two dozen bus routes on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system are scheduled to see an uptick in service beginning later this month.

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TransLink announced today it will increase bus service on 26 overcrowded routes starting on June 24, with the routes selected for improvements based on rider data collected from the Compass system. These service increases are permanent.

Systemwide transit ridership hitting consecutive records over the past few years, with 2018’s bus ridership growth amounting to an 8% increase over 2017.

Another 13 routes will see seasonal summertime increases, including routes that serve ferry terminals, beaches, and other tourist destinations. The seasonal increases will be effective from June 24 through September 2.

Here is a full breakdown of both the permanent and seasonal bus service increases:

Vancouver/UBC

  • Adding service on weekends to the 25, 33, 41, and 84
  • Seasonal only: Increasing service to the 23 to help you make the most of English Bay this summer
  • Seasonal only: Easier access to Stanley Park with added shuttles to Route 19 between Main Street-Science World Station and Stanley Park
  • Seasonal only: Increases to the 2, 5/6, 15, and 50 all summer long

Burnaby/New Westminster

  • Bringing more weekend trips to the 95 B-Line, 100, and 144
  • Increasing weekday service for routes 101, 104, and 123
  • The 100 will run full routes between 22nd street station and the Marpole loop on weekday mornings

Southeast (Surrey, North Delta, Langleys, White Rock)

  • The 301 will see doubled service all day on Sundays
  • More frequent service to the 319 and 323 seven days a week
  • Increased service for the 324, 335, 340, 341, 345, and N19

Southwest (Richmond, Tsawwassen, South Delta, Ladner)

  • Adding service to the 403, 430, and 640
  • Seasonal only: 620 trips will run later to accommodate ferry schedules

North Shore

  • Permanently increasing service for the 240 on weekdays and Sundays
  • Increasing Saturday service on the 210
  • Seasonal only: Better access to Lynn Canyon Park, Lynn Valley Centre, Grouse Mountain, and Lions Bay with increased service on the 227, 236, and 262 for the summer 

Northeast (Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam)

  • Seasonal only: Bringing back routes 150 and 179 to provide trips to White Pine Beach and Buntzen Lake
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